October 24, 2019 | by: johnoshea

99.3 The River News – Oct. 24, 2019

(FROM MBS NEWSROOM)

SUSPICIOUS FIRE

RCMP are asking the public for information after a fire in Saint Charles
earlier this month was deemed suspicious.

The Mounties were called to a structure fire at the Kent Lake Lodge in
Chemin-Saint Charles around 6:00pm on Saturday, October 5th. The property was
unoccupied at the time and suffered significant damage.

Anyone who may have seen anyone in the area around the time of the fire is
being asked to contact the Richibucto RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

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Burnt Church wharf

The wharf at Burnt Church as been closed for the year because of damage
caused by last thursday’s wind storm.

The director of the Harbour Authority Kevin Cassidy tells CBC the wharf
survived Dorian but last week’s storm caused significant damage ripping wood
and stoine away and enlarging a hole that’s been there for years.

Cassidy is worried about what winter weather will do so they had no choice
but to close the wharf used by lobster fishermen and the Esgenoôpetitj First
Nation. The wharf is leased from DFO but day to day operations are run by
the local Harbour Authority.

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Arbitration hearing

An arbitrator will rule today whether a hearing on disciplinary action
against two Bathurst Police officers will continue.

Constables Mathieu Boudreau and Patrick Bulger are facing firing by the
police chief for their actions in the death of Michel Vienneau outside the
Bathurst police station in 2015.

The lawyer representing Police Chief Ernie Boudreau called his final two
witnesses yesterday. Lawyer T.J. Burke, representing the two officers, says
the arbitrator must decide if there’s enough prima facia evidence to prove
the basic facts of the case. If there isn’t, the charges are dropped. If
there is, then Burke will call witnesses.

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FLU SHOTS HERE

Its about two weeks later than normal but the expected shipment of
280-thousand flu shots has arrived in New Brunswick.

New Brunswick Pharmacists’ Association executive director Paul Blanchard
tells the Daily Gleaner the vaccines are now available across the province.

In a statement Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of
health said there was a delay to the general population but distribution to
some high risk groups has already started.

You can get your flu shot from numerous places… including a pharmacy,
clinic, or health care provider.

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Carbon tax and Council

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick says everyone needs to take a
breath before talking about changing the carbon tax.

Dr. Louise Comeau, a consultant to the council, was reacting to Premier
Blaine Higgs’ statement after the federal election about bringing in a
provincial carbon tax on consumers. Comean tells Brunswick News she respects
what the premier is trying to do, saying it’s time to stop “resisting federal
policy” and “urgently” implement the province’s existing climate change
action plan…with a potential home-grown carbon tax. That way, Comeau says,
the province would have more control over how the revenue is spent.

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STUDENT VOTE

More than one-million elementary and high school students across Canada voted
in a mock federal election.

Held as part of the program Student Vote, the mock election also ended with a
Liberal minority government, and the Tories winning the popular vote.

But the student vote resulted in an N-D-P Opposition of 99 seats — five more
than the Tories.

Perhaps the biggest difference between the two elections was that students
elected 28 Green M-Ps, compared to the three elected adult-age voters.

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TRUDEAU SPEECH

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau struck a more conciliatory tone yesterday in
his first news conference after the federal election.

He says Canadians expected the party leaders to work together, to listen to
each and to figure out a way forward that isn’t as divisive and challenging
as the election was.

But Trudeau says he has no plans to form a formal coalition.

Representing Canadians will be a challenge for the minority Liberals as only
15 of their 157 seats are west of Ontario.

Eleven of them are in Vancouver, the other four are in Winnipeg

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JAIL GOATS FREED

A judge has ordered the owner of the former historic jailhouse in Dorchester
to get rid of his goats and chickens.

Bill Steele, who converted the former jail into a B&B a few years ago, has
been fighting the Village of Dorchester in court for the right to keep his
chickens and three goats on the property, calling them emotional support
animals.

A hearing was held last month on the Village’s latest request for a court
order to have the animals removed and the Times and Transcript reports the
judge has sided with the village. Steele has to get rid of the animals and
pay the village $1,000 to cover part the village’s court costs.

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SPORTS

The Nationals shook up Houston with a 12-3 win taking a 2-0 lead in the World
Series in Houston. Game 3 is tomorrow in Washington.

A light night in the NHL with only two games. The Senators beat the visiting
Red Wings 5-2.  Lightning dopwned the Penguins 3-2.

 

MIRAMICHI SPORTS

The Miamichi-Neguac Ice Dogs home opener will be on Friday night at 8:30 when they host Dalhousie.

The Sunny Corner Thunder are on the road tonight (Thursday) to take on the Moncton Vito’s. Their next home game is Saturday night (Oct.26) against the Tri-County River Cats, puck drop is at 7:00 P.M

In Maritime Jr Hockey League action, the Miramichi Timberwolves host Summerside tonight at 7 PM (Thursday) at the Civic Centre. Saturday evening the Timberwolves host South Shore. Game time is 7 PM.