CKNB NEWS UPDATE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22 2019
CAM – NEW WELLS
At the recent Atholville Council Meeting the village passed a motion to look
into new wells for the water supply.
According to the Tribune the motion was needed to request a federal grant to
conduct an environmental study of potential places for the new wells.
Atholville currently has five drinking wells in the commercial district and
needs to add more in order to grant more commercial development.
The issue was originally brought up when Canadian Tire approached the
planning commission for its now finished expansion.
CAM – HOSPITAL CHAOS
Vitalite Health says extreme emergency measures will be implemented at the
Campbellton Regional hospital over the next seven days as overcrowding has
reached a critical stage.
Three departments are being shut down until further notice:
obstetrics-gynecology, surgical and outpatient clinics.
They include diverting ambulances elesewhere, refusing new admissions, and
transfers to Bathurst.
Recent numbers show 42 temporary stretchers in use for overflow patients.
Much of the overcrowding is again being blamed on a lack of nursing home beds
for long-term care patients as well as staffing shortages.
CAM – WATERSHED UPDATE
The proposal to make the Restigouche River Watershed a provincial park
appears to be a popular one.
According to Radio Canada public meetings put on by government officials were
received positively from people around the region and elsewhere.
David Leblanc Executive Director of the Restigouche River Watershed Council
says the park is linear in design encompassing about 235-kilometers in
addition to the Restigouche river system.
With public consultations complete written submissions are still being
accepted until December 6th.
CAM – TOP 100
Victoria LaBillois of Listuguj First Nation has been named one of Canada Most
Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.
LaBillois is the co-owner and president of Wejipeg Excavation
Sherri Stevens, CEO of WXN says the list celebrates the highest achieving
woman in Canada from fields ranging from arts and business to sports and
LaBillois joins some esteemed company as past list members include Margaret
Atwood and Arlene Dickinson.
CAM – EQUAL PAYMENTS
The Higgs government has announced the community funding and equalization
grants for for 2020.
A release says total funding of 75.5-million-dollars is allocated… an
increase of about 415-thousand.
The formula for the payments is based on a communities ability to earn
revenue and its tax base, taking into account things such as policing when
served by the RCMP.
This year Campbellton’s tax base increased by $5.2-million-dollars resulting
in a transfer payment of $1.9-million.