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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cardy Is The New Provincial NDP Leader

Dominic Cardy is the new leader of the New Brunswick NDP.
Cardy plans to lay out his plans for the party and the province at a Fredericton hotel tomorrow.
The party was planning to hold a leadership convention in April and back in January Pierre Cyr had put his name forward as a leadership candidate as well.

Nominations For Senior Goodwill Ambassadors Close On Friday

It may surprise you to learn that this province has 35 senior goodwill ambassadors representing each of the 15 counties.
They are appointed by the Social Development Minister for a two-year volunteer term.
Murray Carpenter of Saint John tells CHSJ News he was nominated by a friend.

He says the job is to promote New Brunswick every chance they get and he says he likes to work with seniors at the Wellness clinics at the Loch Lomond Villa and in other locations.
Carpenter represents Saint John county and adds his duties include welcoming events.
Nominations close on Friday for anyone who might be interested in being a senior goodwill ambassador.  For more here.

Math Program About Sea Dogs Launches Today

Canaport LNG and the Saint John Sea Dogs teaming up once again to launch the 5th season of the Get Fanatical About Math program.

The program uses Sea Dogs hockey to help teach math to students from kindergarten to grade 8 in School District 6, 8, and Samuel-de-Champlain.

Program developer Derek McCallum tells CHSJ News the goal of the program is to get kids excited about math.

About 15 thousands students participate in the program annually.

City Is Considering a Change To The Way It Collects Garbage

Garbage pick-up in the city could be undergoing some changes in the near future.

Council approving a test pilot of a mechanized cart system for trash pick-up. Residents would rent or buy carts from the city.

Deputy Mayor Stephen Chase claims the benefits are numerous by reducing injuries to the workers and less of a mess on city streets. The city is looking into what neighbourhood should pilot the cart system.

Douglas Avenue will also be participating in a 10 week pilot project in which many households will have a 2-bag maximum for curbside pick-up. It's hoped that the limit will reduce waste, encourage recycling and promote composting.

Province Reaches A Deal With School Workers

32 hundred teacher's assistants, administrative assistants and school library assistants reaching a deal with the province.

Members of Local 2745 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees now have a tentative collective agreement and details are being withheld until a ratification vote is held.

Human Resources Minister Blaine Higgs is thanking negotiators from both sides of the table in working together to reach a positive outcome.

The previous collective agreement expired in February of 2009.