October 2, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Oct 2, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

SMALL MOUTH BASS

Efforts are underway to get rid of small mouth bass from the Miramichi River.
Small mouth bass are an invasive species native to the Ohio River…and they
eat young salmon.

30 of the bass have been counted in a couple of areas of the Miramichi,
according to CBC. DFO is assessing whether a helicopter can safely drop an
electrofishing boat into deep water sections of the river so they can stun
the fish and get them out when they float to the surface.

Volunteers from salmon conservation groups and First Nations are also on an
all-out blitz in the McKiel Pond area of the Southwest Miramichi to catch as
many of them as possible with rod and reel. That seems to be a hot spot for
the bass.

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Nursing home opening

The first residents began moving into the new Losier Hall nursing home across
the street from Miramichi Regional Hospital in Chatham Head.

83 year old Pauline Gauvin was the first resident to move into the brand new
159 room facility and was greeted by Shannex President Jason Shannon,
according to the Leader. Most of the initial residents are coming from the
Mount St. Joseph Nursing home which is closing.

Shannex is building a second large nursing home with 81 beds on King George
Highway in Douglastown named Bridgeview Plaza…it should be open early next
year.

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POPULATION UP

New Brunswick’s population continues to grow.

Recent estimates from Stats Canada show the provinces population grew by
almost 6000 people over last year bringing the total to over 775-thousand.

Changes to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot project are getting most of the
credits for the gain. This is the third straight year of significant growth
in the province.

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LANDFILL BODY

Human remains have been discovered in a Fredericton landfill.

Police say they were called to the Fredericton Region Solid Waste Facility
shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday morning.

A large police presence and forensic officers remained on scene throughout
the day but Fredericton police haven’t released any other details.

The landfill, in the southeastern city limits, remained open and in service
despite the discovery of the body.

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Fredericton-Shootings

Jury selection is expected to wrap up today in the hearing to determine if a
Fredericton man is mentally fit to stand trial on four counts of first-degree
murder.

49 year old Matthew Raymond is accused of killing two Fredericton police
constables and two civilians outside an apartment complex in August last
year.

By the end of yesterday, four men and eight women had been chosen to sit on
the jury. Two alternates will be chosen today before the court begins hearing
evidence.

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BLUE WHALE DEATH

Federal officials say it wasn’t possible to determine what caused the second
confirmed death of a blue whale in the Gulf last month.

The fisheries department says a cargo ship reported seeing the whale carcass
off Gaspesie on September 7th but a necropsy wasn’t feasible due to the
advanced state of decomposition and the distance from shore.

Officials also decided against conducting a necropsy on the blue whale found
on September 18th just northwest of Port Hood due to the state of
decomposition and inaccessible location.

Recent estimates for the endangered species in the northwest Atlantic Ocean
show only about 250 left.

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ELECTION 21

A busy day on the campaign trail saw Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer unveil
his party’s foreign policy, which would see international aid spending
slashed by 25 per cent.

N-D-P Leader Jagmeet Singh took a different approach, saying a New Democrat
government would increase foreign aid as a global partner.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced a plan to give municipalities the
authority to ban handguns in their communities.

The Green Party’s Elizabeth May pitched her party’s policy on post-secondary
education — including 10-billion dollars in spending for schools that hire
tenured teachers.

PPC Leader Maxime Bernier was in Ontario continuing his talk of vetting
possible immigrants to ensure they share Canadian values.

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Britain-Royal-Lawsuit

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are suing a British tabloid for publishing a
personal letter the paper claimed Meghan wrote to her father after he missed
the couple’s wedding.

The suit targets Associated Newspapers and The Mail on Sunday.

Harry accuses the tabloid of editing the letter to manipulate readers with an
unflattering portrayal of his wife.

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SPORTS

The Nationals rallied to beat the Brewers 4-3 in the wild card game and move
on to face the Dodgers. The American League wildcard goes today between the
Rays and As in Oakland.

Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse won silver in the 200 metres at the World
track and field championships after taking the bronze in the 100 metres
earlier.