November 14, 2019 | by: markfirth

CKNB NEWS UPDATE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14 2019

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CAM/NB – Smelter update with Higgs meeting

Premier Blaine Higgs held an emergency meeting with Glencore Canada officials
last night.

The Brunswick Smelter in Belledune, embroiled in a months long labour dispute,
is closing – leaving 420 people permanently out of work.

Glencore Canada announced yesterday the decommissioning process at the lead
smelter will begin immediately. However, remediation of the site could take
years.

Labour Minister Trevor Holder told reporters in Fredericton the government is
not prepared to completely throw in the towel…but it also doesn’t want to
create false hope.

The government wants to understand exactly what’s going on and why now.

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CAM – STILL NO MEETING
RRSC Chair and Eel River Dundee Mayor Denis Savoie says he has never been in
a situation where a government minister is this hard to get in touch with.

According to the Tribune… Savoie made the comments at the most recent
commission meeting in reference to continued attempts to meet with Health
Minister Ted Flemming.

Members have been trying to get answers from Flemming on the status of the
unfinished youth psychiatric centre in Campbellton requesting a meeting back
in August.

The board has said they would travel to Fredericton to meet with the minister
if more convenient with him, but Flemming still says his schedule is too
busy.

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CAM – EMPTY BEDS STILL
After four months of being in put in trusteeship the Village Nursing Home
still has more than 30 vacant beds.

According to the Tribune Tom Mann who was tasked with run the facility on
behalf of the province have Campbellton City Council the numbers at Tuesday’s
meeting.

Mann said there are currently 36 empty beds with 91 people in the area still
waiting for long-term care.

Mann said they are addressing issues at the home including staff shortages…
but once staffing levels are met the 100 bed facility should be able to
accept more patients.

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CAM – TURBINE WORK
Dalhousie town council were updated on the work taking place around the new
hydro-electric turbine at Tuesday’s meeting.

According to the Tribune councillors were told teh groundwork has been laid
out and more cement is being prepped to be poured… even in the colder
temperatures.

After the ground work is complete a pre-fabricated structure will be placed
on site waiting for the turbine itself to arrive from Ontario and be
installed in the spring.

The turbine will be placed on the water pipeline to the town from the Charlo
Dam to sell electricity back to NB Power.

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