July 5, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – July 5, 2019



A local woman has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for throwing a bucket of
human waste on her landlord.

The Leader reports 32-year-old Amber Poirier was sentenced in Miramichi
Provincial Court yesterday after previously pleading guilty to assault with a
weapon causing bodily harm.

Poirier was being evicted on February 12th.

During the ensuing argument, Poirer threw the contents of garbage can filled
with feces and urine on the the female victim.

The landlord was taken to hospital following the incident.

In addition to three months in jail, Poirer will serve two years of probation
and has been ordered not to have any contact with the victim.


2.5-million-dollars has been awarded to patients of Dr. Raj Menon in a class
action lawsuit.

The Miramichi pathologist was found to have misdiagnosed and misread
thousands of test results at Miramichi Hospital.

One of the representative plaintiffs Jim Wilson tells CBC he glad its over and
glad to be alive after Menon misdiagnosed his prostate cancer as an

The funds will compensate the over 3400 people effected by the doctors
actions. Menon died in 2015 but action continued against his estate.

Phoenix retention bonuses

The Canadian Press has learned the federal government has let an agreement
expire that gave retention bonuses to workers trying to deal with the backlog
of problems created by the Phoenix pay system.

The incentive package to attract and retain compensation advisers to work at
the pay centre in Miramichi had been in place since August 2017, but expired
in June.

The Public Service Alliance of Canada said no action was taken on its
repeated request for an extension. Hundreds of compensation advisors were
laid off by the previous Harper Government to save taxpayers money once the
Phoenix pay system was launched. But flaws in the new system quickly created
pay errors for tens of thousands of workers, forcing the Trudeau government
to re-hire pay specialists to fix the mess.



Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for virtually all of New
Brunswick. Temperatures topped 30 degrees in some areas yesterday and
forecasters predict highs of 30 degrees Celsius or more throughout the
province today.

With the humidity, the temperature for most of New Brunswick will feel like
38 degrees and nightime temperatures will also be above seasonal norms.

The heat warning advises against physical activity during peak hours of the
day – and urges caution, drinking lots of water and taking breaks in cool
places if you are working outdoors.


Foresters in New Brunswick will not have extra duties applied when selling to
the United States thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

CBC reports the Department has been investigating if New Brunswick assesses
forest properties too low at $100 per hectare, giving the province an unfair
advantage over US counterparts.

The ruling doesn’t completely let foresters off the hook saying the
assessments are far to low compared to land sales, but not enough to spark
further duties on the products.

Mike Legere of Forest NB says they welcome the news and are glad they’ve been
able to refute another claim of subsidy made by the US government.

Nursing home update

The chief justice of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench Tracy Deware
has ruled a law making nursing home workers an essential service is
unconstitutional….but they can’t strike just yet.

Justice DeWare agreed to a provincial request to delay the impact of the
ruling until January to allow the government time to make the law comply with
the Charter of Rights.

Social Development Minister Dorothy Shepard meanwhile issued a statement
saying the judge’s decision is being reviewed, leaving open the possibility
of a further appeal to a higher court.



A federal scientific review says speed restrictions and fishing zone
enclosures in the Gulf of St. Lawrence may not be doing enough to protect
critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.

Six have died since the beginning of last month off the east coast.

Scientists found that speed restrictions reduced the risk of lethal strikes
by 56 per cent, but 111 vessels were caught travelling over the limit between
April 28th and June 27th.


The head of California’s Earthquake Authority says the latest quake to hit
the state is “an important reminder that all of California is earthquake

Glenn Pomeroy says the magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit Southern California
shows why people in the state must be prepared for such events.

The quake hit about 250 kilometres northeast of Los Angeles and is the
strongest to hit the region in 20 years.

It sparked some fires, knocked out power, shook goods off store shelves and
rattled a lot of nerves, but there were no reports of serious injuries.


NB Senior Baseball, Moncton downed the Chatham Ironmen 6 – 2

Major leagues, the Red Sox got the win over Toronto 8-7; Yankees over the Rays 8-4

and in Canadian Football, Montreal beat Hamilton 36-29