CKNB News December 10,2020
This year’s Christmas tree lighting in Campbellton took on special meaning.
The city used the occasion to recognise Canadian soldiers who served in Hong Kong during the Second World War, many from the Campbellton region.
The Tribune reports … city council was joined on Tuesday by about 20 others including Legion members in the annual lighting of the memorial Christmas tree in Riverside Park.
Mayor Stephanie Anglehart-Paulin spoke of the importance of remembering, saying many young men who fought in the battle of Hong Kong came from the banks of the Restigouche River and Bay of Chaleur.
The original memorial tree in Riverside Park was taken out last summer, as it was starting to erode after more than a decade in place.
Rather than planting a real tree, Campbellton instead opted for a metal tree, which is expected to last longer than the former tree.
NB-Russell speaks on vaccines
The chief medical officer of health says people need to temper their optimism around vaccines…. Dr. Jennifer Russell went on facebook yesterday to answer questions..and she said public health restrictions will likely be in place for another year until most people are vaccinated.
She also said travellers from outside the province will still have to self-isolate for 14 days…even if they’ve received the vaccine. Dr. Russel expects the first 1,950 doses to be administered to frontline healthcare workers and our most vulnerable citizens by Christmas.
NB COVID UPD
Just one new case of Covid-19 reported in New Brunswick yesterday. Public health say the lone new case invovles an individual in their thirties in the Saint John region whose infection is has been linked to travel. The number of active cases in the province has now dropped to 74 with three individuals in hospital – with all of three of those patients in intensive care.
Public Health did issue new flight exposure warnings. Officials say a person who may have been infectious had traveled on Air Canada flights on Sunday, December 6th from London to Montreal and then Air Canada Fight 87-92 from Montreal to Saint John.
NB – WAGE FREEZE
The Higgs Government is temporarily freezing the wages of senior civil servants.
Brunswick News reports a three page memo was sent to the heads of the public service, management, and non-unionized employees last week informing them of the wage freeze. It states the province will not be paying out its regularly-scheduled six month wage hikes, retroactive to April of this year.
However, it says those scheduled pay hikes will resume in April twice a year, through the end of 2022.
The memo says the temporary freeze is necessary after 50,000 people lost their jobs in the province and public dollars to deal with the crisis are limited.
NB-Russell speaks on vaccines
Dr. Jennifer Russell took to facebook yesterday to answer questions about the pandemic and vaccines.
The chief medical officer of health says people need to temper their optimism around vaccines….public health restrictions will likely be in place for another year after the shots begin next week until everybody who wants a shot is vaccinated.
Dr. Russell says travellers from outside the province will still have to self-isolate for 14 days…even if they’ve received the vaccine. She also doesn’t see the Atlantic Bubble resuming anytime soon.
She expects the first 1,950 doses to be administered before Christmas to frontline healthcare workers and those most vulnerable citizens. She says the vaccination campaign will be very complex because of the different transportation, storage and delivery requirements for each vacccine.
The curve continues to flatten…just one new case reported in the province yesterday…in the Saint John region.
It’s a person in their thirties and it’s travel-related. The person is self-isolating.
There are now 74 active cases in the province, about half of them in the Saint John region. Moncton has 9….17 in Fredericton, 8 in the northwest and
3 in the Bathurst region. Three people remain in intensive care units.
There’s another flight exposures for you to be aware of.
Air Canada Flight 865 on December 6th from London to Montreal and then Air Canada Flight 8792 from Montreal to Saint John the evening of December 6th.
NB COVID UPD
Just one new case of Covid-19 is being reported in New Brunswick today.
Public health say the lone new case involves an individual in their thirties in the Saint John region whose infection is has been linked to travel. The number of active cases in the province has now dropped to 74 with three individuals in hospital – with all of three of those patients in intensive care.
Public Health did issue new flight exposure warnings today. officials say a person who may have been infectious had travelled on Air Canada flights on Sunday, December 6th from London to Montreal and then Air Canada Fight 87-92 from Montreal to Saint John.
Denis Oland has reportedly reached an agreement with his estranged wife.
Brunswick News has confirmed Oland and Lisa Andrick Oland have reached an out-of-court settlement although the details of that settlement aren’t known. The pair separated earlier this year, juts month after Denis Oland was acquitted in the murder of his father Richard. Shortly after separation, Lisa Andrick Oland filed legal action to prevent Denis Oland from selling off family assets, including their Rothesay home, and demanding spousal support.
Those issues have now been settled out of court and it remains unclear of the couple intends to divorce.
The active case count is climbing again across the country with more new cases than recoveries reported yesterday….about 6,300 new cases…pushing the active case count back over 72,000…and the number of people who have succumbed to COVID-19 is approaching 13,000. (12,983)
‘Canada received some positive COVID-19 news yesterday amid the surging second wave of the pandemic.
Health Canada approved the Pfizer (FYE’-zur) vaccine, which will enable vaccinations to begin as early as next week.
The first shipment of 30,000 doses, and is schedule to arrive on Monday.
Another 219,000 doses are expected on the last day of December. They will then be distributed to the provinces on a per capita basis.
When it comes to Canadian Google searches this year, the U-S election topps the list.
The search engine says the American election was the top trending search this year, followed by “coronavirus”. Basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Zoom and Raptors” round out the top five.
The Nova Scotia mass shooting, CERB extension, and “Justin Trudeau press conference” were also high on the search list.