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Sunday, November 17, 2013

City Of Saint John Presents Winter Management Plan

With old man winter on his way, common council being presented with the city's Winter Management plan from staff. The city's Deputy Commissioner for Transportation & Environment Services, Kevin Rice says when it comes clearing sidewalks, their goal is finding out what works each year and what doesn't.

Rice says, "It may work well in one area of the city but it may not work well in another. We've been trialing those for the last four years and each year we modify, we add more to the list, and we give it a go and see how it works out, and we're always looking for continuous improvement."

Rice says they are ready for the snow, the winter tires have been put on and the plows have been tested.

Police Chief: About Three People Are Reported Missing Every Day In Saint John

About three people are reported missing in Saint John every day, according to police chief Bill Reid. While the majority of them turn up safely, some people in the community have been voicing concerns about a potential link between the cases of a handful of people who have been found deceased. 

Police Chief Bill Reid says, "There's nothing to alarm our community," he adds, It's hugely unfortunate and traumatic for families." 

Reid says it's important to keep in mind that, "this goes on all the time and the media will pick and choose who they're talking about and what the issue is."

He says whenever someone is reported missing they investigate thoroughly and try to re-establish contact between the person and their loved ones, but tragically some people come into harm's way.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil In Saint John

A ceremony recognizing Transgender Day of Remembrance is being held in Saint John next week.  The memorial is bringing attention to the violence against people who are transgender. 

The ceremony is a part of the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, that started in San Francisco back in 1999.

Taylor Bissnette is organizing the event, they tell CHSJ News,  people are being attacked just for being who they are, and not fitting into social norms.

The memorial will be held on November 20, meeting at King's Square at 7:30, leading to a Vigil at the Boardwalk.

Mind Care Hosts One Nite Wonders Fundraiser

One Nite Wonders coming up next week in support of mental health.

The fundraiser is being organized by Mind Care. Community leaders will be dancing the night away, and dressing up as some well-known musicians. 

Some of the performers include Wayne Long as Bob Dylan, Dr. Greg MacLean, as Elton John, and Kids at Heart performing ABBA.

Yennah Hurley is manager at Mind Care, she tells CHSJ news, the event is putting the performers out of their comfort zone, similar to the experience of those dealing with mental illness.

"When someone has a mental illness, they get out of their comfort zone everyday," says Hurley.

The fundraiser will be at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre on November 22nd, at 7. You can get your tickets by calling Mind Care at 635-1454 or 648-6296.

The Santa Claus Parade Winners

The Santa Claus Parade Committee announcing the winning entries: Best in Parade awarded to  Harbourview High School, Best Commercial Entry won by BellAliant,  Best School awarded to Simonds High school, 

Best Cheerleaders  were the Champion Spirit Athletics, Best Band was the161 CK Beveridge RCAC, Best Association/Church awarded to the Kennebec Manor. The Chairperson’s choice given to The Salvation Army. Honourable Mentions: DanceZone Dance School,The Cherry Brook Zoo, Saint John Transit, Key Industries, and Saint John Nissan.

Hit & Run On Highway 1

A man is being charged for a hit and run after crashing an SUV on Highway 1, near Harbour Bridge. The accident happening around 2:30 this morning.  The man was impaired and fled the scene. 

He was found shortly after, hiding between the bridge and the highway. The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. He's also being charged with refusal of blood demand.