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Friday, February 14, 2014

Cathedral Restoration Kicks Off With A Concert

You may have noticed a bucket catching drops or the pews that are blocked off due to falling plaster.   

The Cathedral on Waterloo needs a lot of work and the fundraising campaign to make it happen begins this weekend. 

Lynn Forbes-Gautier tells CHSJ News a concert on Sunday showcases the various cultures that make up the diocese of Saint John.

She the lineup included African spirituals, traditional Native drummers and Irish Celtic fiddlers.

Historian John LeRoux will speak on the church's role in provincial history.

The concert begins at 2pm on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Waterloo Street.

A goodwill offering is being collected.

They goal is raise $10 million dollars and that money will allow them to create an endowment fund that can be used for future repairs the church may need.

UPDATE: No Carbon Monoxide Found

Emergency crews did not find any indication of a carbon monoxide leak at Preferred Collision on 401 Rothesay Avenue, despite two employees having trouble breathing.

There were no levels of the dangerous gas found when City fire checked out the scene. 

The shop was ventilated thoroughly and the employees were checked out by paramedics.  

It happened around 12:20 today.

Yates Signs Contract Extention

More management moves from the Sea Dogs.

The team signing head coach Ross Yates to a two year contract extension keeping the 54 year old through the 2015-2016 season.

President Wayne Long says signing Yates was a priority in moving the team forward adding he has done a great job with their young team.

The Sea Dogs host the Wildcats tonight in the eighth game of the Rivalry Cup.

The first 400 women attending tonight's game will get a free carnation in honour of Valentine's Day. 

The puck drops at 730 tonight at Harbour Station.

UPDATE: Community Food Basket Needs Something You Have

Got some plastic bags in your kitchen that you don't need?

The Community Food Basket has run out of plastic bags which they need to pass out food orders. 

Carolyn Dannells tells CHSJ News that January, February and March are their busiest months due to high energy costs.

600 plastic bags are needed at the Charlotte street food bank since the food basket must double bag every order to make them easy to carry.      

You can drop them off at 215 Charlotte Street or call 652-2707.

They are open Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-3pm.

Stem Cell Research At Hospital Gets Financial Help

Stem Cell research at the Regional Hospital getting a boost with an 11 thousand dollar donation from Staff and students at the Saint John campus of the Community Centre.

The Working Together Committee at the Allied Health Education Centre raised the money in just four months.

Meantime, a grad from the  Community College's Respiratory Therapy programme has earned top marks. Beth Corkum of Quispamsis will receive the Trudell Gold Medal Award. She was among 377 people from across the country who wrote the exam.

She's now employed as a fulltime Respiratory Therapist at Cape Breton Regional Hospital but still plans to working towards her degree.

Corkum credits the smaller classes at the Community College for her success.

BREAKING: Possible Carbon Monoxide Leak

Emergency crews are responding to Preferred Collision for a possible carbon monoxide leak.  

There are located at 401 Rothesay Avenue.

Two employees were having trouble breathing and paramedics are attending to them.

Expert Says We Need More Romance

The #1 thing that pulls couples apart is a lack of commitment to romance and intimacy.

Relationship expert Dale Curd was surprised to learn a survey by finds men and women don't really expect to have more sex while on holiday than if they stayed home.

He says a lot of couples believe when they go away on vacation there will be an increase in romance.

Curdy says the survey had a good turnout by men and women between the ages of 30 and 50 showing that Valentine's Day still has meaning.

To learn more about the study, click here

Mount A Students May Be Back To Class Monday

Lingering uncertainty remains over whether Mount Allison University students should make the trek back to Sackville.

It's still unknown whether classes will resume Monday at the liberal arts & sciences university. Student Union President Melissa O'Rourke tells CHSJ News it's a question of the faculty and the administration working out the logistics of binding arbitration, which they have both agreed to in theory.

Class has been cancelled at Mount A. for three weeks for so. O'Rourke says they're hoping to have word about what will happen Monday at some point today.

Florists Hopping To It In The Port City Today

Love is in the air today....and a lot of money, too, especially for local flower shops. 

According to florist Connie Dean, Valentine's Day it's the busiest day of the year for  Keirstead's Flowers, which has been in business uptown in the Port City since 1925l however, she tells CHSJ News she's seeing fewer would-be Romeos waiting until the last minute to get bouquets. Instead, many are preferring to place their orders well in advance, or even get the bouquets delivered the day before V-Day.

Dean says the classic dozen roses is still the most popular Valentine's gift-- but she's seeing more people turn toward gerbera daisies and lilies, as well as mixed arrangements that include roses.

No End In Sight In Strike By University Profs

Mediation has failed to resolve the strike by university professors at Mount "A". 

Both the university administration and student union are calling on the Alward Government to bring in back to work legislation. 

The strike is now three weeks old.

Another Radiothon Success For Hospital

More than 30 thousand 800 dollars raised during Country 94/the Wave's second annual Radiothon. 

Victoria Clarke of the Regional Hospital Foundation tells CHSJ News the people who have donated to The Give have made patient care better and calls were coming in from outside Saint John including Nova Scotia and Toronto. 

The money will go towards buying neurological equipment and next week we'll be getting an update from the Foundation on how much has been raised thus far.

Country 94 and The Wave have raised more than 70 thousand dollars for the Regional Hospital with the two 12 hour radiothons.

Driving And Walking Are Treacherous With Stormy Weather

The snowpocalypse that many people were fearing didn't come to pass. 

The Saint John region didn't get as much snow as forecast but we're getting a lot of rain and that's making life treacherous for both drivers and walkers. 

There's a lot of water on the roads on top of ice. Rothesay Regional Police telling CHSJ News the roads in the K-V are awful and drivers are being urged to slow down if they don't want to wind up in a ditch. 

There has been some flooding on the east side. Rothesay Avenue under the train bridge is closed. City Police tell us Commerce Drive at Mark Drive is closed, barricades have been placed at Foster Thurston as you come off Highway 1 and the curb lanes along Rothesay Avenue have a buildup of water. We're told there's also a large pool of water at the bottom of McAllister Drive at Westmorland Road as well as along Loch Lomand Road between Bon Accord and Hickey Road. 

The sidewalks are icy and you can easily fall down.

All schools in the Anglophone South School District from Sussex to St. Stephen, including Saint John, Anglophone West in the Fredericton region and in Francophone South are closed for the day because of the stormy weather. Eastern College and Eastern Trades College are also closed.