CKNB News November 17,2020
CAM – BASKETBALL BLEAK
It hasn’t been completely cancelled, but officials say unless something changes Sugarloaf High School will not be playing basketball this year.
Athletic Director Mae Cameron tells the Tribune it doesn’t look good for teams at the school this winter as at the moment they won’t be fielding any teams.
Cameron says that could change depending on what happens to the 100-plus students that live on the Quebec side.
Campbellton Middle School has also suspended basket for this year.
CAM – ATV THEFT
The RCMP is investigating the theft of an ATV in Belldune over the weekend.
Police say the red 2019 Suzuki King Quad was taken from a residence on Durham Drive late Friday night or during the early morning hours on Saturday.
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Chaleur RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
CAM – MURAL PROJECT
The Cultural Society of the Bay of Chaleur is looking for an artist to to paint a mural in Campbellton representing the Restigouche region.
A release by the society says with the city known for its century old buildings and proximity to francophone communities they feel it would raise awareness of the area.
Applications are being accepted for an artist to do the work… they must be able to meet with french speaking citizens and stakeholders, they must also be a resident of Restigouche.
You can apply until November 30th. The mural will be on a building in Campbellton that the society says will get people talking and getting downtown to see it.
CAM – SANTA PAWS
One much beloved holiday tradition will be moving foward in the area as the Restigouche County SPCA has announced Photos with Santa Paws will be held this year.
The chance for your pet to get photographed with Santa for a donation will take place on the afternoon of December 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 at the Dalhousie Fire Department Hall.
Public Health protocals will be in place such as mandatory mask use, social distancing, only one family inside at a time, and contact tracing information must be provided.
Officials says the popular fundraisers helps with operations costs of the SPCA.
NB – COVID UPD GG/NB GOV (MON 4PM) **UPDATED NATIONAL**
The concerning trend of new Covid-19 cases in New Brusnwick continues.
Public health announced eight new confirmed cases yesterday. Six involve individuals in the Moncton region and two in the Fredericton region.
The majority of the new cases involve people in their twenties and the source of all eight infections remains under investigation.
There are now 28 active cases of the virus in New Brunswick, including 17 that have been annoucned in just the past three days.
Nationally we surpassed several grim milestones yesterday with over 300-thousand historical infections, 50-thousand active cases, and more than 11-thousand Canadians have now died from COVID-19.
NB – RAYMOND UPD GG/WIRE (MON 4PM)
After two months of testimony and numerous delays the trial of Matthew Raymond is coming to a close.
Final arguments began yesterday in the case against Raymond, who is accused in the shooting deaths of two civillians and two police officers in Fredericton in August of 2018.
Raymond has admitted to the killings but his lawyer has argued he wasn’t criminally responsible for his action due to mental disorder.
The crown, meanwhile, has insisted Raymond was fully aware that his actions that day were wrong.
NB – VACCINE OKAY BILL/CBC TUE AM
Chief medical officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell says despite three adverse reactions to the flu shot she has no misgivings about the vaccine.
Russell speaking with CBC says the affected batch was distributed in mid-October and she feels all flu shot providers are aware of the hold order while they investigate.
Three people experienced prolonged numbness and weakness in their face and limbs including Bell’s Palsy within six days of getting the shot.
Russell says anyone who received a shot from the affected batch would have developed a reaction by now and encouraged people to continue to get vaccinated.
NB/MCTN – NURSE BEATER
The man found guilty of assaulting two nurses in Moncton last year continued to stand by his actions at a pre-sentencing hearing yesterday.
According to CBC 70-year-old Randy Van Horlick became agitated when questioned by the judge and at one point stated if the nurses had done their job properly we wouldn’t be here today.
The crown is seeking three to six months in jail with restitution, while the defence is asking the sentence be served in the community.
The attacks left nurses Teresa Thibeault and Natasha Poirier with multiple injuries including a broken nose and concussion. The matter returns to court November 27th.
NB – NDP LEADER GG/WIRE (MON 4PM)
The New Brunswick N-D-P elected an interim leader on Sunday – but the new leader didn’t last very long.
Nathan Davis, the party’s communications director, was elected to the position defeating former candidate Don Paulin for the party’s top job.
However, an hour after being elected Davies suddenly informed the party he was stepping down due to a family emergency.
Mckenzie Thomason had been the interim leader since March 2019 and led the party through the fall election – but he recently resigned to take over as the party’s executive director after the party captured just 1.7 per cent of the vote.
NB – F.N and HIGGS GG/WIRE/REL (MON 4PM)
Some Indigenous leaders in New Brunswick say Premier Blaine Higgs is ignoring important Indigenous issues.
The Wolastoqey (pronounced: Wul-ah-stook-kway) Nation issued a statement yesterday saying the premier’s “silence and indifference” has persisted since his Progressive Conservative government was re-elected with a majority.
The Indigenous group says the premier and his minister responsible for Indigenous affairs have failed to make contact with them.
Speaking on behalf of the six Wolastoqey Nations, Chief Gabriel Atwin says the group is continuing its call for the government to launch an inquiry into systemic racism in New Brunswick
The Trudeau Government has announced $14-million for New Brunswick’s childcare sector.
The money will be used to help childcare centers recover from the effects of the pandemic. Officials say the funding will also help the centres adapt to new public health guidelines and to offer longer operating hours.
The cash is a part of a $625 million federal plan to invest in childcare services across Canada.
(The Canadian Press)
NB-Raymond trial wrapping up (CBC CTV tue.am)
The Mathew Raymond murder trial is wrapping up…and the jury could begin deliberations today.
Crown and defence lawyers gave their closing arguments yesterday. The Defence continuing to argue Raymond should be found not criminally responsible because of his schizophrenia. The Crown arguing while Raymond was delusional at the time…he was not delusional enough to not know what he was doing, or that it was wrong.
Justice Larry Landry will give the jury its instructions today.
NB – COVID V2 BILL/RELEASE TUE AM
With COVID-19 cases surging across the country numbers are climbing quickly here in New Brunswick.
Eight new cases were announced yesterday… six in the Moncton region and two in the Fredericton region.
The latest cases are people in their twenties and pubic health says the infections remain under investigation.
With 17 cases announced in just the last three days the active case count in the province has jumped to 28.
As for those surging numbers in the rest of Canada, we now have more than 50-thousand active cases and have surpassed 300-thousand infections with over 11-thousand virus related deaths.
ALL-COVID-anoher vaccine (wire tue.am)
Canada’s health minister calls it ”a light at the end of the tunnel.”
A week after Pfizer announced its COVID-19 vaccine candidate appeared to be 90% effective, Moderna says early data on its vaccine suggests a 94.5% effectiveness rate.
But Patty Hajdu is raising a couple of caution flags, saying distribution is months away, adding both drugs must still be approved for use. The federal government has deals to buy millions of doses of both if they’re approved.
Some of the vaccines require strict shipping and handling protocols.
The Vikings beat the Bears 19-13 in the Monday Night Football Game.