May 15, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – May 15, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

Missing update

A happy end to a search in the Miramichi area for a man and his
great-granddaughter yesterday.

76 year old Joseph Doyle and 11-year-old Chloe Burke were reported missing
Monday evening. They were found safe and sound at a gas station in the
Caraquet area yesterday morning. Police say they walked in after getting
stuck on a muddy road and the clerk thought there was something off about the
two and called police.

He was taken to hospital to be checked out and she was taken home to much
relieved parents.

Police are thanking the public for their vigilance and information, saying it
was instrumental in their safe return.

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Pothole repairs

The Miramichi Public Works Department is reminding motorists that it’s pot
hole repair season.

Work crews are out patching the holes produced over the winter. Police say
signage will be in place and drivers should slow down to 30kph through the
work zone or the fines will double.

The repairs will take several weeks.

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Nursing home talks

Contract talks with a mediator have broken down again between the nursing
home workers and government.

Social Development minister Dorothy Shepard issued a release last night that
the two sides have reached an impasse. She says she’s optimistic a negotiated
settlement will be reached…but also say the government is restricted by
fiscal frailty.

The unions have been calling for binding arbitration but the Higg’s
Government has rejected that unless there are restrictions on wage hikes.

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10 DIGIT DIALING

Residents of New Brunswick are being told to prepare for 10-digit dialling
for all local calls starting next summer. The Telecommunications Alliance
says in a notice on its website that all business and residential consumers
in the 506 region will have to use the area code followed by the phone number
for local calls starting in August 2020.

It says the introduction of 10-digit dialling is the result of a decision by
the CRTC.

The alliance says the move will pave the way for the addition of a new area
code — 428 — starting on in November of next year as the 506 area code
reaches capacity.

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TIM CONWAY DEATH

He often stole the show, cracking up his co-stars and audiences alike.

Emmy Award winning actor Tim Conway has passed away at the age of 85.

Know best as the second banana to Carol Burnett, the funnyman is being
remembered by Burnett as “one in a million.”

Besides his four Emmys with Burnett, Conway got two more for guest
appearances on “Coach” and “30 Rock.”

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Atlantic-Population

A new study finds the population of the Maritime provinces is growing at its
fastest pace in decades but the number of deaths now exceeds births across
the Atlantic region.

APEC says P-E-I’s population growth was the highest in the country between
2016 and 2018 at 2% a year, Nova Scotia saw an annual increase of 0.8% then
New Brunswick at 0.5%. The council says the Maritime growth is being fuelled
by immigration and a reduction in the outflow to Alberta but the region’s
aging population still poses significant challenges.

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SPORTS

The Bruins are a win away from the Stanley Cup final. Boston beat Carolina
2-1 to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern final.

NBA playoffs…Golden State beat Portland 116-94 in Game 1 of the Western
Conference final.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first major league homer then added a second as
the Blue Jays beat the Giants 7-3. Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out 17 in
just seven innings before getting pulled because of the pitch count. Then the
Rockies rallied to beat Boston 5-4 in 11 innings.