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Monday, May 2, 2011

Weston Is Returning To Ottawa

Conservative Rodney Weston is once again the MP for Saint John.  After winning by less than five hundred votes over Liberal Paul Zed in 2008, Weston took this year's vote handily over the closest candidate, the NDP's Rob Moore, by about seven thousand votes.

Weston tells CHSJ News he feels he won because of his record.

He says Saint Johners respect the fact that he made committments in the last elections and that he worked hard to keep them.

He hopes if he's ever remembered for one thing in politics, it is that he tried to keep his word.

He says his four major priorities during his new mandate will be ensuring clean safe drinking water, more affordable housing, growing UNB Saint John, and a new YM-YWCA facility.

Saint John NDP Candidate Pumped

The NDP candidate in Saint John Rob Moir, who came in second, claims history was made by how well the party did not only in the city but the province as a whole.

Moir says alot of people voted who previously were so disaffected they didn't bother casting ballots.

 He argues Saint John M-P elect Rodney Weston will be hearing from them and will have to find solutions to their problems.

Moir says he's already looking ahead to the next campaign.

The Liberal candidate Stephen Chase came in a distant third.

Conservative Rob Moore Re-Elected in Fundy Royal

Fundy Royal will have a Conservative candidate as MP for the fourth time in a row.

Conservative incumbent Rob Moore nabbed 58 per cent of the vote, followed by by NDP with 28 per cent.  The Liberals took 9 per cent of the vote and the Greens cashed in the remaining 4 per cent.

The riding of Fundy Royal is a large one, stretching from Riverview to Quispamsis, but Moore says the issues are similar from one community to another.

Moore says the economy is a top issue for his constituents.  He says a strong economy allows the country to pay for priorities like a strong health care system, a strong education system and lower taxes for families.

Moore says he is honoured to be re-elected and is ready to hit the ground running first thing tomorrow.

Former CTF Director Will Represent Southern NB In Ottawa

A Conservative will continue to represent Grand Bay-Westfield in the House of Commons.

New Brunswick-Southwest MP-elect John Williamson wins over the NDP's Andrew Graham. Williamson tells CHSJ News it took a team to pull this off.
Williamson is the former Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and a former senior advisor to Stephen Harper.

Due to Elections Canada regulations, the live streaming on our website will be unavailable during local coverage of the vote until the polls close in BC at 11

Due to Elections Canada regulations, the live streaming on our website will be unavailable during local coverage of the vote until the polls close in BC at 11.

CHSJ News will provide half hour updates on election results beginning at approximately 8:34pm tonight.

No Problems With Local Polling Stations

Smooth sailing so far here in Saint John when it comes to the polls...that from Karen Janigan with Elections Canada.

She tells CHSJ News there was only one hiccup in getting the polls going today -- a deputy returning officer in St. Andrews fell ill and the poll was late to open by 30 minutes.

Although there haven't been any confirmed cases here in Saint John or in the Maritimes, Janigan does warn of voters getting calls that their polling station has moved.

She says Elections Canada does not make calls and would instead have somebody at the polling location telling voters that it has moved.

CHSJ Live Streaming Off This Evening Due To Vote

Due to Elections Canada regulations,  we will shutting down the streaming of our station on our website during local coverage of the vote when the polls close in our area.

We will not posting any results on our web page until the polls close in British Columbia.

CHSJ News will provide half hour updates on election results beginning at approximately 8:34 this evening.

Foul Play Not Suspected In Discovery Of Body

Police ruling out foul play in the discovery of a body over the weekend.

The body of a 27 year old man was discovered in Lansdowne place Sunday morning.

An autopsy being performed today to discover the cause of death.

Police Release Name Of Victim In North End Fire

Police releasing the name of the victim in Sunday's blaze in the city's north end.
19 year old Sarah Jean Connell died when a four-unit building on First Street when up in flames around 6:30 Sunday morning.
The Red Cross is currently providing temporary housing and food for five adults and seven children who lost their homes.
One other person was treated for burns and minor injuries.
Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

Canadian Red Cross Helping First Street Fire Victims

The Canadian Red Cross is currently providing temporary housing and food for five adults and seven children who lost their homes in the First Street blaze this weekend.

Police investigating the cause of the three-alarm fire that gutted a four-unit building just after 6 o'clock Sunday morning.

Fire crews weren't able to locate the young woman who died until after the fire was under control.  No name has been released at this point. 

One other person was treated for burns and minor injuries.

Revitalization Of Crescent Valley Still A Priority

Crescent Valley neighbourhood in the North End still working towards revitalization.  

That from Saint John Portland MLA Trevor Holder, who tells CHSJ News he's been working with the Minister of Social Development and hopes to see more mixed income development in the future.  He says some major strides have been made in the last few years, such as the implementation of crime prevention programs.

Holder says some issues that still need to be addressed are getting employment counciling and affordable daycare.

Traffic Change To Garden Street

A traffic change to keep in mind this week: Starting tonight at 7 drivers will no longer be able to access Garden Street from City Road or Station Street.  

The closure will continue until Thursday and drivers are advised to take alternate routes.

Sea Dogs Waits For Challenger In President's Cup Final

The city buzzing with excitement after the announcement that the first two games of the President's Cup will be played on home ice.  

Sea Dogs President Wayne Long tells CHSJ News the team is patiently waiting to find out whether they'll be playing Gatineau or Quebec in the final series.

Long says tickets are going fast, but they aren't sold out yet.  You can get tickets by visiting the Harbour Station Box Office or by calling 657-1234.

KV Triva Team Takes Provincial Title Again

The Kennebecasis Valley High School Reach for the Top Team has done it again.  The school's "A" team took home the provincial title this week-end in the trivia-style competition, earning them a spot at Nationals.  

Coach Jason Thorne tells CHSJ News the competition gets very difficult on the national level.

The team has now won 38 consecutive provincial events.  They won their first National title last year.

East Side Boy Struck By Car

A 12 year old boy is in hospital in stable condition after being hit by a car on Hickey Road at Heatherway.

City Police say no charges will be laid against the driver.

Organised Labour Unhappy With Proposed Changes At WorkSafe NB

The President of the District Labour Council is concerned about proposed tinkering with the board of Worksafe NB.

Ron Oldfield tells CHSJ News they like the balance of union and company respresentation that exists now don't want to see more people on one side than the other which will adversely the board's balance in the future.
Oldfield says Worksafe NB may be looking at adding up to 5 more seats to the board.

Oldfield says depending on what happens they may start a campaign protesting changes to the Worksafe NB board of directors.

Premier Defends Reforming Local Government

Despite some opposition from rural residents, Premier David Alward says the province needs to move forward in reforming local government.

The Premier is promising the province will work side-by-side with people who are concerned about what the changes will meanm for them.

The Alward government has put forward a plan to amalgamate New Brunswick's 370 municipalities into 54 larger ones. Alward says there will always be concerns but that doesn't mean the current system can stay the same.
He tells CHSJ News 15 of 20 meetings on local government have already been held across the province, and have been excellent. People in the Saint John area can have their say at a meeting this Wednesday night at the Community College on Grandview Avenue.