99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – APRIL 6/18

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April 6, 2018 | by: johnoshea

(ALL NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

Potholes

As the latest snow melts, more potholes are expected to open up in Miramichi.

Jay Shanahan, director of Public Works for the city, told the Leader it’s
been one of the worst winters for his department in quite awhile.

Shanahan says because of the frequent freeze-thaw cycles, they’re expecting
more potholes than normal. Several streets and roads are already causing some
concern including the King George Highway. His crews have been putting in
cold patches on the worst holes…but more permanent fixes have to wait until
the ground thaws and the asphalt plants open.

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SCHOOL FUNDING

Premier Brian Gallant was in Neguac yesterday to re-confirm his government’s
$2.6-million committment to the CSC Lafontaine School.

Gallant had promised a major infrastructure investment at the school two
years ago and returned to the K-to-grade 12 school yesterday to confirm that
work would be getting underway soon. Work on expanding the trades shop
section is expected to begin this summer.

Gallant later announced his government has earmarked $23.1 million for the
continuing renovation of Chaleur Regional Hospital. It will go towards
continuation of the five-storey expansion project.

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Arson Sentence

A man who was just looking for cigarette butts is going to prison for three
years.

That’s because while looking for the butts in 2015 in downtown Bathurst 55
year old Perry Kinsman was using some burning paper as a torch to see. He
left the paper burning when he left the scene. That fire spread and destroyed
four buildings.

Kinsman pleaded guilty to arson and yesterday the judge gave him three years,
noting some people lost their homes, their jobs, and that downtown Bathurst
will never be the same.

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Ambulance Crasher Back in Hospital

A man, who crashed into an ambulance and then attacked two good samaritans
who had stopped to help, is back in hospital.

30 year old Bradley Mitton, of Moncton, was found not criminally responsible
after a psychiatric evaluation for the incident on Route 11 near Bouctouche
in February. Yesterday, the judge sent him back to the Restigouche Hospital
Centre for treatment. The New Brunswick Review Board will decide within 45
days if he should be kept in hospital or released on conditions.

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NB POWER

N-B Power says a new request filed with the Energy and Utilities Board would
mean a lower rate increase for the average New Brunswick household.

The move follows a recent cash settlement with several insurers who
underwrote the refurbishment project at the Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating
Station.

If approved, the request would mean a lower rate increase later this spring,
with the average customer seeing an increase of $2.68 per month instead of
four dollars per month.

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Speaker Suspended

Premier Brian Gallant says any workplace harassment is unacceptable. He made
that statement in Fredericton where he announced the speaker of the
legislature has been suspended from the Liberal caucus pending an
investigation into such allegations.

Gallant says a former employee of the legislative assembly has complained
about 55-year-old Chris Collins. He says an independent third party will
conduct the investigation and he’s asking that Collins also be suspended from
his administrative position in the legislature.

He says it’s crucial to ensure workplaces are safe and respectable for all
people, in all situations.

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Facebook Breach

Facebook’s acknowledgment that nearly all of its 2.2 billion members have
probably had their personal data mined is the latest example of the social
network’s failure to protect users’ data.

The scandal has mushroomed into investigations across continents, including a
probe by the U-S Federal Trade Commission. The federal and British Columbia
privacy commissioners are joining forces to investigate Facebook and
Victoria-based Canadian political consultancy AggregateIQ.

Facebook says more than 622-thousand users in Canada had their data
improperly shared.

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Trump China Tariffs

What’s already shaping up to be the biggest trade battle since the Second
World War is intensifying.

Donald Trump is considering an additional $100-billion in tariffs on Chinese
goods. The president’s surprise move came a day after Beijing announced plans
to tax $50-billion in American products in response to Washington’s earlier
decision to slap tariffs on $50-billion worth of Chinese imports.

Trump says ”China’s illicit trade practices, ignored for years by
Washington, have destroyed thousands of American factories and millions of
American jobs.”
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SPORTS

NHL action saw the Leafs lose a 2-1 decision to the Devils. The Canadiens
posted a 4-3 win over the Red Wings. Canucks clipped the Coyotes 4-3 in
overtime. Oilers lost 4-3 to Vegas. Jets edged Calgary 2-1.

The Blue Jays had the day off and the Red Sox needed 12 innings to beat Tampa
Bay 3-2.

Jordan Spieth put together a lengthy birdie run to take the first-round lead
at the Masters. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B-C. is three strokes back.

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