99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – OCT 12/17

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October 12, 2017 | by: johnoshea

(NEWS STORIES PROVIDED BY MBS NEWSROOM)

 

BULK CARRIER FREED

A bulk carrier that became grounded in New Brunswick’s Bay of Chaleur has
been freed.

The Transportation Safety Board says two tugs were able to push the S-B-I
Carioca off the shoal in Belledune at high tide.

The agency says it is investigating, but none of the 23 crew members were
injured and the vessel was not leaking.

The ship is carrying 65-thousand tonnes of petcoke _ a coal-like byproduct of
the oil refining process.

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INFRASTRUCTURE LIST

Widening and reconfiguring the major intersection of the King Geoirge Highway
and Newcastle Boulevard is Miramichi’s top priority for provincial funding.

The city has submitted its five year plan for infrustructure projects it
would like to get provincial funding for. Repaving a section of route 126 was
second.

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Pay your bills

The city wants you to pay your water bill.

City council got an update from the director of finance at its last meeting
who said Miramichi’s overall financial health is good, showing a small
surplus of $1,000 for this fiscal year so far. But the Leader reports Darlene
O’Shea pointed out the city is owed $883,000 in outstanding water bills.
O’Shea said the city is working with residential users to get them back in
good standing.

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Ambulance service

Critics have seized on the story of a family that had to rush a senior to
hospital themselves after waiting 39 minutes for an ambulance to show up.

PC Health critic Brian MacDonald says the incident in Saint Quention last
summer shows big chnages are needed to the system. MacDonald says more
paramedics need to be hired by AmbulanceNB. It needs to encourage more people
to becomne paranmedics and mnake sure they’re properly compensated so they
don’t leave.

Health Minister Benoît Bourque said he couldn’t comment on specific
cases…but stressed health care is a priority for the Liberal government.
That it is working with Ambulance New Brunswick to maintain a high level of
service and to improve services.

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Successful salmon

There may not be a single spawning salmon in the Magaguadavic River this
fall…but there are in the Upper Salmon River in Fundy National Park.

That’s because the Fundy Salmon Recovery Project changed its methods. It’s
been releasing adult salmon into the river to spawn instead of having then
spawn in a hatchery and then putting those juvenile fish into the rivers.
Corey Clarke, the park ecologist at Fundy National Park, told the CBC the
Upper Salmon River is now producing wild salmon whereas rivers where they are
not releasing adults are not.

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ANTI-ENERGY GROUPS

The Frontier Centre For Public Policy says anti-energy groups fail to see
that their outcries against fossil fuel pipelines will damage Canadian
exports and competitiveness.

The centre adds that will lead to a drop in economic growth and living
standards. The centre also points out that recent climate modelling brings
earlier catastrophic predictions into question when it comes to claims of
global warming.

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SPORTS

The Timberwolves lost a close 3-2 decision to the Crushersmin the M-H-L.

In the N-H-L, New Jersey handed the Leafs their first loss of the season 6-3.
Calgary clipped the Kings 4-3 in OT. Colorado doubled the Bruins 6-3.

The Yankees beat Cleveland 5-2 to advance to the leaguie championship against
Houston.

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