August 21, 2019 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS AUG 21ST

FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

LAMEQUE HEAD ON COLLISION-

A head on collision near Lameque yesterday sent four people to hospital.

RCMP say an SUV tried to pass another vehicle on Route 113 when it collided
with a delivery truck head-on around 11:30am. The SUV then collided with a
third vehicle.

The SUV’s driver, a 51-year-old man from Pigeon Hill, suffered serious but
not life-threatening injuries. Three occupents in the third vehicle were
taken to hospital with minor injuries. The delivery truck driver was unhurt.
Route 113 remained closed for several hours following the crash.


BASEBALL NATIONALS ECONOMICS

City hotels, inns and restaurants are gearing up for an influx of hundreds of
people from across Canada coming to Miramichi for the Baseball Canada
national championships which begin thursday.

Ten teams and their supporters from across Canada will be in town for the
five day tournament which means rooms are in short supply.

Miramichi Economic Development and Tourism Director Jeff MacTavish tells the
Leader “It’s a great event for our community”. A full economic impact
assessment isn’t available…but in 2015, when the Nationals were here, there
was $2.4 million in economic spinoffs for the region with $1.65 million in
direct benefits.

————————————————————————————————————————————————–MIRAMICHI ROADWORK

The City of Miramcihi says a major infrastructure project is underway in
Chatham.

Work on resurfacing University Avenue was pushed back until today (wed).
University is closed to traffic between Duke and Water Streets. That work is
expected to continue through to the end of September.

 

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NB  LONG TERM CARE ISSUES BILL

The CEO of Vitalité Health Network says New Brunswick isn’t doing enough when
it comes to long term care for seniors.

Gilles Lanteigne tells CTV, on any given day there can be up to 200 people in
a Vitalite hosptial waiting for a long term care bed.

Lanteigne says it’s having major impacts on the system and more options for
seniors should be created such as better at home care.

Long-time seniors’ advocate Cecile Cassista agrees and says the most recent
numbers in the province show 817 people waiting for a bed with 498 of them in
hospital.

A spokesperson for the Department of Social Development says they are aware
of the demographic challenges and are working on changes.

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NB  VACCINE TALKS

A legislature committee will hear presentations next week on more stringent
vaccination requirements for young people.

A bill introduced by the Higgs Government would make vaccinations mandatory
for children in daycares and schools unless they have a medical exemption.
The new rule were introduced in June amidst the measles outbreak in the Saint
John area.

Groups like the New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association support the move,
while Vaccine Choice Canada calls it a civil rights issue that may require
civil disobedience.

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NB CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

An American man has been sentenced in New Brunswick to a year in jail after
pleading guilty to smuggling child pornography.

The charges against 66-year-old Eugene Williams, of Houlton, Maine, followed
a Canada Border Services Agency investigation. Numerous digital devices were
seized during a search in April of last year and Williams was denied entry to
Canada. It was later determined some of the devices contained images of child
pornography and bestiality and Williams was arrested on June 18th when he
again tried to enter the country.

 

SPORTS—-

 

The Blue Jays opened a west coast road trip with an embarrassing 16-3 loss to
the Dodgers in L-A. The Red Sox lost a 3-2 decision to Philadelphia. The A-s
beat the Yankees 6-2.