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Friday, November 22, 2013

Over $100 Million To Treat Saint John's Water

The days of boil water orders in Saint John may soon be over.

The federal and provincial governments making a combined investment of $114.6 million for a Safe Drinking Water Project. It will be the biggest infrastructure project in the city's history and the first water project ever funded by P3 Canada. The project will include a new treatment plant, 3 new storage tanks, and over a dozen transmission system improvements.
Saint John MP Rodney Weston telling the crowd the people of Saint John have waited a long time for this announcement adding we kept our eye on the ball.

Premier David Alward says this announcement represents a historic day for the city adding it's a project that will create construction jobs and help rebuild the economy.

The politicians joining Mayor Norton for the long-awaited announcement at City hall today. Work is expected to start in early to mid 2015 and it will be finished in 2018.

BREAKING NEWS - Money For Safe Drinking Water

The federal and provincial governments are going to contribute just over 114-million dollars to the city's safe drinking water project.
The announcement coming moments ago at a news conference at City Hall.
More details coming.

UNB Professor Recognized For Sex Research

A professor at UNB getting recognition for her work in sex research.
Dr. Sandra Byers, professor of psychology, is internationally recognized as the most important sex scientist of the last 100 years.  Byers tells CHSJ News, more communication is needed when it comes to sexuality.

"It became clear to me that there are big gaps in our knowledge of sexuality, that people had sexual issues, sexual problems, sexual concerns that weren't being well addressed. It's really the gaps that drove me into this field," she says.

Byers is recognized for contributing some of the most important information to the understanding of women's and men's social interactions. She's being awarded the 2013 Alfred C. Kinsey Award by the Society of Scientific Research for Sexuality.

Executive Of Alberta Energy Company Talks To UNB About Oil & Gas

A senior executive from an Alberta oil and gas company, giving a lecture at UNB about the evolution of oil and gas.

 Keith Steeves CFO of NAL Resources, tells CHSJ News, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers are expecting the gas industry will create over 300,000 jobs across Canada. He says this is expected over the next 25 years.

"There's tremendous amount of spinoff  from energy type drilling services," he says. Adding that about 400 people are involved with the drilling of a well.

Steeves  points out that he's not speaking from a political stance, but he expects shale gas development would create many jobs in New Brunswick.

Santa Claus Parade In The Valley Tomorrow

The 15th annual Kennebcasis Valley Christmas Parade will be held tomorrow night starting at 6 from K-V-H-S. It will proceed along Hampton Road to Clark Road and you're being urged to bring a non-perishable food item for the K-V Food Basket. 

Quispamsis is also running a Christmas contest.

The Town of Quispamsis held its Christmas tree lighting ceremony and is now inviting you to guess how many lights there are in the Arts and Culture Park. The three closest guesses without going over will win prizes. 

The top prize is a free season's pass at the Q-Plex swimming pool for a family of 4. The winners will be announced December 17th. You can make your guess online. You can find the link by going to country and clicking news.

Another Ederly Man Dies Burning Yard Debris

In the second incident of its kind in New Brunswick this year,an elderly man has died while burning debris in his yard.

RCMP in Perth Andover are reporting an 81 year old man was found deceased with some burns to his body after doing some yard work. This happened before back in May in Hampton when another elderly man passed away under similar circumstances.

Foul play isn't suspected in either case. The man's name is not being released.

You'll Have To Take The Scenic Route Tomorrow

You're going to have to take the scenic route if you want to get to the peninsula between 10am and 3pm tomorrow.

The Belleisle Ferry will be off its run for scheduled maintenance....every 5 years the cable ferry has to be pulled out for a refit and an inspection. It's the only ferry at that location.

According to the Department of Transportation the service interruption could last more or less time depending on how things go.

WATCH: KV Fire Gets Help Knocking Down Garage Blaze

It had the potential to be a scary fire but KV fire crews with help from Hampton, Nauwigewauk and Saint John were able to contain a garage fire at 55 Iona Avenue in Rothesay.

KV Deputy Fire Chief Dan McCoy tells CHSJ News the first crews attacked the blaze to stop it from spreading.

He says they wanted to make sure they contained the fire to the garage area and they were successful in that.

McCoy says there is some water damage inside the home.

The homeowner was there at the time but not injured.  A cause of the blaze is unknown.

Singh & Loparco Win Peace Awards

The Saint John Y recognizing two champions of peace at a breakfast this morning.

Holly Singh is well known for many years in the restaurant business but, she is also very involved in helping new immigrants arriving here.

Singh says it started one year when the Y called about some immigrants who had arrived in Saint John really close to Christmas.

She says they called to see if they could feed these people because they would like the food they serve.
Singh says she told their staff about it and they wanted to help.

17 year old Julia Loparco win the Youth Peacemaker certificate. 

She is a busy student, athlete and volunteer who says she doesn't do it for the recognition, she just loves giving back.

The Rothesay Common Is Getting A New Look

An open house being held in Rothesay discussing concept plans for the Rothesay Common. This was the third open house being held to get feedback from residents.

Some features of the plan include two basketball courts, an oval skating rink and a new playground.

Landscape architect Daniel Glenn tells CHSJ news, the concept will help people make more use of the area. "It can benefit the community by creating a lot more use throughout the season for the space," he says.

 Mayor Bill Bishop tells us, the Common will be for all ages to enjoy. "People are very excited about it," he says, they can't wait to see this because it's not only for the young but for the old. It's skating, walking trails and improvement of drainage, so it's a great facility for the center of the Town of Rothesay."

Bishop says work on the project should begin this spring and is hoped to be completed by the fall.