November 4, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Nov. 4, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

Kouchibouquac Bridge

The Kouchibouguac River bridge on Highway 133 will be closed indefinitely
after it was damaged by Dorian. It was closed September 20th as federal and
provincial officials study the problems, according to CBC. A lengthy detour
takes drivers to Route 15.

The mayors of Cap-Pelé and Beaubassin East met with provincial officials,
including Transportation Minister Bill Oliver Friday, to get an update on the
situation and were told engineers won’t consider a partial reopening of the
bridge because it’s just not safe. Mayor Ronnie Duguay of Beaubassin-Est
tells CBC the minister was receptive to their concerns about the lengthy
detour and the importance of the bridge from a tourism point of view and for
economic development.

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SPCA grand reopening

The Miramichi SPCA held the grand reopening Saturday of a major expansion.

Shelter Manager Jennifer Arsenault cut the ribbon with Mayor Adam Lordon at
the facility in the Chatham Industrial Park. Arseneault tells the Leader the
extra space will enhance their programming and be safer for the animals. She
is thrilled with the support of the community in their fund-raising drive
with brought in $102,000 of the cost of the shelter, which the province
matched. Total cost is $213,000.

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Cannabis

Recreational pot isn’t expected to turn a profit in New Brunswick until next
year at the earliest.

Cannabis NB’s new president Patrick Parent says the agency is like any
start-up and needs time to mature. There are 20 government-owned pot shops
around the province which lost a total of $12-million dollars in their first
six months and continue to bleed red ink.

Premier Blaine Higgs has said he’ll look at all options including
privatization to stem the financial losses.

 

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WHISTLE BLOWER QUESTIONS

The whistleblower who helped touch off the impeachment inquiry against
President Donald Trump is willing to answer written questions from House
Republicans.

The whistleblower’s lawyer relayed the offer Sunday.

Republicans have questioned the whistleblower’s motives for reporting that
Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Democratic rivals.

A top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee says written answers won’t
be sufficient to probe and cross-examine the whistleblower.

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WHALE DEATH

A necropsy shows a North Atlantic right whale found off Long Island New YOrk
died after being entangled in Canadian fishing gear.

The 40-year-old male known as Snake Eyes was last seen entangled in the Gulf
of St. Lawrence August 6th off the Magdalen Islands.

His badly decomposed carcass was discovered September 16th near Fire Island
Inlet. The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society did the necropsy a few days
later.

There was no evidence of blunt force from hitting a vessel which is what
killed three of the 8 dead Right Whales found in Canadian waters this year.

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Veggie Recall

There’s another food recall to tell you about this morning.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Sobeys is recalling several of its
Compliments brand vegetable products due to possible listeria contamination.
The affected products include Compliments brand Sweet Kale Blend, Vegetable
Platter, Broccolini, Cauliettes, Power Green blend and Green Beans. They were
sold up to and including October 31st.

You can see more details including UPC codes on the CFIA
website….inspection.gc.ca.

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SPORTS

The Capitals beat the Flames 4-2 in one of two games in the NHL. Blackhawks
downed the Ducks 3-2 in overtime in the other.

In the NFL…the Patriots suffered their first loss of the season 37-20 at
the hands of Baltimore Ravens.

In NASCAR Action on Sunday, Kevin Harvick won the 500 mile race in Texas over Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez, Joey Logano and Alex Bowman rounding out the Top 5