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Monday, November 18, 2013

Man Facing Charges In 2004 Crime

A 29 year old man from the Island is facing 6 charges relating to a home invasion more than 9 years ago in Petitcodiac.

Michael Arthur Gaudet of Charlottetown was in Moncton court charged with forcible confinement, assault, robbery, and break and enter into a home.

Two men wearing masks entered a home in Petitcodiac in May of 2004 demanding money. A woman living at the house was assaulted and tied up. Her son arrived home and was assaulted before the pair took off.

A positive DNA match with the National DNA Data Bank allowed the Mounties to confirm the identity of one of the two men involved in the home invasion.

Gaudet is being held in custody until his next court appearance at December 5. RCMP are still looking for another man involved in the crime.

Be Kind To Others & You Might Win Big

Brunswick Square wants you to pay it forward this holiday and for your trouble you can win a cool prize and help your favourite charity.

Apryll Stansfield tells CHSJ News you can get a flyer from a retailer in the mall or "Elf Yourself" on the Brunswick Square facebook page and you tell them about your good deed.

She tells us the good deed could be anything like helping someone with their gifts or grabbing someone a coffee when you go out for the office run and it can be for a stranger, a neighbour or anyone at all.

Someone will win $1000 in Brunswick Square gift certificates and another $1000 for a charity of their choice. 

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Dennis Oland Granted Bail

Dennis Oland, who is facing a charge in his father's murder more than two years ago, has been granted bail.

The 45-year old in court today for the bail hearing.

This marks Oland's second court appearance since his arrest last week. During his first appearance, he was formally charged with second degree murder in Richard Oland's death. 

Oland was found dead in his Canterbury Street office back in July of 2011.

Dennis Oland is scheduled to be back in court tomorrow morning at 9:30 to set a date for a preliminary inquiry.

Regional Teachers Receive Awards

10 teachers from the Anglophone south school district winning the Excellence in Teaching Awards from Minister of Education Marie-Claude Blais.

The winners include retired teacher Paul Holder of St. Mac's, Dean Grattan of Oromocto High, Jean Anne Green of Forenceville Middle School, Kathy Young, Principal at Glen Falls School and John Tanner, Principal at Fundy High in St. George.

The awards handed out in a ceremony over the weekend in Fredericton.

Police Bust Man With 7 Alberta Warrants

The City police media report detailing a West side arrest for a man facing a several charges out west. 

On Sunday morning, Sgt. Jay Henderson says officers assisted police in Red Deer, Alberta by arresting a 36 year old man on the Manawagonish Road.

He tells us he was wanted on seven Canada-wide warrants for offences in Alberta and was arrested without incident and is being held until he can be transferred back to Alberta to face the charges.

Officers are arresting a 35 year old man after a fight at an uptown bar about 930 on Saturday night. While officers were trying to restrain him, one of them was assaulted.

He is facing charges of obstruction, uttering threats and assaulting a peace officer and he was held pending a court appearance.

West Side Flooding

Some flooding this morning on the west side along Fairville Boulevard from Manawagonish Road to Keirstead Road because of the heavy rain. 

City Crews are now saying the water is receding the nearer we get to low tide. Traffic may be reduced to one lane and reopen as the water continues to recede.  The city will be keeping an eye on that area throughout the day.

We're also told there was a buildup of water earlier this morning along Manawagonish Road halfway between Purdy's Corner and the schools along with Lower Cove Loop in the area of Duke and Queen Streets.

As of 10:00 this morning, there was only one power outage being reported by NB Power and it was in Rothesay affecting 6 customers.

City Looking For Greater Flexibility In Redeveloping Older Buildings

Common Council is meeting tonight to discuss what its priorities should be and whether they align with a strategic plan for the city from this year to 2016. There will also be an update on next year's city budget.

Uptown Saint John and Mayor Mel Norton seem to be on the same page when it comes to redeveloping the older buildings in the city core with one idea being a tax deferral to lower the upfront costs which can be high. There has been talk for years about upper storey development but those buildings would need elevators installed and that's a costly proposition.

The Mayor concedes the current provincial legislation doesn't allow the city to be as creative as it might be but he's expecting things to change for the better.

Liberal M-P Predicts P-M Will Continue To Be Hounded On Senate Scandal

Despite the suspensions from the Senate of Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy and Patrick Brazeau, the Senate expense scandal isn't over by a long shot. Prime Minister Minister Harper is expected to face more grilling during Question Period in the House of Commons which resumes this week. 

Beausejour Liberal M-P Dominic Leblanc tells CHSJ News the Prime Minister won't be able to put this behind him because most people don't buy his version of events. Leblanc goes on to say Harper is known as the most controlling Prime Minister in a generation so it defies belief to think he didn't know what was going on in his own office.

Leblanc also points out it is not out of the realm of possibility that Harper could be called to testify under oath at a criminal trial if charges are laid.

The Conservatives, meantime, have begun a new attack campaign against federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. Federal Justice Minister Peter McKay is comparing Trudeau to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford both of whom he says used drugs while in office.

Climate Change Protestor Calls For Green Component To Energy East Pipeline

One of the climate change rallies across the county was staged outside the office of Saint John M-P Rodney Weston on King Street. 

One of the protestors was Christian Tschirhart of the North-South Institute in Ottawa. Surprisingly, he's not against construction of the Energy East pipeline provided the project which includes a green energy industrial park which Tschirhart predicts will last longer than the pipeline with unlimited solar and wind power. 

He warns the oil sands and shale gas are putting our water resources in jeopardy.

At the present time, global subsidies for fossil fuels are five times higher than for renewable forms of energy, according to former Irish President Mary Robinson who now heads a climate change foundation.