April 21, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-April 21st, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

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NEED CO-PAY       

 

Premier Blaine Higgs has asked pharmacies to drop the co-pay on prescriptions but an assistant professor of pharmacology calls the move unconscionable.

Dr. Keith Brunt of the Dalhousie Medical School in New Brunswick tells the Record pharmacist’s workload has tripled while putting their safety at risk and now they are being asked to do it for free.

Brunt says most pharmacists aren’t salaried and are paid through the co-pays collected by the pharmacy owner, which in many rural areas is the pharmacist themselves.

The province has not commented on the measure since asking pharmacists to consider dropping the co-pay on April 16th.

 

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NB – NS VICTIMS   

 

Meanwhile, there is an outpouring of grief across a number Nova Scotian communities as the names of the victims begin to emerge including  two V-O-N nurses, a teacher, two married correctional officers, and a retired firefighter.

The president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union expressed his sadness at the loss of “one of our own” after obituaries were posted for Lisa McCully, a teacher at the Debert Elementary School.

In a statement the V-O-N says two of the victims were health care employees _ Heather O’Brien, a 17-year nursing veteran and grandmother –  and Kristen Beaton, a young wife, mother, and  continuing care assistant.

Due to public health measures around COVID-19 friends and families of the victims are being asked to mourn the best they can online until traditional services are able to be held.

 

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NB/PEI – HALF MAST                    

 

Flags are flying at half mast across New Brunswick, P-E-I and Newfoundland and Labrador following the killing rampage in Nova Scotia on the weekend.

Premier Dennis King says P-E-I is mourning in solidarity with all Nova Scotians in the aftermath of what he calls “the unimaginable tragedy.”

The New Brunswick government says flags are being lowered at the Legislative Assembly and across that province in honour of those lost in the tragic events on the weekend.

And Premier Dwight Ball says Newfoundland and Labrador stands with Nova Scotia in sorrow.

 

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NB – COVID

 

The number of Covid-19 cases in New Brunswick remains at 118 with no new cases yesterday.

 

Before the briefing began Expressions of heartfelt sympathy and sadness to the victims of the shootings cae from both Premier Blaine Higgs and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Russel.

 

  1. Russel says that despite only a handful of new cases over the past couple of weeks, New Brunswickers should not to get ahead of themselves. She warned many restrictions would likely remain in place even as the province begins to reopen in the weeks or months ahead.

1,690 people have died across Canada from COVID with the number of cases aproaching 37,000.

 

 

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HUMAN RIGHTS   

 

New Brunswickers who believe they are victims of discrimination or harassment can now go online to file a complaint with the province’s Human Rights Commission.

Director Marc-Alain Mallet says most complaints are sent by regular mail on paper documents, which must be processed and transferred into the commission’s database. He says the email form will reduce processing time.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission continues to operate while respecting the government guidelines.