99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – FEB 28/18

February 28, 2018 | by: johnoshea



Two people have been killed and three others injured following a two-vehicle
crash in Bathurst this morning. RCMP have confirmed that a 31-year-old
Pointe Verte man and a 47 year-old Grand Anse woman died in the collision
around 730 this morning. The head on collision involving two pick up trucks
occurred on Route 11, between the St.Anne and Kings Streets exits near
Bathurst. Three others were taken to hospital with non-life threatening



An inmate appearing in court in Miramichi had to wrestled to the ground and
dragged from the courtroom earlier this week. 26-year-old Christian
Benson-O’Brien, an inmate at the Atlantic Institution, was appearing in
Miramichi Court on Monday on charges uttering threats, threatening a
corrections officer, carrying a shank weapon and other counts. While going
over the charges, Benson-O’Brien suddenly stated he had enough of the judge
and the court, starting cursing, and attempted to walk out. He was wrestled
under control by three sherrifs and eventually dragged from the courtroom.


Seasonal Workers Support in Budget

Yesterday’s federal budget announced support for seasonal workers caught in a
black hole. That’s the gap between when their benefits run out and they go
back to work in industries such as the fishery, forestry or tourism. Hundreds
of these workers in Northern New Brunswick (in the Restigouche to Albert
region) have been protesting lately because their benefits were cut due to a
lower unemployment rate last year.

The federal budget includes short-term and long-term funding to allow Ottawa
to work with the province to help seasonal workers affected by eligibility


Budget Pay Centre

The Public Service Alliance of Canada is encouraged by the funding commitment
of hundreds of millions of dollars to fix the Phoenix pay system

But PSAC says the budget does not have an exemption from paying back the
gross amount of overpayments in 2017. Union members reported overpayments but
they still need to pay back the gross amounts not the net after taxes. The
union is also encouraged by the committment to hire compensation
advisors…but we will need to hold the government’s feet to the fire to
ensure they deliver.


Snowmobile Crash Victim Identified

The victim of that deadly snowmobile crash on the weekend has been identified.

46-year-old Cory Hazen Tucker of Lyttleton was killed when his snowmobile hit
a tree near Kennedy Lakes.

Tucker’s wife, Shelley Tucker, confirmed to the Leader yesterday the crash
victim was her husband. A funeral service will be held Friday in Red Bank.


Federal Budget-Phoenix

The federal Liberals say the flawed Phoenix pay system is destined for the
ash heap and the government will spend 16-million dollars over the next two
years looking for a replacement. The budget also sets aside an additional
$431.4-million dollars over six years to fix existing pay problems for more
than 300,000 civil servants.

NBCC Instructor Wins Award

An instructor at the NBCC Miramichi campus has won a national award for
making inclusion a way of life for her students.

The Leader reports Nancy Hallihan-Sturgeon, an Early Childhood Education
Instructor, won a National Inclusive Education Award from the New Brunswick
Association for Community Living. Hallihan-Sturgeon says it was unexpected
and she was humbled by many of the other stories of recipients about what
they are doing about inclusion in education. She has also helps organize and
promote events like Orange Shirt Day, which recognizes the experiences of
residential school survivors.



The New Brunswick government says 84 per cent of property owners will not see
any change in their tax assessments being mailed out this week.

That’s because an assessment freeze was put in place last year after a new
digital system implemented by Service New Brunswick led to inflated tax bills
for thousands of property owners.

The province says 12.5 per cent of property owners will see a decrease in
their assessments.

It says exceptions to the freeze include new construction or renovations and
notes that while the property assessment remains at the 2017 level, half of
local governments have increased their tax rate, which affects total property
taxes payable.



MVHS Boys hockey team defeated ESN 3-1 to sweep the series 2-0 . MV advances
to a provincial qualifier.

In the Q-League…the Titans beat the Islanders 3-2 in overtime at Eastlink

All the Canadian teams lost in the NHL last night. Leafs lost 3-2 to Florida.
Senators lost 3-2 to Washington. Sharks beat the Oilers 5-2. Dallas shut
down Calgary 2-0. Predators beat Winnipeg 6-5.

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