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Saturday, September 1, 2012

SPCA Facing Closure

The Greater Saint John SPCA is facing a closure this time next week.

That's unless it can get around a million dollars to pay for the 296 Bayside Drive building and for operational costs. In an e-mail, President Melody McElman says the new move, mounting debt, low donations and no steady revenue stream all piled up. And with more animals than adoptions, McElman says the community can't go without a shelter.

Just a few months ago their executive director was laid off to help cut costs. McElman says the non-profit shelter costs about $46,000 dollars a month to run. She says if anyone wants to help they can donate, give corporate sponsorship, third party fundraising or volunteer.

Unless there is a huge influx of cash, the shelter will close its doors at 5:00pm on Saturday, September 8th, and 14 staff members will be jobless.

Anyone who wants to make a donation can call 642-0931 or click here.

Man Faces Multiple Charges For Domestic Dispute

A 48-year-old man is heading to court after assaulting a 47-year-old woman.

City Police say they were called to Hazen Street around 5:40pm for the domestic dispute.

The man is charged with uttering death threats, assault causing harm to the woman, and concealing a weapon.

Saint Johner Biking Across Canada For Cancer

With cooler mornings most people are putting their bikes away, but one Saint Johner is doing just the opposite.

Shelley Wood is leaving Port City today to start a 17 day bike ride across Canada for the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride. Wood has been training for months and has raised her goal of $25,000 dollars.

Wood tells CHSJ news the SNKCR helps raise money that goes toward oncology research and programs that improve survival rates of kids with cancer.

Wood will be biking 160 kilometres a day (totalling 7,000km), starting in BC on Wednesday and finishing in Halifax on September 21.

To follow Shelley's ride, click here to go to her blog.

GAP Coming To Saint John

You'll have more selection for holiday shopping this year.

A GAP factory store is set to open at East Point Shopping this November. Construction has already started for the clothing and accessories store that features products for men, women and kids.  It joins Le Chateau, Roots and other retailers in the area.

The only other GAP store in the province is in Dieppe.