99.3 The River News – Aug. 31/17

August 31, 2017 | by: johnoshea



A local author from the Miramichi area has been appointed to the Canadian
Senate. David Adams Richards, who was born in Newscastle, has been named a
Senator by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Richards’ appointment is one of the
first to be made under a new merit-based appointment process that the Trudeau
government introduced last year. Richards is a former Giller Prize, Governor
Generals Award and Gemini award winner who had been serving as the Artist in
Residence at St Thomas University.


Drug conviction

A 35-year-old Fredericton man has been found guilty of selling drugs on the
EsgenoƓpetitj First Nation.

Jesse Joe was arrested after police began investigating a number of overdoses
involving fentanyl…including one that was fatal.

The judge said there was no evidence the pills Joe was selling on the First
Nation contained fentanyl, but he was guilty of selling drugs nonetheless. He
remains in custody with sentencing set for October 2nd.


PM and Pay Centre

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came to Miramichi yesterday to visit the Public
Service Pay Centre.

The PM did not answer questions going or or coming out of the centre where he
met with employees. However, 99.3 The River’s John O’Shea spoke to a handful
of Pay Centre employees who met Trudeau and said that he shook hands with the
employees and thanked them for their dedication and hard work.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says workers at the federal pay centre have
shown a great deal of creativity in trying to resolve problems that have
plagued the new Phoenix pay system.

At least one national civil service union leader has suggested that the pay
centre should not have been located here in the first place,…but Trudeau
came to Miramichi yesterday to meet with the workers and thank them for their
efforts in trying to resolve the ongoing problems.


PM and child care

A year after the Atlantic provinces demanded more cash from Ottawa for what
they call the region’s unique child care needs, New Brunswick now has a
funding agreement in hand.

Prime Minister Trudeau visited a child-care centre in Moncton yesterday to
announce his government will spend $30 million dollars over three years on
early learning and child-care in New Brunswick. The provincial government is
putting up another $41 million. The money will create 200 more childcare


Texas Floods

The flood waters are starting to recede in Houston and more bodies are
turning up. The toll has now risen to 31.

Some services are being restored such as buses and garbage collection.

Far fewer residents of Houston have flood insurance compared to even five
years ago and will have to pay for repairs out of their savings or go into


Whale Freed

It appears a North Atlantic right whale found entangled in fishing gear in
the Gulf of Saint Lawrence may have freed itself.

Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the whale was spotted during
a fly-over earlier this week but aerial and water patrols were unable to
locate it yesterday.

LeBlanc is promising new rules around fishing gear, fishing practices and
fishing equipment in Canadian waters to improve the safety of whale



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