January 7, 2021 | by: Dave Montgomery

CKNB News January 7,2021




some local leaders aren’t happy to return to the orange phase


Brad Mann, chair of the restigouche regional service commission tells the tribune it was unnecessary to lump everyone in together


he says the province should only be putting the zones that are highly affected into the orange and leave the others alone.


restrictions have made it increasingly hard on business to operate.




with the province moving back the the orange phase, organised sports have new restrictions


now, sport groups games are postponed indefinitely, and that may mean the end of the season for some.. how ever, practice is still permitted


the new restrictions also bring in new measures for gyms, such as wearing a mask between workout stations and having stations spaced further apart.

patrons will also have to book the gym in one hour increments.





An exposure advisory has been issued for the Walmart in Atholville. Public Health says there was a potential expsorue at the walmart between 1030am and 330pm on December 30th, and 11am and 4pm on Deceber 31st. Anyone who may have been present at the store during thsoe times and is displaying any symptoms is advised to get tested – while anyone else is advised to closely monitor for symptoms.






NB/CAM/MIR-Belledune fire


Two people have been displaced by a fire that caused major damage to their home near Belledune.


They are staying with relatives for now and getting help from the Red Cross with emergency supplies. Neither was injured in the blaze on Mitchell Road late yesterday morning.




For a second day in a row, New Brunswick is reporting record number of new cases. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russel says Public Health is seeing the continued spread of new cases that originated with social gatherings over the holidays.


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Dr. Russel says six of the new cases are in the Moncton Region, Three each in the Fredericton and Campbellton regions, 1 in Edmunston and 18 in the Saint John region. The cases in Saint John include another outbreak affecting a different residence at the Shannex Parkland Long Term care facility. Dr.

Russel also reported that 97 health care workers  are now off the job for covid reasons, either due to infection or possible exposure, and says that is  already having an impact on services. She warned today that New Brusnwickers need to take public health guidelines seriously in order  to avoid revertimng to the  even more restrictive red phase of recovery. With todays record case numbers there are now 110 active cases of the virus in New Brunswick.





The suspect in a Moncton area shooting has been arrested in Nova Scotia. RCMP first issued an alert late Tuesday after a man was shot near Riverview High School. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. Police quickly identified the suspect as 24-year-ol Jansen Bryan Baker and warned he was considered armed and dangerous. With Baker still on the run, all schools in the greater Moncton area were closed today.


Shortly after 8am this morning Baker’s black 2020 Hyundai Eleantra was foudn abandoned across the border in Amherst, NS. That prompted a provincial emergency alert to be issued in Nova Scotia, warning the public about Baker.

A short time later, around noon, the RCMP announced that Baker had been arrested without incident in Amherst and there was no further threat to the public.



NB-UNIVERSITY STUDENT BACK HOME                                                   RM / CBC                            WED PM



More than 1,200 university students are returning to the province for winter semester


on arrival students are expected to self isolate for the mandatory 14 days as well as complete daily check ins


support is being offered including assistance with travel, grocery delivery, and a connection to campus and community health services and after-hours support along with some dorms being offered for students who live off campus with roommates that need to self isolate


according to CBC the province has mandated international students to be tested after 10 days of isolation








Lawmakers in the US have begun the unusually drawn out official process of certifying Joe Biden’s election as President. Both houses met in a joint session to certify the results of each state – but as a group of rougue republicans voice objections to individual state results, both houses, by law, then break into seperate sessions to discuss the merits of the objection.


The process is expected to play out well into the overnight hours –  but the objections are unlikley to have the support needed to stop the certification of results.  The entire process is overseen, constitutionally,  by Vice President Mike Pence, who after years of unwavering loyality is now facing President Trump’s ire for refusing to stop it.


Trump, for his part, delivered a speech this afternoon riling up a crowd of tens of thousands of his supporters protesting in Washington as the certification process is playing out – with fears that thos poretsts could end in violence as Trumps defeat is enshrined in law.



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Meanwhile Premier Blaine Higgs wants Ottawa to send more vaccine doses here.


Higgs tells CTV if the vaccines were provided, they could inocculate the entire province in 10 weeks, but at the current rate it will take until mid-summer. He pointed out the province has the capacity todo 45,000 vaccinations a week but can’t get enough doses, yet.



Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said accelerating Canada’s vaccine rollout would be discussed during a weekly call with premiers Thursday



NB-RCMP OFFICERS CHARGED                                     RM / RCMP                                                         WED AM


Three Codiac Regional RCMP officers have been charged with obstruction of justice.


Cpl. Mathieu Potvin, Const. Eric Pichette and Const. Graham Bourque allegedly attempted to obstruct the course of justice by destroying evidence during a criminal investigation in May of last year. The nature of that investigationhas not bee disclosed.


The officers are scheduled to appear on March 15, and all three were suspended with pay on Dec. 15. The RCMP’s professional standards unit is also conducting a separate investigation under the force’s code of conduct.



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The Royal Canadian Navy has announced its new commanding officer.


Rear Admiral Craig Baines is set to replace current navy commander Vice-Admiral Art McDonald who is becoming the head of the Canadian Armed Forces. McDonald replaces General Jonathan Vance next week.


Baines has served as commander of the navy’s Atlantic fleet since 2017 and provided regular updates following the crash of the Cyclone helicopter off Greece last spring.





NB/MCTN/AMH- –  Shooter update       cbc ctv rcmp thur.am)


The suspect in a Moncton area shooting was arrested around midday yesterday in Nova Scotia.


A teacher at Riverview High School was shot by someone in a passing car outside the school a little after 5:00 tuesday afternoon. The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries….and is reported doing well in hospital after surgery.


Police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Jansen Bryan Baker and an alert was issued later that night warning he was considered armed and dangerous.

With Baker still on the run, all schools in the greater Moncton area were closed yesterday.


Baker’s car was then found abandoned in Amherst around 8:00 yesterday morning and then he was arrested, without incident around noon in an apartment house.



NS-DFO REGULATIONS                                                  RM / CBC                                                              WED PM



DFO is instituting new regulations to try to rebuild some fish stocks.


30 major commercial fishing stocks have been put under specific protections in amended Fisheries Act regulations. The department says the proposed regulations would increase transparency and accountability that accompanies regulatory oversight.  According to CBC, the union representing fish plant workers raised objections over assumptions in the plan that low levels of fish stocks would continue for years.



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Washington was rocked by far-right rioters after a rally by President Donald Trump yesterday…and four people are dead. But it didn’t stop the Congress from rejecting the first of Trumps challenges tohis election defeat.


One woman who was shot by the U-S Capitol Police as the mob smashed through the doors of the capitol and invaded the building. Three others died of what are being called medical emergencies. Both police and the mob dispersed chemical agents during the riot. Two pipe bombs were discovered…one outside the Democratic National Committee andone outside the Republican.



Experts on far-right extremism say the storming of the U-S Capitol is a jarring but natural product of years of violence and hateful rhetoric stoked by disinformation and conspiracy theories by Donald Trump.






On the hardwood, the Raptors losses continue with a 123-115 loss to Phoenix.

The Celtics beat the Heat 107-105