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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Show Your Love For The Market By Voting

Whether it's your regular grocery store or where you grab lunch during the work week, Saint Johners love the City market and here is your chance to show it.

Again this year the market has a nomination in the Great Places in Canada contest put on the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Alex Forbes of C.I.P. tells CHSJ News we are in the Public spaces category.

He says the City market fits a number of the criteria they were looking for in submitting names for great places in the county.

Last year the City market got over 200,000 votes and this year it's the only Maritime public space in the contest.

To vote click here   You can vote once a day for the City market until September 23rd.

CHSJ News Not Given Access To Harper's Visit

CHSJ News would love to tell you about the Prime Minister's visit in Saint John but we were turned away from attending a media event at the Irving Oil Refinery.

An official with the Prime Minister's office denied entry to two local newsroom because they are radio stations claiming the event was a photo-op only. Television reporters and other photographers were given access.

CHSJ News includes pictures with every news story posted to our blog and, at times, video.

The P-M-O has had its own fair share of criticism heaped upon it. Former federal Environment Minister Peter Kent described the so-called enemies list as "juvenile and embarrassing". 

A former Conservative M-P who left the party's caucus to sit as an independent charged the P-M-O treats M-P's like they're "trained seals".

Premier's TV Ad Drawing Flak

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it should be the provincial Conservative party paying for the new TV ad featuring Premier David Alward. 

He's talking about turning around the economic fortunes of the province and bringing New Brunswick workers back home from out west but the Federation's Atlantic Director Kevin Lacey tells CHSJ News he doubts taxpayers in the province want to foot the bill.

The ad cost 15 thousand dollars to make and another 75 thousand dollars to air. 

A spokesperson for the Premier says they're just trying to be transparent but Lacey views it as the first ad of next year's provincial election campaign.

Gas Prices Rise But Not By Much

You'll have to pay slightly more for gas after the weekly setting. 

Self serve regular has risen by the slightest of margins to $1.31.5 a litre around town. Diesel has gone up by more than a cent and a half a litre to $1.33.9.

Heating oil has risen by almost two cents a litre to $1.15.9 and propane is slightly higher at 98.4 cents a litre.

Bandstand Fountainhead Found Safe

Turns out uptown Saint John can have nice things, after all.

The original 1908 fountainhead from the newly-restored King Square bandstand has been found safe and sound, and will be securely re-attached to the new granite fountain immediately, according to Mayor Mel Norton.

City works employee Jeremy Kilpatrick spied the copper fountainhead laying at the bottom of the Beaver Pond fountain in the Loyalist Burial Grounds when the pool was being drained for its regular cleaning. His foreman, Mark Kincaide, brought it down to City Hall.

The Mayor expressed relief that the fountainhead was recovered, saying with the sense of community celebration in the uptown last week the safe recovery of the historic hardware was icing on the cake. He says the city is also working on installing security cameras to ensure this kind of vandalism isn't repeated.

Report On Chemo Underdosing At Regional Hospital Complete

Health Canada should regulate the mixing of drugs outside a licensed pharmacy. 

That conclusion emerges from a report on why more than 12 hundred cancer patients at the Regional Hospital and in Ontario were receiving lower dosages for their chemotherapy than they should have, some for as long as a year.

P-M Visiting City

Prime Minister Harper will be making a brief stop in Saint John at noonhour. 

He's here for what is described as a photo op with Premier David Alward and Arthur Irving at the Irving Oil refinery. 

This comes just a few days after the announcement that Trans Canada is moving ahead with the West to East pipeline which has the support of the federal government as a way to reduce dependence on foreign oil, get more money for Alberta oil and spur some economic activity.