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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A Crash Course In Life After High School

Deciding your career path is a pretty big decision.

Today, Grade nine students in Saint John got to check out their The Unlimited Possibilities event that goes together with "Take your kid to work day." 

Ryan Witt was one of the three young people who spoke at the event...sharing their personal experiences.

Witt tells CHSJ News, events like this are a great way for young people to see what's out there.

He says it's a great opportunity for kids to come and see what options they have for a career after they finish school.

Crack Falls Out Of Man's Mouth After Foot Chase

46 year old Stephane Giberson pleaded guilty to possession of crack for the purpose of trafficking , breaching curfew, and other charges including assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest. The court heard officers saw Giberson wandering around the Coburg and Cliff Street area trying the doors or cars and when they ran his name found him to be breaking his curfew.

Giberson then took off running and officers chased him down to Garden Street and then onto another side street. When officers cuffed Giberson on the hood of a car a rock of crack fell our of his mouth. In court Giberson complained he's been having serious medical issues including grand mal seizures for which he needs to get treatment.

Judge Henrik Tonning suggested the running around at 4am with a mouthful of crack cocaine probably wasn't helping the seizures. Giberson has been released on a promise to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

Seat Sale At Former Paramount Theatre

TransCanada's Alex Pourbaix In Saint John Tomorrow

There will be more talk of the Energy east pipeline and how 2014 looks to be shaping up in our province.

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council annual conference is coming up in Saint John tomorrow.

TransCanada's president of Energy and Oil pipelines will offer the keynote address.

Alex Pourbaix is expected to discuss the important role that energy infrastructure plays in
ensuring that everyone can safely and reliably benefit from our energy resources.

A panel featuring the VP of New Castle Hotels and Resorts will be discussing the Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrew's.

Saint John Hosting The Best College Soccer Teams From Across Canada

If you like top notch soccer, you have to chance to see some quality play live at the Canada Games Stadium through the weekend.  Matches are underway.

The U-N-B Saint John Seawolves are hosting a national tournament featuring the best college teams from across the country. 

Seawolves coach Jason Brown says being at home can be an advantage but on the other hand there's a lot of pressure from family and friends to do well. Brown says the Seawolves will have to pick and choose their moments when they want to open up the game. 

U-N-B Saint John will play its opener against Humber College from the Toronto area this afternoon at 5:30. 

Brown says this tournament will afford younger players a gold opportunity to see what they should be aspiring to.

Premier Needs First Nations To Be On Board

If the Alward Government doesn't get the First Nations on board, shale gas exploration isn't going anywhere. That word coming from Carl Wolpin of Hampton Water First who points to the native cases that have gone to the Supreme Court, all of which have been upheld.

Wolpin also argues there has been a huge increase in the last couple of years in the number of New Brunswickers who are questioning whether shale gas exploration with fracking can be done safely, rising from 5 per cent to something like 70 per cent.

Stephen Wants To Change His Guilty Plea

A hearing in the case of 65 year old Gregory Stephen....the Saint John man appeared frail in court as he appeared to answer to charges he robbed the Bayview Credit on the West Side.

Stephen telling the court he suffers from chronic liver disease, was sleep deprived and wasn't in his right mind when he pleaded guilty and now wants to change his plea. He says he has periods of psychosis when he goes off the drug diazepam and was hearing voices when he was locked up for the bank robbery.

Stephen was also charged with theft from Shoppers Drug Mart....and says he doesn't even remember being read the charge so he wants to change his plea on that as well.

The robbery on September 3 resulted in the lockdown of 2 west side schools.

West Siders Hear About Future Direction of New Development In City

Reaction was generally positive on the west side at the second of the Zone SJ open houses to let Saint Johnners know what the city wants to do with future development over the next generation. 

West side Common Councillor Bill Farren tells CHSJ News he has heard from people in South Bay who are worried growth in their part of the city will be stymied under the new regulations. 

The meeting also heard a warning about having too much intensive development in the area around Quinton Heights because it might disrupt the existing stability of the land and cause problems for existing homeowners. 

The city was also urged to implement incentives like tax deferral to offset the upfront costs of redeveloping older buildings which can be steep.

Another open house will be held tonight at Lorne Middle School with the final one at Simonds High tomorrow night. They start at 5:30 with presentations at 6.

Former CN Employee Raises Rail Safety Concerns

A former machinist with the Canadian National Railway Company expressing his concerns to town council about inspection standards for our railways.

Quispamsis resident Bernard Beukeveld tells CHSJ News they should be inspected to the highest standards since hazardous materials are coming through our communities, but says they are currently only meeting the minimum requirements.

Beukeveld says train derailments like the deadly disaster in Lac-Megantic this summer, and the recent incident West of Edmonton, should be a wake-up call to cities and towns.

Deputy Mayor Libby O'Hara telling Beukeveld she shares his concerns. Council passing a motion to have a Table Top Emergency exercise to evaluate the response capability of the town to a rail incident next year.

Are Fake Cabs Trying To Abduct Women In Saint John?

You might have heard stories on social media about would-be abductors trying to lure women in vans or even fake taxis.

CHSJ News asked Police Chief Bill Reid once and for all what the truth is, and he wants Saint Johners to know there have been no such cases. Rather, he says it's a matter of something as simple as someone in a vehicle making a comment to a pedestrian that gets exaggerated and blown into something it isn't online.

The Chief says while some people find it interesting to speculate about crimes online after listening to the scanner, they actually end up wasting police time as the police then have to try to correct the misinformation.