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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Graham Appointed As New Speaker

Liberal MLA Denis Landry and Premier David Alward drag Speaker Dale Graham to the Throne to assume the position of Speaker of the 57th Legislative Assembly .

Members of the Provincial legislature have chosen Conservative member Dale Graham as their new Speaker.  Only one person was in the running for the job.

Graham says he's honoured to be chosen Speaker and will work hard to ensure decorum in the legislature.
The fall session of the legislature will begin with a throne speech on November 23rd.

Fire Destroys Home On The Pennisula

Crews spending five hours battling a house fire on the Kingston Pennisula today.
No one was hurt as no one was at home at the time.

The call came in just after 10am to a home along Route 845 where flames could be seen coming from the structure.
Crews are still on scene trying to determine a cause.

The home is located about 1 kilometre past the Kingston store heading towards Hampton.

Water Disruption For K-Park And Hastings Cove Tomorrow

The City advising the Town of Rothesay repairs will be made to the Saint John East Side Distribution System affecting residents in Kennebecasis Park and Hastings Cove tomorrow night.

The work, tomorrow between 8 and 9 pm will require shutting off the water service.
Residents of K-Park and Hastings Cove area of Rothesay can expect disruption in service tomorrow evening.

For more info, call 848-6600.

Bed Bugs Arrive In Saint John

They are here early but, no one is excited about it.
Bed bugs can be found all over Saint John and many are wondering what to do about it.
Greg Flynn of Braemar Pest Control Services tells CHSJ News despite what many think, bed bugs are not small.

He says they are an oval-shaped reddish brown bug that bites when you are sleeping and you don't feel it because they inject your skin with an anesthetic.
Flynn adds part of the problem is people in apartment buildings throwing out their beds and others pick them up spreading the bugs to another location.

He says you can cover mattresses and box springs to keep the bugs out and prevent them from getting in.

10 Get The Order Of New Brunswick

The Premier and Lieutenant Governor awarding the Order of New Brunswick to ten provincial leaders today.

They are Reuben Cohen, a former Dalhousie University chancellor from Moncton, Everard Daigle a Grand Falls community activist and Gerard Losier, a physician and health activist from Saint-Isidore.

Susan Richards, who helped develop and adopt the province's poverty reduction plan, also receiving the honour along with Zoel Saulnier a promoter of Acadian literature and heritage and Ruth Stanley an advocate for gender equality.

Dawn Arnold of the Northrup Frye Literary Festival in Moncton, Wayne Brown of the St. Mary's First Nation and Pamela Coates, a poverty activist.
Gérard Haché of Saint-Isidore, a longtime volunteer in education and health.

Crews Battling Peninsula Fire

Fire - police - and - ambulance crews are arriving on the scene of a house fire on the Kingston Peninsula along Route 845.

The call came in about twenty minutes ago and initial reports are indicating a lot of flames -- there's no word on possible injuries.

More Barbs Exchanged Over Rockwood Park

The sniping never ends when it comes to where development should be allowed on Sandy Point Road at Rockwood Park.

Joan Pearce of the Friends of Rockwood Park fears some minds have already been made up regardless of what the city's planning department recommends.
The Mayor has said the Rockwood Park Advisory Committee wants to enlarge and enhance the park.
Pearce says she came across a 2004 document which spells out Harrigan Lake be suggested for development.

New Airport Lighting Energized

The Saint John Airport is a little greener now thanks to a half million dollar upgrade to lighting along the taxiway leading from the runways and the apron in front of the passenger gates.

The lights have been replaced with energy efficient L-E-D lighting with a longer lifespan.
Airport officials are estimating the new lighting system will mean a reduction of 12-metric tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.

Mayor Speaks Out Against Boaters Using Loch Lomond Watershed

(Saint John Mayor Ivan Court)
         (File Photo)

Mayor Ivan Court is speaking out against anyone using a motorised boat in the Loch Lomond watershed which provides drinking water to most of the people who live in the city.

Provincial Environment Minister Margaret Ann Blaney says motorised boating on the watershed will be banned when the current exemptions expire in November of next year.

Councillor Patty Higgins suspects most of the boaters live outside the watershed area.

Mayor Court claims lives will be jeopardized if the supply of drinking water is contaminated and he characterizes this situation as being more serious than a bit of silt being stirred up which prompted the last boil water order.

He also points out the town of Rothesay has requested in the past not to allow an industry to locate close to its water source and the city complied.

Coalition For Pay Equity In Province Fundraising To Step Up Campaign

Over 25 leaders gathering for the launch of a fundraising campaign of the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity.Campaign Co-chair Ginette Petitpas Taylor says pay equity is closely linked to women’s financial autonomy and to the valuing of women’s work.

The co-chairs announcing that 40% of the $100,000 goal through donations from CUPE, the New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees, and the Sisters of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur.

The fundraising campaign will be done by direct canvassing.

The campaign will end on December 10, International Human Rights Day, as a reminder that pay equity is a human right.

Saint John Librarian To Be Honoured

While many continue to celebrate Saint John's 225th anniversary, librarians have rediscovered an interesting part of their history.

Estelle Vaughan holds the record for length of service at 45 years, and is also the longest serving chief librarian with 33½ years of service in this position. She joined the library staff in 1903 and retired in 1948.

Members of her family and the public will have a chance to peek into hundred year old library scrapbooks to learn about Canada’s First Free Public Library through the work of Estelle Vaughan.

A plaque will be unveiled at the library to honour Estelle Vaughn in Market Square this morning at 11.