March 9-10, 2014
FLEIGER UPSET AT AIRPORT MEETING REQUIREMENTS
City Coun. Billy Fleiger says he is angry about the situation with the Miramichi Airport Commission.
Since last year, Fleiger has been calling on the commission to meet with council for an update.
The commission is now ready to meet, but has said the meeting must take place at the airport, not be open to the public and council's questions must be submitted in advance.
Fleiger says that doesn't sit well with him.
The councillor also said he isn't sure when the meeting will take place but he said it should have taken place well before now.
PLAN CALLS FOR APARTMENT UNITS IN NELSON
City council was briefed last night on a proposed change to properties on St. Patrick Drive in Nelson.
The move would see 56 St. Patrick zoned from residential to commerical to allow for a 3 unit apartment building, which requires ammending the Municipal Development Plan.
However, there would be further changes to the property next door. 56 St. Partick would be consolidated with Beaubear Manor next door, with a new shared driveway and parking area.
In addition, the existing Manor building would be converted into six apartment units and add a rear addition with 18 units.
The city will accept written objects to the plan until midnight on April 9th. A public hearing will be held April 14th at 6:30.
"LITTLE BEAVER" TO SPEAK AT RIVERMEN AUCTION
[ Randy Urquhart, Bernie Keating, Adam Matchett, Shannen Somers, Carl Watters ]
Hockey Legend Marcel Dionne will be visiting Miramichi to speak at the annual Miramichi Rivermen Dinner & Auction.
Carl Watters say this year's committee has big shoes to fill from previous years and are excited for the appearance of "Little Beaver".
The announcement was made Monday evening at the Portage Restaurant. This Auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Major Midget AAA.
One of the great prizes available for this year's night out is an autographed "Sydney Crosby" jersey.
The Miramichi Honda Tim Horton Rivermen Auction will be held at the Newcastle Lions Centre on Saturday, May 31.
Tickets will be available starting April 7th at $50 a person or $350 for a table. To purchase tickets contact Shannen at 778-8577 or go to www.rivermenmidgetaaa.com.
There is also a call out for volunteers. If you're interested, contact Shannen, Bernie Keating at 506-773-6529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HEINZ RECALLS BABY FOOD
Heinz Canada has volutarily recalled some of its baby food because of concerns about packaging defects that could spoil the food.
The flavours include Butternut Squash Peas Couscous, Beef Butternut Squash Rice Spinach, Peas Zucchini Spinach, Tuna Sweet Corn Chowder and Sweet Baby Vegetables.
FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT TUESDAY MORNING
The federal and provincial governments are holding a media conference Tuesday morning at Northumberland Co-Operative.
There are no details yet, but we do know it is a financial investment and both Miramichi MP Tilly O'Neill Gordon and ACOA Minister Rob Moore will be on hand.
That announcement is at 10.
WHITE-O'CONNELL SPEAKING TONIGHT IN MIRAMICHI
International Women's Day was Saturday, but there is still one event left to mark the ocassion.
The Women of Miramichi Entrepreneurial Network is holding a Dessert Night tonight with NBCC Regional Director Karen White O'Connell.
That event takes place the Newcastle United Church at 6:30.
PROVINCIAL LITERACY RATES STILL LOW
Last fall, New Brunswick once again placed last among other provinces in literacy rates.
Canada as a whole was placed at an average, but New Brunswick scored well below the average in both literacy and numeracy skills.
Most students who are not able to read fluently by the end of Grade 3 will struggle through to high school and then become prone to dropping out.
According to the One World Literacy Foundation, two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of Grade 4 will end up in jail or on social assistance.
GAMBLING AWARENESS WEEK IN NEW BRUNSWICK
It is Gambling Awareness Week in the province. New Brunswickers are bieng encourage this week to learn more about the impact of problem gambling.
About 23,000 adults in this province suffer from problem gambling which can have serious consequences on finances, relationships, employment - and social and physical wellness.
Anyone who needs help is encouraged to phone the government's information line at 800-461-1234.
GODIN TO BE TRANSFERRED TO HOSPITAL
Christian Jason Godin will be going to Restigouche Hospital Centre while he waits for a disposition order from a review panel.
Earlier this week, the 41-year-old was found not criminally responsible for the second degree murder of his mother last April.
The decision to move Godin was made by Justice Fred Ferguson was made via conference call Friday afternoon.
The Crown, Defence and hospital all agreed it was the best course of action to move Godin from Dalhousie Jail, where he was being housed.
FOUR MORE CHARGES RELATED TO OCT. 17TH CLASH
A 20-year-old Nova Scotia man has been charged with four counts in connection with an incident where molotov cocktails were thrown at police on October 17, 2013, near Rexton.
'During the protests on Routes 134 and 11 the RCMP officers were threatened and also encountered dangerous situations involving firearms, improvised explosive devices and other weapons, ' states Cst. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, New Brunswick RCMP.
On March 5, 2014, Aaron Francis from Eskasoni, N.S. was charged in Moncton Provincial Court in connection with the throwing of molotov cocktails, which police allege were thrown at RCMP officers along Route 134 on October 17.
Francis is charged with intent to do bodily harm by causing an explosive device to explode, a charge of placing or throwing at or on a person an explosive substance, a charge of possession of explosives while prohibited to do so, and a charge of committing an offence while having his face masked.
A molotov cocktail is a homemade incendiary weapon typically made with a glass bottle filled with a flammable liquid and set on fire with a wick made from cloth. The bottle breaks upon impact potentially splashing the target with burning liquid and shards of broken glass. The Criminal Code of Canada states that anyone found guilty of an offence involving explosives can face a sentence of up to life in prison.
Francis has been remanded in custody since October 17, when he was arrested for careless use of a firearm. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 17.
PRIDE FLAG RAISED ON CITY PROPERTY
Pride Flag being raised Friday Morning
The Pride Flag, the international symbol of the LGBTQ community, was raised Friday morning outside the city's public works building in Chatham.
A small group of supporters joined Councillors Peggy McLean, Shelly Williams and Billy Fleiger.
City council initially tabled a motion to fly the flag during the Winter Olympics until a new flag policy could be put into place. That lead to protests and media coverage of the decision.
A new policy was brought in a week later allowing flags to be flown on a courtesy flag pole, which will eventually be installed in Queen Elizabeth Park. The pole in Chatham serves as a temporary courtesy flag in the meantime.
At 2:05 p.m. on Friday, Station 1 responded to a commercial fire alarm that was caused by a faulty sensor.
Saturday at 7:37 a.m., there was a motor-vehicle collision on Curtis Rd., with a report of somebody trapped. Station 1 crews helped get the victim out of the vehicle.
At 3:16 p.m. on Saturday, a fire alarm activated at a residence on Bellefond Rd. Station 1 responded. The smoke detector was activited by steam.
At 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, there was a fire at a residential structure on Edward St. Stations 1 and 2 responded. The fire was quickly contained and extinguished. The majority of the damage was to the exterior of the building. There was minimal impact on the inside of the structure.
On Sunday, an alarm sounded at a residence in Oak Point. After investigating they found the owner was testing the system but did not notify the alarm company or emergency services. The Station 2 fire crews were cancelled.
CITY UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPPED IN FEBRUARY
Miramichi's unemployment rate in February was 11.4 per cent.
Stats Canada released it's labour force survey numbers Friday morning. The rate is a drop from 12 per cent a month earlier.
The picture isn't so rosey for the larger Campbellton to Miramichi region. The rate increased from 18.9 in January to 20.4 in February.
Friday at 2:59 a.m., an officer came across a snowmobile accident on King George Highway by Rennie Rd. The 25-year-old man who had been driving was arrested for impaired driving after failing the breathalyzer. His driver's license was suspended for 90 days and he was released on a notice to appear in court to face an impaired driving charge.
At 8:18 a.m. on Friday, a 22-year-old man was arrested for breach of probation. He was taken to court to face charges.
At 1:13 a.m. on Saturday, officers responded to an alleged alcohol-induced disturbance at a licensed drinking establishment on Duke St. The two women and one man involved were separated.
Saturday at 7:35 a.m., there was a single-vehicle accident on Curtis Rd. Miramichi Police Force and Fire Crews helped the woman who was trapped inside the vehicle that had upset in the ditch.
At 1:13 p.m. on Saturday, there was a vehicle vs. deer accident on Nelson St., causing minor demages to the vehicle.
Sunday morning between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m., members of the Miramichi Police Force and the New Brunswick Public Safety Compliance Branch conducted inspections of licensed liquor establishments. Two underage girls were found inside the premises of an establishment on King George Highway. Charges under the liquor control act are being investigated.
At 9:29 a.m. on Sunday, there was an accident on King George Highway by Curtis Rd. The driver of one of the vehicles was arrested for impaired driving after failing the breathalyzer. The 47-year-old man was released from custody after his driver's license was suspended for 90 days. He will make an upcoming court appearance.
Sunday at 11:17 p.m., a 50-year-old man was arrested for possession of narcotics after officers responded to a disturbance call. He faces an upcoming court date.
HORIZON HEALTH NETWORK LOOKING FOR INPUT
New Brunswick's Horizon Health Network is putting together a strategic plan for the next three-to-five years.
The goal is to create a vision and identify priorities, and you're urged to get involved in the process.
Visit www.horizonnb.ca and go to the Strategic Planning Primer and Feedback Questionnaire. There are eight questions and the opportunity for general comment.
GROUP CALLS FOR 10 YEAR SHALE GAS MORATORIUM
The New Brunswick Anti-Shale Gas Alliance is calling for a 10-year legislated moratorium on shale gas activities.
Spokesman Jim Emberger says 10 years is the minimum amount of time necessary to do the long-term research on the health effects associated with shale gas.
He says the Alliance is confident that once that research is done, shale gas will be permanently banned.
Emberger points out that a call for a moratorium has been echoed in the past by many municipalities, health organizations, unions, and conservation groups.
The Alliance will be seeking a commitment from New Brunswick Political parties heading into the fall election, but he admits that the Progressive Conservatives are intent on proceeding with shale gas and in his words "are a lost cause".
POLL SHOWS PC'S CATCHING UP WITH LIBERALS
A new poll from Corporate Research Associates shows the gap between the Liberal and Progressive Conservative parties is narrowing.
Liberal support is at 43 percent, down from 47 in November.
The governing PC's have 31 percent, up from 25 three months ago.
The NDP is at 21 percent, down from 24, the Green Party is stable at four percent and the People's Alliance has less than one percent support.
The undecided factor remains high at 31 percent. The phone survey was conducted between February 12 and 28. The provincial election will be Monday, September 22.
959 SUN FM SPORTS
The Miramichi Valley Pulamoo girls hockey team plays game 1 of the best-of-three championship series tonight in Tracadie-Sheila at 8 against the WA Losier Bison.
Game 2 is Wednesday night at 8 at the Civic Centre.
The boys series begins tomorrow night at 8 in Tracadie-Sheila as the James M. Hill Tommies take on the Bison boys. Game time is 8.
Game 2 is Thursday night at 7:30 at the LBA.
And T-Wolves goalie Clint Windsor has been named the MHL second star of the week.
The 20-year-old went 3-0 last week with a 1.33 goals against average and a 952 save percentage.
Meanwhile, teammate Bryce Milson has been named the Canadian Junior Hockey League third star of the month for February. He had 19 points, nine of those goals, and had six multi-point games during the month including two, four point outings.
The T-Wolves begin their post-season this coming Saturday night as they host the Summerside Western Capitals in game 1 of their first round series. Game time is 7:30.