October 14, 2020 | by: Dave Montgomery

CKNB News Oct 14,2020






A Quebec Mi’kmaq nation near the New Brunswick border is questioning why its students are no longer welcome in a Campbellton area high school.


Listuguj First Nation Chief Darcy Gray says 103 students from the First Nation attend Sugarloaf Senior High, where a positive case of COVID-19 was identified last week.


New Brunswick’s department of education says students from the First Nation will continue the year online while students in New Brunswick will return to class Thursday.


Gray says he’s shocked Listuguj students have been left out and says if there’s a public health concern, it should apply to all Sugarloaf students, not just the Mi’kmaq students.






Public Health is expected to provide an update later today on the covid outbreaks in Campbellton and Moncton. Six new cases were reported yesterday…five of them connected to the outbreak in Campbellton and the other with the outbreak at the Manoir Notre Dame long-term care home in Moncton.  Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jennifer Russell also confirmed Covid-19 has also now been confirmed in second long term care home in the province, this time at the 45 bed Manoir Du Sagesse in Campbellton. One resident there has been infected while the remaining residents and staff were undergoing testing yesterday.


MEanwhile,there’s news this morning that a case has now been confirmed at the ecole Aux-Quatre-Vents high school in Dalhousie – the fifth school in the region to report a case of covid -19 in cluding all four schools in the town

of Dalhousie.   There are now 82 active cases in New Brusnwick, all reported

within the last week. Five people are currently hospitalized with one patient in intensive care.





With the area moving back to orange everything from gyms to personal services are effected and the Campbellton Tigers are no exception.


Owner Pierre Girard tells the Tribune they are putting together an operational plan to see what can be done in orange, but confirmed the team would not be playing games outside the region.


The Campbellton Regional Memorial Civic Centre is closed and Girard says they will have to find other forms of training to keep busy.


Exhibition games have been cancelled. The regular season starts on October 30th, but that too is in serious doubt.





Dalhousie council has been told the pandemic has pushed back the hydroelectric turbine again.


According to the Tribune Clerk/Treasurer Gilles Legacy told council the recent outbreak is preventing the manufacteuring from coming to the region.


The project was already delayed during the initial onset of COVID-19 as town employees were able to travel for training.


It will likely be spring now before the turbine located in the waterpipe coming from the Charlo Dam will be operational.


Legacy says the continued delays has so far cost the town about eight-months of revenue it would have made selling the electricity to NB Power.





Listuguj First Nation has been notified by the New Brusnwick government of a

COVID-19 exposure.


A release from the band says a New Brunswick resident who has tested positive for the virus recently met with Listuguj residents.


In coordination with Quebec Public Health contact tracing is underway and other community members may be notifed to determine next steps.


Officials say they will not be releasing any details on individuals to protect their privacy and will monitor the situation should additional protective measures need to be taken.





RCMP are reaching out to the public for information on a stolen side-by-side from the Belledune area.


Police say the off-road vehicle was taken from a residence on Archibald Road on the evening of October 8th.


It described as a white and black 2014 Polaris Ranger Razor, with yellow decals of a fox on both the driver and passenger doors.


Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers.





With Campbellton moving back to the orange phase Vitalite Health has issued a statement on hospital visits.


Visitors are not permitted at the Campbellton Regional Hospital with exceptions of one designated visitor for Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Palliative Care patients.


Visits are not allowed for the Restigouche Hospital Centre.


Certain ambulatory services and elective surgeries are also being temporarily reduced at the Campbellton Regional Hospital and St. Joseph Community Health Centre in Dalhousie.





Eel River Bar First Nation has gone to its red phase after its been made aware of three confirmed exposures to COVID-19 by community members.


Chief Sacha LaBillois Kennedy says in a statement they were notified by public health of the exposures from the department’s contact tracing of the recent outbreak.


The red phase closes band run operational buildings, limits gatherings indoors even with physical distancing, and cancels community activities.


Kennedy says they did not take the measure lightly, but they felt it was necessary to continue to protect the community.