99.3 The River News—-March 9th, 2021
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Five more cases of Covid-19 were reported in New Brunswick yesterday. Two are travel related cases in the Moncton region while the other three the Miramichi health zone, are all connected to previous cases.
There are now 36 active cases of the virus in New Brunswick…with three people hospitalized including one person in intensive care.
Miramichi now has the most active cases with 16. The Edmundston region is down to 8 active cases.
RELAXED MASKS IN SCHOOLS
The new yellow phase restrictions in the province means relaxed rules for wearing masks in schools.
The Education Department tells Brunswick news students in kindergarten to grade 5 are not required to wear masks in class or common areas.
Middle schoolers aren’t required to wear them in class either but are required in common areas. High School students are only required if they cannot distance, as well as in common areas.
The news is welcomed by MLA Andrea Anderson-Mason who says she’s been recieving many questions from parents.
NURSING HOME WORKER VACCINES
There’s been hesitation from nursing home workers to get their covid vaccine in the province
Nearly half of employees in some nursing homes have not completed their consent form for vaccination. They says there’s a lack of information about the new vaccines.
The New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes confirmed to CBC – that 90% of residents have received their vaccine, but only 55% of staff members have received shots. For the French-speaking Association of Special Care Homes, about 20% of employees have refused.
Reasons for refusal are varied, but many say a lack of information about the vaccine is at the root of the problem. Communication and information inconsistencies have caused some confusion among nursing home workers.
Jury selection has been delayed in the Minneapolis trial of the former police officer charged in George Floyd’s death.
There’s an appeal over the possible re-instatement of a third-degree murder charge. But Judge Peter Cahill says he will continue with jury selection in the trial of Derek Chauvin on Tuesday unless the appeals court tells him not to.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.
Legal experts say re-instating the third degree charge would improve the odds of getting a conviction.
The school and band offices at the Natoaganeg First Nation remain closed due to the spike in cases in zone seven over the past week or so. In an online statement, Chief George Ginnish said the school will remain closed until March 15th. He says the move makes sense considering the sacrifices they’ve made over the past year – to limit any potential community spread.
Miramcihi City council has agreed to sell land in the Chatham Industrial Park for a dollar for a proposed crematorium. The LEader reports ts council unanimously approved the transfer of 1.09 hectres at Walsh Avenue and Hill Street to numbered company for the developement. Under the terms of the deal the company has two years to develop the site or lose the property, but its director David Keirstead says they intend to immedately begin work at the site on a new 1200-square floor crematorium.
MEDICALLY ASSISTED DYING
A New Brunswick MP is making a last attempt to stop the expanded access to medically-assisted dying. The expansion would allow for people with mental illness to undergo the process.
Fundy-Royal MP Rob Moore tells Brunswick News – the changes to the law have been rushed with no scrutiny from MPs or hearing opinions from Canadians.
Some doctors say that offering medical assistance in dying is not good medicine.
The debate on Bill C-7 is expected for tomorrow and needs at least one more party to support it along with the Liberals in order to pass.
Moore says the conservatives hope to move an amendment that would eliminate the new provision.
SPORTS HALL OF FAME OBIT RM / CBC TUES AM
A former Canadian Major League Pitcher from Moncton passed yesterday
Rhéal Cormier lost his battle against cancer at the age of 53.
Cormier pitched in the majors for 16 years, mainly with the Phillies and Expos. He was inducted into the The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012, ranking second all-time for games pitched by a Canadian, and was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 2014
During his time with the Expos, Cormier was involved with many New Brunswick school programs and served as a spokesman for teenage anti-suicide and anti-drug campaigns.