November 26, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Nov. 26, 2019


Repairs Costs

The city could be looking at repairs bills for five aging facilities next
year totalling almost $300,000. The community wellness and recreation
department has listed needed repairs in its capital budget wish list for city
council to go over, according to the Leader.

City Treasurer Darlene O’Shea says one of the issues they have to consider
when going through the list is how much they want to spend upgrading
buildings that might be replaced by the proposed multiplex, like the Miramichi
Valley High School pool.

Mayor Adam Lordon said these potential projects emphasize the need for the
multiplex which, if built, would replace four of the five facilities on the
repair list.

Fish riot lawsuit

A judge has tossed out a $40-million lawsuit against the R-C-M-P that stems
from the fish riots of 2003 in Shippigan.

Receivers Deloitte Restructuring had argued the RCMP should have anticipated
the riot and called in tactical squads at the Daley Brothers fish plant in
Shippigan after DFO re-allocated crab quotas. But a judge says the plaintiffs
were unable to establish any liability on the part of the force. The judge
not only dismissed the suit but ordered Deloitte Restructuring to pay
$210,000 in legal costs.

RCMP and First Nations boats were also destroyed in the riots.


R-C-M-P have arrested another suspect in a violent home invasion on the
Acadian Peninsula earlier this month.

30 year old Ronald Albert Canuel of Bathurst was arrested Sunday on a warrant
issued earlier this month after three men entered a home in Village-Blanchard
and assaulted the occupant.

Canuel has been charged with several offences including robbery and assault
causing bodily harm. Two other Bathurst men were arrested earlier.

Lots of breachers

Miramichi police have been kept busy this year picking up people for
breaching court-ordered conditions or probation orders.

Since January 1st, officers have prepared charges against 147 people for
breaching conditions of interim court orders or undertakings while awaiting
the outcome of court proceedings. 97 other people have been arrested for
breaching conditions of probation during sentencing.


Alert test

The province will be testing the Alert Ready system tomorrow (wed) at 10:55am.

A TEST message will be sent through radio, TV and your smartphones, although
not all mobile devices will get the message. General information on the
compatibility of your phone can be found at



Cannabis NB is reporting a sharp drop in sales to close out its first year in

Stats Canada data show retails sales at the provincial cannabis agency fell
40-percent in September from the month before.

That was the second worst drop in legal cannabis sales in the country, with
only the North West Territories reporting a sharper drop.

The new data follows the Higgs government’s decision earlier this month to
issue a request for proposals looking for a single company or ownership group
to privatize cannabis sales.



The Atlantic Premiers talked via conference call yesterday to discuss
priorities before the Canada’s Premiers conference on Decembers 2nd in

Council chair Premier Dennis King of PEI hosted Stephen McNeil from Nova
Scotia, Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick, and Dwight Ball from Newfoundland and

A release from the group says the premiers are united in calling on the
federal government to ensure that health care funding recognizes the changing
demographics of Atlantic Canada.

They also discussed the importance of pharmacare, labour, immigration, and
natural resource development.


Ottawa is appealing a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling on First Nations
children because it limits the families of kids forced into foster care that
could receive compensation to only those affected in the last 13 years.

Justice Department lawyers say the tribunal judgement should be stayed
because it could prevent a wider settlement that would include more people.
They say they favour compensation, but want a more inclusive process with a
previously announced class-action lawsuit.

First Nations groups say it’s not about Ottawa wanting to be more generous —
it’s about Ottawa not wanting to pay up.


The Penguins clipped the Flames 3-2 in overtime. The Blue jackets shut down
the Senators 1-0. Flyers beat the Canucks 2-1.

The Raptors are still perfect at home after downing the 76ers 101-96.

The Ravens routed the Rams 45-6 in the Monday Night Football game.