November 23, 2020 | by: markfirth



Saint John and Moncton have been moved to the orange phase, but its much
different than the restrictions recently placed on Campbellton-Restigouche.

Campbellton resident Melanie Wood tells the Tribune its ridiculous and shows
there are always different rules fro the golden triangle.

Rules around orange changed before the southern regions moved into the phase
such as personal care businesses being allowed to stay open.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Russell says the phases are continually
revised based on what they are seeing in terms of transmission patterns.

But local businesses in zone-five forced to close in the last outbreak say
that is little comfort.


Michelle Boudreau-Dumas has been named a Justice of the Family Division of
the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick.

A release by the province says the Campbellton/Balmoral lawyer is filling a
position soon to be vacated by Justice M.A. Robichaud of Bathurst.

Boudreau-Dumas is the third female lawyer from Restigouche called to the
bench over the last few years with Suzanne Crawford and Joanne Durette also
getting the call.

The release also named Frederiction prosecutor Kathryn Gregory as a new judge
in the Trial Division.


Numbers continue to spike in the southern part of the province with six new
cases announced yesterday bringing the active case count to 77.

The news came after a single day record on Saturday of 23 new cases were

The new cases announced yesterday were five in the Saint John Region and one
in the Fredericton area.

Two of the cases are in schools…  one was reported at Simonds High School
in Saint John and one at Hampton Middle School… there was also an exposure
at Harbour View High School in Saint John.

There were numerous exposures reported by public health over the weekend in
the two regions including bars, gyms, and grocery stores… you can find a
full list on the public health website.

With the regions moving to orange visitor restrictions at most long term care
homes and hospitals have been put in place so its best to call ahead to find
out current policy in your area.

Across the country the second wave continues to post huge numbers with close
to 15-thousand new infections added on the weekend and 55-thousand cases now


People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin compares the new orange phase
restrictions to trying to drink from a fire hose.

Austin tells the Telegraph Journal explanations about the rules are too
complex to be widely understood saying as someone who considers himself a
relatively intelligent person he feels confused.

He says there’s too much information and people don’t understand what they
are supposed to do or not do.

Premier Blaine Higgs says polling showed the majority of people understood
the rules during prior outbreaks and although things are a little confusing
in this transition its clearly laid out on the provincial website.


Questions have been coming up as to why some businesses are reporting cases
were tracked to their facility, but an exposure warning was not issued by
Public Health.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Russell says if they are confident contact
tracing has identified everyone involved they won’t issue a notice. But in
cases like airplanes or shopping malls where people could be exposed over a
large area, Dr. Russell says they will post the notice. She says warnings are
targeted during a specific time frame based on the likely opportunity of


The province has lived up to its word having police and inspectors out all
weekend to enforce the Emergency Measures Act.

According to CBC with the Moncton and Saint John region back in orange
officers were issuing fines around mask usage and gathering limits.

Inspectors were also out making sure restaurants were only serving
single-household bubbles at each table.

Several people took to social media to complain about almost
three-hundred-dollar fines for not wearing a mask properly.