May 9, 2019 | by: markfirth



An independent expert is recommending the Restigouche Hospital Centre
continue operating but make a series of recommendation
s to improve services. A
report by an indepe
ndent mental health consultant was tabled in the
legislature on Tuesday by Health Minister Ted Flemming. The report by George
Weber was meant as a follow up to a scathing report about the province’s main
pyshciatric hospital by the province’s ombud in February. The new report
makes four key recommendations, including the creation of a province wide
framework for treating mental illness and addiction. It also called for a
plan for managing mental health bed capacity and a new rec
ruiting and
retention strategy for doctors. The recommendations have already been
accepted by the government, as have six recommendations provided to the
Vitalitie Health Network.


The Cambellton financial statements for 2018 show a surplus. The Finance and
Administration Committee received the news from auditors Allen, Paquet, and
Arseneau at the last meeting. The books show modest surpluses of over 66,000
in general operating and almost 39,000 in the water fund reports the Tribune.
Some big ticket items were protective services at more then 3.7 million and
recreation at 3.5 million including annual losses of 1 million from the civic

The operating budget for 2019 is set just above 14.2 million dollars.


Final arguments will be heard today in Saint John, New Brunswick in the trial
of Dennis Oland.

Oland is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father,
Richard Oland in July, 2011.

Richard Oland was hit over 40 times in an attack that cracked his skull in
several places.

The Crown has suggested Dennis Oland’s personal financial problems were a
motive, while the defence argued the case is based solely on circumstantial

NB-Nursing home update with Shepard

Social Development Minister Dorothy Shepard says the government is ready to
make an enhanced offer to nursing home unions when they sit down with a
mediator tomorrow.

Brunswick News reports Shepard emphasized that  this time it’s the government
who is theone willing to make changes to advance bargaining negotiations and
not CUPE. She also voiced her displeasure with the unions sit-ins  and
occupation of MLA offices over the past week, accusing the union of using
“bullying tactis.

NB-Caregiver allowances

The Higgs Government has taken away the $106 per month primary informal
caregiver benefit, according to CTV.

It was brought in by the former Liberal government last year to help people
with disabilities who are at home. The government sent out a basic form
letter to recipients, saying it is reallocating the money to wage increases
for staff who work as home, family, and attendant care workers.


A Former MP and his wife have been fined for campaign finance violations.

Mike Allen, the former Tory MP for Tobique-Mactaquac, and his wife Jennifer
Leduc-Allen, three members of their family and his former campaign treasurer
Stweart Wright were all charged with campaign finance violations last year.

The charges stemmed from $13,000 in promotional items purchased for the
campaign that exceeded the allowed limits.  They had all been scheduled to go
on trial yesterday but instead Allen, his wife and Wright changed their pleas
to guilty. Wright and Allen were both fined $10,000  while Allen’s wife was
fined $5,200-dollars. Charges against the other members of Allen’s family
were dropped.


Thee Saint John sisters have been found guilty of attacking a teenaged girl
with a baseball bat. The Telegraph Journal reports a judge found 19-year–old
Shaqayeq (Sha Guh Yeg)Mezbani and her two older sisters, Neida and Afsanneh,
guilty of attacking the girl at her home in Rothesay in October of 2017.
Court heard the three, who had been goading the victim to fight, tapped on
her apartment window and someone swung a bat as she came to look outside. The
victim, who was a minor at the time, was treated in hospital. The Judge says
it remains unclear who actually swung the weapon, but ruled it was a group
action and found all three sisters guilty. They’ll return to court for
sentencing on June 27th.


A woman who accused her husband of attempted murder is suing his estate.
Saint John resident Kathy Smith is suing her ex-husband Brian Smith’s estate
for damages caused by the alleged assault. The criminal case against Smith
never made it to trail due to his poor health and eventual death in March
2018, but his Brunswick news reports his accuser and ex-wife has now filed
against his estate for damages. The suit claims her ex-husband’s alleged
attack in 2017 saw Smith inflict severe damages including a broken skull.
Neither an executor or an administrator has ever been appointed to handle the



Indigenous groups and leaders are meeting in Moncton for the Indigenous
Tourism Summit to find ways to increase tourism for First Nations
communities. Keith Henry, president and CEO of the Indigenous Tourism
Association of Canada, tells CBC, people are looking for an authentic
cultural experience, through either guided tours, storytelling or cultural
centers. Tourists want to meet the people and learn their stories.

The summit will help communities prepare business plans and share ideas. In
three years Indigenous tourism in Canada has grown by 23 per cent.