April 24, 2020 | by:


A well known local dinner event has been postponed.

The Campbellton ladies Diamond dinner is normally held on the Saturday prior
to Mother’s Day each year.

Organizer Diane Cyr says a date for the event will be decided after the
province has given the approval for large gatherings.

The ladies diamond dinner supports the breakfast programs for Campbellton
area schools.

Several northern New Brunswick food banks will benefit from a large donation
from the owners of the Atholville pulp mill.

The AV Group has donated 50-thousand dolllrs to the Restigouche County
Volunteer action Association.

The Valley Food Bank serving Nackawick and the Valley Region and the
Fredericton Food Bank will also each receive 50-thousand.

The AV Group says the total $150,000. is designed to help the food banks cope
with the demand since the start of the Covid 19 crisis.

It says its a way for the company and its employees to support those in need
within the local communities and regions.


The RCMP says a man hopped into a private helicopter to help track down his
stolen vehicle in northern New Brunswick.

Police say the pickup truck was reported stolen on Monday afternoon in the
Grand Falls area and the driver fled east when officers spotted it in Plaster

The Mounties say the owner was conducting his own search as a passenger in
the helicopter and informed them the truck had changed direction and was
heading west.

Police stopped the vehicle using a spike belt and say a 37-year-old man from
Edmundston is facing six charges including theft and possession of stolen

Another day of good news in the fight against  Covid-19 in New Brunswick.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jennifer Russel,  announced there were no new

Dr Russel says much of that success can be attributed to the following of
public health guidelines.

Dr.Russel also cautioned that many of those measures, such as social
distancing, staying home when possible, and wearing a mask when  in public,
would continue to be the adivce of her office even as the province begins to
ease public health restrictions.


Ottawa has announced 1.1billion-dollars in additional funding to help
develop, test and manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine.

The cash just announced is on top of $275 million in Covid research funding
the Liberals previously announced last month.
Over 100 million in new funding will go towards vaccine research; and
662-million is being set aside for clinical trials.

While those measures aim to find long term solutions; Prime Minister Justin
Trudeau say 350 million will go towards studying the virus and finding short
term fixes.

The P.M. says that work will be guided by a task force made up of the top
medical and scientific experts in the country.

Trudeau says at least one million Canadians will be tested as part of those
studies over the next two years.

*NB-Prescription limit eliminated
One of the first restrictions being lifted is the 30 day limit on
prescriptions at drug stores.

Premier Blaine Higgs says the decision was sparked by concerns that some
people couldn’t afford the extra dispensing fees and co-payments every month.

Higgs says his government will form a working group to address any potential
shortages of specific drugs.


Nova Scotians and others from across the country will come together today for
an online vigil to honour and mourn the 22  victims of last weekend’s deadly
shootings in northern Nova Scotia.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians from coast to coast are offering
their support and prayers to the victims, their families and the province.

The virtual vigil will be streamed live on the Facebook page ‘Colchester –
Supporting our Communities’ beginning at 7pm Atlanct time tonight.