By the middle of this year, the Government should have a fully operational traffic ticketing system in place. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16. “I have given a commitment that by mid-year we will fix the system. There is a traffic ticketing management system that was acquired from some time back, but the system was never properly operationalised,” he said. By the middle of this year, the Government should have a fully operational traffic ticketing system in place.This was disclosed by Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, as he opened the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on April 16.“I have given a commitment that by mid-year we will fix the system. There is a traffic ticketing management system that was acquired from some time back, but the system was never properly operationalised,” he said.The Minister pointed out that the necessary hardware and software are being sourced to ensure that “we can have development and implementation of an electronic warrant module in the traffic ticketing management system”.“Once we can do that and ensure that those who receive tickets will, in fact, have consequences when they breach the Road Traffic Act, that will begin to restore order to our public highway, and the public will see a major difference in how they operate and our public space will be safe,” he said.He noted that currently, there are four agencies involved in the ticketing process, “but the process is dysfunctional” and has resulted in errant drivers with traffic violations not being held accountable.
(One of the pills confiscated in Esgenoopetitj. The pill says Percocet but according to officials, it is fentanyl)APTN National NewsA warning from the RCMP about the deadly opioid fentanyl has pushed two First Nation communities to threaten drug dealers with expulsion if caught selling.The warning comes after there was a death in Esgenoopetitj, from fentanyl.“Today the Chief and Council unanimously passed a resolution on Drug trafficking banishment, if you are trafficking drugs in Tobique,” said a message posted on Facebook Thursday by the Neqotkuk chief and council. “This is your warning. The risk is too high and we felt it was only a matter of time before some takes a fatal dose.”In Elsipogtog a similar warning was released early Thursday evening.“The Chief and council are fully prepared to invoke extreme measures by expelling and banning those from our community who engage in trafficking in Fentanyl or other deadly opioids,” said the release.In Esgenoopetitj, Chief Alvery Paul posted a picture of a blue pill on his Facebook page.“Here is a picture of the BLUE PILL FENTENAL that is been sold here in Esgenoopetitj,” said Paul. “Looking carefully at the pic it’s labeled PERCOET 5.”He said the community is putting together a crisis team at the wellness centre.“We as parents, family and community must work together to stop the selling of drugs entering our community,” said Esgenoopetitj Chief Alvery Paul. “I undertstand this is a battle that we can’t win overnitebut we have to educate our young children, we are in the process of planning an information session at the school with the RCMP, Alcohol & Drug Program to discuss the dangers of drug abuse.”Communities across the country have been bracing for the arrival of the drug that has killed hundreds of Canadians.The rate of overdose deaths in British Columbia forced officials to declare a public health emergency.APTN has learned that community members in Elsipogtog are policing the community. Warrior Chief John Levi is asking people to report drug dealers to help keep the community [email protected]