Canada Plan to kill invasive fish in New Brunswick watershed delayed until next year
O'Toole campaigns in Saint John a day after Trudeau's Fredericton stop
One day after Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau dropped in on Fredericton, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole made a last-minute stop in Saint John in a final scramble for votes ahead of Monday’s federal election.O'Toole appeared with five of his New Brunswick candidates, including Saint John-Rothesay's Mel Norton, in the iceless ice shed of a local curling club.
FREDERICTON — Efforts to eradicate invasive smallmouth bass from New Brunswick's Miramichi watershed have been put on hold until next year.
A working group has approval from Health Canada to use a product known as rotenone to kill the fish in Miramichi Lake, Lake Brook and along nearly 14 kilometres of the Southwest Miramichi River.
Over 120 people and supplies were in place for the operation in mid-August, but protesters in canoes refused to leave the area.
A number of meetings have been held with four Maliseet First Nations to answer questions about the plan.
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What to watch for in New Brunswick ridings tonight
It’s election day in Canad, and New Brunswick has more than its fair share of intriguing political storylines that will be resolved after the polls close at 8:30 p.m. Atlantic time. Because of the country's time zones, two hours will go by before polls close in the next set of provinces to the west of us, giving us ample time to watch the numbers and see what develops. Here are four stories worth watching tonight. People involved in the campaigns agree that there are three close races in New Brunswick to keep an eye on tonight.
Officials say it is now getting too late in the year, and the best choice is to delay the project until 2022.
Smallmouth bass, which were first spotted in the Miramichi watershed in 2008, can alter ecosystems by preying on native species of fish.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2021.
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New Brunswick coroner's inquest begins into 2020 police killing of Rodney Levi .
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