October 23, 2019 | by: markfirth


NB/CAM-Cops arbitration hearing

The arbitration hearing continues for two Bathurst police officers fighting
to stay on the job after the death of an innocent man in 2015.

Retired RCMP officer Larry Wilson began investigating the involvement of
Constables Mathieu Boudreau and Patrick Bulger the day after Michel Vienneau
was shot in the parking lot of the Bathurst train station. The Times and
Transcript reports he concluded that Boudreau’s decision to fire at
Vienneau’s car was appropriate…given that Vienneau “purposefully” tried to
hit Bulger with his car. He also concluded Vienneau may not have known the
two plain clothes officers were police.

The arbitrator, officers, their lawyers and police chief then visited the
scene of the incident yesterday afternoon. The hearing is expected to wrap
up friday.


Weight restrictions on the JC Van Horne Bridge haven’t been lifted but they
have been eased some.

The changes will allow heavier vehicles to be present on the bridge that has
had limits in place since July.

According to the Tribune new limits will see single axle increased to 22
tonnes, tandems at 35 tonnes, and trains/tridems at 43 tonnes.

Repairs to the structure of the bridge to get it fully open again are
scheduled to take place this Spring.


A challenge was sent out to Campbellton residents and businesses for the
holiday season.

According to the Tribune at a Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce
luncheon earlier this month Excellence NB challenged people to buy at least
5-percent of its purchases locally.

Executive Director Carol Holmes says smaller rural communities need to make
the change as more and more people turn to online shopping risking the future
of local business.

Holmes says her organization will be releasing a guide in November of New
Brunswick products making it easier to hit your 5-percent.

The expansion of the Canadian Tire in Atholville is complete and grand
opening is taking place this week.

MLA Guy Arsenualt and Atholville Mayor Michel Soucy will be hand for the
official ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning at 7:30.

Guests from Canadian Tire Corporation will also be on-hand as doors open to
the new look store at 8.


The Northeast District RCMP is asking for the public’s help in locating a
stolen side-by-side.

Police say the theft occurred sometime overnight between October 19 and 20
from outside a home in Madran… outside of Belledune.

The side-by-side is a 2019 white and black Kawasaki KRF800 with a green
suspension. It has New Brunswick plate number YB4240.

Anyone with information or has seen the ATV is asked to contact RCMP or