June 24, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-June 24th, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

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BOAT DROWNING         

 

A 44-year-old man from Red Bank has drowned while trying to retrieve a boat that had floated away from shore on the North West branch of the Miramichi River.

Sunny Corner RCMP believe the man tried to get to the boat and began to struggle and went under the water. His body was found several hours later about 25 metres fromshore.

Police say his death has been determined to have been the result of drowning.

 

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FOREST FIRE

 

The hot dry weather continues and the woods are tinder dry.

Crews are battling a forest fire between Heath Steel Mines and Popple Depot, in the northwest part of Northumberland County.

The fire was deemed out of control as of late yesterday afternoon with 20 firefighters trying to contain it, according to Brunswick News.

Because of the dry weather, the entire province is under a no burn order.

It’s been a bad year for fires with almost 1,200 hectares scorched compared to an average of about 200 hectares a year for the last decade.

 

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SALMON POOLS CLOSED

 

The warm weather has also forced DFO to close 30 cold water salmon fishing pools on the Miramichi River system  because of warm water.

The pools will remain closed until conditions improve, as per the warm-water protocol in place. If the watert gets too warm, the salmon begin to die.

You can check the affected pools on the DFO websites recreational fisheries pages under Atlantic Salmon.

 

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COVID

 

Public Health is reporting one new case of Covid-19 in the province.

The new case is travel-related and involves a person in their fifties in the Moncton Region. Public Health say the person was self-isolating at the time of the confirmation and had no close contacts. So there are now 20 active cases of the virus, with the majority still in the Campbellton-Restigouche Region. Two people are currently hospitalized with the virus…one in intensive care.

Nationally, the numbers continue to slow as well with 8,454 deaths…only 18 more than the day before across the country…out of almost 102,000 cases.

 

 

 

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MOOSE DROWNED    

 

A wildlife group is blaming curious onlookers for the death of young moose at Parlee Beach on Monday.

A witness tells the Times and Transcript the moose was first spotted in the water, probably trying to cool off, near the Pointe Du Chene wharf when it got spooked by jet skis and ran towards Parlee Beach.

People than began crowding around to watch the animal swim.

The Atlantic WIldlife Institute, which helped field calls about the animal while DNR was responding to the situation, says the moose was stressed and trying to find a way out of the area when it drowned.

 

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 WATER    

 

First Nations communities in Atlantic Canada are creating the first Indigenous owned and operated water authority in the country.

The federal government will provide 2.5-million dollars to help form the autonomous agency that will take charge of operating water systems in First Nations in the region.

Chief Wilbert Marshall of the Potelotek First Nation in Cape Breton will be the first chair of the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority and calls the signed framework agreement an “historic day.”

His community is among those that have for decades faced struggles with inferior water systems and have lobbied strongly for upgrades and more local control.

 

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VISITS STARTING 

 

Some long term care homes rolled out the red carpets and hung balloons as they welcomed visitors for the first time in about 100-days this week.

Staff at York Care Center in Fredericton described it just like Christmas to CBC as people clapped and cheered while visitors cleared screening and made their way to their loved ones rooms.

Visitation still looks and feels different with only one visitor allowed per patient and limits on time and activities.

Other homes are still holding outdoor visits as their size prevents them from propery physical-distancing measures.

 

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FINANCIAL UPDATE

 

We’ll get a better idea today of how poorly the province’s finances are doing because of the pandemic.

The legislature’s Standing Committee on Estimates and Fiscal Policy will get more details from bufreaucrats on how the pandemic has affected the books.

Finance Minister Ernie Steeves has already revealed that instead of a $92 million surplus, the province is looking at a $300 million deficit because revenues are way down and spending way up.