March 14, 2019 | by: markfirth


Riverwatch 2019 is now under way.

The Emergency Measures Organization has begun closer monitoring of snow and
water levels with hopes this spring will be much better than last year here
in New Brunswick, due to disasterous flooding.


A dispute between New Brunswick nursing homes and thousands of workers will
go to court on Friday.

Separate applications by the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions and
the Higgs government are set to be heard by a Court of Queen’s Bench judge in

The outcome could affect whether 41 hundred workers at 46 nursing homes could
walk off the job.

Dennis Oland’s defence team wrapped up its case at his retrial in Saint John.

Olands’ uncle, Jack Connell, was called to the stand as its final witness.

Connell was called to provide supportive testimony to Oland’s claim that he
made a third visit to his father’s office the night Richard Oland was killed,
to pick up a family genology logbook.

The case is on standby until May 9th, when final arguments will be presented.

David Coon, the leader of New Brunswick’s Green Party, claims he will
introduce a private member’s bill allowing all municipalities and First
Nations to buy renewable power from private producers.

Coon says three municipalities that operate their own utilities are currently
the only ones allowed to buy wind, solar or hydroelectric power from locally
owned companies.

Coon feels that N-B Power’s monopoly over the electricity market is holding
back development of a so-called renewable energy industry.

Libraries across the province are looking for smartphone donations for
visually-impaired people.

It’s part of a program with the C-N-I-B that refurbishes used phones for
people with vision loss. People can drop off their phones at libraries in
Saint John, Moncton, Fredericton, Campbellton and Edmundston.

The province say 46% of Canadians who are blind don’t own a smartphone or
currently have one that is significantly outdated.


While thousands of Canadians have various travel plans, there are concerns
about many being stranded by the grounding of Boeing 7-37 Max 8 and Max 9
aircraft over safety concerns.

Canada joined more than 40 other countries barring the jets from their
airspace following Sunday’s deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The same type of aircraft was also involved in a Lion Air crash off the coast
of Indonesia in October that left 189 dead.

Another $4.2-million has been raised by a community foundation created in
response to the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April that killed 16 and
injured another 13 people.

The Humboldt Strong Community Foundation took over fundraising
responsibilities after a GoFundMe campaign for crash victims raised more than
$15-million dollars in a week. Of the new funds, $1.9-million has been given
to support the families, with money also going to communities and
scholarships for players.


Facebook was busy trying to fix service disruptions on Facebook, Messenger
and Instagram yesterday, but isn’t saying what caused the outages.

Website monitor downdetector-dot-com says the outages started at about noon
in parts of Canada, the U-S, Europe and elsewhere, affecting both the desktop
site and app.

Facebook tweeted that the issue is not the result of a “distributed denial of
service” or D-D-o-S attack, which is used by hackers to interrupt service to
a site.