July 2, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – July 2, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE

20 people have been displaced after a fire at a Bathurst apartment building
yesterday.

CBC reports the stubborn fire was reported around 9:30AM on Monday and took
firefighters from Bathurst and several neighboring departments to knock down
the blaze.

The 12 unit building sustained extensive damage and resulted in two of the
residents being transported to hospital.

Emergency lodging and meals have been arranged by Red Cross volunteers, for
10 tenants of the apartment building.

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FINANCES

Miramichi’s financial picture is looking good according to a recent audit.

The Leader reports … auditors at Grant Thornton say sound decision making
is the reason.

They say building up city coffers instead of using up grants for luxury
projects has made a big difference.

The audit says the city has cut its net debt in half in less than 3 years and
it says …. that’s impressive.

Reserves meanwhile have increased by 5-million dollars.

The auditors say Miramichi’s debt ratio continues to be among the lowest in
the province and the city is positioned to handle whatever challenges might
lie ahead.

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Canada Day

Canada Day celebrations were enjoyed by all yesterday as the weather
co-operated.

There was the pancake breakfast at the Newcastle Lions Club…the cake
cutting at Queen Elizabeth Park and the parade yesterday afternoon down
Newcastle Blvd. and up Pleasant Street. The fireworks went off without a
hitch Sunday night.

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CARTOONIST FIRED

A popular editorial cartoonist says he was fired for what amounts to
censorship, but his former employer Brunswick News disputes the claim.

Micheal de Adder a freelance cartoonist says he was let go from the Irving
owned company shortly after his cartoon showing US President Trump playing
golf next to the dead bodies of migrants was released.

However Brunswick news says the story is not true calling it a false
narrative made up on social media. They claim they weren’t even offered the
cartoon of Trump and de Adder’s contract had simply come to an end.

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POWER HIKE DELAYED

The proposed rate hike of 2.5 percent NB Power wants has been put on hold
till at least next month.

CBC reports the the company made the application too late to the New
Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board meaning the increase can’t begin in July
as planned… if at all.

EUB chairperson Raymond Gorman says the application was filed three months
after it should have been therefore the board won’t grant the start date NB
Power wanted.

The board also says it has not made a decision on whether they will approve
all, part or none of the increase NB Power applied for.

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VEHICLE FATALITY

A 61-year-old man from Wards Creek has died following a two vehicle collision
in Gallagher Ridge, northwest of Moncton.

RCMP detachment responded to the crash on June 30th around 4:30 in the
afternoon to a report of a head-on collision on Route 126.

The driver of one vehicle died at the scene, while the driver of the other
vehicle was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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FEWER WILDFIRES

A wet spring has meant fewer wildfires in the our region this year.

Authorities managing wildfires in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and
Nova Scotia have recorded counts below five- and 10-year averages.

Natural Resources Canada says the wildfire risk in the three provinces is
currently in the low-to-moderate range.

 

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BAD AT HISTORY

Canada Day not only celebrates the nation’s founding but also highlights its
history.

Sadly, a new poll suggests we Canadians aren’t too familiar with the more
unique parts of our country’s history.

The online survey from Historica Canada — the organization behind the
country’s Heritage Minutes — quizzed respondents on 30 pieces of quirky
Canadiana, with 67 per cent getting a failing grade.

Historica says scores were particularly poor for questions related to science
and innovation.

Historica Chief Executive Officer Anthony Wilson-Smith says people who think
Canadian history is boring haven’t bothered to look very closely.

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Trudeau on Canada Day

A peaceful and happy crowd clad in red and white gathered under clear blue
skies on Parliament Hill to mark Canada’s 152nd birthday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau brought his family. Governor General Julie
Payette arrived by kayak on the Rideau and even actor Ryan Reynolds took in
the festrivities.

Parties were held across the coun try…many including special citizenship
ceremonies for new Canadians.

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SPORTS

The Blue Jays hammered the Royals 11-5.

The Roughriders beat the Argos 32-7 in a game delayed by two hours because of
a thunderstorm.