Linked Header

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UPDATE: Police Give FHS The All Clear

Reports have them leaving school without bookbags or coats.      

Students and staff evacuated this morning after police received a threat about a possible explosive device at Fredericton High.

A ton of emergency personnel responding to the scene including the Explosive Device Unit, two canine units and the Fredericton Fire Department.

The school was searched and no explosive devices were found.
Fredericton police are still looking into tips they received adding they do no believe there is any further threat to the public.

ONE Change Gets $45,000 from RBC Foundation

The stigma of being from the old North End is no more. That, from the President of ONE Change Scott Crawford at a funding announcement where the RBC Foundation gave the organization a check for $40,000.

Crawford tells CHSJ News it's taken some time, but community pride is starting to re-develop in the neighbourhood. He says residents are showing that they care about where they live by working with the police department to lower crime and working with housing agencies to make sure that there is better housing in the old North end.

Crawford says that the money they received will allow them to make the program something special. He says they can now expand their art, sports and self-development programs so that there are no kids on a waiting list.

ONE Change is an organization dedicated to improving life for those living in the old North end.

Flemming and Gallant Duke It Out Over The Drug Plan

A lively back and forth on the new drug plan in the Legislature this morning.

Liberal Liberal Brian Gallant asking the health minister if the program is voluntary in the first phase beginning next spring.

He asking Flemming if its true in the second phase of the plan after April 2015 that it will be mandatory for New Brunswickers to pay into the plan.

Health Minister Ted Flemming says the first phase of the plan is voluntary where people can assess their drug use and the extent to which they have to pay and they have the option to make that kind of decision.

Gallant does say the Liberals do support the new drug plan in principle but they do have questions they think the government should answer.

Union Questions Millions Being Paid To Quebec Consulting Firm

When the Canadian Union of Public Employees complained about cuts to the winter highway maintenance program, the more than 6 million dollars that could be paid to a consultant was prominently mentioned. 

The President of CUPE Local 1190 Andy Hardy has more to say on that.

"What they were hired to do was to find a savings of 44.5 million dollars in the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Budget, and if they do that, they're going to be paid 6.2 million dollars," he says.

Hardy says, the consulting work has been going on all year. He has no doubt there will recommendations forthcoming to save the designated amount of money.

A Lifesaver For First Steps Housing

First Steps Housing for young teen mothers and moms to be, has received a much needed financial boost from the 100 Women Who Care of Greater Saint John. 

The Director of First Steps Sharon Amirault tells CHSJ News,  the donation could not have come at a better time.

"This money has just come at the right time for probably the worst financial year first steps has had," she says.

She says First Steps is full. She doesn't see the need to help young women who find themselves without a place to call home going down but, financially, it will continue to be difficult.

Threat Leads To Another High School Evacuation

Police in Fredericton are on the scene at Fredericton High School, which received an unspecified threat earlier this morning.

The students were dismissed to return home beginning at 10:30am--and students were dismissed from the Ecole Ste. Anne location as well.

No word on the exact nature of the threat but Simonds High School received a call earlier this month about weapons in the school that turned out to be the work of online hackers. No one was injured and no weapons were found.

Big Interest In Contracts For Water Project

More than 170 potential suppliers, contractors and consultants for the Clean Water project attending a bidder's meeting.

Project Manager Dean Price says there is essentially three years of preparation before shovels go in the ground.

He says for them the big item is the RFQ, the request for qualifications, which will go out next summer adding there is a lot of financial and technical information they have to prepare before that.

Price says they don't expect to have much of an update on the project between now and next summer.

He says other P3 projects like the highway jobs had a lot of local content so this one could as well.

NB Conservatives Choose Candidate For SJ Harbour

The provincial Conservatives choosing their candidate for Saint John Harbour for the election next year. 

Current MLA Carl Killen highlighting the importance of moving forward natural gas and natural resource development, pension reform and more in a speech to party members at the nomination meeting.

Killen says if natural gas, specifically shale gas, development can't be done safely it won't be done but they will be moving ahead with it because they believe it will provide an economic benefit and has the power to bring families together. He calls it morally good.

Killen was elected to his current position three years ago and he tells CHSJ News his riding is the poorest in New Brunswick and arguably the only purely urban riding in the province. He says the biggest thing for him is being able to give some help and comfort to the people in his riding who are having a tough go of it.

Prison Drug Bust

Authorities at the maximum security prison at Renous are investigating after a drug seizure. 

An arrest was made after an attempt to smuggle between 15 and 20 thousand dollars worth of drugs into the penetentiary. 

The drugs confiscated included hash, hash oil and hydromorphone.