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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saint John Fire Assisting After Train Derailment In Plaster Rock

The Saint John Fire Department offering some extra help after the train derailment in Plaster Rock. 

They were told early on that more command staff could be needed. A team of four from Saint John, headed to Plaster Rock early Thursday Morning, including Deputy Chief Joe Armstrong. 

He tells CHSJ NEWS, the Saint John team helped develop about fifteen incident action plans.

"We were glad too, that we could assist. We could go up there and we could help CN and more importantly help the community, so that the evacuees could get back into their homes safely," he says.

He tells us the situation was handled very well. Especially since, there were no injuries to anyone that lived in the area or any of the crews members.

How To Boost Your Immune System During Flu Season

With cold and flu season in full-swing, nutritionist Leslie Fancey has some tips for boosting your immunity and avoiding those nasty colds. 

She tells CHSJ News eating less sugar is a good start.

"Sugar is an immune system depressant, and so that's why a lot of times in January we see a lot of flu and cold symptoms because people have indulged in extra of sugars over the holidays of course, and Christmas time. That really has depleted their immune systems," she says.

She adds, adding garlic to your foods can be effective against viruses and bacteria.

Foods that are rich in Zinc are also great for boosting your immune system, including foods like pumpkin seeds, mushrooms and seafood. It's also helpful to get more vitamin C through foods such as grapefruit or lemons.

More Small Businesses Across The Province Plan On Reducing Staff Than Hiring

A New Brunswick Policy analyst saying more small businesses across Atlantic Canada plan on reducing full-time staff than hiring over the next three months. 

Richard Dunn speaks for New Brunswick's Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

"We're getting into budget season both for federal budget and provincial budget. We want to see governments come in with a fair bit of certainty, and put their long-term plans on paper, so business owners know where things are headed, and they can plan accordingly," he says. 

Dunn adds, there is a similar trend throughout the Atlantic region. While the national unemployment rate rose to 7.2 per cent, New Brunswick's rate is holding steady at 9.7-per cent. 

He says the silver lining is that we're at least closing the gap a tiny bit with the national average, but the concern still remains if more small business in the province plan on downsizing.

Saint John Fire Respond To Rescue Mission At Partridge Island

Saint John Fire responding to a rescue mission at Partridge Island overnight. A night of adventure for four young men, turning out be quite dangerous.

 Around 1 am this morning Saint John Fire went across the breakwater and found the four teens. They made their way across, and were unable to make it back after the water became rough.

Platoon Chief Eric Garland tells us CHSJ News, crews have responded to similar situations in the area before, but generally not as serious.

"We've been there for people who generally get a little ways out, but as I say these people were all the way across," he says. Probably what they were doing was possibly exploring. It's a very dangerous spot to be crossing at any time in the year, doesn't matter if it was a warm day in the summer. Due to the complications of tides, water and wind," he adds. 

 He tells us, conditions were treacherous and crews were concerned the teens risked getting hypothermia. One person had minor injuries. Crews were on scene until about 5 am this morning.

City Road Closures Due To Rain

The City of Saint John is letting us know about road closures, due to heavy rain. 

The following roads are closed: Rothesay Avenue from One Mile House Interchange and McAllister Drive, Rothesay Avenue near Rothesay Road at the train bridge,Paradise Row at the on ramp to Main Street, Simpson Drive at Golden Grove Road, Fairville Boulevard near the Comfort Inn.

City crews will continue to monitor the worst areas. They ask the public not to drive through water-covered or closed roads, as this could cause damage to your vehicle.