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Monday, June 7, 2010

Musquash Vehicle Fire

(Deputy Chief Philip Melanson and Captain Cliff Ells extinguishing hot spots.)
(Photo courtesy of Captain Andrew Sanojca)

The Musquash Fire Department responded to a vehicle on fire along Route 790 in Musquash
just before 2pm today.

Firefighters found a four wheel drive truck that had become stuck on a dirt road heavily involved in flames. The fire was quickly extinguished, but the truck was destroyed.

No one was hurt and the fire was accidental.

Police Seize Drugs and More in Harvey

McAdam and Oromocto RCMP seized marijuana, cash and a stolen weapon after a weekend raid.
Police executed the search warrant Saturday at a home in Harvey.

A 31-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man were arrested and released and will appear in court later to face charges.

Free Admission To The Parks This Saturday

The 10 provincial parks are offering free admission this Saturday, June 12, in honour of their 75th Anniversary and Tourism Week.

The parks draw more than 750,000 visitors each year and offer activities ranging from boating and camping to golfing and swimming.

The parks include Mactaquac, New River Beach, Parlee Beach and Hopewell Rocks.

Open Forum to Discuss Lyme Disease

With all of the discussion around deer populations outside of Saint John, the Town of Quispamsis is hosting an information session tonight.

Protecting yourself against lyme disease is the focus and Mayor Murray Driscoll tells CHSJ News, when they got together with surrounding municipalities, education was a committment to solving this issue.
The guest speaker is Robert Doucet of Hampton who was diagnosed with lyme disease back in 2006.

The meeting gets started at seven o'clock at the Town Hall in Quispamsis.

New Look At The Regional Hospital

(Associate Dean of Saint John Medical School Dr. John Steeves)
                     (Photo by Jim Hennessy)

A clinical and video rooms along with an anatomy lab has been unveiled at the Regional Hospital.

They will be used by first year medical students beginning studies in Saint John this fall at the Dalhousie Medical School on the campus of UNB Saint John.

Dr. John Steeves is the Associate Dean and says hospitals for students is where they go to learn medicine and school class-rooms is where they learn about medicine.

For the first two years of their studies, students will be based at UNB Saint John and then move to another site around the Province for years three and four.
30 students will begin their studies this fall with total cost of the upgraded facilities coming in at $3.1 million dollars.

RCMP Is Digging Up Bones

A 13 year old missing persons case is being re-opened by RCMP.

The body of ""John Doe"" has been exhumed from a cemetery on Prince Edward Island.

It was 13 years ago today, the body was found by a local fisherman in Malpeque Bay.

The man was never identified and his cause of death was a possible drowning.

Officers believe with new technology, there is a good chance to figure out who this man is and determine the exact cause of death.
RCMP say it is possible the body may have washed in to shore with the tides and he could be from the northern half of the Province, Magdalen Islands or even Quebec.

The man weighed 181 pounds and was five eleven.

Benzene Emissions Cause Of Concern In Champlain Heights

A new survey that shows high levels of benzene in Champlain Heights has Gordon Dalzell of the Clean Air Coalition shaking his head. Dalzell says the Irving Oil Refinery pumps out 2.9 tons of benzene into the air a year, a substance that is linked to certain kinds of cancers. He says the encouraging news is that the oil refinery is doing something to fix the problem. Dalzell hopes the vapour recovery systems Irving is installing will reduce the amount of benzene in the air by 25%.
But Dalzell says the level of benzene going into the air should be at zero. He's urging the federal and provincial governments to set their own standards regulating benzene emissions.

Common Councillor Wants Action, Not More Talk, On Pay Equity

(Common Council In Session)
            (File Photo)

Common Council will be hearing tonight about pay equity even though the city does not have any jurisdiction over that issue. Councillor Patty Higgins wants the city to urge the provincial government to legislate pay equity claiming women's income is just 67 per cent of that earned by men. There is pay equity among workers in the provincial government. Elizabeth Blaney of the Provincial Coalition on Pay Equity says its clear private employers will not go along without being forced to by law.
Blaney concedes women are a long way from achieving pay equity.

Medical School Announcement This Morning At Regional Hospital

(Provincial Health Minister Mary Schryer)
                    (File Photo)

The Health Minister will be on hand this morning for the opening of the newly renovated learning and teaching space for medical students at the Regional Hospital. Mary Schryer will be joined by officials from the Horizon Health Network and Dalhousie Medical New Brunswick.
The event gets started at 10 this morning.