July 15, 2020 | by: markfirth



The Nature Conservancy of Canada is expanding one of its coastal nature
reserves on the Acadian Peninsula in northeastern New Brunswick.

The charitable land trust says it’s purchased 13 hectares of salt marsh in
Inkerman Ferry — expanding its Pokemouche Bay Nature Reserve to 90 hectares.

The N-C-C says the expansion will help protect an important breeding area for
great blue herons as well as a home for shorebirds, many of which are facing
declining populations.

Money for the purchase came from individual donors, the Crabtree Foundation,
the federal and New Brunswick governments and the U-S Fish and Wildlife


Premier Blaine Higgs says there is some reluctance about expanding the
Atlantic Bubble to parts of Quebec.

Higgs addressing reporters yesterday said he would like to extend the bubble
to include the Gaspésie region (communities such as Listuguj and
Pointe-à-la-Croix) and expects to discuss the matter with his fellow Premiers
later this week.

With the recent cases in New Brunswick and PEI all coming from outside of the
bubble Higg’s says he believes the other Atlantic Premiers have some
reluctance about opening up.

Quebec has consistently reported over a hundred new cases a day and 5,633
people have died from the virus in the province.


Since zone-five moved back into phase-three visiting has been a big activity
at local nursing homes and Campbellton Regional.

Visits at Campbellton’s Village Nursing Home have started with Interim
Director Tom Mann telling the Tribune it was a celebration as staff were able
to welcome reunions of residents and family members.

It was a similar story at Villa Renaissance in Dalhousie with people meeting
just outside the main entrance in nice weather allowing family to see loved
ones they haven’t for months.

Campbellton Regional Hospital has also started allowing one visitor from 2pm
to 8pm, but people are encouraged to call the unit to ensure visiting is


The province is expanding the essential worker wage top up

The program will now include private sector home-care support workers as well
as early learning and childcare enhanced support workers who provide direct
client care.

Labour Minister Trevor Holder says the workers being added to the wage-top
program are vital to  COVID-19 recovery.

The 2-thousand-dollar bonus is based on hours worked from March 9th to July


An all party committee has given unanimous support to a bill that would
require the teaching of Indigenous languages in New Brunswick schools.

All parties spoke in favor of the bill introduced by Green Party MLA Megan
Mitton last month that will add to the section of the Education Act on the
teaching of Indigenous history and culture.

According to CBC during debate Mitton said there are fewer than 100
Wolastoqey speakers and less than 200 who speak Mi’kmaq.

Mitton says the program is an opportunity for the revitalization of
Indigenous languages in the public school system.