November 25, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Nov. 25, 2019


Fires combo

There were three fires in the province on the weekend…but nobody seriously
hurt in any of them.

A man in his twenties was treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and then
released after a pre-dawn fire Saturday that gutted a bungalow on Route 180
in South Tetagouche west of Bathurst. A woman was unhurt. Both are staying
with relatives for now.

A family of six lost their home in Taymouth north of Fredericton Friday
night. Two parents and four children, aged 6 to 22, escaped unharmed from the
blaze that destroyed the house on Zionville Road.

A fire in Durham Bridge displaced a couple and their five children ranging in
age from three to 11. The house suffered extensive smoke damage.

The Red Cross is assisting all the families with emergency supplies and in
some cases accommodations. No word yet on the cause of any of the blazes.

Mi’kmaw flag raising

There’s a new flag flying on the waterfront behind the Newcastle library.

The Mi’Kmaq flag, which has a red cross, star and moon on a white background,
is rich with symbolism and history, according to First Nations Regional Chief
Roger Augustine was at the raising ceremony Saturday along with civic,
provincial and federal officials as the flag was raised. He tells the Leader
said this will bring Miramichi and surrounding First Nations closer together,
calling it a giant step toward reconciliation.

Influential women

Influential women in Miramichi were recognized and celebrated Saturday night
as the Women of Miramichi Entrepreneurial Network, or WOMEN, handed out five

The Leader reports the ballroom at the Rodd Miramichi River Hotel was packed
as awards were handed out in five categories to Candace Curtis, a music
teacher at JMH; Kathy Astle, co-owner and general manager of the Sunny
Corner General Store and the Curtis Corner General Store. Kate Estabrooks, a
founding member of the Project End the Stigma mental health advocacy group
was honoured as was Anne Gorges, who has spent a lifetime volunteering and
promoting healthy lifestyles.

The final award – WOMEN of the year – went to Andrea Breau, owner of Dream
Design Studio.


NDP Leadership

The provincial NDP will chose a new leader June 6th.

Helene Boudreau, the chair of the leadership race, tells CBC they are very
lucky in that 10 people are interested in the job but she wouldn’t give any

The leadership convention was originally scheduled for last August but
then the only person who had put their name forward failed to pass the vetting
process and it was cancelled.



Justice Department lawyers will ask the Federal Court today for a stay of the
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling that ordered Ottawa to pay billions of
dollars in compensation to First Nations children and their families.

Two days of hearings have been set aside for the case.

Prime Minister Trudeau has said he agrees with many of the tribunal findings,
but that more time is needed for consultation than the December 10th deadline

The Assembly of First Nations says 54-thousand children and their parents
could be eligible for total compensation that could exceed


Canada’s new foreign affairs minister has spoken with his Chinese counterpart
about the fate of two Canadians Ottawa says are being arbitrarily detained.

Francois-Philippe Champagne met with Wang Yi for about an hour on the
sidelines of the G-20 summit of foreign ministers in Japan.

Champagne says securing their release is what he calls his ”absolute
priority.” But he didn’t go into detail on the talks, citing the need to
protect the welfare of the two men.


More than 300 delegates from government, the military and the academic
community wrapped up the Halifax International Security Forum yesterday.

The final day began this morning with a 5-K run led by National Defence
Minister Harjit Sajjan.

China was a major topic at the event, with the U-S national security adviser
saying Canada should reject Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s plan
to deploy its 5G network across Canada because the technology would be used
as a “Trojan horse” to spy on us and undermine national security.


The Grey Cup drought is over for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They beat the
Ti-Cats 33-12 for their first championship since 1990.

Down south, the Pats downed Dallas 13-9.

In the Q-League….the Sea Dogs beat the Titans 5-1 at TD Station.

In the NHL…Oilers edged the Coyotes 4-3 in a shootout.