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Friday, October 18, 2013

Gord Bamford Has To Pinch Himself

Part of the reason Gord Bamford may be so popular is because he's one of us.

The self-described blue collar guy is down to earth and approachable despite his massive success.

The Canadian country star Gord Bamford who hails from Alberta making a stop in the Port City with Reba tonight for a show at Harbour Station and he agrees that it's been a good year for him.

He tells CHSJ News when he looks back on where it started and where it is now he has to pinch himself adding it's a really grass roots blue collar kind of story and he's loving every minute of it and he hopes it never stops.

Back in September, Bamford won 5 CCMA's and his new record "Country Junkie" is out now.

SJFD Help Crews Battle A Grand Bay-Westfield Fire

Saint John fire crews providing assistance to crews from Grand Bay-Westfield with a house fire at 37 South street.

The call came in just before 5pm. The blaze was described as being fully involved.

The SJFD say the floor of the house has been burnt through. No other details are available at this time.

Guns, Knives, Explosives & Bear Spray Seized In Rexton

Guns, knives, explosives and bear spray are just a few of the items being seized by the RCMP at an encampment near the site of a Rexton shale gas protest.

In a statement today, RCMP Commanding officer assistant commissioner Roger Brown telling media the weapons and explosives seized show it was no longer a peaceful protest and a threat to public safety.

Brown adds the officers showed professionalism while some in the crowd were throwing rocks and bottles at them and spraying them with bear spray.

40 people were arrested in the melee and early this morning an attempt was made to burn the Elsipogtog First Nation RCMP office.  The fire was put out. 

Sea Dogs Hope Pink In The Rink Will Bring Out Fans

The Sea Dogs are hoping their annual Pink in the Rink event will bring some fans out to Harbour Station.

President Wayne Long tells CHSJ News there are a couple of factors contributing to lower attendance this year.

He says they have had a bit of a perfect storm between great fall weather and some weekday games to start the season but the team isn't pushing any panic buttons.

The entire team including Fleaburn will be wearing special pink jerseys during the game tomorrow night at 7pm against Quebec.

Raffle tickets will be sold during the game and tickets will be drawn for each jersey.  
Fans with winning tickets can claim their jerseys at ice level right off the player's back after the game.

The puck drops at 7pm at Harbour Station.

The Queen Mary 2 Arrives Overnight

If you wanted to watch the Queen Mary 2 sail into port, you will have to set your alarm.   

The famous vessel is coming into port extra early at 3am and staying for a full 12 hours. 

The visit signals the winding down of the 2013 cruise ship season. 

Betty MacMillan, Manager of Cruise development for Port Saint John tells CHSJ News she's here early to take on water.

She says ships often take on water in our Port and its an advantage for us since water is available at every berth.

MacMillan says it's always a little sad to see the end of cruise season ship coming with two ships in on Sunday, another every day until Friday with the last ship of the season.

(photo courtesy of Port Saint John)

Outdoor Classroom Nearly Complete

You can get a look at the new outdoor classroom at Island View school at their community planting event tomorrow. 

The west side school won the funding in the the Majesta Trees of Knowledge contest in the spring and work is nearly complete.

Principal Mark Blucher tells CHSJ News they are very grateful for Greater Saint John's support in the contest.

Blucher says organizations and companies provided help to the cause by providing promotional material and allowing them to use venues like Harbour Station to get the word out.

The community planting event tomorrow begins at the school on Ridge road on the west side at 10am.

The grand opening for staff and students takes place next Friday.

Council of Canadians Predicts Opposition To Shale Gas Will Intensify

It's only going to get worse with more blockades and more protestors.

So claims Mark D'Arcy of the Council of Canadians in Fredericton on what he thinks will happen in response to the violence along Highway 134 outside Rexton. 

D'Arcy tells CHSJ News it was setback for the Premier and Energy Minister Craig Leonard with videos from the taking down of the blockade and enforcing the court injunction going viral on social media.

D'Arcy doesn't see opposition from the First Nations to shale gas exploration flagging. He also tells us the word is a lot of people will be flooding into the province from other provinces to support the shale gas protestors.

Premier To Meet With First Nations Chief On Shale Gas

In the aftermath of yesterday's violencem on Highway 134 outside Rexton, Premier David Alward and the Chief of the Elsipogtog First Nation will meet today. 

Aaron Sock was among the 40 or so people arrested yesterday. 

The Premier has released a statement saying he's deeply troubled about the violence that erupted at a protest site on Highway 134  but the government cannot endorse or tolerate unlawful activity. He also maintains his government is committed to dialogue and a peaceful resolution.

Port Strengthens Trade Links With Brazil

New York and New Jersey seem like obvious connections when you think about shipping to and from Port Saint John--but what about Brazil? 

Turns out Brazil is just as close to Saint John as ports on the Eastern seaboard and that means we can tap into some of the wealth of their emerging economy. VP of Port Planning Andrew Dixon tells CHSJ News PotashCorp Saskatchewan is a major potash supplier for Brazil.

Representatives from the Port will visit Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro from today  to the 26.

84 Years Today Since Women Were Declared "People" In Canada

It's 84 years today since women were first legally recognized as "people under" Canadian law.

The court case fought by the so-called Famous Five--Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Irene Parlby--is now one of the most famous court cases in Canadian history.

In fact, a lesser-known persons case happened in New Brunswicker two decades earlier. The first woman in NB  to graduate from law school, Mabel French, was refused to admission to the bar 1905. Legislation in 1906 that finally allowed women to practice law in New Brunswick.

Rothesay Police Release Names Of Those Wanted On Warrants

The Rothesay Regional Police are looking for 10 men and 1 woman wanted on warrants. Kennebecasis Crime Stoppers have pre-approved rewards of $500 for any information leading to their arrest.

The rewards go as high as $1200 dollars and the offences range from fraud to break and enter and suspended driving. If anyone has any information they are asked to contact the RRPF at 847-6300 or NB Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Paul Thomas Romanoff, age 50       (Pre-Approved Reward $500)
    Warrant of arrest for fraud and failure to appear

Phillip Anthony CURTIS, age 39       (Pre-Approved Reward $500)
    Warrant of arrest for breaking & entering

Jordan Stephen Paul ROWE, age 20
    Warrant of arrest for breaking & entering  (Pre-Approved Reward $500)
    Warrant of committal for suspended driving, $960 or 23 days
    Warrant of committal for suspended driving, $600 or 15 days

William Henry MARTIN, age 42
    Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $1200 or 27 days
    Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $500 or 13 day

Matthew Owen McBrine, age 29
    Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $600 or 15 days

Ernest William ANDREWS, age 39
     Warrant of arrest for Impaired Driving

Thomas Frederick CROWE, age 33
     Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $900 or 21 days
     Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $1200 or 27 days

Kevin Stanley SAUNDERS, age 33
     Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $1200 or 27 days

Kyle Anthony SMITH, age 21
      Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $510 or 27 days

Doreen Lois McCULLOUGH, age 49
       Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $600 or 15 days

Stephen Joseph MATTSON, age 32
        Warrant of committal for driving while suspended, $1001 or 24 days