November 24, 2020 | by: markfirth

CKNB NEWS UPDATE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24 2020

NB/CAM – NGOLA PLEA

The doctor once accused by the province of being  responsible for the Covid
outbreak this past spring in the Campbellton region has plead not-guilty to
breeching the Emergency Measures Act.

Dr. Jean Robert Ngola was charged for failing to self isolate after
travelling to Quebec to pick up his daughter in May.

Ngola’s lawyer entered a not guilty plea to the charge on his behalf
yesterday.

At the time, Premier Blaine Higgs had blamed an irresponsible health care
worker for the outbreak and Dr.Ngola was later outed as that individual over
social media.

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CAM – REGIONAL POLICE

The mayors of Campbellton and Dalhousie say discussions are taking place on
the possibility of a regoinal police service.

Campbellton Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin tells the Tribune a lot would
need to be done, but talks are taking place amidst the ongoing dialogue with
Dalhousie.

Dalhousie Mayor Normand Pelletier says at the moment they pay more than
600-thousand-dollars with no RCMP detachment in town and are willing to look
at a regional force for increased coverage.

Between the two communities more than 3.5-million-dollars is paid annually to
the RCMP for policing services.

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CAM – STABBING UPD

Listuguj Police are investigating a stabbing that took place in the First
Nation late last week.

A release from the department says they were called to the scene Thursday
afternoon shortly after 1:30 to find a community member with injuries from a
knife attack.

The person was transported to Campbellton Regional Hospital with life
threatening injuries with the latest update saying they remain in critical
condition.

The band announced last night two members of the community have been arrested
in connection with the stabbing.
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NB – OVERWHELMED HEALTH

The president of Horizon Health says the provinces health care system could
easily be overwhelmed with very few new cases.

Karen McGrath addressing reporters at a briefing said each of the Horizon
regional centers are trying to keep three to five beds open and up to three
in ICU for a possible surge in COVID patients.

McGrath says that’s not a very large number and if you have seven or eight
people admitted in a short time it could really impact and overwhelm the
system quickly.

The CEO also said 64 Horizon staff members are currently isolating meaning at
some point staff may need to be redeployed from other areas.

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NB – SCHOOLS COVID

Education Minister Dominic Cardy had confirmed COVID-19 has been detected in
more schools in the province.

Cardy says infections have been found at schools in Saint John, Rothesay,
Quispamsis, Hampton, Fredericton and Hartland.

Cardy is asking parents not to panic saying they will be contacted if it
affects their child, and if there is a risk to students they are ready to
move to online learning at a moments notice.