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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saint John Business Man Dead

(William Walsh, Owner of Walsh Luggage)
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The Saint John Business community is mourning the loss of a friend.

William Walsh, owner of Walsh Luggage in Market Square has died at the age 78 at the Regional after a short illness.

Walsh started his business career in Nova Scotia but made his was to the Port City in 1965 and along with operating the business, drove a school bus and sold diesel trucks.

Visitation is Sunday at Fundy Funeral home between 2-4pm and 7-9pm with the funeral scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Nova Scotia.

Dragon Boat Festival Is Back

The sixth annual Dragon Boat Festival goes today on the Kennebecasis River at Renforth Wharf.

Spokes-person Jill Logan tells CHSJ News, there are 44 teams entered.

Logan says all monies raised this year will go toward minimally invasive spine surgery equipment for the extended day surgery program at St. Joseph's Medical Center.

In the first five years, the event has raised over $1.25 million dollars.

Independent Firm To Look Into Allegation

An independent firm will be responsible for looking into allegations stemming from the 2006 provincial election.

Mike Quinn, the province's chief electoral officer says there's an allegation that someone may have breached the Political Process Financing Act by making unreported cash payments during the previous campaign.

Quinn made the decision to hand the case over to a third party after meeting with the auditor general.

He says he doesn't want his office to loose focus on delivering a voter-oriented election, and says the investigation should be done by an independent team in a timely manner.

Is A Federal Election Looming?

(Saint John MP Rodney Weston)
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Now that they ""official"" campaign is underway for the Provincial vote next month, there continues to be chatter about a Federal Election in the spring.

Saint John MP Rodney Weston tells CHSJ News, since being elected back in 2008, the rumblings of an election haven't stopped. 

He says a lot of the speculation comes from political pundits but when it comes from the opposition, then it needs to be taken seriously

Weston adds if and when the Federal election writ is dropped, he is ready to stand by his record and let voters be the judge of the service provided.

Car Tires Fuel Suspicious Fire

City fire crews responding to a fire at First Stop Auto on the corner of Adelaide and Metcalf Street last night.

District fire chief Gerry Morris says flames were coming from the back of the building when crews arrived on scene just after 12:30 in the morning.

He says the fire was being fed by discarded car tires that were piled at the back of the building and then it entered the building through the roof.

Crews were on scene for 2 and a half hours.

Morris says the building did sustain damage but should be open for business on Monday.

He says the cause of the fire is suspicious at this time.