January 6, 2021 | by: Dave Montgomery

CKNB News January 6th 2021

CAMPBELLTON

 

CAMP-ZENABIS DEBT

a cannabis facility in Atholville has been doing what it can to reduce its debt

 

Zenabis Global inc. will reduce their debt by $42.5M by selling share of a subsidiary company as well as selling $7M worth of cannabis to a major Canadian Licensed producer

 

The company currently has over $119M of debt, after the deals they’ll be left with over $65M in the negative a cannabis facility in Atholville has been doing what it can to reduce its debt

 

Zenabis Global inc. will reduce their debt by $42.5M by selling share of a subsidiary company as well as selling $7M worth of cannabis to a major Canadian Licensed producer

 

The company currently has over $119M of debt, after the deals they’ll be left with over $65M in the negative

 

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CAMP-RESTAURANT EXPOSURE

 

a potential covid-19 exposure has caused the temporary closure of a Campbellton restaurant

 

Aaron Ahier, owner of smoke on the water, tells the tribune – an employee was in contact with someone who tested positive.

 

the employee has tested negative and the restaurant will be open as soon as possible

 

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CAMP-LISUGUJ ACCESS

 

 

Despite the recent coronavirus outbreak in Listuguj, the community will not be restricting it access

 

Chief Darcy Gray tells the tribune sanctions will be enforced against those who violate public health measures.

 

residents are allowed two pre-registered trips to New Brunswick per week for essentials.

 

there are currently 13 active cases in Listuguj

 

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CAMP-VITALITE HEALTH ORANGE PHASE

 

as New Brunswick transitions to the orange level more challenges arise for Vitalite Health Network

 

The transition to Orange level in all New Brunswick zones, declared today by the provincial government, brings about a heightened alert level and a suspension of visits for all hospital facilities of Vitalité Health Network.

Visits prohibited

 

As of tomorrow, visits will be prohibited in all Vitalité Health Network hospital facilities, EXCEPT in the Obstetric, Pediatric and Intensive Care units where ONE DESIGNATED VISITOR PER PATIENT is allowed and patients in Palliative care or will receive medical assistance in dying where TWO DESIGNATED VISITORS are allowed – 1 at a time.

 

if  services are impacted, the Network will contact those directly affected to postpone their appointments to a later date.

 

 

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CAMP-LISTUGUJ STUDENTS

 

The recent covid-19 outbreak in Listuguj created some unknowns for students of sugarloaf high school

 

originally the province had a mandatory order, allowing a schooling exemption to border restrictions, but going forward students will be doing their learning from home

 

Education Minister Dominic Cardy tells the tribune hes hopeful arrangements can be made to allow students to attend class

 

Listuguj currently has 13 active cases of the coronavirus

 

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NB-VACCINATIONS

 

 

New Brunswick is almost ready for vaccination reporting

 

Department of Health spokesperson Bruce Macfarlane tells CBC the province is finalizing its plans to provide public reports of vaccination numbers. but didn’t present a timeline

 

Public Health has yet to add vaccination tracking to its website but updates have been given by news conference or in response to media requests.

 

data analyst Ray Harris says New Brunswick has administered 35.2 per cent of its recieved vaccines, only Alberta and PEI have done better.

 

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NB/MON-SHOOTING SUSPECT

 

 

An Alert Ready message has been issued to the Greater Moncton area as the search for a man in connection with a shooting in Riverview, continues

 

Jansen Bryan Baker is a suspect in a shooting that occurred near Riverview High School yesterday, where a man was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and, is believed to be carrying firearms with intent to use them.

 

The 24-year-old man is described as five foot ten, 145 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, believed to be driving a black 2020 Hyundai Elantra with tinted windows.

 

the public is asked not to report police locations on social media. and contact RCMP immediately if you see Jansen Bryan Baker or have information on his whereabouts.

 

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NB-RCMP OFFICERS CHARGED

 

Three New Brunswick RCMP have been charged with obstruction of justice.

 

Cpl. Mathieu Potvin, Const. Eric Pichette and Const. Graham Bourque allegedly attempted to obstruct the course of justice by destroying evidence during a criminal investigation in May 2019.

 

The officers are scheduled to appear on March 15, and all three were suspended with pay on Dec. 15.

 

The RCMP’s professional standards unit is conducting a separate investigation under the force’s code of conduct.

 

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NB    COVID EXPLOSION

All of New Brunswick is being moved back into the orange phase of recovery after reporting a record 27 news cases of Covid-19 yesterday.

 

There are now 80 active cases in the province. Dr .Russel says many of the cases are connected clusters that have begun to emerge from holiday gatherings or from people going to work with symptoms. Dr. Russel also says some people who have tested positive have been uncooperative and untruthful with contact tracers.

 

A number of new cases have also been identifed at long term care facilities, including new cases at the Shannex Parkland Tucker Hall in Saint John and the People’s Park Tower retirement residence in Moncton. An individual at that living facility was infected after attending a family holiday gathering.

 

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NB    COVID EXPLOSION2

 

A record 27 new cases of Covid-10 has been announced in new brunswick yesterday, bringing the entire province back into the orange phase of recovery.

 

There are now 80 active cases in the province. Dr. Jennifer Russel says many of the cases are connected clusters that have emerged from holiday gatherings or from people going to work with sypmtoms. Dr. Russel also says some people who have tested postive have been uncooperative and untruthful with contact tracers.

 

(A number of new cases have also been identifed at long term care facilities, including new cases at the Shannex Parkland Tucker Hall in Saint John and the People’s Park Tower retirement residence in Moncton. An individual at that living facility was infected after attending a family holiday gathering. )

 

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NB    COVID EXPLOSION    GG/RUS PC   (TUE 4PM)

 

All of New Brunswick is being moved back into the orange phase of recovery after a reporting a record 27 news cases of Covid-19 this afternoon . Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russel, says they’re taking swift action after a concerning spike in new infections in every region of the province.

 

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There are now 80 active cases in the province. Dr .Russel says many of the cases are connected clusters that have emerged from holiday gatherings or people going to work with sypmtoms. Dr. Russel also says some people who have tested postive have been uncooperative and untruthful with contact tracers – and says it’s vital that they assist those workers to stop the spread.

 

A number of new cases have also been identifed at long term care facilities, including new cases at the Shannex Parkland Tucker Hall in Saint John ad the People’s Park Tower retirement residence in Moncton. An individual at that living facility was infected after attending a family holiday gathering.

 

Dr Russel reiterated the need today for anyone with symptoms to get tested e

– and warned that the situation in New Brunswick could grow much worse in the days ahead.

 

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NB     BUS CUTS

 

Maritime Bus says it’s cancelling some routes in northern New Brunswick because of a drop in travel demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Company president Mike Cassidy says he made the decision after learning the province had rejected a request for a subsidy to help his struggling business.

 

Service is being scrapped between Campbellton and Moncton and between Fredericton and Edmundston, and is being modified from Fredericton to Saint John as well as to Moncton.

 

New Brunswick Green Leader David Coon is calling on Premier Blaine Higgs to negotiate an agreement with Maritime Bus to maintain service.

 

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NB    COP ASSAULTED   GG/WIRE (TUE 4PM)

 

A 24-year-old man is facing three counts of assaulting a police officer with a weapon following an incident at a New Brunswick First Nation.

 

The R-C-M-P says a driver reported to be impaired refused to exit a vehicle on the Tobique First Nation on December 31st.

 

They say the vehicle collided with a parked police cruiser before fleeing the scene.

 

Police say Tyson Sappier was arrested the next day and appeared in court in Woodstock yesterday on nine charges that also include resisting arrest and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

 

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MIR/NB-Paycentre backlog         (Leader tue.aft)

 

It’s been over two years and about half of the federal civil service is still having problems because of the payroll system, according to the Leader.

 

The Public Service Pay Centre in Miramichi did point out a small decline in its transaction backlog in its latest online update. The numbers are continually fluctuating, but about half of federal civil servants are still having pay issues as are employees in departments and agencies not handled by the Miramichi centre.

 

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NAT       CUBE          GG/WIRE (TUE 4PM)

 

The Rubik’s Cube may have been invented by a Hungarian, but it can now call Canada its home.

 

Canadian toymaker Spin Master has completed a 50-million-dollar U-S acquisition of the legendary 3-D puzzle.

 

Hungarian puzzle enthusiast Erno Rubik invented the toy in 1974.

 

It became a commercial success after it launched globally in 1980.

 

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ALL/NAT-TRAVEL AGENT BAILOUT                                                            RM / CBC                                             TUE PM

 

 

after being forced to repay commissions on cancelled vacations, Canadian travel agents are asking for a government bailout

 

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, says airlines won’t get a bailout unless refunds are given to passengers whose flights were cancelled… but travel agencies are being asked for their commissions to be payed back on cancelled trips before giving their customers a refund

 

according to CBC commissions are usually an advisers only source of income

 

Ontario saw around 200 agencies close for good and if the government doesn’t step in, more will follow suite

 

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NB-Vaccines update                  (CBC

 

More people will be lining up this week to get a shot in the arm…and at more locations around the province.

 

The Health Department tells CBC vaccination clinics are being set up at 20 long-term care facilities today and tomorrow. So far, the province has received 5,850 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and administered half of them. An additional 2,925 doses are expected this week and half of those will be given to health-care workers at a clinic in Moncton later this week.

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Russel says hey are administering the shots as soon as they arrive, saying the only thing preventing speedier shots is arrival of the vaccines themselves.

 

 

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NB-Politicians stay home               (CBC Brunswick news  tue.am)

 

Looks like MLAs stayed in New Brunswick over the holidays, except for one, avoiding a backlash being felt by dozens of politicians in other provinces who left the country for vacations down south.

 

The P-Cs say no Conservatives MLAs travelled outside the Atlantic region during the holidays, but Natural Resources Minister Mike Holland did visit his significant other in rural Nova Scotia. He is now home and self-isolating for 14 days.

 

While the premier and Chief public Health oifficer Dr. Jennifer Russell advised against any travel outside New Brunswick, the Premier’s office says Holland won’t be disciplined because “travel was not banned and he followed all of the required protocols.”

 

 

The three other parties say none of their members left the province over the holidays.

 

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NB-VACCINES CONT                                                        RM / CTV                                                              WED AM

 

 

Meanwhile Premier Blaine Higgs is asking the federal government for more

COVID-19 vaccine doses,

 

Higgs tells CTV if the vaccines were provided, they could inocculate the entire province in 10 weeks, but at the current rate it will take until mid-summer

 

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said accelerating Canada’s vaccine rollout would be discussed during a weekly call with premiers Thursday

 

 

ALL-Vaccines                      (wire wed.am)

 

Across Canada the second wave continues unabated with more than 7,000 new cases putting the active case count at almost 79,000 after recoveries.

 

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also frustrated by the slow pace of the vaccine rollout by some provinces.

 

He says he will discuss how the federal government can help speed things up during his weekly virtual meeting with provincial and territorial premiers tomorrow.

 

The Chief Public Health Officer is also looking at how to stretch the vaccine doses as far as possible.  Dr. Theresa Tam has asked the National Advisory Committee on Immunization to investigate whether it would be warranted to delay the second doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to get first doses to more people faster.

 

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MIR/CAM-MHL pause               (release wed.am)

 

The Maritime Junior Hockey League has hit the pause button for its five New Brunswick teams after the provincial government announced it was moving the whole province into the Orange phase of restrictions.

 

That means the Timberwolves games against Edmundston and Campbellton saturday and sunday have been postponed. We’ll have to wait to see if games beyond that are affected.

 

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SPORTS

 

A heartbreaking ending to the World Juniors for Team Canada with the U-S coming out on top 2-0, thanks to a brilliant performance by Spencer Knight in the American net.