May 22, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-May 22nd, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

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FISH PLANT/MILL FIRE  

 

Fire has destroyed a seafood plant in Val-Comeau.

Crews from all over the Acadian Peninsula were called to the blaze shortly after 3:00 yesterday afternoon with heavy smoke billowing over the community.

The plant employs about 300 people in the area and reports say it could be a total loss. There are no reports of any injuries

Meanwhile another fire broke out at the Northwest Cedar Mill in St-Andre.

The fire was reported at the cedar-shingle mill around 7pm. There is not word on the extent of the damage.

The cause of both fires remains under investigation.

 

 

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COVID COMEBACK 

 

The two week streak has come to an end as a new case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in New Brunswick.

Public Health issued a release yesterday saying an individual under the age of 19 in the Campbellton region has tested positive.

How the individual contracted the virus remains under investigation. The new case today is the 121st to be confirmed in province – the previous 120 cases are all considered resolved or recovered.

Nationally there have been over than 81 thousand cases including more than 6100 covid-19 related deaths

 

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WORKERS SOON?     

 

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs says he will make a decision within days to ensure farmers and fish processors have the workers they need this year.

A coalition of agriculture groups has written a letter to Higgs saying New Brunswick’s ban on temporary foreign workers is putting the food system on the verge of collapse.

They say the province already relies heavily on food imports and the ban could spell the end for many farms, which have been forced to reduce planting.

Higgs says if the roster of necessary workers isn’t filled in the next few days, decisions will have to be made to ensure those needs are met.

 

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NB  DEFICIT     

 

The Higgs Government is now projecting a nearly 300-million-dollar deficit for this year.

In his latest fiscal update, Fiance Minister Ernie Steeves says the effects of Covid-19 have turned what had been a forecasted 92.4 million dollars surplus for 2020-21 into an expected 299.2 million-dollars deficit.

Steeves says the province is facing a situation unlike anything experienced before and says the new deficit projections will push New Brunswick’s overall net debt to 14.1-billion-dollars.

 

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NB  FATAL  

RCMP say a 32-year-old woman has died following a single vehicle crash in Youngs Cove, north of Gagetown.

Mounties say they responded to the crash on route 105 around 11pm on Tuesday night .

Police say the woman’s vehicle left the road and rolled over.

The 32-year-old female drive and lone occupent of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

RCMP say an autopsy will be conducted to assist in identifying the exact cause of her death.

 

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TESTING MONEY

 

The Prime Minister’s Office says the federal government’s offer to help provinces increase their COVID-19 testing capacity has been well-received.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the assistance during the weekly conference call with the premiers last night. The P-M-O says first ministers agreed that governments need to share data and co-ordinate their approaches to testing and contact tracing as lockdown measures begin to lift.

Canada has the capacity to test about 60,000 people each day but is averaging only about 28,000 daily tests.