September 4, 2020 | by: markfirth

CKNB NEWS UPDATE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 2020

CAM – RRSC ON DOCS

The Restigouche Regional Service Commission has added a sense of urgency to
its calls for a local healthcare administrator with the announcements of more
physician resignations.

A letter from the RRSC to Vitalite requests an urgent meeting with the
network to discuss the future of regional healthcare.

Signed by chair Brad Mann the letter highlights reasons a local administrator
would both improve service and better understand the needs of the region.

The commission is also requesting a recruiting strategy for doctors and
highlights residents concerns over what it calls the depleting services at
Campbellton Regional Hospital.

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CAM – CANDIDATES RUNNING

This election will see only three candidates running in the
Campbellton-Dalhousie riding.

Incumbent Liberal MLA Guy Arseneault is squaring off with Marie-Christine
Allard from the Green Party and Charles Stewart representing the Progressive
Conservatives.

According to the Tribune all three originally hail from Dalhousie with varied
backgrounds with Arseneault in education, Allard working the political field,
and Stewart in health care.

Advanced polls take place this Saturday and next Tuesday, with election day
quickly approaching on September 14th.

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CAM – FLASHING LIGHT

After more than a year since the announcement the flashing light system on
Roseberry Street in Campbellton is being installed.

The Tribune reported the Finance and Administration Committee made the
announcement in June of 2019, but due to a delayed delivery and COVID-19 it
is just being installed now.

RCMP have reported no pedestrian collisions in the crosswalk where Roseberry
meets Minto, but did report many close calls to council earlier this year.

The lights powered by solar panels will provide coverage on both sides of the
street and were tendered for just over 13-thousand-dollars.

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MIR/CAM – BATHURST MAYOR QUITS

Paolo Fongemie will is stepping down as Mayor of Bathurst.

Fongemie, who was elected in 2016, has announced he’s taking on a new role as
VP of Adminstrative Services with CCNB.

Fongemie had been serving as the director of the college’s Bathurst campus,
but says his new role will make it impossible for him to meet the demands as
Mayor.

He says he will stay on as Mayor through the fall until the city has
completed its 2021 budget process.

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NB – SCHOOL BUDGET BAD

Education officials say an addtional 18.4-million-dollars was added to the
school budget due to COVID-19.

A statement by the department says the money represents an increase in
custodians for cleaning protocols, PPE, and new infrastructure.

At the final briefing yesterday before school starts Deputy Education
Minister George Daley said some operational plans are still being sorted out,
but most are now listed on each school’s website.

Daley said the big thing still being worked on with individual students is
who will go alternating days to free up space. He feels it will take a couple
of weeks of classes to work out the kinks.

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NB – CHILD PORN SENTENCE

RCMP are advising a 38-year-old man from Oromocto has been given two-years in
prison on child pornography charges.

Police say an investigation that started in February of 2019 into the actions
of Matthieu Gagnon resulted in the execution of a search warrant of his home
and subsequent arrest in June of last year.

Gagnon was sentenced recently to two-years in prison for transmitting and
possession of child pornography.

Police say he has been added to the National Sex Offender Registry for life
and will be under strict conditions on his release including not to be near
children.

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NB – MANDATORY MASKS

With many major retailers and small businesses making masks mandatory there
is a growing call for the province to follow suit.

Nova Scotia and Quebec have mandatory mask orders in place for indoor public
spaces, while New Brunswick says they must only be worn if its a rule of the
business.

Toronto based epidemiologist Dr. Colin Furness tells CBC if he had a message
for New Brunswick it would be to make the rule so they don’t lose the work
done during the lockdown.

Furness says with flu and cold season coming, masks are the only thing he
knows that could really blunt a a vicious second wave.

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NB – LEADERS DEBATE

PC Leader Blaine Higgs was on the defensive at last nights televised debate
with party leaders attacking at every turn.

Liberal Leader Kevin Vickers was the most outspoken on what he called a lack
of Higg’s leadership saying he ignored the economy and divided the province.

Higgs for his part turned the heat up on the rookie leader taking shots at
the fact Vickers hasn’t lived and worked in New Brunswick his whole life as
he has.

People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin was also a target with leaders saying he
has divided official languages and the Green’s David Coon was questioned on
why he abstained from the mandatory vaccination bill.

NDP Leader Mackenzie Thomason and KISS leader Gerald Bourque spoke about
simple solutions and returning legislature to ordinary people.

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