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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fundy Civic Centre Project Gets Financial Boost

Both the federal and provincial government opening the cheque book for Sussex as ach is committing an additonal 1 million dollars towards the construction of the Fundy Civic Centre.

The facility is currently under construction and when finished, will offer community meeting and spectator space, an indoor aquatic facility and a fitness centre.

Airport Doesn't Feel Left Out During Recent Funding Announcements

Despite both the federal and provincial governments giving money to the Fredericton and Moncton airports for improvements, the Saint John Airport doesn't feel left out in the cold.

President Bernie LeBlanc tells CHSJ News they're always working on getting money from the government and it's just a matter of timing.

He says the money being used at the other facilities are for runway maintenance and expansion, something the Saint John airport doesn't have to worry about until 2018.

Tourism Minister Pleased With Port Expansion

With the berthing capacity being expanded at the port, Tourism Minister Trevor Holder is excited for what that holds for the cruise industry.

Holders says it will allow more people to experience the great city of Saint John and he's confident that if a visitor is in the city for one day, they will want to return for the full maritime experience.

Weston Has Looksee At U-N-B Saint John Expansion

Saint John M-P Rodney Weston getting a first hand look at the expansion taking place on the campus of U-N-B Saint John.

Weston tells CHSJ News the federal government allocated 8 million dollars towards the construction of the Commons Building as part of the infrastructure programme in the aftermath of the financial meltdown in 2008 but it was well worth it.

He predicts it will become the focal point of the campus and describes it as U-N-B Saint John's coming of age. The building is expected to be finished in June.

Saint Johnners Avoiding Big Price Increases When Filling Up

Price shock is being seen with gas in several major cities across the country but not in Saint John.

Self serve regular has gone up by a cent and a half a litre to $1.11.9 but that pales in comparison to an increase of 3.6 cents a litre seen elsewhere.

Diesel in the city has also risen but by the slightest of margins to $1.22.5 and heating oil remains listed at $1.08.1.

Fire Crews At North End Nursing Home

It's always a scary situation when fire crews are called to a nursing home and that's what happened at Rocmaura in the north end.

 District Chief Joe Armstrong says a transformer shorted out and there was smoke coming from the basement.

The basement was ventilated and the residents who were evacuated returned to their rooms on the first floor.
The fire department is investigating why the transformer malfunctioned in the first place.