February 20, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – FEB 20/19



A fire that destroyed a purolator depot in Bathurst earlier this month has
now been deemed suspicious. The Bathurst Police have confirmed to the
Northern Light that the fire is now being investigated as a case of arson.
The fire at the purolator facility in the Bathurst Industrial Park on
February 2nd destroyed the building along with 14 vehicles. No one was hurt.



The Chatham Miramichi Ironmen of the New Brunswick Senior Baseball league
begin practices on Sunday February 24th at 1pm at the Golden Hawk Gym.

If you’re interested in trying out for the team, get in touch with the coach
of the Chatham Miramichi Ironmen, Mark Noel.

Inmate homicide update

RCMP and Corrections Canada are investigating the death of an inmate at the
Atlantic Institution in Renous Monday.

27 year old Calvin Kenny, from Newfoundland was serving a 12.5 year sentence
for manslaughter in the death of a man there in 2016. He was found badly
injured in his cell and rush to the prison hospital where he was pronounced
dead. The RCMP were called in to investigate. An autopsy is being performed
to determine the exact cause of death.


A new poll shows Premier Blaine Higgs popularity and his party’s popularity
is growing in New Brunswick. The latest polling results from M-Q-O Research
shows the PC’s with 46-percent support among decided and leaning voters in
the province – a ten percent jump from the last poll three months ago. The
newest poll also showed the provincial liberals up three points with
32-percent support; while support for the Green Party fell a dramatic ten
points to 11 percent support, and the People’a Alliance falling three points
to 8-percent support. MQO’s poll also showed Premier Blaine Higgs with the
highest approval rating of any party leader in Atlantic Canada.



67 teachers in the province have been granted an educational leave for the
next school year…46 in English schools and 21 in the french system.

Educational study leaves of three months to a full year are granted to
teachers to allow them to study a specialization or for professional growth.
The leaves include administration leadership; masters of education degrees,
training in the subject fields of literacy, mathematics, special needs and
guidance counselling.


Gas pipeline

TransCanada Corp now wants to ship natural gas through pipelines to New

After giving up its plans to build Energy East to carry Alberta crude here,
the company is now proposing using existing natural gas pipelines to
service eastern Canada, including New Brunswick. The two main natural gas
retailers here, Enbridge and Irving support the application. The western gas
would be a new source of supply now that gas exploration has shut down off
the Nova Scotia coast.



Seven children from a Syrian family who came to Canada perished in a house

The blaze quickly engulfed a home in the Halifax suburb of Spryfield.

The children ranged in age from four months to the mid-teens.

A man and woman remain in hospital, the man with life-threatening injuries,
while the woman was expected to survive.



A convoy of Canadians fed up with the Trudeau Liberals rolled into Ottawa
yesterday (Tuesday).

The “United We Roll” convoy, consisting of hundreds of trucks, began in Red
Deer, Alberta, and made its way east over four days with stops for rallies
along the way.

Pipelines, the United Nations, and illegal border-jumpers were some of the
issues brought up during the rally.

A second day of protests is planned for today (Wednesday).



The House of Commons justice committee moved a motion that would see former
justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould be invited to speak on what she knows
about the S-N-C Lavalin scandal.

However, NDP member Murray Rankin says the invitation falls short of being
able to shine a more complete light on the matter, adding no one from Justin
Trudeau’s office has been called to answer for their alleged roles in the

No date has been set for Wilson-Raybould to speak on allegations she was
pressured by the P-M-O not to prosecute S-N-C Lavalin.



Checking sports,

The Blues beat the Leafs 3 to 2.

It was the Habs over Columbus 3 to 2.

Arizona got past the Oilers 3 to 2.

At the Scotties, Chelsea Carey of Alberta is the only undefeated rink left at
6&0 in pool A.
Nova Scotia’s Jill Brothers won her first game and is 1&5.
In Pool B, PEI’s Suzanne Birt is tied for first at 4&1, while New Brunswick’s
Andrea Crawford is 2&3.