10 Years Ago with Joanne Mires – Musician feels right returning to roots


Edited from the Courier Weekend Week of Friday, March 26, 2010

Businessmen upset at deal’s demise

St. Stephen

Somebody hit the switch: the NB Power deal with Hydro-Quebec has been scuttled.

Some initial reports suggested the New Brunswick government pulled the plug, while others stated the government of Quebec had triggered cancellation of the deal.

New Brunswick had asked for several major changes since the initial memorandum of understanding (MOU) was announced in October. A major change in the deal was announced on Jan. 20.

The MOU between the two provinces would have seen Hydro-Quebec paying $3.2 billion for power plants, while New Brunswick would have kept the power grid.

St. Stephen businessman David Ganong served as the chair of the Advisory Panel on the Proposed New Brunswick-Quebec Electricity Transaction which came out in favour of the January deal. In a statement released Wednesday, Ganong expressed his disappointment in the collapse.

“We are deeply disappointed with the news that the proposed New Brunswick-Quebec electricity transaction will not be going forward but are in agreement that if New Brunswick was being asked to assume additional risk or if the rewards for our province were not as substantial as were proposed, it is the right decision to terminate negotiations.”

That said, “We remain convinced that the deal we were asked to review was in the best interests of all citizens of New Brunswick.”

Musician feels right returning to roots

St. Stephen

Becka deHaan is a woman who heeds her feelings.

For example, the 25-year-old St. Stephen-raised musician prefers her mother’s maiden name “deHaan” as a stage name, rather than her legal last name of Theissen.

And when it came time to release her first CD, she felt it appropriate to come back to St. Stephen for her release party.

It’s been a busy few months for the 2009 winner of the Canadian iFactor competition—a musical competition for people with visual impairment. She began work on the release (titled Wait for the Wind) in October, with the first finished product landing in her hands mid-March.

20 YEARS AGO – 2000

Fire in St. Stephen King Street buildings burn

St. Stephen

Fire swept through three King Street buildings in a spectacular blaze early Thursday morning.

Affected are the building housing Roger’s Tin Shop at 42 King St., a building which was an antique shop at 36 King St., and a building which is owned by Mary McKenna at 32 King St.

Businesses occupied the ground floors of the structures. The second and third floors held five apartments, four of which were occupied.

Witnesses at the scene said the fire was first noticed around 1:30 a.m., and that fire trucks arrived shortly after.

Hundreds say goodbye to Ganong

Quiet funeral for man of many words

St. Stephen

Rendol Whidden Ganong went out on his own terms, quietly and without fanfare.

But those who loved and respected him were present to bid farewell.

About 400 people crowded into The S.O. Mehan funeral home, Tuesday afternoon. Some well-known and some not-so-well-known, they filled the main chapel, a smaller chapel, several additional rooms. They even lined the corridors where they listened to the service over a sound system.

30 YEARS AGO – 1990

Ganong departed old chocolate factory

St. Stephen

Within six week, the face of Ganong Bros., Ltd. will be changed forever. By that time, company president David Ganong says the transfer from the old factory to the new will be complete.

“The movement of equipment from the factory started on Monday (March 12) but the plan is we’ll have all of it moved and mostly all furnished in six weeks’ time,” Ganong said.

Although Ganong Bros. has occupied the same building since 1870, he says he does not feel sentimental about moving to a new location.

“I’m looking forward to the move and I think most of our people are now anxious to get into this new plant and get going. It’s going to be a much improved environment for everybody.”

40 YEARS AGO – 1980

Province would keep schools open

A committee has been set up in school district 21 to monitor the strike situation if the CUPE workers vote to go on strike.

It is expected that a strike vote will be taken this week by the CUPE school board employees, including bus drivers and maintenance personnel.

The trustees were told at the Tuesday night meeting that the Minister of Education, at this time, intends to keep the schools open as long as possible if there is a strike of the bus drivers and maintenance personnel. That means parents will have to get their kids to school and teaching staff will have to take care of some maintenance work like taking out the garbage.