January 20, 2021 | by: markfirth

CKNB NEWS UPDATE WEDNESDAY JANUARY 20 2021

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CAMP-BY-LAW

A New by-law allowing private economic incentives has passed.

This will permit the city to give grants and other incentives to developers
in the municipality.

Reductions on water rates and property taxes are off the table for now as CAO
Manon Cloutier tells the tribune the broad draft by-law opens the door for
more detailed policy.

It will be voted on at the next regular council meeting in February

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CAMP-CITY VACANCIES

Vacancies within the city of Campbellton are proving to be a headache for some.

CAO Manon CLoutier says unfilled managerial positions are affecting their
abilities.

Because of the vacancies, many projects have been put on hold.. it also
leaves staff with added tasks that take away from typical daily duties,

The city hasn’t had a treasurer or engineer for months along with several
other managerial and non-managerial positions.

Committee Chair, Gilbert Cyr tells the tribune the situation got out of hand
and council needed to set priorities

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NB  – COVID RED ALERT

Restrictions in the Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton regions are much
stricter this morning. The province confirmed a 13th virus-related death…a
resident at the Parkland Saint John long term care facility….and there were
31 new cases yesterday.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russel, announced the province’s three
largest cities have been moved to the red phase of restrictions.

Dr. Russel says the move is needed to keep the spread of the virus from
getting out of control as it has in other jurisdictions. The red alert level
means many businesses have to close, while limiting recreational activities
and banning in-person dining at restaurants. Schools will remain open for now.

Premier Blaine Higgs has also warned that even tougher restrictions could be
coming if numbers continue to rise over the next few days….calling it a
“lockdown”…but he wasn’t specific on what that would entail…but probably
would include closing schools as they did in March when the pandemic hit.

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NB-MARITIME BUS

Maritime politicians are asking Ottawa for financial support for Maritime Bus.

21 Senators have signed off on a letter to The federal Transport Minister,
saying the service is essential to health-care, because it transports blood
products and patients. routes were cut due to significant decrease in
customers.

Also noted that Ottawa gave funding to Greyhound when it took away routes in
Western Canada.

The company has already asked the provincial governments for support, and it
looks like New Brunswick might hold out.

Maritime Bus is not eligible for various federal support programs, because it
is a for-profit enterprise.

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