Tantramar Report: Cumberland NDP candidate Lauren Skabar, council agenda preview

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Lauren Skabar, NDP candidate for Cumberland North. Photo: NSNDP
Erica Butler - CHMA - SackvilleNB | 09-08-2021

Monday on Tantramar Report:

Bruce Wark continues his coverage of the candidates vying for the seat representing Cumberland North in the Nova Scotia legislature.  Today, Wark talks with one of the youngest candidates in the election, NDP candidate Lauren Skabar.

Sackville man charged with multiple assaults was back in a Moncton courtroom by video link on Thursday.  Colt LeBlanc was scheduled to plea on charges of assaulting a police officer, but his lawyer,  Michel Des Neiges told the court that full disclosure had not been received from the crown on the case. LeBlanc will be back to enter a plea on September 9.

Sackville town council meets tonight for their regular monthly council meeting.  Council will start off in camera at 6:15 to discuss a human resources item, and then at 7pm, the public meeting is scheduled to begin. A number of motions will be up for consideration, including a possibly contentious first reading of amendments to the town’s Street Traffic By-law that would permit skateboards on public streets.

The town’s public works department is warning of vehicle traffic delays along Main Street by the Booster Pump beginning today and extending all week to Friday. The town says they are “performing much needed repair to a culvert in and around 197 Main Street.” The area will be open to through traffic, but there could be delays.

The Moncton region now has 56 active cases of COVID-19, though still no hospitalizations.  Another 16 new cases were reported on Sunday, stemming from the two previous days. The province now has 75 active cases of COVID-19.  There is a long list of potential public exposure sites on the province’s website, including the Aboiteau Wharf Restaurant in Cap-Pelé and the Sandbar restaurant in Shediac both on August 3, and a number of restaurants and bars in Moncton.

And the province announced Friday it will now cover the full tuition costs for New Brunswickers who wish to become personal support workers or human services counsellors.  Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder said the move is intended to address “one of the province’s most critical labour needs.” Those interest need to see an employment counsellor through WorkingNB and complete an approved employment action plan in order to qualify for the funding.