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Thursday, August 25, 2011

City Taking Early Precautions For Hurricane Irene

With Hurricane Irene expected to track through the Maritimes late this weekend and into Monday, the city is already doing some preparations just in case the weather escalates.

Spokesperson Leah Fitzgerald tells CHSJ News city works crews are making sure storm drains are clear while Saint John Water will have crews on stand-by this over the weekend.

She says the city is always vigilant during hurricane season and they always keep an eye on the storm tracks.

The city is advising you to clear your own catch basins or ditches and to have emergency supplies on hand that can last for at least 72 hours.

American Iron and Metal President Says Shredder Will Get Power

With City Council planning to revisit the controversy of possibly allowing power lines on the property of West Side homes in order to power a metal shredder, it's all a surprise for American Iron and Metal President Herb Black.

He tells CHSJ News as far as he knows, the deal is done and power will be getting to his shredder.

He says he has not received any updates since council, NB Power, and reps from his company announced that a compromise has been reached.

Union Members At City Airport Like Concessions In New Contract

Some workers at the Saint John Airport are back on the job today after reaching an agreement last night.
The previous contract for 25 members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada expired in December 2008.
Atlantic Region Executive Vice-President Jeannie Baldwin tells CHSJ News the new contract includes progress on re-classification.

She says it's the equivalent of a 3.16 per cent increase on average per year.
The deal was reached last night and has been ratified by the union membership.

Major Crime Investigate North End Break

The Major Crime Unit is investigating a break-in at the Easyhome store at Lansdowne Plaza.
Not many details being released, only that the smash and grab happened early Monday morning.
Police are seeking the public's help -- if you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 TIPS.

Book Of Condolence Available For Signing

The book of condolences for Jack Layton at Saint John MP Rodney Weston's office already being filled with signatures.

Weston tells CHSJ News it shows that Saint Johner's appreciate the hard work Layton put in for our country.
He says it gives those here a chance to mourn the loss and it will show Layton's family the support in Saint John for them.

The book will be available to sign until 5pm and again tomorrow from nine until noon.

Lt.-Gov. Graydon Nicholas, Energy Minister Craig Leonard and leader of New Brunswick's New Democratic Party Dominic Carty will be representing our province at Layton's state funeral in Toronto.

KV Fire Sends Out Rescue Boat For Youth Stuck On A Jet Ski

The KV Fire sending out their rescue boat onto the Kennebecasis River after three people on a jet-ski got in some trouble near the Minister's Face rocks.

Chief Bill Ireland tells CHSJ News the jet-ski with three people on board including an 18-year-old man operating the vessel. The fire department getting the call after jet-ski began experiencing mechanical trouble.

Greater Saint John Can Pay Tribute To Jack Layton

Thousands are paying tribute to Jack Layton filing past his flag-draped casket in the House of Commons.
Vic Krasowski, News Director at our sister station in Thunder Bay says the memorials for Layton even extend to his official residence at Stornaway.

He says a small memorial was set up outside the gate including a can of Orange crush symbolizing the NDP's monumental success in Quebec during May's federal election.

Saint Johners can remember Layton at a candlelight vigil tonight at 8pm at the Lily Lake Pavillion and two books of condolences are being set up at the offices of MP's Rodney Weston and Rob Moore today from 9am to 5p and tomorrow from 9am to Noon.

Picketers Slow Access To Airport Open House

They didn't dampen the excitement or impact the turnout but they sure did annoy drivers trying to attend the Saint John aiport open house.
Striking members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada causing traffic delays by setting up picket lines at the entrance.

Some motorists expressing concerns for the picketers safety and that the backlog of traffic on Loch Lommond Road might lead to an accident.

Airport Open House A Big Success

A community open-house at the Saint John Airport taking off to great success. Stacey Richards with the Atlantic Flight Centre tells CHSJ News they'd definitely consider holding a similar event in the future.

She says everyone was really thrilled with the chance to walk airside.  Pilot Rod Erdos with Vintage Wings of Canada showed off a fighter airplane from the second world war called the P-51 Mustang. He says the kids coming by were nothing by enthusiastic. He says it makes him a bit nervous when they get their fingers into things but, it's nice that kids still get excited over planes.

A Mark 4 Harvard was also on display, which Erdos says is the plane many veterans would have gotten their Wings in.

Few Details Coming Out Of Shredder Meeting

The meeting that was expected to reveal how the city and NB Power were going to power a metal shredder while at the same time keep west side residents happy didn't provide any details on that solution.

Instead, the meeting consisted of presentation by groups for and against the expansion, which included NB Power, the Port, and the Save the West Side Coastline Group, who want underground power lines.

Mayor Ivan Court would only provide a few details.

He says they could put a temporary line for two years that would run along Fundy Drive.
Court adds council is taking everything said at the meeting into consideration and will make a decision at Monday night's council meeting.

The only figure the mayor would throw out is that it would cost 1.8 million dollars to bury 400 metres of power lines.

Gas Is A Bit Cheaper This Morning

If you are filling up and heading out of town this morning, it will cost a little less.

The price of regular gas is down slightly at the weekly setting to 127.3 while diesel is also cheaper at 129.4.

At some pumps in the City, you can fill up on regular for 124.6 a litre and with diesel for 126.7 a litre.