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PHOENIX PAY SYSTEM
A $165,000 report about the troubled Phoenix pay system says most senior
public service officials didn’t fully comprehend the complexity of switching
to the new system. The consulting group’s report says officials also seemed
to ignore warning signs before giving it the go-ahead.
The change-over to Phoenix was first launched by the Harper government in
2009 and since then, problems with the program have resulted in thousands of
public servants being either overpaid, underpaid or not paid at all.
NURSE HOME DETAILS
We know more details now of the plan to replace two aging nursing homes with
new ones. Shannex outlined its plans yesterday saying 80 new jobs will be
created in addition to those already working at Mt. St. Joseph and the
Miramichi Senior Citizens Homes. The new facilities will provide the city
with about $20 million in property tax revenues.
Shannex also says they will be more like a main street not monolithic
buildings with a grocery store, cafe, library, salon and chapel.
ENERGY EAST CANCELLATION
The premier expressed disappointment that TransCanada has cancelled plans for
Brian Gallant says it would have created many jobs in his province and helped
the Canadian economy. Gallant believes the project would have eventually been
approved by the National Energy Board and that TransCanada has withdrawn its
application because changing world market conditions and the price of oil
have hurt the project’s viability.
The Nepisiguit Challenge gets underway tomorrow. The two-day adventure race
will see participants cycle, paddle and hike along a route of 150 kilometres
from Mount Carleton Provincial Park to Bathurst.
Ryan Wilbur, at the City of Bathurst, told the Northern Light there is a full
roster of 122 people who will compete – almost double last year’s entrants.
The finish line has also changed to the K.C. Irving Regional Centre to
eliminate transportation issues and encourage people to come out and cheer.
A 16-year-old boy died in a single vehicle accident in Yoho, south of
Fredericton, early yesterday.
RCMP say the boy was a passenger in the vehicle that went of the road on
Highway 640 around 12:15am. Two other people in the vehicle were taken to
hospital with undislosed injuries. The cause of the crash is still under
Human activity is to blame for the deaths of four North Atlantic right whales
in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
Veterinarians say they died due to blunt force trauma, a fifth was caught in
fishing gear and another was too decomposed to be sure.
The Red Sox were hammered 8-2 in the first game of their American League
Divisional series by the Astros. Cleveland blanked the Yankees 4-0.
The Canadiens beat Buffalo 3-2 to open their NHL season. Senators lost a 5-4
shootout to washington. Bruins beat the Predators 4-3.
In the NFL…the Patriots beat Tampa bay 19-14.
Tomorrow evening, the Miramichi Timberwolves host Woodstock in Maritime
Hockey League action. Game time is 7:30 at the Miramichi Civic Centre.