June 22, 2020 | by: markfirth

CKNB NEWS UPDATE MONDAY JUNE 22 2020


NB/CAM – IRON ON HOLD

Maritime Iron says they are putting the proposed 1.5-billion-dollar pig iron
processing plant in Belledune on hold.

Officials with the company tell CBC while New Brunswick remains their first
choice they are now exploring other options.

The news comes only a week after NB Power pulled out of the project saying
the cost to ratepayers would be two high surrounding the use of the Belledune
Generating station to burn by-products from the plant.

The facility would have become the highest emitter of greenhouse gases in the
province, but would have provided up to 13-hundred jobs during construction
and 2-hundred full time jobs once operational.

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CAM – DALHOUSIE PLUS

The town of Dalhousie posted a small surplus for its 2019 operating fund and
also decreased its long-term debt.

According to the Tribune the financials were presented to council at its
recent meeting showing a modest surplus of close to 12-thousand-dollars.

Long-term debt went from just over 2.6-million-dollars to 2.2-million for the
year.

Other financial news made mention of a bank loan of 20-thousand-dollars from
Recreaplex guaranteed by the town and a small deficit in the water and sewer
utility.

—-NB – ASSAULT PROTECTION

The New Brunswick Nurses Union is calling for increased security measures
after the assault on a nurse and security officer in Miramichi last week.

President Paula Doucet tells the Times & Transcript enough is enough saying
people boarding airplanes are safer than people going to hospital.

33-year-old Justin Keith MacIvor was charged with assault with a weapon after
assaulting a nurse and holding a security guard at knife-point in Mirimichi on
Thursday.

The incident comes only 15-months after a nurse manger was assaulted at the
Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital in Moncton.

The Union has been pushing for metal detectors and advanced training for
security staff in hospitals to better protect staff and patients.

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NB – COVID UPDATE

The province reported one new case of COVID-19 over the weekend bringing the
active cases in New Brunswick to 27.

The latest case announced on Saturday is a person in their 50’s in the
Campbellton region related to the long-term care facility in Atholville where
two residents have died.

This weekend marked the beginning of loosened restrictions under the next
step of yellow with visits to long-term care homes allowed, organized sports
have resumed, and no cap on gatherings with physical-distancing.

Zone-5 or the Campbellton region remains under the orange phase but
advisories of avoiding non-essential travel to and from the region have been
dropped.

Nationally we have surpassed 101-thousand cases and 8430 have died from
COVID-19.

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NB/SJ – TRAIN DERAILMENT

A train derailment in Saint John on Saturday night shut down two streets and
kept CN and fire crews busy cleaning up.

The train went off the tracks around 6:30 that evening and was carrying
potash, woodchips, and one empty car had previously contained sulphur leading
to some concern.

Eight cars derailed and it was right over the Brunswick Pipeline, but
officials say there was no danger to the public as crews quickly secured the
scene.

McAllister Drive to Russell Street were closed for a couple of hours and
crews will be back out today (MON) to begin putting the cars back on the
tracks.

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