May 13, 2019 | by: markfirth



The Campbellton Tigers have new owners, but will be staying put in the city
and keeping their identity. A group of investors led by Atholville
businessmen Pierre Girard and Mark Catroppa have taken over the team as of
May 10th. A press release sent out by the Maritime Junior Hockey League
confirmed the transfer to new ownership has been approved by the league.
Campbellton Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Pauline says the city is extremely
pleased. With new ownership in place, the team will be looking ahead to the
MJHL draft next month in Edmunston.


The former post office in Dalhousie was destroyed early Saturday morning by
fire. Dalhousie’s fire chief Herby Hickey tells CBC the building began
burning around 2am. Equipment had to be brought in to knock down a wall to
access the fire creating a hazardous situation for firefighters. The building
was being considered for demolition and power had been cut to it weeks
before. There is not word on the cause of the blaze.

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NB/MCTN-Overpass demolition

Now that the Higgs Government has canceled plans to twin Route 11 from
Glenwood to Miramichi, it is going to tear down some of what was already

The Times and Transcript reports the government will be demolishing a
partially-constructed overpass that has cost about $1 million so far to
build. Transportation Minister Bill Oliver didn’t say how much it will cost
to demolish. But Liberal Transportation critic Benoit Bourque estimates it
could be as much as $5 million. Bourque says it’s frustrating seeing things
demolished without building anything else.

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NB-Vickers vision

There was lots of red and white at the Miramichi Agricultural Exhibition
Centre saturday as the new leader of the Liberal Party outlined his vision
for New Brunswick.

Kevin Vickers talked about the divide between northern areas of the province
and the more prosperous South according to the Leader.

Vickers told the 250 party supporters the Liberals need to do better,
emphasizing cooperation, bridging political divisions and finding common
ground. He laid out his vision in five areas…improving the economy, fiscal
responsibility, education, health care and the environment.

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NB-Flooding update

The Emergency Measures Organization says the Saint John River is now below
flood level in all regions of the province as recovery efforts continue.

E-M-O Director, Greg MacCallum says the flood response took 20 days, but the
recovery will take months. He says there are fewer damage reports than last
year so far…and he credits that to people being better prepared.

The Red Cross says residents of 69 homes remain in temporary housing because
of the flooding, and it’s offering 600 dollars to help meet immediate needs
under its own assistance package.


An Inuit group wants Ottawa to permanently protect large sections of the
Eastern Arctic that are thought to hold large deposits of oil and gas.

The Qikiqtani (KIH’-kick-TAH’-nee) Inuit Association says parts of Davis
Inlet and Baffin Bay are too important to the animals Inuit rely on.

The request is part of an effort to map out areas that can be developed
around Baffin Island in such a way that it will not harm the traditional
Inuit way of life.


There’s a call for an emergency meeting of the Commons defence committee on
the Mark Norman case.

The vice-admiral was second-in-command of the military before he was
suspended and then charged with breach of trustover alleged leaks of secret
information about a navy shipbuilding contract.

Three Conservative and one New Democrat M-P want to hear from Norman and the
prime minister on the matter. No word yet if the Liberals with the majority
on the Committee will allow it.

Winds are dying down and fire crews are optimistic about containing a blaze
in central B-C.

The wildfire prompted a local state of emergency and several hundred people
were evacuated near the community of Lejac (luh-ZHAK’), just east of Fraser

The blaze, which was up to 260 hectares saturday, is now down to 235 hectares
as fire crews start to get control.

Mounties are reminding farmers to secure their yards as cropping season

Police say that for many farmers, this time of year may mean filling up their
slip tanks, dusting off equipment and unlocking sheds or storage facilities.

They say that unsecured yards, combined with increased mobility due to the
warm weather means additional opportunities for a quick score for prolific

R-C-M-P have posted videos on how to secure farm property, and ask farmers to
report suspicious people and vehicles.