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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Woman Struck By Vehicle On Charlotte Street

Emergency crews responding to a call of a pedestrian being hit by a car uptown.

It happened around 4:30pm in front of Billy's Seafood Company on Charlotte Street. When City Police and Fire arrived on the scene, the woman was laying on the ground but was conscious and speaking.

She was put on a stretcher and taken away in an ambulance.

Health Minister Defends Five-Year Heath Care Plan

With the Council of Hospital Unions slating the province's new five-year health care plan as more concerned with the fiscal bottom line than patients, Health Minister Ted Flemming says healthcare can't continue to grow at a rate of 5-8% or a billion dollars more today than 10 years ago.

Flemming tells CHSJ News what matters is the end result, and that's the highest level of health care people can get. He adds, if we can do that more efficiently and if we can do it on a more cost effective basis, he considers that "no crime."

Flemming says efficiencies are going to be found in all areas, there won't be just one area cut. The Council of Hospital have expressed frustration with the vagueness of the plan and they are anticipating more layoffs.

Apartment Blaze Displaces Residents

An apartment building being evacuated after a fire broke out in one of the units.

City Fire says says there was heavy smoke pouring out of a third floor apartment on Davenport Avenue when they arrived. They found a fire in the back of the home, possibly in a bedroom. 

While fire crews kept the fire from spreading, the room is heavily damaged by fire and the rest of the apartment has major smoke and water damage. The building itself has slight smoke and water damage.

The people living in the apartment where the fire started are displaced for a while until the apartment is fixed. A mother and son who lived in the apartment where the fire was now have no place to call home. No word on the cause of the blaze.

Kids Auditioning For Part In Skate Canada Int'l

About 30 kids will take to the ice rink today, to audition for their moment in the limelight. They're trying out to be flower retrievers for this year's Skate Canada International event.

Cynthia Benson, the co-chair of the local organizing committee tells CHSJ News the flower retrievers pick up what the audience throws onto the ice. Benson says to evaluate the children, they'll be putting them through an obstacle course and judging them on their skating skills, grace and speed.

Out of the 30 children auditioning to be flower retrievers, only 12 will make the cut. Benson says they'll be notified as soon as possible.

A group of teenagers will also be auditioning later today for a part in the medal ceremony.

Two Arrested In Uptown Stabbing

A teenager brought to hospital with multiple stab wounds after intervening in an uptown assault.

Sergeant Cowan of City Police says the incident happened on Peters Street where two men were assaulting a third man. When the 17-year old stepped in to help the assault victim, he was stabbed. Cowan says his injuries are not life-threatening and believes the teenager has already been released from hospital.

A 56-year old and 29-year old have been arrested and will be making court appearances. Police are still looking for a third suspect.

No word on the condition of the assault victim.

Crews Respond To Milford Blaze

Fire crews battling a blaze on the Upper West Side for three hours. It happened at 353 Dwyer Road, in the Milford area. 

Firefighters kept the fire contained to the outside of the building, but there was some slight smoke damage inside.