99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – MAR 13/18

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March 13, 2018 | by: johnoshea

(ALL NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

Storm

Storm #3 is on the way with the winds picking up later today and then the
snow.

Environment Canada says we can expect 10-15cm of snow starting this afternoon
and tonight with more tomorrow. Strong northeasterly winds will cause blowing
and drifting conditions which will make travel hazardous. Public Safety
canada says protect yourself from wind, cold and disorientation by staying
sheltered, indoors or with your vehicle. Everyone in the house should know
the emergency plan and get an emergency kit ready.

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Liquor Control Act Violations

Miramichi Police handed out 18 tickets to local bars for Liquor Control Act
violations last week.

Police say they visited drinking establishments in the area last week and
issued the tickets for allowing minors inside, under-age drinking, overly
intoxicated patrons and illegal possession of liquor.

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Call Centre Changes

A large call centre in Miramichi will be cloising its doors but the employees
will still be taking calls…just from home.

Sykes Enterprises, which is based in Florida, is one of Miramichi’s largest
employers with over 400 employees is transitioning to a new model and will be
closing its offices in the former Miramichi Mall. The employees will be
working out of their homes which the company says will give them more
flexibility and should serve as an incentive as they recruit more workers.

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WORKPLACE INQUEST

An inquest will begin next week into the death of a 58-year-old heavy
equipment operator killed in a workplace accident at a gravel pit in
Caraquet.

James Baker was killed on October 27th, 2014. Baker died when the equipment
he was in rolled over and he was trapped under the water at the bottom of a
gravel pit.

The coroner’s jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at
preventing similar deaths.

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AIRPORT MESS

The Saint John Airport, and airports across the country, were a mess
yesterday afternoon after Air Canada’s computer system crashed. All
passengers had to be checked in manually, leading to extremely long,
slow-moving line-ups. Air Canada says it’s Customer Contact Centre and
website service were also knocked offline. The issue caused flight delays all
across the country.

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Massachusetts-Trade

Premier Brian Gallant is in Boston, where he’s been discussing trade, job
creation and other issues with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

Officials say the pair spoke about softwood lumber, the continuing North
American Free Trade Agreement negotiations and the shared challenges
presented by climate change. Gallant also plans to attend the 2018 Seafood
Expo North America, more commonly known as the Boston Seafood Show.

He will also be taking part in a discussion on trade in a changing world
presented by the New England-Canada Business Council in partnership with the
Consulate General of Canada.

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TRUDEAU TAKING HEAT RE: BELGIUM

According to the Toronto Star, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is
raising diplomatic eyebrows for not meeting with Belgian royalty and business
leaders during their visit to Canada.

Sources say that the delegation feels snubbed by the federal Grits.

Trudeau’s approach with the Belgians contrasts with his effusive welcome of
Jordan’s King Abdullah last year, highlighting Canada’s “close ties” with the
Middle East country and personally praising Abdullah as a friend, while
giving that county 45 million dollars for refugee aid.

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Trudeau tour

The prime minister is his steel and aluminum tour, starting in Quebec’s
Saguenay region, telling workers his government will always have their backs.

Justin Trudeau is on a three-day, three-province tour to show his support for
the industry in the face of possible American tariffs and saying that would
hut people on both sides of the border. He also says Canada won’t be coerced
into making concessions at the NAFTA negotiating table under the pressure of
tariff threats from Trump.

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SPORTS

NHL action saw the Canadiens lose 5-2 to Columbus.  Kings shut down the
Canucks 3-0. Capitals beat the Jets 3-2 in overtime. Senators topped the
Panthers 5-3.

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