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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

More Charges Laid In Aftermath Of Shale Gas Protests

Three people have been formally charged in connection with the shale gas protests back in October on Route 134 near Rexton. 

The men range in age from 22 to 56 and were arrested after the RCMP say was a dangerous situation involving firearms, improvised explosive devices and other weapons. All were released on promises to appear in court at a later date.

The three appeared in Moncton Provincial Court where a total of seven charges were laid.

31 year-old Nikiea Augustine of Indian Island has been charged with mischief and breach of an undertaking. He did not enter a plea and will return to court on January 30th.

56 year old Frédéric Robichaud of Aldouane has been charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty. His trial has been scheduled for January 24th.

22 year old Marc Bernard of Cocagne has been charged with mischief and for breach of an undertaking on November 27th. He will return to court on January 30th to enter a plea.

50 year old Audie Fleury from Ottawa has been charged with resisting arrest. He did not show up for the hearing and the court has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Social Development Says It's Ready To Help People Running Out Of Food

For those people in areas where there are power outages  who are running out of food, the Department of Social Development is encouraging them to contact their case managers. 

Those people who are not clients in emergency situations may contact the department and will be assessed case-by-case.

Telephone contacts:

●    Daytime: Saint John region, from Sussex to St. Stephen: 1-866-441-4340.
●    Daytime: McAdam and Harvey Station: 1-866-444-8838.
●    After-hours: 1-800-442-9799.

Mayors' Levees On New Year's Day

The Mayors' Levees will be held tomorrow in the area in the Ludlow Room on the 8th floor of City Hall from 11am to 1pm.......At the Rothesay Town Hall from 11am to 1pm and at the Quispamsis Town Hall from 12 noon until 2pm.

Quispamsis Warming Centre To Close

The Warming Centre at the Quispamsis Civic Centre will close permanently at 4:00 this afternoon.

Available are jugs of water, pails, lights and jerry cans, all supplied by JD Irving.

Firewood and kerosene are available at the Quispamsis Civic Centre 24/7.

People, in need of water, can fill up at the Rothesay Arena until 10pm.

Most People Should Have Their Electricity Back On Tonight

There are over 22 hundred homes and businesses around the province without power. 

Over 660 of them are in the Rothesay region which includes the Kingston Peninsula and Grand Bay-Westfield along with more than 430 in the St. Stephen area. 

It's now estimated it will be late on Thursday or early on Friday before everyone's power is back on but Brent Staeben of NB Power tells CHSJ News more than 99 per cent of those people still without power should be back online tonight. The ice laden trees remain a worry.

People who need water can fill up at the Rothesay Arena until 10 tonight.

Christmas Tree Drop Off Locations In The K-V

In Quispamsis, there are two locations to drop off your Christmas trees for mulching......At 18 Recreation Centre Road in the lower parking lot by the Rec Centre and in the parking lot by the Walter Jewett Ballfield.

Rothesay residents will be able to drop their Christmas trees off at four locations this Saturday.....In the front parking lot of the Rothesay Arena, the entrance to the Wells Recreation Field, East Riverside-Kingshurst Park and the Bill McGuire Centre parking lot.

Free Parking Being Made Available Tonight

The City and Saint John Parking Commission reminding people that tonight, New Year’s Eve, is a changeover night for parking on the South Central Peninsula. 

As an option, designated snow ban parking lots in the South Central Peninsula will be available for use overnight on New Year’s Eve, at no cost, beginning at 6:00. 

This will ensure that there is plenty of parking for residents and their guests. 

Cold Weather Advisory Issued

The Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) has issued an extreme cold weather advisory.

With the extreme cold weather conditions, NB Power is asking you to check on anyone you suspect doesn’t have power and ensure they are alright. If there are circumstances that NB Power should be made aware of, please contact us at 1-800-663-6272 or call the Red Cross at 1 800 222-9597.

Warming centres and shelters remain open in areas affected by power outages. These centres offer people a place to warm up with some centres offering a meal and some even offer a place to sleep.

The following list includes warming centres and shelters that are now open to the public. The list is subject to change and each site could serve different needs so interested individuals should always contact the Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597 to be directed to the appropriate site.

Shelters and Warming Centres:

●    Quispamsis: Quispamsis Civic Centre, 12 Civic Dr.;
●    Oak Bay: Oak Bay Fire Department, Hwy 170 (warming centre and Command and Co-ordination centre);
●    Harvey Station: Harvey Fire Dept, Route 3;
●    St. George: Magaguadavic Place, 11 J.O. Spinney Dr.; and
●    Grand Bay-Westfield: St. Matthew's Church, 45 Dollard Dr. 

Help is also available for individuals running low on supplies such as fire wood or kerosene. Contact EMO at 1-800-561-4034.

The Public Health Branch of the Department of Health reminds you that all perishable food left in a refrigerator more than 24 hours without electricity should be discarded. 

Frozen foods left in a freezer will stay frozen for a few days without electricity if the door is kept shut. These products can be refrozen if ice crystals are still present.

Chimney Fire In K-V

There were no injuries after a chimney fire early this morning at 181 Dunedin Road in Rothesay. The home did sustain some smoke damage.

2013 Ends Sadly For M-L-A

The end of 2013 finishes up on a sad note for Saint John Harbour M-L-A Carl Killen who confirms on his Facebook page that his wife Susan has died at the age of 58. 

Described as having the voice of an angel, she was a noted vocalist with over 30 years experience, having been educated and trained in music, theatre and performance in New York. 

Susan Killen taught music privately at her studio on Prince William Street and was choir director at Key Industries.

Her funeral service will be held Friday morning at 11 in Trinity Anglican Church.

New Estimate From NB Power On Restoring Everyone's Electricity

A concerted effort by more than 200 power crews in Charlotte County and the Kennebecasis Valley is bringing the number of homes and businesses without electricity down. 

Just over one thousand homes and businesses are without power around the province. Over 580 of them are in the Rothesay region which includes the Kingston Peninsula and Grand Bay-Westfield along with 450 in the St. Stephen area.

NB Power is now estimating it could be late on Thursday or early on Friday before everyone's power is back on but many people may have it restored before then.