99.3 The River News – Sept 6/17

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September 6, 2017 | by: johnoshea

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CITY BUDGETING GRANTS

Miramichi City Council is changing the way it handles grant funding for
non-profit groups, according to the Leader.

Councillors have approved more rigid standards and guidelines to bring better
clarity and transparency to the process. City Treasurer Darlene O’Shea says
the new process leaves little room for interpretation and addresses some of
the gray areas that have bogged council down in the past, making things run
more smoothly during budget deliberations.

 

NB CABINET SHUFFLE

Premier Brian Gallant has shuffled his cabinet in prepartion for a provincial
election that’s now just a year away. Three senior cabinet members, Donald
Arseneault, Victor Boudreau and Ed Doherty, not expected to reoffer next
year, have stepped down from cabinet. Three newcomers have joined cabinet;
Benoit Bourque has been appointed minister of Health. Andrew Harvey is the
new minister of Agriculture, Mines and Rural Affairs and Gilles LePage is the
minister of the newly created portfoliio – Labour, Employment and Population
Growth.

 

MIRAMICHI WATER

Miramichi is going ahead with 2.4 million dollars in upgrades to the
Newscastle wastewater Treatment plant and the water distributions
infrastructure in the Douglastown area. The Leader reports that tenders for
both projects were approved by Miramichi council. Miramichi is taking
advantge of the federal government’s Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to fund
the projects, with as much as 50-percent of the cost covered by Ottawa.

 

GAS PRICES

Because of Hurricane Harvey shutting down refineries in Texas, gas prices are
expected to soar tomorrow….could be an increase of 13 cents or more per
litre. Some gas retailers here say some stations could run out because of the
expected crush today.

Hopefully the high prices won’t last too long.

 

OIL REFINERY

The largest oil refinery in the U-S is starting to reboot, after shutting
down ahead of Harvey’s assault on the Gulf Coast.

Motiva Enterprises says its facility in Port Arthur should be running at 40%
capacity by next Monday.

 

SECOND DEGREE MURDER – ASSESSMENT

A 34 year old man has been sent for a 30 day psychiatric assessment after his
friend was killed near Bas Caraquet on the weekend.

Tom LeBouthillier of Pokesudie has been charged with second degree murder in
the death of 27 year old Steven Gauvin. He was arrested after a fight in a
field off Highway 145 in Pokesudie Saturday afternoon.

 

SPORTS

Tonight’s best of seven New Brunswick Senior Baseball League semi final opener between
Moncton Fisher Cats and Chatham Miramichi Honda Ironmen has been postponed

Game #1 is now scheduled for Thursday evening at Ironmen Field.

 

The Red Sox finally beat the Blue Jays 3-2 at 2:00 this morning our time in
the 19th inning at Fenway. By the end of the 6 hour game there were only
about 700 fans still in the stands.

The Yankees lost 7-6 to the Orioles in regulation.

 

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