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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Fewer New Brunswickers Getting Hurt At Work

Getting hurt on the job can be a worker's worst fear, and fewer New Brunswickers are seeing that fear become a reality. 

That's according to the 2013 report for WorkSafe NB. President Gerard Adams tells CHSJ News the partnership between employers, workers and his organization is creating positive results. Adams says educating people on prevention is a large part of what they do and they devote a lot of time, energy and resources to developing the culture of workplace safety. 

He says the report also shows the province has one of the lowest assessment rates in Canada and the lowest in Atlantic Canada which is good for the business community.

Click here to see the 2013 report.

Food Drive Continues Until the 24th

We tend to think of the food bank during the Christmas season but the need exists all year for children and families in this province.

When doing your grocery run this weekend, you can make a donation of money or non-perishable food to the Extra Helping spring food drive.

Matt Barnett of the K.V. Superstore tells CHSJ News they take part because it's important to help.

He says the community supports them so they like to support the community where they can and help out those who are in need.

You can donate to the Extra Helping spring food drive until April 24th at any No Frills, Save-Easy or Superstore.

Early Childhood Development Being Shortchanged

For the first time ever in North America, there are more children suffering from mental health conditions than physical ones. 

The problem could get worse with a greater percentage of children growing up poor.

The people who study early childhood development say the first six years are critical and the more children are nurtured, stimulated and engaged during this time, the better chance they have of success later in life. 70 per cent of mental health problems begin during childhood or adolescence and growing up poor is viewed as damaging to a child as neglect and abuse.

The lifetime cost of childhood mental health disorders in Canada is estimated at 200 billion dollars by the Mental Health Commission. A report by TD Bank Economics is claiming in order for early childhood investment in Canada to be raised the the level of other advanced economies would cost from 3 to 4 billion dollars.

House Fire On Hillcrest Road Ruled Accidental

A house fire at 911 Hillcrest Road in East Saint John being deemed accidental.

The call coming in just before 4pm, and Division Chief Mark Wilson of the Saint John Fire Department says the first crews on the scene reported heavy fire on the outside of home near the garage that also engulfed a trailer and lawn mower.

While the blaze did move into the attached garage, firefighters were able to stop it from spreading any further. Wilson says there was minor damage inside the kitchen.
The residents and a dog got out of the home safely.