August 6, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – AUG 6, 2019


Folksong fest

The Miramichi Folksong Festival kicked off last night at the Gilles LePlante
Theatre with Heather Rankin headlining the opening show.

Many Juno winning artists will be performing at the Beaverbrook Kin Centre as
the country’s longest running folk music festival celebrates its 62nd year.

You can find the schedule online at



A 24-year-old man has died after a police shooting in Moncton.

Codiac RCMP responded to a call on Sunday at two in the afternoon on Somerset
Street. They found a man with a weapon who began threatening police.

They tasered him, but he continued to threaten until officers shot him. RCMP
say CPR was conducted but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team, an independent agency, will
conduct a review of police actions in response to the incident as the
investigation continues.


A 35-year-old man from Moncton has died following a single vehicle crash in

On Sunday just after 6 p.m., the Hampton RCMP responded to call of a single
vehicle crash on Highway 880.

The crash is believed to have occurred when the man’s vehicle went onto the
shoulder of the road, then veered across the centre line and crashed into the

The man, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was taken to the Sussex
Health Centre where he died as a result of his injuries. The investigation is

Minto fire

A family of five was forced out of their home in Minto on the weekend.

Flames destroyed their rental home on Pleasant Street around 11:00am Sunday.
Nobody was hurt and the Red Cross is helping with emergency supplies while
the couple and their three children stay with relatives.

Sawmill fire

A building at a sawmill in Penobsquis went up in flames Saturday night.

The call came in about the blaze at Ayat Timbers International around 5:00pm.
It burned for almost five hours before fire crews from several departments
could get it out. Nobody was hurt.

The owner says the building housing the kiln was destroyed but the main
building was saved so they will be able to cut lumber…just not dry it until
a new kiln is built.


Transport Canada says it’s lifting speed restrictions for cargo ships in the
Gulf of St. Lawrence after recent surveillance failed to spot any North
Atlantic right whales in shipping lanes.

It says the government’s aerial surveillance team monitored shipping lanes
closely over the past month and that speed restrictions will resume if right
whales are found in shipping lanes.

The slowdown was first implemented in April and expanded in area in June and

Whale expert Sean Brillant, warns the government may be playing with fire by
lifting the speed restrictions.

Eight of the endangered whales have turned up dead in the Gulf of St.
Lawrence so far this year.


Trump on shootings

President Donald Trump is calling for Republicans and Democrats to work
together to respond to an epidemic of gun violence.

Trump spoke from the White House yesterday about the weekend shootings in El
Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio that left 31 dead and dozens wounded.

Trump called for a reduction in the “glorification” of violence in American
culture…and hate speech. He also indicated
he would oppose any large-scale gun control efforts, saying quote hatred
pulls the trigger, not the gun.


Five people were shot and wounded early yesterday in a packed nightclub in
north end Toronto.

Police say there was chaos inside the District 45 nightclub after two men and
three women were injured. One of the men was rushed to hospital in
life-threatening condition. There were 11 shootings in Toronto on the
weekend leaving 14 people wounded but no fatalities.


The Blue Jays beat the Rays 2-0 in Tampa Bay. Red Sox downed the Royals
7-5. Yankees out slugged Baltimore 9-6.