May 15, 2020 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – May 15, 2020

ALL NEWS STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

Railway station update

They have begun demolishing the burned out ruins of the old railway station
on Johnson Avenue in Chatham. Excavators were ripping into the interior of
the historic building while trying to leave the brick exterior standing.

Owners Henrietta Hache and her husband Francois wouldn’t comment further to
the Leader because they have an ongoing court case against the city of
Miramichi over it’s order and deadline to repair or demolish the building,
which burned in October of 2018, under the Unsightly Premises by-law.

City manager Mike Noel also declined comment, also citing the court case.

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CARDY DAYCARES

Cardy says while some daycares will open on May 19th, others will likely need
more time and some may decide not to open under the present circumstances.

Cardy also says the province will continue to cover cost of holding spots for
parents who have yet to return to work through the end of June.

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STATE OF EMERG

The province has extended the state of emergency for another two weeks… its
been in effect since March 19th.

A release says both cabinet and the all-party cabinet committee approved the
extension.

The updated declaration does have an added clause allowing drivers to renew
their Class-5 permit online starting May 21st… your current photo will used
on the new license.

The number of cases of COVID-19 remains at 120 with no new cases announced
meaning there are only two active cases in the province.

In Canada we now have more 5472 virus related deaths and over 73-thousand
cases.

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NB COVID UPD

..and for an eight straight day there were no new cases of Covdi-19 reported
in New Brunswick. That leaves the total number of cases here at 120.

Across the country there have now been more than 73000 confirmed cases of
Covid-19 and over 5472 virus related deaths.

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DAM

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is applauding a decision by N-B Power to
remove the Milltown Dam and restore free flow to the St. Croix River on the
Maine-New Brunswick border.

The dam is the oldest hydroelectric facility in Canada.

The federation’s John Burrows says dam removals lead to the return of
millions of sea-run fish like river herring, eels and wild Atlantic salmon.

Allen Curry of the Canadian Rivers Institute says restoring free flow to the
river will bring significant benefits for the whole region.

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COTTAGE GOERS

Cottage owners from Quebec and other provinces may be allowed to travel to
their properties this summer.

Premier Blaine Higgs says New Brunswick is still not ready to open up to
Quebec due to the level of exposure in that province, but isn’t ruling out
the possibility of later this year.

The Premier says he doesn’t want to write off the summer for provincial
neighbors, but they will have to wait and see how cases fluctuate in other
provinces.

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TOURISM SECTOR ISSUES

Even with the announcement of the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund by Ottawa
more help could come for the tourism sector.

Nova Scotia MP Kody Blois says it will be difficult for tourism to rebound
from COVID-19 and the government may look at specific ways to help.

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FISH MONEY

It’s dumping day for the delayed gulf lobster season with hundreds of boats
setting traps while wondering what kind of price they’ll get as market demand
seems to be down.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced new measures to assist
fish harvesters suffering financial losses due to Covid-19.

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NATIONAL PARKS

Ottawa say Canada’s national parks will resume limited operations in June.

Some trails, day use areas, green spaces and recreational boating will be
available starting June 1 at most national parks, historic sites and
waterways – and national marine conservation areas. Physical distancing will
still be required.

Camping in parks will remain off limits at least until June 21, when the
federal government will reassess whether the camping ban can be safely
lifted.

All national parks and have been closed for more than a month to slow the
spread of COVID-19.

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Trudeau border

The prime minister has held his weekly call with the premiers — his ninth
since the pandemic began.

A readout from Justin Trudeau’s office late last night said they discussed
the tremendous importance of testing and contact tracing.

They also talked about the restrictions at the Canada-U-S border. The readout
says the P-M and the premiers agreed on the need to maintain strong public
health measures at the border, especially as the two countries begin
re-opening their economies.