September 22, 2020 | by:



The Restigouche Regional Service Commission was presented with the 2021 draft
budget of nearly 3-million-dollars.

There is an 80-thousand-dollar increase over last year the Tribune reports is
due to hiring a new bilingual employee for the Planning Division next year.

Most of the budget goes to solid waste management at close to
2-million-dollars along with items such as funding to the Charlo Airport, and
regional tourism initiatives.

The commission has no ability to charge tax so the majority of its money
comes from contributions from the local service districts and municipalities
it represents.


Work to convert the old Woolworth’s store on Roseberry in Campbellton to
government offices is set to begin this year.

Jeremy Trevors with the Department of Transportation says the was a delay to
work through space requirements and concept before design could be completed.

Trevors says the actual renovations should start before the end of the
year…. the original completion date was slated for the fall of last year.

When the renovations are complete the new building will house about a hundred
workers that are currently stationed on Arran Street next to the RCMP


A fire yesterday afternoon destroyed a home in Atholville.

Crews from Atholville, St Aruthur and Val d’Amour
were called shortly before 2pm to the 9-hundred block of Route-275.

The house was fully engulfed when crews arrived and a lack of fire hydrants
in the area made it tricky to fight.

NB Power was also onsite after a piece of the roof fell damaging a power line.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


With ongoing disputes in Nova Scotia over Indigenous fisheries Listuguj First
Nation has announced it will be selling some of its fall lobster catch.

A release by the band says most of the catch will go to community members for
food, but others will be sold to aid in fishing operations and economic
recovery during the pandemic.

Officials say the department of fisheries will be issuing a license to
prohibit the sales, a move the band says goes against the 1999 Marshal
decision protecting a moderate livelihood fishery.

Chief Darcy Gray says criminalizing their treaty rights is systemic racism
that happens year after year.


It appears virtual at home learning won’t take away the long standing
tradition of snow days.

According to the Bugle Observer during a district education public meeting
the crowd was told school will still be cancelled in bad weather no matter
the delivery method.

Anglophone West superintendent David McTimoney stated the collective
agreement with teachers across the province does not allow them to say snow
days are eliminated.

McTimoney says if the change were to happen it would take place at the
bargaining table.


Premeir Blaine Higgs has thrown cold water on any talk of reviving the Energy
East Pipeline project.

Higgs, who says he remains in favour if it, tells Brunswick News he can’t see
it happening.

He says his government has given up on it and is refocusing its efforts on
developing the small modular nuclear reactor industry. A funding partnership
between the province and Ottawa for that sector is expected soon.

Last week Alberta Premier Jason Kenny tried to revive talk of the Energy East
pipeline despite resolute opposition to such a pipeline through Quebec.