January 14, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – JAN. 15/19




The City of Miramichi has issued a warning to snowmobilers using
the river anywhere near Station Wharf. Reconstruction of the new wharf is
continuing and the city says there a numerous patches of open water in the
area asa result. There are also other protrusions and obstruction in the
area around the construction zone. Snowmobilers are being asked to use
extreme caution in the area and to steer clear of the construction site.


A coalition of Salmon anglers have pulled out of a scheduled meeting with DFO
this week in frustration. The Leader reports the Coalition for Better Salmon
Management is skipping a stakeholders meeting in Moncton this Thursday over
the way DFO has managed the salmon fishery. The Coalition, which represents
roughly 100 anglers in the province, is upset with DFO uniform hook and
release rules and its hesitation to take action against the growing
population of Stripped bass in the Miramichi River


The man accused in the hit and run death of Brady Francis nearly a year ago
is proceeding directly to trial. The 22-year-old Francis, an Elsipogtog first
nation resident, was struck and killed while waiting on the side of the road
for a drive home in Saint Charles last February. 56-year-old Maurice Johnson
of Saint Charles was later charged in Francis’s death and was due to appear
for a preliminary inquiry in Moncton today. The Times and Transcript reports
the defense waived their right to the inquiry this morning and the case will
now proceed directly to trial by judge and jury. Dates for the trial have yet
to be set.



Experts are calling for a federal safety investigation into Friday’s deadly
double-decker bus crash in Ottawa.

Transportation Safety Board involvement would ensure any recommendations made
are designed to improve safety right across the country.

The crash killed three people.

The Ottawa Hospital says the conditions of those critically injured have been
upgraded to serious.



Air traffic controllers from Moncton have joined other from across Canada in
supporting their US counterparts with pizza. Thousands of air traffic
controllers in the US remain on the job despite not getting paid during the
current government shutdown south of the border. To show support, air traffic
controllers in Moncton and Gander, Newfoundland decided to to send hundreds
of free pizzas to controllers at airports in Maine, Boston and New York. The
show of solidarity started with traffic controllers at the Edmonton airport
last week and spread – with air traffic controllers at more than three dozen
US airports receiving free pizzas from their Canadian colleagues over the



A Saint-Antoine man says a makeshift shelter in his garage provided shelter
for three homeless people who lived there for a couple of months. But Serge
Parent says the village of Saint-Antoine recently told him that letting
people live in his garage is not allowed.

The province’s Community Planning Act says you can’t have more than one
dwelling on the same piece of land. Parent says he didn’t know such a rule
existed, and that he was just trying to help out.