May 7, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-May 7th, 2020

ALL STORIES FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

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SNOWBIRDS     

It was an unexpected stop but the Canadian Forces Snowbirds landed at Charlo Airport for lunch and a rest before paying tribute to health care workers in the area.

According to the Tribute the nine-pilots made the stop after soaring over Miramichi and Bathurst early yesterday afternoon as part of Operation Inspiration.

From Charlo the Snowbirds flew over the Campbellton Regional Hospital and Restigouche Hospital Centre with colored smoke streaming to honor the employees battling COVID-19.

 

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NB ANOTHER CASE 

 

There was another new confirmed case of Covid-19 announced  in New Brunswick yesterday…the second consecutive day with a new case after over two weeks without.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russel provided an update saying it was a travel-related case….

Dr.Russel says the new case only learned of their exposure after returning to New Brunswick. She says the good news is the person had limited contact with anyone here and immediately contacted 811. The total number of cases for the province is now 120.

Nationally,  there are now more than 63000 cases in Canada and over 4,200 Covid-19 related deaths

 

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LEARNING PLAN TECH     

 

Education Minister Dominc Cardy says the province is spending 860-thousand-dollar to purchase computers and other technology to facilitate at home learning.

Cardy says the purchases included 1-thousand Ipads with data plans, 500 laptops and 300 ‘WiFi’ hubs for students with no internet access at home.

At home deliveries of the new technology are expected to begin soon  – with each student given a designated date for returning the equipment.

Cardy says the money for the equipment is coming from unused funds that had been earmarked for busing and school meal programs.

 

 

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 ONLINE ARTS FUNDiNG 

New Brunswick is offering funding for online artistic and cultural performances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artists who’ve had an exhibition or performance cancelled due to the pandemic can receive up to two-thousand dollars for an artistic presentation on social media.

Arts organizations and similar associations may also apply but all proposals must respect physical distancing and self-isolation requirements.

The tourism department earlier partnered with Music N-B to provide similar help to professional musicians.

 

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 REMAINS IDENTIFIED               

 

RCMP have identified the remains found in Lakeville on Saturday as 27-year-old Adam Grant Howard.

Police say they are investigating the circumstances of his death as suspicious. Howard was last seen at a home on Route 115 in Irishtown on January 6th and was reported missing on January 8th.

RCMP say they received a report that personal belongings of Howard had been found on a wooded lot in Lakeville leading to the discovery of his body.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death, including if anyone was involved and how his body came to be at that location.

 

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FISH PLANT MARKETING

 

The Higgs government expects to spend $400,000 to target potential workers for seafood processing facilties.

Many processors are facing a labour shortage after the province banned any additionial temporary foreign workers from entering the province.

Brunswick News is reporting planning documents have been drawn up for a campaign highlighting the opportunities and incentives. The campaign is expected to run province-wide, with an extra focus on areas within the target range of processors in need of workers. The government had said before it would work towards finding studenst and others to fill some of those vacant jobs – but processors have expressed some doubts – and also say the government is underestimating what effect the loss of the skilled, experienced workers will have on their production.

 

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KESWICK FIRE    

 

A fire yesterday afternoon gutted a home along Tripp Settlement Road in Keswick Ridge –  about 20-kilometers northwest of Fredericton

No one was injured in the fire, but the homeowner has been displaced.

The man has been offered use of a trailer on a nearby property and the Red Cross is assisting with emergency purchases. No word on the cause of the blaze.

 

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RAMP CEREMONY        

 

The victims of one of Canada’s worst military tragedies were honoured in a special ramp ceremony yesterday at CFB Trenton in Ontario.

Canadians across the country watched as the six Armed Forces members killed in last week’s helicopter crash off the coast of Greece were welcomed home.

Reminders of the COVID-19 pandemic were everywhere, as the victims’ families, military personnel and government leaders on hand wore masks and maintained physical distance.

The body of 23-year-old Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough (COW’-broh) was the only one to be recovered after the Cyclone helicopter crashed into the Ionian Sea on April 29th.

 

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SENIORS CHEQUES   

 

Federal assistance is on the way for seniors on fixed incomes who have faced an increase in the cost of living as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos says the crisis has to led to jumps in food prices and rising transportation and delivery costs, which severely affect people who are less mobile or don’t feel safe going outside. Normally, public pension payments through old age security and the Canada Pension Plan would be adjusted to offset increases in inflation, but Duclos says more help may be necessary.

 

 

 

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