December 21, 2020 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 The River News—-Monday Dec 21st, 2020






84 year old Pauline Gauvin, a long term care resident in Miramichi was the first New Brunswiker to receive the Covid-19 vaccine over the weekend.  .

Nicolette Noel of Miramichi was the first  nurse to receive the COVID-19 vaccine  – while  Dr. Carl Boucher of Caraquet was the first New Brunswick physician to receive the injection.

The first vaccinations were  administered Saturday at the Miramihci Regional Hopsital.

Meanwhile, the province reported five  new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday and none on Sunday. Public health did revise its total number of cases over the weekend, saying two Saint John area cases were accounted for in other provinces; while two other previously confirmed cases had now been identified as false-positive tests.  As of Sunday afternoon there were 45 active cases of the virus remaining in New Brunswick.




There are no new cases of Covid-19 to be reported yesterday and the province is correcting the previous number of confirmed cases

two cases reported in the Saint John Region had been accounted for in another province.

two cases were have been redacted – one in the moncton region and one in bathurst – because of false positive results

the number of active cases now stands at 45 with three patients in hospital, one in intensive care





Miramichi City Council has voted to accept recommendations from a consultant on the housing shortage here…with a couple of changes.

Economic and Tourism Director Jeff McTavish told council a couple of recommendations were tweaked a little to reflect current operational realities, according to the Leader.

The recommendations include explore options for a regional housing agency, launch an affordable housing pilot project and consider converting surplus school sites to residential units. McTavish says a housing pilot project is already underway.

He also pointed out all former school sites have been sold to private developers but the city has other parcels of land which could be used for affordable housing.





A 66-year-old man from Saint John was killed in a two vehicle crash in Hampton on Friday.

RCMP say fuel delivery truck collided with a sedan at the intersection of Loggie Drive (low-gee) Drive and William Bell Drive around 10am Friday.The 66-year-old man driving the sedan died at the scene. The driver of the fuel truck was uninjured.

RCMP say the causes of the crash remains under investigation.





The Higgs government is breathing a little easier after learning that federal transfer and equalization payments to New Brunswick will increase by 92-million-dollars next year.

There had been fears those payments would be reduced for 2021.

Brunswick News reports….. despite that apparent good news – the extra 92-million is the smallest increase in federal transfer money in recent years.

In total, New Brunswick will recived just over3.47 billion-dollars in federal transfer and equalization payments next year.






The RCMP continues the search for the five missing fishermen from the Chief Williams Saulis fishing vessel.

On Saturday an aerial search of the coastline between Digby Gut and Morden was done via helicopter. The search did not locate the missing fishermen nor debris from the vessel.

Mounties will provide the public with daily updates and information as the search for the missing fishermen continues.





An online survey shows a majority of Canadians are optimistic about the new year because of the COVID-19 vaccines.

A report commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies and conducted by Leger says 70 per cent of those polled said they were somewhat optimistic about 2021, while 15 per cent reported feeling very optimistic.

Another 10 per cent said news of the vaccines left them feeling somewhat pessimistic about the new year, and five per cent said they felt very pessimistic.