February 17, 2021 | by: Dave Montgomery

CKNB News February 17,2021

CAMP

 

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CAMP-EEL RIVER PROTOCOL CHANGES                                   RM / RELEASE                                    WED AM

 

A change to Orange level restrictions are coming to the Eel Riverr Bar First Nation Recovery Phase.

 

Operations in the area will be transitioning to a 4 day work week and the delivery of essential services:

 

Band Administration Building: will be Operating Monday to Thursday from 9:00 to 4:00 by appointment only.

 

The education department will be open with enhanced measures and guidelines.

 

The Daycare will be open with enhanced measures and guidelines.

 

The Eel River Bar Gym will remain closed to the public until further notice.

 

As a reminder, we strongly encourage all staff to:

 

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CAMP-LISTUGUJ VACCINES                                                          RM / TRIBUNE                  WED AM

 

Vaccines have arrived to Listuguj first nation.

 

The community recieved the Moderna Vaccine on February 11 and shots were given out the next day.

 

More than 1,000 in the area signed up for a dose.

 

priority will be given first to health care workers and people over the age of 80.

 

According to the Tribune – Right now, there are no plans to vaccinate anyone under the age of 18

 

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CAMP-PROPERTY TAX                                                    RM / TRIBUNE                                   TUES AM

 

Municipalities in Restigouche will be getting some extra money in the form of property tax revenue this year.

 

The Province announced the extra money due to the elimination of the Permanent Assessment Gap, which allowed some residentital properties to be assessed below their value.

 

The change has affected over 100,000 residents in the province.

 

According to the Tribune – Campbellton will recieve around $83,000 while Dalhousie will get over $64,000

 

 

 

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NB

 

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NB-Numbers and death                      (wire gov. tue.aft)

 

GOOD     MORNING

 

Another death has been attributed to COVID-19…a personin their 80s  in the Edmundston region….the second in as many days in a long-term care home there….and the 24th overall in the province.

 

But Dr. Jennifer Russell says there were just three new cases to report yhesterday out of almost 800 tests…leaving us with 130 active cases and six people in hospital…twoin intensive care. We have also surpassed the 1,400 mark for total cases since the pandemic began/.

 

Dr. Russell repeated her calls for peoplenot totravel during March break….stay home…because of the threat the variants pose. She poionted to Newfoundland and Labrador as an example of just how quickly things can get out of cxontrol.

 

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ALL-NFLD cases and TAM talks                     (wire tue.aft)

 

The outbreak of variant cases continues in Newfoundland with 32 more new and presumptive cases….and almost 300 cases now considered active.

 

 

Across Canada, almost 2,400 new cases were reported yesterday bringing the active case count to 35 and a half thousand with 54 more deaths.

 

While umbers are decreasing nationally, Canada’s chief public health officer has growing concerns about the new, more contagious strains of the virus. Dr.

Theresa Tam says the appearance of the variants started with just a few travel-related infections, but now there are cases in all 10 provinces.

 

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NB-OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT                                                   RM / CBC                                                             WED AM

 

The province’s Official Languages Commissioner says a private review of the Language law should not be taking place.

 

Shirley MacLean says that in order to have a full discussion of the Official Languages Act, the hearings need to be held in public, and without other issues involved. Premier Blaine Higgs insists the consultations will happen behind closed doors.

 

MacLean tells CBC she has no say on the process…and her input will be limited to making submissions to the commissioners.

 

In her annual report in December, MacLean made a number of recommendations, including amending the Act to clarify the obligations of police departments to comply; give public servants the right to work in the official language of their choice; and to give her office the power to enforce agreements with government institutions that violate the act regularly.

 

 

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NB – FINANCE UPDATE GG/WIRE (TUE 4PM)

 

The Higgs Government has released its third-quarter financial results showing a projected deficit of $12.7 million. That’s compared to a budgeted surplus of $92.4 million at the start of the pandemic.

 

Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says the focus of the past year has been on restoring the economy and ensuring the health and safety of New Brunswickers.

His next budget is set to be tabled March 16th.

 

 

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NS/ALL-Desmond-Inquiry                 (wire tue.am)

 

Excerpts from a letter written by former soldier Lionel Desmond were read into the record at the inquiry investigating why he killed his family and himself in 2017 in Upper Big Tracadie.

 

The letter seeking benefits from Veterans Affairs was written in 2015 after the Afghan war vet suffering from P-T-S-D had just been medically released from the military. Desmond’s letter said he was angry and stressed over a lack of support and the military was “making soldiers worse” and contributing to higher suicide rates.

 

It was written less than two years before he fatally shot his wife, mother and 10-year-daughter at their home in Upper Big Tracadie before killing himself.

 

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NB-UNION VS HIGGS                                      RM / DAILY GLEANER                                                     WED AM

 

Relations between health-care workers and the Higgs government have worsened after a conciliation meeting yesterday.

 

Norma Robinson of CUPE say Higgs’ representatives never returned after lunch to continue the meeting. Now Robinson tells the Daily Gleaner after the disrepect towards her their union they’re walking away from the talks….and they’re not accepting the 3% wage hikes over 4 years offdered by the government. Robinson says the workers are fatigued from the pandemic, working short-staffed and not getting the recognition they deserve.

 

She wouldn’t comment on what the union is demanding…but hasn’t ruled out a strike to get what they want.

 

 

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NB-URBAN VS RURAL                                                     RM / CBC                                             WED AM

 

Urban areas keep growing as rural areas continue to shrink in the province.

 

Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton, now have 47$ of the province’s population. That’s because many people are moving to cities from the country.

Also 80% of immigrants coming to the province choose urban living.

 

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council projects that by 2030 over half of the region’s population will live in one of the six major cities in the Maritimes. Senior Analyst Fred Bergman tells CBC the shift from rural to urban living can take away much needed resources from rural areas. It’s estimated rural Atlantic Canada will need to attract at least 4,500 newcomers a year to support economic growth.

 

 

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NB-NO HOLDING HANDS IN HOSPITAL                                                    RM / CBC                                                                             WED AM

 

A woman was kicked out of a hospital for holding her husband’s hand

 

Kendyl Terris has been in hospital since July after his Alzheimers became too much for a special care home and he can’t communicate vocally. His wife Lonny says they communicate though physical interaction. But due to changing

COVID-19 restrictions the couple must now maintain social distancing of 6 feet, so after being caught holding her husband’s hand, Lonny was escorted out of the facility by security, according to CBC.

 

Now while the Moncton region is in the Orange phase, the hospital doesn’t allow visitors. Lonny is asking Horizon Health to consider exceptions for families who have loved ones “living in the hospital through no fault of their own” as they wait for nursing home beds and believes more compassion should be had for people like her husband.

 

 

 

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NB-UNION VS HIGGS                                      RM / DAILY GLEANER                                                     WED AM

 

Relations between health-care workers and the Higgs government have worsened after yesterdays conciliation table meeting.

 

Norma Robinson, The union president representing more than 10,000 workers say Higgs representatives never returned from lunch to continue the meeting.

 

Now Robinson tells the Daily Gleaner after the disrepect towards their union they’re walking away.

 

She says they’re not accepting the 3% wage hikes over 4 years.

 

Robinson says the workers are fatigued from the pandemic, working short staffed and not getting the recognition they deserve.

 

She also wouldn’t comment on what the union is demanding, but hasn’t ruled out a strike to get what they want.

 

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NB-URBAN VS RURAL                                                     RM / CBC                                             WED AM

 

Urban areas in New Brunswick keep growing as rural areas continue to shrink

 

Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton, now have 47 per cent of the region’s population.

 

Thats because many are moving from Rural areas into the cities, as well as around 80% of immigrants are choosing to live in urban population

 

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council projects that by 2030 over half of the region’s population will live in one of the six major cities in The Maritimes.

 

Fred Bergman, senior policy analyst with APEC, tells CBC the shift from rural to urban living can take away much needed resources from rural areas, it’s estimated rural Atlantic Canada will need to attract at least 4,500 newcomers a year to support economic growth.

 

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NB-OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT                                                   RM / CBC                                                             WED AM

 

New Brunswick Official Languages commissioner says a private review of the Language law should not be taking place.

 

Shirley MacLean, says that in order to have a full discussion of the Official Languages Act, the hearings need to be held in public, and without other issues involved.

 

Despite calls for a public process, Premier Blaine Higgs says consultations would happen behind closed doors.

 

MacLean tells CBC she has no say on the process, and her input will be limited to making submissions to the commissioners.

 

In her annual report released in December, MacLean recommended the province amend the Act to clarify the obligations of police departments to comply and to give public servants the right to work in the official language of their choice, as well as changes to give the province a 30-day time limit to respond to her investigations and to give her office the power to sign enforcement agreements with government institutions that violate the act regularly.

 

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NB-NO HOLDING HANDS IN HOSPITAL                                                    RM / CBC                                                                             WED AM

 

A woman was kicked out of hospital for holding her husbands hand

 

Kendyl Terris has been in hospital since July where his Alzheimers became too much for a special care home, and can’t communicate vocally. His wife Lonny says they communicate though physical interaction.

 

But due to changing COVID-19 restrictions the couple must now maintain social distancing of 6 feet, so after being caught holding her husbands hand, Lonny was escorted out of the facility by security

 

Now while the Moncton region is in the Orange phase, the hospital doesn’t allow visitors According to CBC..

 

Lonny is asking Horizon Health to consider exceptions for families who have loved ones “living in the hospital through no fault of their own” as they wait for nursing home beds and believes more compassion should be had for people like her husband

 

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NB/SJ         COVID UPD (24th DEATH)    GG/RUSTY   (TUE 4PM)

 

Another Covid-19 related death is being reported in New Brunswick. Like the death reported yesterday, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russel say the the provinces 24th death also involves a resident at the Manori Bell Vue nursing home in Edmundston where five residents have now died from the virus.

  1. Russel did have some good news today – announcing the end to what was had been the province’s deadliest outbreak since the start of the pandemic.

 

MNN-RUSSEL     19seconds       (…staff)

 

At least six deaths at Parkland Saint John have been attributed to the virus.

Menwhile Dr.Russel also annoucned three new cases of Covid-19 in NEw Brusnwick today, on in the Moncton region and two in the Edmundston health zone. There are now 130 active cases in the provicne with six people hopsitalized, including two patients in intensive care.

 

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NB   FINANCE UPDATE GG/WIRE (TUE 4PM)

 

The New Brunswick government has released its third-quarter financial results showing a projected deficit of 12.7 million dollars.

 

That’s compared to a budgeted surplus of 92.4 million at the start of the

COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Finance Minister Ernie Steeves says the focus of the past year has been on restoring the economy and ensuring the health and safety of New Brunswickers.

 

The next provincial budget is set to be tabled March 16th.

 

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NB-COVID numbers  2                (Gov. cbc ctv tue.am)

 

 

Public Health reported another New Brunswicker losing their battle with COVID-19. It’s a man in his 80s in a long-term care home in Edmundston.

 

After 16 cases reported saturday…there were just two sunday and one yesterday. The active case count is down to 140.

 

 

The second wave continues to ease across the country with just 1,100 new cases reported yesterday and an active case count of about 35 and a half thousand….and only 19 deaths were reported…but the low numbers may because of the holiday.

 

 

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ALL

 

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NAT           GUNS          GG/WIRE   (TUE 4PM)

 

The Trudeau government has tabled a bill that will let municipalities ban handguns through bylaws restricting their possession, storage and transportation.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the bill also provide for a buyback prorgram for recently banned firearms that are considered assault-style weapons – although thefiner details of what be offeredto gunowners in exchange for those weapons hasn’t been announced. The extensive list of newly  banned weapons was introduced following the mass shooting in Nova Scotia lastApril that left 22 people dead.

 

Today’s announcement will be disappointing to many – gun enthusaists have voiced  displeasure with the Liberals restrictions while many anti-gun advocates had been hoping Trudeau would announced a national handgun ban.

 

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SPORTS    2

 

 

The Raptors handled Milwaukee 124-113 in NBA action.

 

No action in the Canadian division of the NHL last night. (Washington beat the Penguins 3-1.