October 23, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS – OCT 23, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

Arbitration hearing

The arbitration hearing continues for two Bathurst police officers fighting
to stay on the job after the death of an innocent man in 2015.

Retired RCMP officer Larry Wilson began investigating the involvement of
Constables Mathieu Boudreau and Patrick Bulger the day after Michel Vienneau
was shot in the parking lot of the Bathurst train station. The Times and
Transcript reports he concluded that Boudreau’s decision to fire at
Vienneau’s car was appropriate…given that Vienneau “purposefully” tried to
hit Bulger with his car. He also concluded Vienneau may not have known the
two plain clothes officers were police.

The arbitrator, officers, their lawyers and police chief then visited the
scerne of the incident yesterday afternoon. The hearing is expected to wrap
up Friday.

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Unsafe cars

RCMP conducted a traffic enforcement blitz recently on the Acadian Peninsula
handing out 45 tickets after stopping 65 vehicles.

The Tactical Traffic Enforcement Unit, along with members from the Tracadie
detachment were targeting unsafe vehicles in Caraquet, Shippagan,
Paquetville, Tracadie and St. Isadore.

Of the 65 vehicles that were stopped…14 were towed away as unsafe; 46
tickets were issued for violations such as expired or invalid registration or
inspection certificates, driving without a valid licence, and driving an
unsafe vehicle. One person was charged for driving while suspended, and
another was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

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Civil service contract talks

A deadlock has been declared by the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board
in contract talks between the government and civil servants in eight
departments.

CUPE, representing the 1,500 workers and the government must declare by
tuesday whether they are willing to go to binding arbitration. They’ve been
bargaining for two years are deadlocked on a number issues. Last summer a
Conciliation Board recommended a 12% wage hike over four years and 9 other
recommendations….but the union says government has refused to implement any
of those recommendations.

Some of the departments involved include Transportation and Infrastructure
and Tourism, Heritage and Culture.

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SEAFOOD MISSION

New Brunswick Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore is leading a seafood trade
mission to Asia that begins later this week.

Wetmore and a delegation of 12 New Brunswick companies will visit South Korea
and China during the trade mission that will wrap up November 1st.

He says in a statement that New Brunswick has seen tremendous growth in
seafood exports to Asia over the past few years and the province is working
with the private sector to secure new markets to continue that growth.

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HIGGS ON CARBON

Premier Blaine Higgs says he will look at a provincial carbon tax after the
federal Liberal election win.

Higgs says the country voted in favour of the carbon tax and he needs to find
a made-in-New Brunswick solution to replace the one imposed on the province
by Ottawa. Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna tweeted that she
looks forward to continuing to work with Higgs on climate action.

Earlier this year, the Higgs Government presented a revised plan that would
see industry pay a greater share of the costs but the Trudeau government has
yet to make a ruling on whether that satisfies its climate change goals.

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ENERGY DEPT NAME

New Brunswick has changed the name of a government department to emphasize
the province’s natural resources and wildlife.

The former Department of Energy and Resource Development has been renamed the
Department of Natural Resources and Energy Development.

Minister Mike Holland says stakeholders support the new name, which he says
he has discussed for some time.

The department says its daily operations and mandate have not changed.

 

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WESTERN ANGST

A divided Parliament is set to challenge the minority Liberal government.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must
find common ground to unite Canadians.

Scheer blames Trudeau for the country’s divisions for his approach to the
provinces.

The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan are already calling on the prime
minister to implement Conservative-minded policies.

Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe wants Trudeau to scrap the federal carbon tax,
revise the equalization formula and build oil pipelines.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he’ll name a panel to examine how Canadian
confederation can be reconfigured to give Albertans a fair deal.

Trudeau is planning to hold a press conference Wednesday when he’s back in
Ottawa.

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Election Reaction-Sheer

A divided Parliament is set to challenge the minority Liberal government.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must
find common ground to unite Canadians. Scheer blames Trudeau for the
country’s divisions for his approach to the provinces.

Trudeau is planning to hold a news conference today when he’s back in Ottawa.

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SPORTS

On the diamonds…Washington won the opening game of the World series 5-4 in
Houston.

On the hardwood…the Raptors opened their NBA season in Toronto with a
130-122 overtime win against New Orleans.

On the ice…Bruins beat the Leafs 4-2. Jets lost a 3-2 decision to the
Kings. The Capitals downed the Flames 5-3. Minnesota shut down Edmonton 3-0.
Canucks beat Detroit 5-2.