99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – FEB. 16/18

February 16, 2018 | by: johnoshea



The Village of Doaktown taxpayers are dealing with the reality of having new
state-of-the art hockey rink. The year-old 7.5 million-dollar Prospect Place
arena is behind a 10.5 cent increase on property taxes in 2018. Mayor Bev
Gaston tells the Leader that Doaktown is better off with the new rink but
still has to find a way for paying for it. While most of the money for the
rink came from the insurance settlement following the collapse of the roof at
the old rink – Gaston says the new rink is proving costly to maintain with
rising insurance and utiltiy costs. Doaktown is now in the process of trying
to maximize use of the rink to increase its revenues.


Three people have been arrested after Miramichi Police seized drugs from a
vehicle on King Street on Thursday. Police say they stopped the vehicle
shortly before 5pm and arrested a 41-year-ol man, a 23 year-old man, and a 25
year-old woman for possessing illegal narcotics. Miramichi Police say the
matter is still under investigation.
Payroll Centre Employees

Workers at the federal pay centre are getting a sort of bonus…at least
temporarily, according to the Halifax Chronicle Herald.

Canada Revenue Agency and the union representing the taxation workers have
agreed to a temporary incentive package to boost pay for current employees
and recruits because of the extra work they’ve had to do trying to deal with
the Phoenix pay system.

The Union’s national president Marc Briere posted a letter on the union’s
website, says employees have worked hard under “stressful and demanding
situations” to deal with problems created by the new pay system. So they have
agreed to incentives to help enhance the recruitment and retention of


French Fort Cove Hockey

Don’t plan on strapping on your skates anytime soon at French Fort Cove.

We’ve been told a number of times, there’ll be no pond hockey tournament
there…but some have wondered about just clearing the ice for outdoor

Mayor Adam Lordon told the Leader it’s not something on the city’s radar,
saying the outdoor rinks already in the city may be a little more accessible
than French Fort Cove. It would be iconic and beautiful there but it is a bit
of a trek.

As for bringing back a pond hockey tournament, the city doesn’t have the
resources on its own…but the Mayor would be willing to support a private
group or organization if they would like to try it.


The family of a P-E-I woman who died in 1977 told the National Inquiry on
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls that people should know her
life mattered.

Barbara Bernard and her grand-daughter appeared at the inquiry in Moncton
yesterday and spoke about the life and death of her mother, Mary Francis
Paul. Bernard says she was 16 when her mother, who was from Scotchfort,
P-E-I, was found dead at the waterfront in Charlottetown.
She found out 12 years later that her mother’s death may have been
suspicious, but she has no idea if there ever was a police investigation.
(The Canadian Press)

Storm Compensation

The Gallant Government is helping people and businesses affected by the rain
storm and snow melt last month that caused so much damage.

The Disaster Financial Assistance program will provide residents with up to
$160,000 for structural reapairs to a house, accoding to the Times and
Transcript. Small businesses and non-profit groups can get up to $500,000.
Advance pavements up to $4,000 for claims over $10,000 are available to
property owners who need to reoccupy their homes as quickly as possible.

The worst damage was in the southern part of the province but some people
were evacuated from their homes on the Elsipogtog First Nation,.



The Federal government is being asked to release $172.5 million for efforts
to fix the troubled Pheonix Pay system.

The request was tabled by Treasury Board Ppesident Scott Brison earlier this
week. That money would be earmarked to try to stabilze the system by the end
of this year. Roughly 200,000 federal employees are still experiencing issues
with their wages due to the troubled Pheonix software.



Health officials say there have been eight flu-related deaths in Nova Scotia
over the past week amid an abnormal influenza season.

Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Robert Strang says normally the flu season
starts with influenza A and then influenza B shows up towards the end…but
this season both viruses are circulating together.

So far there have been 22 deaths in Nova Scotia, 15 in New Brunswick and
three in Prince Edward Island.

New Brunswick Public Health says that in addition to the circulation of both
strains of flu, people started getting ill in October when the season
normally starts toward the end of December.


Canadian war veterans and the Tories are continuing to push Liberal prime
minister Justin Trudeau to apologize for what they call insensitive comments.

Trudeau is taking heat for saying his government is fighting some veterans
groups in court because “they are asking for more than we are able to give
right now.”

Many critics are also upset that Trudeau can “find Canadian dollars to ship
overseas,” but can’t fund help for Canadian war vets.



In the NHL…the Canadiens lost for the second night in a row…this time to
the Coyotes 5-2.  Oilers lost 4-1 to the Golden Knights.  Senators came from
behind to beat the Sabres 3-2 in overtime. Flames clipped the Predators 4-3.
Sharks chewed upo the Canucks 4-1.

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