May 7, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – May 7, 2019



Premier Blaine Higgs is pouring cold water on Miramichi’s dream of a
$60-million recreational facility.

Higgs told the Leader he is well aware of the proposal and its $22-million
funding request to the province. The premier didn’t exactly endorse the plan,
instead pointing to other troubled large scale recreational facilities such
as the cash strapped Civic Centre in Campbellton. He also voiced concerns
with the $60-million price tag and questioned if the cost is now being

The province has yet to make a formal decision on the multiplex but the Higgs
government has already demonstrated its commitment to cut public spending on
large scale infrastructure projects.

Rogersville referendum

Residents in the Rogersville area have rejected forming a larger municipality
out of Rogersville and several local service districts and parishes.

The proposal was soundly defeated by a three to one margin in the referendum

Drug bust

A man from the Acadian Peninsula is facing charges after a drug bust.

Members of the Caraquet RCMP detachment executed a search warrant at a home
on Route 303 in Dugas, seizing a substance believed to be cocaine.

They arrested a 65 year old man who will be in court in late July.



Big news for the Sussex area as the province has reached a deal to mine road
salt from the former Picadilly mine. The deal with Nutrien, will secure 50
jobs. The announcement was made at the mine yesterday by Nutrien officials,
along with Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver, Resource Minister Mike
Holland and local MLA Bruce Northrup. Operations at the 2-billion-dollar mine
were suspended in 2016 throwing more than 400 people out work. That was
followed by more bad news as Nutrien announced last year it was permanently
closing down the site. While in operation it had been the province’s chief
supplier of road salt.


More sit-ins

Nursing home workers gave up their sit-in at the office of the social
development minister in Fredericton on the weekend. Yesterday they occupied
the offices of 8 other cabinet ministers in their ridings around the province
including Robert Gauvin in Shippagan, Andrea Anderson-Mason in Fundy-The
Isles-Saint John West, Ernie Steeves in Moncton, Trevor Holder in Saint John,
Ted Flemming in Rothesay, Bill Oliver in Grand Bay-Westfield.

The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Homes Unions is demanding binding
arbitration in its contract dispute but the government won’t agree unless
there’s a strict limit on raises.



More details about the first child for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are
expected in the coming days.

A beaming Prince Harry spoke to reporters outside Windsor Castle yesterday,
saying he and his wife Meghan have a healthy baby boy at 7 pounds 3 ounces
and both were doing fine.

The next big announcement is expected to be the name.


The Mooseheads Lost 5-2 to the Huskiess at Scotiabank Centre and now trail
the Prtesidents Cup final two games to one.

The Bruins eliminated Columbus with a 3-0 shutout in game six of their
eastern semi-final. The Avalanche and Sharks need a Game 7 to decide their
Western Conference semi after Colorado eked out a 4-3 overtime win last

The Blue Jays were pounded 8-0 by the Twins. Orioles beat the Red Sox 4-1.

In the NBA playoffs…The Celtics are on the verge of elimination after a
113-101 win by Milwaukee.