September 6, 2019 | by: markfirth



There’s been further confirmation that small mouth bass have established
themselves in the Miramichi River.

The discovery of a single bass in McKeil Brook on the Southwest Miramichi by
researchers last month created outcry and concern for salmon in the river.
Now Nathan Wilbur, provincial director of the Atlantic Salmon Federation,
tells the Leader he was able to hook three small mouth bass in the same brook
Sunday and believes he had a fourth escape his hook.

That appears to confirm the worst fears of salmon conservationists that the
aggressive and invasive bass have managed to spread to the river system from
Miramichi Lake, where they were illegally introduced a decade ago.

DFO has come under fire for relying on fish barriers, to keep the bass in the
lake, rather than trying to eradicate them before they found a way into the


Charges have been laid against the Town of Dalhousie for alledgedly releasing
sewage last year into
the Bay of Chaleur.

The charges under the Clean Environment Act alledge the town knowingly
released the sewage with the town’s treatment facility shut down without
government approval between August 8th and 11th last year..

Town clerk and treasurer Gilles Legacy tells the Tribune .. the treatment
plant’s pump was shutdown to deal with a heavy rain fall.

Representatives of the town will appear in court in Campbellton on Monday.


An agreement has been reached between the City of Campbellton, the Advisory
Committee and the Restigouche North Minor Hockey Association (RNMHA)
regarding leisure cards and access to the Campbellton Memorial Regional Civic

In order to minimize the cost of families playing hockey in the area, the
minor hockey association has agreed to pay a flat fee of $10,000 to cover all
leisure cards for its members.

The three groups say it means no child will have to worry about a leisure
card being an impediment to playing minor hockey for the upcoming season.

The minor hockey association will also benefit from the use of both
facilities in Dalhousie and Campbellton without worrying about player
eligibility and this year’s tournaments will not be impacted.


The last of four men charged in a million-dollar lobster heist in New
Brusnwick in 2016 has now been sentenced.

54-year-old Dyno Facchino of Saint Georges de Beauce, Quebec has been
sentenced to 26 months in prison after pleading guilty to his role in the

In July of 2016 a transport truck was stolen from Eco-Technologie in

The truck was then used to steal a refrigerated trailor, filled with more
than a million dollars worth of lobster, from Lebreton and Sons Fisheries in
Grand Anse.

The Truck and the empty trailor were later found in Quebec but the lobster
was never recovered.

Two other quebec men involved the heist were sentenced in 2018, while Ghislan
Leblanc of Cape Bateau, NB ws sentenced earlier this year to two years in


RCMP in North Eastern New Brunswick are asking the public for information
after a suspicious fire destroyed forestry equipment in Island Lake.

The RCMP says they believe the two tigercat logging machines, John Deere
tractor and Atlas equipment trailer were deliberately set on fire at the
woodlot, south of Balmoral, during the early morning hours of August 26th.

The incident is being investigated as a case of arson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.



Brenda Murphy has been named as the next Lieutenant Governor.

Murphy’s appointment was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Trudeau. She’s
led the Saint John Women’s Empowerment Network for the past two decades and
served three terms as a municipal councillor in Grand Bay Westfield.

Murphy has also served on federal advisory panels on the status of Women and
poverty. She’ll replace the late Jocelyne Roy Vieneau, who passed away last


Federal N-D-P leader Jagmeet Singh denies 14 former provincial party
candidates in New Brunswick have switched their political allegiance to the
Green party.

Singh says some of those named earlier this week have indicated they still
support the federal New Democrats. The party is not saying how many….but
apparently it’s five who have changed their mind.

He’s calling on federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May to explain why she
put out false statements about who was involved.


Hurricane Dorian continues to head our way.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the latest track projections have it
hitting land on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia late tomorrow then across
the province and eastern PEI. It’ll have a major impact on all of Nova Scotia
and PEI and southeastern New Brunswick.

The heaviest rains will be to the north and west of Dorian’s track in the
50-100mm range with local amounts up to 150mm possible near the eye. We won’t
get nearly that much around Miramichi.

The strongest winds will be south and east of the track with gusts in the
120kph range or higher. Again, it’ll be windy here but not that bad.

EMO says people should ensure they have enough food, water, medication and
supplies for at least 72 hours for themselves and don’t forget your pets.

NB-Car insurance rates
Watch out for massive increases in your car insurance rates for next year.

The province’s consumer advocate for insurance, Michelle Pelletier tells CBC
we should expect increases of 20, 30 or even 50% when your policy comes up
for renewal. Pelletier is telling car owners to shop around for the best
rates. She hopes it’ll stabilize soon but it’s hard to say.

The rates have been climbing for the last three years…but next year’s are
expected to be the worst.


Long-time feminist and social-justice advocate Brenda Murphy is the new
lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick.

The former municipal councillor from the greater Saint John area was
appointed to the post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Murphy spent more than two decades as the head of the Saint John Women’s
Empowerment Network and has served on advisory councils on poverty and the
status of women.

She replaces former lieutenant-governor Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, who died last
month after a long battle with cancer.


Canada and New Brusnwick’s forestry sector has scored a major victory in
their fight against US Tarriffs.

A joint panel of Canadian and American trade rrepresnetatives have issued a
ruling saying the U-S has failed to prove its softwood lumber industry is
being harmed by Canadian producers. The US had argued prices being charged
for Canadian producers to cut wood on crown land constituted an unfair

The five-member NAFTA panel investigating the complaint found no such
evidence existed  – and is now giving the U-S three months to rethink the
tariffs it imposed on Canadian softwood.