June 18, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-June 18th, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

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FATAL CRASH  

 

A 68-year-old Miramichi woman has died after a two-vehicle collision in Glenwood.

Richibucto RCMP were called to the crash between a sedan and SUV on Route 11 late Tuesday night. It’s believed the sedan crossed the centerline and collided with the SUV. The driver of the sedan, who was alonein the car, died at the scene.

The SUV’s driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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FIRE   

 

Three woman were forced from their homes by a fire early yesterday morning at a tri-plex in Miramichi.

Police responded to the blaze around 2:00am in the older two-storey home containing three apartments on Duke Street. Two of the women are staying with friends while the third is receiving emergency lodging with the help of the Red Cross.

No word yet on the cause of the fire.

 

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COVID UPDATE 

 

Public Health announced another new case of Covid-19 in New Brunswick yesterday.

The new case involves yet another health care worker in Campbellton in heir twenties. However, Public Health says, while that person was exposed to the virus while working in the Campbellton Region, they actually live in the Fredericton region.

There are currently 29 active cases of the virus in the province with four people in hospital.

 

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CHIEFS MEET HIGGS

 

Mi’kmaw and Wolastoquey (Wul-ah’-stook-kway) Chiefs were disappointed after their meeting with Premier Blaine Higgs yesterday.

They want an independant, indigenous-led inquiry into the deaths of Rodney Levi and Chantel Moore at the hands of police…not just the investigation by Quebec’s police watchdog agency.

The Wolastoquay chiefs issued a release afterwards saying they were disappointed in the Premier’s refusal to committ to an inquiry and for failing to recognize there is systemic bias and racism. Jake Stewart, his minister of aboriginal affairs, does recognize that.

Premier Higgs says they should first look at how many of several hundred recommendations from previous commissions and inquiries can be implemented…but he isn’t ruling out an inquiry.

The Premier and chiefs will meet again in two weeks.

 

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VACCINE BILL READY   

 

It was a challenging week for the controversial bill on mandatroy vaccinations, but it has been approved by committee and is heading to legislature for a vote.

The bill that would remove any non-medical exemptions from vaccinations meaning children not vaccinated for religous or philisophical reasons would be unable to attend school.

Education Minister Dominic Cardy is hoping the bill will be voted on this week and says if passed it would come into effect in 2021.

MLAs have been granted a free vote meaning they don’t have to stick to party lines and its not immediately clear what direction that vote will go.

 

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PACK THE BOOZE       

 

You may soon be able to pack up that half-finished bottle of wine at the restaurant to take home with you.

According to CBC the province has proposed amendments to the Liquor Control Act allowing restaurants to re-seal a bottle of wine for people to take with them.

Part of the changes would also allow people to carry previously opened liquor from one residence to another and allow restaurants to permanently sell liquor with take-out and delivery orders.

Another big amendment would allow people to bring their own wine to restaurants inline with what several other provinces are doing.

 

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CCNB PLAN           

 

CCNB announced training will resume on September 8th at all campuses, but changes are expected in how its delivered.

Officials say courses will be given in a hybrid model of in-class work and online training depending on the specific program.

Physcial-distancing will be maintained on campus at all time and when not possible a personal protective mask will be mandatory.

President Pierre Zundel says he would like to reassure students that beyond the adaptive measures the objective of making sure students are ready for the labour market remains the same.

 

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HEAT WARNING

 

Heat warnings have been issued for the entire province.

Environment Canada expects temperatures to rise to 35 or more in some areas with humidex readings in the upper thirties. There’s an elevated risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion and people should take precautions.

Temperatures will be cooler along parts of the coast where winds blow onshore.