February 10, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-Feb 10th, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

—-BATHURST HOMICIDE 

 

One man is dead and two others are in custody in Bathurst.

Police say a 70 year old man was found dead in an apartment on Moulin Street in Nigadoo Saturday.

Police aren’t saying much yet about what happened…just that two men were arrested and will be in court today but they haven’t been specific about what the charges are.

 

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HIGGS ON BORDER  

 

Premier Blaine Higgs was in Washington, along with other premiers and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on the weekend.

They met with Trump administration officials and several governors to talk mainly about trade, according toi Brunswick News.

Higgs says the tougher approach to trade and beefed-up security by the Trump administration has transformed the Canada-US border from an inconvenience to a barrier, and it’s hurting both economies.

He and the other premiers called on MPs to ratify the new NAFTA trade deal quickly. Higgs also had meetings were he focussed on softwood lumber trying to get duties cut.

 

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 MOUNT A BACK TO WORK             

 

Unionized faculty and librarians at New Brunswick’s Mount Allison University are heading back to work, ending a six-day strike.

Tentative collective agreements between the Mount Allison Faculty Association and the university were reached early Saturday morning.

Classes and academic programming will resume today. About 150 full-time and

60 part-time employees were affected by the strike.

Details of the agreement will not be disclosed but CTV is reporting students will receive a 2-hundred-dollar tuition rebate for the lost time.

 

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MILK PRICES   

 

Dairy farmers in New Brunswick say the closure of the Saputo plant in Saint John will mean a hike in milk prices.

Paul Gaunce, chairman of the Dairy Farmers of New Brunswick, says farmers will now have to ship their milk as far as Quebec or Nova Scotia for processing.

Gaunce says the added cost will eventually be passed along to consumers — about two cents per litre.

The company announced the closure Thursday, to take effect a year from now.

 

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CORONAVIRUS  UPDATE         

 

Mainland China is reporting another rise in cases of the deadly new virus.  Authorities say 97 more people have died, bringing the death toll to 908.  More than 40-thousand people are now infected.

Seven cases are confirmed in Canada — four in British Columbia and three in Ontario.

Ottawa is monitoring 285 Canadians quarantined on two cruise ships off the coast of Japan and Hong Kong, where seven Canadians have confirmed cases.