September 4, 2019 | by: Michelle Roy





—–CAST has been rejected again by DFO.

For the third straight year, federal officials have rejected a plan by
Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow, or CAST, to put thousands of
three year old hatchery-raised salmon into the Miramich River system where
they were first captured.

DFO and Cast have been arguing about the merits of the system for the last
three years. Assistant deputy fisheries minister Sylvie LaPointe tells CBC
that while her department is committed to conservation, the Miramichi is not
the place to experiment with a potentially very risky system. Despite a lot
of political pressure, DFO and the Atlantic Salmon Federation say salmon
populations are not at crisis levels in the Miramichi…and a lack of
consultation with First Nations also concerns Ottawa.


The disappearance of a Miramichi man back in May is being investigated by
police as suspicious.

21 year old Brandon Martin was last seen May 22nd in Chatham.

His mother says Martin’s disappearance is very much out of character for him.

Ground search and rescue operations have been conducted within the city and
along the shore of the Miramichi River as part of the investigation.

But no trace of Martin has been found.

He is described as 6-1 in height, weighs about 170 pounds, has blue eyes,
brown hair, and several tattoos on his arms and hands.

Anyone with information on Martin’s whereabouts is being asked to contact
Miramichi Police, the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.





There’s even less support for the lowly NDP in New Brunswick now, after 14 of
its former candidates and a member of the federal executive of the party
defected yesterday to the Green Party.

Green leader David Coon welcomed them and hoped some of the 14 will run for
the Greens in the next provincial election.

The former candidates pointed out Federal Green leader Elizabeth May has
visited New Brunswick…but NDP boss Jagmeet Singh hasn’t since winning the
leadership in 2017. The NDP has not nominated anyone to run for it in any of
the province’s ten federal ridings with the election less than two months


Public Health Nurses are expected to appear in the schools over the coming
weeks to update vaccination records.

While the Higgs government continues to push a bill to make vaccinations
mandatory for school children, the province is trying to find out just how
many kids are actually vaccinated. A legislative committee heard last week
that immunization records for more than 18,000 students are incomplete. The
Telegraph Journal reports the province simply doesn’t know how many of those
students are actually vaccinated, partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at

The Education Department has also issued a letter to district
superintendants, intended for school principals, reminding them that parents
are required to provide detailed information on what vaccinations they’re
child has received.




The Mounties are still considering charges against a 28-year-old foreign
student after the single-vehicle crash in Dieppe that killed three young men,
all from India.

Police believe speed may have been a factor in Sunday’s crash on the
Trans-Canada Highway. Two 24-year-old men and a 29-year-old were ejected from
the car’s back seat and died. None were wearing seatbelts. The front seat
passenger wasn’t hurt and the driver was treated in hospital for minor
injuries. Four were international students at NBCC Saint John. The fifth was
working here with permanent resident status.



Dorian (wire

Hurricane Dorian continues to lash the east coast of Central Florida as a
strong Category 2 storm. Dorian is now blamed for at least seven deaths in
the Bahamas and its Prime Minister expects that will climb as the northern
Islands of his nation were devestated by the hurricane.

Dorian’s core is forecast to move up the coast of Florida then Georgia today
and the Carolinas tomorrow. It will have an effect on our weather in the
Maritimes on the weekend as a post-tropical storm…but its track is still
uncertain. The remnants could come ashore or it could pass offshore…either
way we’re going to get wind and rain.



On the diamonds…the Blue Jays lost 7-2 in Atlanta. The Twins clipped the
Red Sox 6-5. Yankees pounded Texas 10-1.

On the sourts…Roger Federer is out of the U-S Open, losing to 78th-ranked
Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals because of some unspecified medical
problem. Serena Williams easily advance to the semi-finals.