News bites

Recycle like it’s 2009
It’s official: St. John’s curbside recycling program will come into effect later in 2009, city council has announced. Similar programs have been running for more than 20 years in some parts of Canada, and we’re definitely one of the last ones to jump on the bandwagon. But it’s a step in the right direction. By 2010 curbside composting starts. If this keeps up, sure by 2020 we’ll be living like Ewoks! More at

Teens hit by vehicle
How does the quote go?: “In the spring, a young girl’s fancy turns to thoughts of crossing the street without getting hit by a jeep…?” Two teens were stuck and injured at a busy intersection near the mall on March 20. CBC news reported that the girls were crossing when the “Don’t Walk” sign was flashing—as if the girls were to blame—but how many times have you started crossing the street and had it change halfway? More at

Up shit creek
Cleaning up St. John’s harbour is going to cost millions of dollars more than expected, according to a recent announcement by St. John’s city council. Originally estimated to cost around $93 million, the program will likely be in the $130 million to $140 million range. If federal or provincial funding doesn’t raise to match the increase, water taxes may rise. (To tell the truth, this newsbite isn’t that scary, I just wanted to use this headline.) More here:


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