June 29, 2020 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – June 29, 2020



Seven members of an extended family lost everything to a fire at the First
Nation in Burnt Church, east of Miramichi.

The chief and band council arranged emergency lodging and meals for a couple
plus children and grandchildren, and Red Cross volunteers from Miramichi have
been assisting with purchases of clothing and baby-care needs.

Only one family member was home at the time and escaped unhurt from the blaze
on Lawrence Court, reported shortly before midnight Friday.



The Pride flag is again fluttering in the breeze in Miramichi.

The official flag raising was held on Friday in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Mayor Adam Lordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi – Grand Lake Pat
Finnigan, and City Councillor Ryan Somers were present at the annual

The Mayor says on social media …. usually the flag is raised during Pride
events in August.

However, this year’s festival has been cancelled due to COVID-19.



Premier Blaine Higgs is calling on Ottawa to re-think federal health transfer
payments saying … now is the right time.

Higgs tells the Telegraph-Journal …. the payments should be based on each
province’s age demographics, not just population numbers.

The premier has argued since coming into power …. the 830-million in
tranfers simply isn’t enough based on the unique needs of the aging
population of New Brunswick.

Ottawa has shown little desire to re-think the 10-year deal signed by the
Gallant government in 2017 that links the transfers to yearly GDP targets
that the province has yet to achieve.



We have now gone five days in a row with no new cases COVID-19 reported over
the weekend.

A release by public health shows only five-active cases remaining in New
Brunswick with two people in hospital.

With the entire province now on the yellow phase of recovery …. the next
major step is the opening of the Atlantic Bubble on Friday… as people from
Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland/Labrador will be allowed into the province
for non-essential travel.

Nationally numbers continue to slow as well… we currently have over
103-thousand cases and 8522 virus related deaths



Worldwide the numbers have reached a dire landmark.

A leading U-S health authority reports confirmed infections have now
surpassed the 10-million mark worldwide.

Another tragic milestone has been passed with word of 500-thousand deaths

The reported tally comes from Johns Hopkins University researchers.

About one in four of those deaths — more than 125-thousand — have been
reported in the U-S.


The Conservatives are citing what they call ”well documented” connections
between WE and the prime minister as they push for transparency in Ottawa’s
COVID-19 spending.

The Opposition says there must be an investigation into the government
decision to have the international charity oversee the 900-million-dollar
student aid program.

Justin Trudeau says the decision to use WE was made by the non-partisan
public service, not by him.

The P-M has attended past WE events and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau,
hosts a WE podcast.


Music legends … The Rolling Stones …. are threatening U-S President
Donald Trump with legal action.

Its over the continuing use of their songs at Trump rallies despite
cease-and-desist orders.

The Stones say their legal team is working with music rights organization
B-M-I to stop the use of their material in Trump’s re-election campaign.

The Stones had complained during Trump’s 2016 campaign about the use of their
music to fire up his conservative base at rallies.

The Rolling Stones’ 1969 classic “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was a
popular song at Trump events, including his latest controversial rally in
Tulsa, Oklahoma.