September 11, 2019 | by: Michelle Roy

99.3 THE RIVER NEWS SEPT 11TH

FROM MBS NEWSROOM

 

FIRE INFO —

RCMP are asking the public for help as they continue to investigate a fire that destroyed a grocery store and gas bar on the Acadian Peninsula last week.

Firefighters from five different departments were called to the fire at the C-R-R-L supermarket in Saint Leolin, just west of Caraquet, early last Friday morning.

The Mounties are still investigating the exact cause but yesterday issued a plea to the public for any information about the fire, including any people or vehicles seen in the area prior to the blaze.

 

PHOENIX REPLACEMENT–

Ottawa has has allocated $117 million for three pilot projects to replace the failed Phoenix payroll system, according to the Leader.

The Treasury Board has confirmed funding has been freed up for a co-design and delivery of the pilot projects to test the potential solutions against the real complexities of the federal government’s human resources and pay system.

The three pilot projects will be by SAP, Ceridian and Workday, all of which the government says will remain involved in the process of replacing Phoenix as it continues to play out.

 

DORIAN —-

 

Some New Brunswick Power crews will soon be packing up and heading to Nova Scotia to help out there.

Crews right now are tackling the remaining outages in this province.

Most are in the Sackville-Port Elgin area, the rest are primarly in the Shediac to Moncton region.

Once things are well under control here, more crews will offer assistance next door in Nova Scotia where more than 65-thousand homes and buisness’s are still in the dark.

 

NB OPPOSITION ON CANNABIS

 

Pressure is mounting on the Higgs Government to do something about Cannabis NB as revenues are still lack lustre and losses are piling up.

Kris Austin, head of the People’s Alliance, tells CBC turn it over to the private sector and that it’s “absolutely ridiculous and absurd” for the government to be involved with the sale of cannabis.

Green Leader David Coon says government should remain involved with sale…but weeks are needed…saying it’s a controlled substance and can do harm. He suggests looking at how Nova Scotia does it by selling cannabis in the Same building as liquor stores.

Finance Minister Ernie Steeves blames the disappointing sales numbers on the way the former government set up the system. He’s looking at three options…Privatization, keeping it and making adjustments or turn it over to a private sector entity similar to how Medavie handles the extra-mural health program.

 

—-NURSES SECURITY

The New Brunswick Nurses Union is calling on the provincial government for increased security measures in hospitals.

Documents obtained by the union though Right-to-Information show 48 security guard positions were unfilled as of May 1st, and two thirds of security personnel don’t feel they have enough resources.

Union president Paula Doucet says there’s a crisis in workplace health and safety at New Brunswick hospitals and changes are needed right away.

Health Minister Hugh Flemming said violence against health-care workers is unacceptable and it is the responsibility of Regional Health Authorities to provide and maintain a safe hospital environment.