August 1, 2019 | by: Dave Montgomery

CKNB News Aug 1



Severe thunderstorms swept through much of northern New Brunswick knocking out power to over 46-hundred customers yesterday afternoon.


Environment Canada had warned of a risk of severe thunderstorms over much of the province.


Radio Canada reports residents most heavily heat by the blackout were Madawaska-Victoria, Restigouche, and along the Acadian Peninsula.


The lights came back on for most people later in the eveing with only small outages in Miramichi and Edmunston this morning.





Maritime Iron has taken a big step towards the proposed pig iron facility that could create over 200 full time jobs in Belledune.


The company has signed a Relationship, Capacity and Indigenous Knowledge Study Agreement with First Nations of Eel River Bar, Pabineau, and Eel Ground.


Greg McKenzie, CEO of Maritime Iron tells the Northern Light the study will assess if there is potentially any project impacts on aboriginal and treaty rights.


The report is expected to be completed by January and will look at various items such as watersheds and the historical importance of the lands effected.





Zenabis Global Inc has been expanding its workforce in Atholville and will continue to hire as its seeks new licensing for the facility.


The company is now able to produce in phase one of its facility and is seeking a production license for its second phase expansion.


John Alexander, division manager for Zenabis Global tells the Tribune they have about 380 employees at the moment and plan on hiring up to 100 more.


Alexander says the company has been able to recruit motivated workers from the area, which is good because everything currently growing is already sold.


Zenabis sells both medical and recreational cannabis all over Canada, with most provinces dealing with shortages since the legalization of the drug.





The Mi’gmaq flag is now flying in it’s permanent home at Campbellton City Hall along with its Canadian, Acadian, British counterparts.


Listuguj Chief Darcy Gray tells the Tribune its a tremendous honour that the flag will be there permanently to recognize that the site of Campbellton is on unceded Mi’gmaq territory.


Campbellton Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin says the city is also working on completing a monument for the Mi’gmaq on the waterfront where the flag was orginally raised.


Both groups said the flag raising for Salmon Fest was an act of reconciliation.





There will be land closures on the JC Van Horne Bridge today for on-going inspections.


The land drops will take place from noon till 4pm and then again in the evening from 6pm till eight.


During those times, a single lane will be closed with alternating traffic directed by flagpersons. Motorists are advised to expect short delays and use caution.




NB-French nurses sue

Some French-speaking nurses have filed a complaint with the Official Languages Commissioner over the exam they have to take to become registered nurses.


The exam is a standard one developed in the U-S and translated into French.

An earlier investigation determine while there were a few flaws in the translation the quality of the translation did not violate the official languages act.


Now this group of nurses has filed a complaint over the lack of french preparatory material. They say obstacles discouraging students should be removed and a Canadian bilingual exam replace it.





An Atlantic Canadian grocery giant is joining the movement against single use plastics.


Sobeys plans to remove plastic bags from all 255 locations across Canada by the end of January 2020.


Michael Medline, CEO of the chain’s parent, Empire Company Limited, says in a release that customers and employees said loud and clear they want the stores to use less plastic.


Medline says paperbags will be available, but hopes customers embrace reusable bags.





Sobeys is getting ahead of the curve and eliminating its iconic plastic shopping bans. It plans to remove plastic bags from all its stores across Canada by the end of January.


Customers and employees have said they want the stores to use less plastic.

So Sobey is looking at selling reusable mesh bags for produce instead of the thin plastic. It’s also talking to its suppliers about how to replace the harder plastic clamshell type containers.


Paper bags will be availible but Sobeys is hoping people will buy the reusable bags.



NB/SJ-Election trial


The trial to decide the election in Saint John Harbour riding has wrapped up.


Justice Hugh McLellan says he will rule in late August whether to throw out the results that saw Liberal Gerry Low beat the PC’s Barry Ogden by ten votes.


It’s been a long process ever since last fall’s election, but Justice MacLellan told the politicians “You have been patient a little longer”.





Patrick Parent has been appointed the new president and C-E-O of N-B Liquor and Cannabis N-B.


The appointment takes effect September 3rd.


Parent recently served as vice president of operations and human resources at Moosehead Breweries where he has held a number of senior positions since 2006.


He replaces Brian Harriman who left in April to become an executive with a private cannabis grower in Calgary.





New Brunswick will host the 43rd meeting of the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Saint John later this summer.


Premier Blaine Higgs says the September 8th through 10th meetings are important for developing strong relationships within the region and to help generate “positive, long-term economic benefits.”


Topics of discussion will include energy grid modernization, climate change adaptation and disaster mitigation.


More than 300 delegates are expected including government officials, experts, researchers and representatives from companies, organizations, and associations.




ACOA has announced 740-thousand-dollars in funding to help design the next shipbuiling breakthrough in Atlantic Canada.


The federal government is asking ship designers to submit their plans to design hulls that will be more fuel efficient.


Of those submissions, 10 will be funded up to 24-thousand each for computer simulations of their designs and the winner will receive half-a-million-dollars for further development.


The Minister for ACOA, Navdeep Bains says in a release, with over 13-thousand inshore fishing boats in Atlantic Canada there is a need for a hull design that burns less fuel.





The Blue Jays completed a three game sweep in Kansas city with a 4-1 win last night.  The Rays pulled away from the Red Sox in the wildcard race with an

8-5 at Fenway.  On top of the AL East, the Yankees beat Arizona 7-5.