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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Another St. Hubert Closes

Up to 40 people are out of work following the closure of the second St. Hubert Express in east Saint John.

The Rothesay store closed in early September.

Corporate spokesperson Josee Vaillancourt tells CHSJ News the operations were not profitable.

She says they did a financial analysis of the restaurant and came to the difficult conclusion that the restaurant would not be profitable in the short term.

The empty St. Hubert spaces in Saint John and Rothesay could be used for another restaurant looking to start up.

The store on the east side opened last February.

Canaport LNG Exercise

It's only a test....

Canaport LNG conducting its annual emergency response exercise tomorrow between 8am and 5pm.

In your travels tomorrow you will be able to see emergency vehicles at the LNG facility and on the Red Head road all day.

Woman Facing Second Charge In Baby Taylor Case

An additional charge being laid against a woman in connection with the grisly discovery of a dead newborn baby in a snow bank near Salisbury back in 2009.

30-year old Christine Margaret Wood of Riverview facing a charge of indignity to a dead human body or human remains. She was charged this May with concealing the body of a child.

Wood allegedly disposed of the dead baby boy trying to conceal the fact that she had given birth to him. He became known as Baby Taylor after his body was found on the Taylor Road.

Wood was arrested in Hillborough on May 17. She will be back in court on December 3 for election and plea.

Search Committee & Police To Provide Cormier Update

A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow morning regarding the disappearance of 19 year old Gen Cormier.

The Gen Cormier Search Committee and the City police have new developments they wish to make public.

A family friend told CHSJ News earlier this month that Gen is not the type of person to vanish without telling anyone.  

 She was last seen on September 29th.

The news conference is set for tomorrow morning at 11am at the Carleton Community Centre.

Theatre Closing To Make Way For New Owner

If you are catching a movie on cheap night, you can say goodbye to the theatre under its current ownership.

It's the end of the line for Empire Theatres in Atlantic Canada.

It's many locations in Atlantic Canada including Studio 10 in East Saint John are closing as of midnight tonight.

Back in June, it was announced that 24 Empire theatres would be sold to Cineplex including 6 in this province.   

That includes locations in Rothesay and Saint John in a deal worth almost $200 million  dollars.

A message posted on the Empire Theatre's website says "On October 22nd Empire Theatres in Atlantic Canada will say goodbye and Cineplex Cinemas will say hello beginning October 24th."

Four Alleged Teenage Burglars Charged

Four teens have been arrested after a joint investigation by several local police departments into a rash of break and enters into homes in Rothesay and Quispamsis.

Three 17-year-olds and one 15-year-old are facing charges in 5 break and enters. The homes broken into had items including electronics, jewelry, and cash were stolen. 

Court appearances will be made in the near future.

Three Time World Champ In Saint John

Three time world champion figure skater Patrick Chan will be competing at the Skate Canada competition here in Saint John.

He says he's been training hard in Chicago doing his routine every day and getting himself in the correct mental space---and he thinks the gay controversy in Sochi shouldn't overshadow what the Olympics are all about.

Chan says as long as someone is a world class skater and can give him a run for his money he thinks their sexual orientation shouldn't make any difference whatsoever in how they are treated in Russia.

Hampton Senator Offers His Take On Duffy Scandal

The latest revelations about an alleged cover-up attempt by the PMO and conflicting advice to Senator Mike Duffy on his housing expenses are just the tip of the iceberg--and  the senate expense scandal coming to light in such a piecemeal fashion is making it even worse, according to Senator Joe Day.

The senator, originally from Hampton, tells CHSJ News in his experience, the Senate administration and caucus go over the rules regarding expenses so ignorance is no excuse.

Calls to Senator John Wallace's office regarding Mike Duffy's expense claims have not been returned.

Good Turnout At Job & Info Fair In South End

With the city having the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the last Stats Canada Survey, many job-seekers may find it hard to stay hopeful about finding work, but there are groups who want to help. 

That word coming from the Salvation Army's Community Housing Program Coordinator, Lori-Ann Trevors at a job and information session held in the Centre for Hope in the South end. She tells CHSJ News she was surprised by the response she received when trying to organize the event. Groups like the Army Reserves, Goodlife Fitness, Eastern College, The Learning Exchange, the John Howard Society and many more setting up tables in the building.

Trevors says things may appear to be bleak in the city right now, but events like these are a way to show people that there are organizations who care and there are opportunities out there.

The job fair was open to everyone.

Shale Gas "A Game Changer" According To Scotiabank Chief Economist

The Chief Economist of Scotiabank, Warren Jestin in town to talk to the Saint John Board of Trade about how the economy is looking next year. 

Jestin says there will be stronger economic growth in the New Brunswick economy because of growth in the U.S. but it won't be what you would call robust. 

Jestin tells CHSJ News the economic case for shale gas exploration is compelling. It has been a game changer for the U.S with increased production of not only natural gas but oil as well to the point where the Americans will be self sufficient in a few years time. 

He adds the environmental concerns are an entirely different matter and the industry has to do a better job of answering those.

Jestin also maintains Saint John has a good opportunity to benefit from the Energy East pipeline because of the Irving Oil refinery and the fact demand in the U.S. for Canadian oil is falling because of shale gas so new markets have to be found. 

Detractors claim the oil will be exported from Saint John but that won't benefit the local economy as much as some people would have you believe.

Man Who Threw Change At Clerk Sentenced

A Pennfield man has been ordered by a Saint John judge to cough up 750 dollars for throwing change at a clerk in Tim Hortons. 

49 year old Roy Edward Gilmore was convicted of assault and could have been sent to jail because of his previous record. 

500 dollars of what Gilmore has to pay will be sent to the Tim Hortons Children's Foundation. 

Gilmore became angry and threw the change after he was 11 cents short of what was needed to buy a medium coffee and the clerk wouldn't give him his double-double.

Salad Recall Extended

A recall of a macaroni salad because it might be contaminated with Listeria has been extended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Reser’s Fine Foods brand Cheesy Macaroni salad is sold at Walmart stores in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, P-E-I, Ontario and Quebec.

The first recall on October 5th was for both 454-gram and 1.25 kilogram packages with a best-before date of October 20th.

The updated recall now includes 1.25 kilo packages with a best before date of November 2nd.