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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Energy East Questions Answered At Open House

A college gymnasium filled with the chatter of questions about the Energy East pipeline being asked and answered.

The kiosk-style event at NBCC is one of many happening around the province. Spokesperson for TransCanada Phillipe Cannon tells CHSJ News they chose that style for the open house instead of a town hall-style so that the those attending could just go up to a booth and get their question answered directly instead of having to speak in front of a large group.

Cannon says the general tone in New Brunswick seems to be one of curiosity. He says the further east you go in Canada, the less familiar people are with the pipeline industry so people living here have lots of questions. He says they've been getting many questions about safety, how pipelines are built and how they work.

 These open houses are happening all over the province. If you didn't make it to this event, another meeting is being held on September 10 at the St. Alphonsus Parish Hall in Hampton, then the next day at the Legion in Chipman.

First Wal-Mart Supercenter In NB To Open In SJ

The first-ever Walmart Supercentre in New Brunswick is going to have its grand opening ceremony tomorrow at the 450 Westmorland Road location.

The 129,000 square foot store has been remodeled to include a new fresh grocery section. There are also more dry, fresh and frozen offerings. The store is one of 37 Supercentre projects planned across Canada.

The expansion will create 20 new jobs --and so far, nearly 450 people have applied.  The store will be having Grand Opening Block Party on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with face-painting, live music, refreshments and samples.

Sex Offender Moved From Saint John To Halifax

Sixty-two-year-old convicted sex offender Roger Ernest Joseph Roberge has been relocated from Saint John to Halifax.

Roberge had been assessed as a high risk to re-offend in terms of both sexual and non-sexual violence. His criminal record dates back to 1969 and his major distinguishing feature is his numerous facial tattoos.

No word on the reason for the relocation. Roberge had been living in a halfway house monitored by the Saint John Police Force's Family Protection Unit.

Hopewell Rocks Site To Get Facelift

The Hopewell Rocks Provincial Park will be getting a major financial boost this fall.

More than $800,000 is being invested to upgrade the gift shop and interpretive centre at the provincial park, with construction beginning at the end of the summer.

The renovations will include enlarging the gift shop, making it wheelchair acessible, and adding a first aid station. The site became a park in 1958 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the province.

Princess St. Scaffolding Should Soon Be Removed

A shelter made of plywood and metal has been up for weeks on an uptown street to protect passersby from possible debris after bricks fell off the top half of an old building.

It happened on July 31, and Property Manager Bob Morgan tells CHSJ News they put up scaffolding the next day in front of 196-198 Princess and a mason cleaned the rest of the loose brick from the building.

Because it falls in a heritage area, Morgan says he had to wait until the next Heritage Board Development meeting to get a heritage permit. Now that he has one, he's hoping work will start next week and take three weeks to complete.

They think water got under the eaves-troughs over the years which deteriorated some of the brick work and caused it to fall. Nobody was hurt.

Kenora Mayor Weighs In On Deer Management

They spread ticks, cause car crashes and even attack humansdeer aren't just a nuisance, they're downright dangerousand as we wait to see what, if any, plan the province's Department of Natural Resources will put in place to control our numbers, one Canadian city has started a bow and arrow hunt to deal with their exploding urban population. 

The Mayor of Kenora, Ontario, David Canfield, tells CHSJ News he highly recommends this method. Canfield says it's probably the best method possible for controlling the number of deer, because you only have a short range with a bow and arrow. He says deer are an emotional issue for people, but at the end of the day, it's about sustainability.

A few years ago New Brunswick's DNR considered bringing in archers to deal with the booming population. Another suggestion was to tranquilize the deer and bring them somewhere with low numbers, but the rate of deer death with that method was very high.

Rothesay's town council expressed shock at the numbers of car crashes caused by deer just this year: over 700. That number was revealed as the results from the Kennebecasis Valley deer survey came in.

VIDEO: Grand Opening Of Peel Plaza

It's been three years almost to the day since the official sod turning at Peel Plaza. Now, the new police headquarters and and law courts are celebrating their grand opening.

Police Chief Bill Reid tells CHSJ News they want the public to be able to see how their tax dollars were spent on the new facility, and thus will be arranging tour bookings on weekends and other convenient times.

Reid pointed out that the force had occupied City Hall since the 1970s, and it was never supposed to be permanent arrangement--so the new facility was long overdue. 

Check out a video of the grand opening:

Newcomer Kissel Is Also A Vet

He got a Canadian Country Music Association nomination when he was just 13 years old and now he's back with a grown up album.
Brett Kissel is a singer songwriter from Flat Lake, Alberta who was nominated for a Rising star award back when the awards were held in Saint John in 2006.

Kissel tells CHSJ News he loves working in country music because you can write an upbeat party song or something stripped down that's about love or loss.

You can hear Kissel's debut single "Started With A Song" on Country 94.
His debut album comes out after the CCMA's in September. 

You can hear our full interview with Brett Kissel on Pulse 94 this Sunday after the 10am news.

Ask Pipeline Questions Today At NBCC

Trans Canada is hosting a public info session on the Energy East pipeline today at the NBCC campus on Grandview Avenue.

The kiosk-style event will give citizens a chance to ask questions and voice their concerns about the pipeline from 4-8pm in the gym.

The next meetings are September 10 at the St. Alphonsus Parish Hall in Hampton then the next day at the Legion in Chipman.