Tantramar Report: selling a national historic site, NS border rules change, pay bump for RCMP

A two story stone house, with snow covered landscape in foreground and address marker reading 5000.
Chandler House, or Rocklyn, in winter. Photo by Erica Butler, Febuary 2021.
Erica Butler - CHMA - SackvilleNB | 24-08-2021
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Tuesday on Tantramar Report:

A national historic site in Dorchester may have new owners. Chandler House, also known as Rocklyn, is a historic home in Dorchester built in 1831 for Edward Barron Chandler, a father of confederation and New Brunswick’s 5th Lieutenant Governor. The home was recently listed for sale with Sackville-based agent Chris Farella, who says an offer has been accepted on the property. Today, we talk with Farella, and also revisit a conversation with Katie Yoeman, whose family lived in the house for decades until the late 90s.

Any New Brunswickers who are not fully vaccinated will be required to self-isolate when they enter Nova Scotia as of 8 a.m. on Wednesday.  Premier-designate Tim Houston made the announcement at a news conference Monday, revoking the Atlantic Bubble status for New Brunswickers, who will now fall under the same rules as people from other provinces in Canada.

Case counts in New Brunswick continue to soar, with 58 new cases reported since Saturday. Over half of those are in Zone 1, the Moncton region. Three people are now in hospital with COVID-19 in the province. Provincial public health continues to plea with New Brunswickers to get vaccinated, citing disproportionate rates of COVID-19 infections in those who are not fully vaccinated. About 35 per cent of New Brunswickers have not had two shots of a COVID-19 vaccine, but since July 1, 89 per cent of new cases are from that group.

RCMP officers in Sackville—and across Canada—are in line for a big pay bump now that their union, the National Federation of Police, has signed a first-ever collective agreement with the federal government. The town of Sackville is gearing up to absorb the financial hit. Treasurer Michael Beal says the town does not yet know how much it will owe the RCMP to cover back pay.

There’s an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Shediac jail. Public Health says one positive case was found on Friday, Aug. 20, after which all inmates and close contact staff were tested. There are now four confirmed cases, including both inmates and staff. The facility is designed to house 180 adult offenders and employ 107 staff people.