National Newswatch

New Brunswick pharmacists back legislation for mandatory immunization

Jul 11 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick pharmacists are throwing their support behind legislation removing non-medical immunization exemptions in public schools and licensed early childcare facilities. Christine Boudreau, president of the New Brunswick Pharmacists' Association, says while the province's recent measles outbreak is over, there's a need to remain vigilant. A dozen people became ill with the disease, but […]

Lone woman says fellow councillors shut her out when she pushes for diversity

Jul 10 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The only woman on Fredericton city council says she feels shut out when trying to advocate for change. Kate Rogers said Wednesday she has decided to speak out publicly because her private efforts weren't working. "It's a problem that there is such limited female representation on council. It really affects the decisions that […]

Expert says feds should have acted more quickly on right whale migration

Jun 27 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — Fisheries and Oceans Canada says it has sighted another dead endangered right whale drifting off the Gaspé Peninsula, bringing the total number of deaths in Canadian waters this year to six. The government was still assessing recovery and necropsy options for this sixth whale. The new information late Thursday came as an expert said […]

First Nation resumes crab fishery after negotiations with DFO fail to yield deal

Jun 26 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The chief of the Eel Ground First Nation in northeastern New Brunswick says his members have resumed a treaty fishery for snow crab after growing frustrated with the pace of negotiations with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Chief George Ginnish says the federal department is not sufficiently committed to providing his people […]

New report says climate change is affecting health in New Brunswick

Jun 25 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — A new report says climate change is affecting the health of New Brunswickers and calls on government, communities and the public to take action. The report was prepared for the Conservation Council of New Brunswick by Louise Comeau, a research associate at the University of New Brunswick. Comeau said climate events such as flooding and […]

New study offers insight and recommendations to reduce right whale deaths

Jun 20 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — More than half the 70 North Atlantic right whale deaths recorded over the last 16 years were caused by entanglement in fishing gear or vessel collisions, a new study reports. The paper published Thursday in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms said a cause of death was determined for 43 of the 70 whales. Of the 43, […]

New Brunswick town suspends plan for military vehicle memorial after outcry

Jun 19 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — A New Brunswick town is suspending its plan to install an armoured military vehicle in a memorial park following protests from dozens of citizens. The 8th Canadian Hussars regiment donated a retired Cougar AVGP to Sackville in February. The town council decided to install it in Memorial Park, which already features another military vehicle. But some residents say they […]

Former tissue collection specialist says New Brunswick system is broken

May 23 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — A former tissue bank specialist in New Brunswick says a shortage of staff to collect donations has left the system broken. Parise Leger says she was devastated by the story of Miramichi-area teen Avery Astle, who died in a car accident Easter weekend. His parents wanted to donate his organs and tissues but […]

Extra week added to 2017-18 fiscal year boosted bonuses at NB Liquor

May 21 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — What a difference a week makes — at least when it comes to employee and management bonuses at NB Liquor. The Crown-owned liquor corporation paid out almost $405,000 in extra sales incentive and executive bonus payments at the end of the 2017-18 fiscal year when it had to add an extra week to […]

New Brunswick says changes coming for troubled psychiatric facility

May 8 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's health minister says he has accepted the recommendations of a new report on problems at the province's main mental health facility. Ted Flemming said the recommendations will improve safety and services at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton. "This is not just a one day issue. It is a long process," […]

Health and safety inspection teams head to flood-affected zones in New Brunswick

May 3 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — Health and safety inspection teams are fanning out across flood-affected regions of New Brunswick, assessing homes and businesses that are still drying out amid receding floodwaters. New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization says the teams will inspect electrical systems and determine if repairs are needed. Residents seeking an assessment are being asked to report any damage through a toll-free line […]

New Brunswick begins talks with Ottawa on funds for flood relief and mitigation

May 1 2019 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The premier of New Brunswick says discussions are underway with the federal government to provide financial relief to homeowners affected by this year's spring flood. Blaine Higgs met with the federal finance minister Wednesday morning and said Bill Morneau was receptive to what's needed for flooding relief and future mitigation. Higgs said the amount […]

Affable Green leader sets sight on potential P.E.I. election victory

Apr 23 2019 — Kevin Bissett — CHARLOTTETOWN — An affable dentist with a distinct Scottish accent, Peter Bevan-Baker ran nine times for the Green party —federally and provincially — before finally winning a seat in the P.E.I. legislature in 2015. The leader of the Island's Green party, Bevan-Baker could become leader of Canada's first Green government after Island voters cast their ballots in Tuesday's provincial […]