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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Not As Many People Are Taking The Bus These Days

Transit ridership has decreased by something like 5 per cent because of the downturn in the economy. That word coming from Saint John Transit General Manager Frank McCarey amid questions from Quispamsis Council about whether the town is getting its money worth with the Comex suburban bus service. 

The town subsidises the suburban bus service to the tune of 180 thousand dollars a year.

53 per cent of suburban riders use the service on a daily basis. McCarey tells CHSJ News the best way to boost that percentage is by word of mouth because once commuters use the service, they stick with it.

More than 16 hundred people from the K-V work at the Regional Hospital and U-N-B Saint John or take classes at the university but their schedules are all over the map.

Girls More Likely Than Boys To Be Cyberbullied

The "mean girls" stereotype isn't as true as you might think.

According to new research, boys are more likely to report being instigators of mean or cruel online behaviour, while girls are more likely to have mean things said about them.

37 percent of young people surveyed reported that someone has done something cruel to them online that made them feel badly and 11 percent of students called it a serious problem. 

While boys were just as likely to spread online rumours as girls. girls were more likely than boys to post an embarrassing photo or video.

Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement Could Benefit Local Company

Right now, Charlotte County's Cooke Aquaculture isn't selling a lot of salmon or other seafood products in Korea, but that could change in the very near future due to the recently signed Canada-Korea free trade agreement. 

That's according to Senior Executive Ross Butler who says it could be a game-changer. He says Korea is not a market for them today because the tariffs are prohibitive and this will present them with the opportunity to explore that market.

Cooke employs about 500 people and produces about 60 million pounds of Atlantic salmon and 2 million pounds of trout each year.

Police Investigating Suspicious Death Of Woman

City Police are investigating the suspicious death of a woman.  Bystanders are saying she was murdered.

Officers were called to 205 Carmarthen Street around noon hour. One man has been taken into custody and police are taping off the area as a crime scene.

The coroner has been called in, and police forensics are on the scene.

Switzerland Playing Canada For Curling Gold

Switzerland, skipped by Binia Feltscher, will be taking on Team Canada for gold at the Ford World Women’s Curling Championship. 

The Swiss advancing to the finals after yesterday's 7-3 win over South Korea. The gold-medal game is scheduled for 7:30 this evening at Harbour Station. 

The South Koreans will also be hitting the ice again today at noon for the bronze-medal game against Russia.

UPDATED: Six People Taken To Hospital After Rollover

Six people being transported to hospital after a vehicle rollover on the East side. 

Platoon Chief Forrest of the Saint John Fire Department says the people are suffering from various injuries as a result of the single-vehicle incident on Bayside Drive. Crews spent about two and a half hours on the scene.

City Police are now investigating the rollover, and they tell us they believe alcohol may have been a factor. Charges are possible.