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Activia FBI! Announcers: FBI, FBI: International and FBI: Most Wanted, only on Global. >> You're watching “Global News” Morning >> Welcome back to Friday's edition of “Global News” Morning. It's May 24th. Let's take a look at your local headlines. This time with a focus on New Brunswick. Now the chief of Saint Mary's First Nation is speaking out after receiving a leaked email in which a teacher at a Fredericton high school appears to compare a recent powwow held at the school to a priest coming for communion. Silas Brown explains it to us this morning. In a leaked email posted to social media Thursday morning, a teacher at a Fredericton high school says they oppose holding a powwow at the school due to its spiritual nature. >> The teacher says spiritual events should not be held at the school and compares powwows to a priest holding a vigil. Allan Polchies, chief of the Sea-Dogs Sussex First Nation, posted the email on social media Thursday morning and said he was disappointed to see the comments. He says powwows at schools help promote understanding, bonding and learning. >> We share space with our brothers and sisters, the newcomers, the anglophones, the francophones and the aboriginals. They all go to school together every day, so it's important that we understand and stand up for who we are. Everyone who attends these schools. >> Fredericton High School hosted a powwow on May 21. Another will be held next week at Leo Hayes High School. A spokesperson for Anglophone West confirmed they are aware of emails related to the powwow and are taking it seriously. They went on to say powwows are encouraged and supported across the school district as a way to celebrate and share Indigenous teachings and knowledge. She said that while Indigenous identity is often linked to spirituality, powwows are a real chance to share their identity and culture. >> We want to share our culture. >> We. It's an educational experience. For those who don't know, why we dance, why we sing, why we share our stories and why we speak our language. >> So Dances will hold its annual powwow in June and, as always, invites the entire Fredericton community to attend. Silas Brown, 'Global News' The Fredericton, New Brunswick, Court of Appeal has ruled that the province's lieutenant governor does not have to be bilingual. >> The decision comes in response to a challenge to the 2019 appointment of English-speaking lieutenant governor Brenda Murphy by the Acadian Society of New Brunswick, arguing the premier violated constitutional language protections because Murphy is monolingual. In its decision released Thursday, the Court of Appeal notes that while it would be ideal for the province's lieutenant governor to be bilingual, it is not required by the constitution. In response to the ruling, the Acadian Society is standing by its position and intends to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada. The Canadian Union of Public Employees says it will continue to pursue a lawsuit against the province despite the denial of its request for an injunction. In a statement released Thursday, CUPE says the court's decision is disappointing but does not invalidate its lawsuit. Last fall, the province passed legislation to convert two Cupe chapters and the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions from their existing pensions to the risk-sharing model. The unions accused Premier Higgs of violating their collective agreement and initiated a judicial review of the law. They also sought an injunction to halt the pension transfer process pending the completion of the judicial review process, which the court denied. Cupe says members remain confident about the larger charter challenge and will defend their pensions. RCMP are searching for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery in Riverview on May 8 at around 10 a.m. Codiac RCMP responded to a business located on Coverdale Road. By the time police arrived, the suspect had already left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information or video footage is asked to contact RCMP. A tense dispute between lobster fishermen in northern New Brunswick and the federal government appears to have been resolved. This follows fishermen's refusal to remove their traps from the water after an endangered right whale was spotted near Miscou Island. Suzanne-Lapointe has more to report: After an endangered right whale was spotted in a lobster fishing area near the Acadian Peninsula on Saturday, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans ordered a 15-day closure of the area at the height of the fishing season. >> The Department of Fisheries and Oceans claimed the whale was spotted at eight fathoms, which requires the closure of an entire area for conservation reasons. >> We're talking about a huge, huge, difficult situation for a small community like my constituency that relies heavily on fishing. And that's why we need to resolve this. The marine fishermen's union claimed the whale was spotted at a depth of 10 to 20 fathoms, which would only result in a lesser closure. >> They refused to remove their lobster traps on Wednesday night, prompting the federal government

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jean Le Bouthillier will hold emergency meetings with stakeholders on Thursday. The fishermen's union says it has been told by the deputy minister that the DFO has dispatched a coast guard vessel and confirmed the whale was in 13 fathoms. That would mean there would only be a minor closure. >> We're good to go. We have an opening that I believe will take effect immediately and our fishermen will be able to fish offshore. >> The federal minister's press secretary refused to confirm the details of the closure. And any details from Thursday's meetings. The fishermen's union says it is happy with the development and is withdrawing from previous talks about further action. >> And it's important to remember that, you know, there's still a good third of the zone currently closed, and that's fine. I mean, again, we want to support these whale protection measures as best we can. It's just that the DFO made a mistake here. >> He says there will still be financial losses due to the partial closure. Suzanne-Lapointe “Global News” Moncton Moncton will unveil its first public Aboriginal art installation. >> It's called “Spirit of Reconciliation.” It includes a five-meter-long sculpture in the shape of a birchbark canoe, painted bright red. The canoe will be lit from within to highlight images inspired by Mi'kmaq petroglyphs and ancient symbols. The whole thing was designed by Elsie Buctouche-based Mi'kmaq artist Brian Francis and Fredericton artist Jean Hudson. The sculpture will go up next spring outside the new RCMP building currently under construction on Albert Street near the Petitcodiac River. Good morning and happy Friday, Ross-Hull Ross. I need you to carry the show for me this morning, sir. I was out until 11 a.m. I went to bed last night at 11 after an East Coast Lifestyle Foundation event in Bayers Lake. And then I was awakened by the sounds of thunder. I think at 1 am was I dreaming or was that real? >> No, you weren't dreaming. I can confirm that, Paul. A thunderstorm was reported overnight in Halifax Stanfield and the surrounding area. The good news is that most of the rain has cleared. We have some fog and haze out there but unfortunately we had to live through that overnight and wake you up. But good for you for hanging in there because I know it can be a big challenge to get to bed that late and you need to get some rest because you have other important things to do over the weekend, right? >> Yes, exactly. On Sunday afternoon I will be in Lower Sackville. I believe it's Acadia Park for the 2024 MS Walks event, the timing of which is much more in my range, around 2:00 p.m. So I'll be ready to rock out for that event and looking forward to the upcoming walk for a good cause. >> Yes. And where I need to come in is I need to give you good weather, right. This weekend and for all of these activities. And I think I can deliver that. So, yeah, let me take that over for you, Paul. Just take a little break here and let's show you what actually moved through the area earlier. You can see some of the thunderstorm activity here, some of the rain activity that moved here on closer inspection. You can see it's moving eastward through Cape Breton early this morning. But for the most part, it's going to stay dry in Nova Scotia today. Another weak front will move through New Brunswick bringing with it the possibility of some showers and the threat of a thunderstorm. But it's certainly not going to be precipitation. What you'll notice though, Paul, the reason we saw those thunderstorms and woke up to is the fact that it was a cold front, so it's not going to be quite as muggy today. Still above average in many places, just not so Humidity above -2 to below -1 degrees, even higher than we've experienced recently. It's still quite mild out there. Mid 15 degrees, low double digits for most areas and we'll get back up to -6 degrees around Halifax today, a little cooler further east. Some areas are experiencing a little more rain and still temperatures above -2 to -1 degrees if you head to Fredericton and Moncton today, so there's a chance of a shower or thunderstorm this afternoon, it should stay dry across much of Nova Scotia and then some clouds, sun and clouds through Saturday, it should stay dry across all areas. A few scattered showers in northeast New Brunswick and then sun and clouds in the MS walks Sunday. It's going to get a little cooler, so probably temperatures between 16 and 18 degrees around Halifax and most areas around the HRM. And then we'll have a little more unsettled weather early next week. So, let's break it down for you. For Fredericton: 22 degrees, sun and clouds, 21 on Sunday, a little more cloud cover on Monday, and we expect some wet weather into early next week. We actually need it, because rainfall has been below average in Halifax and the HRM this month. We'll reach temperatures around -6 degrees on Saturday. Sun and clouds, maybe a little more cloud cover on Sunday. And then there's that cooler air mass, 16 degrees, a little below our normal or average high of 14 on Monday. And then we'll have to brace ourselves for some rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hope you all have a great weekend, including you, Paul. And that was a look at your OK tire weather. >> All right. You too. Thanks for that, Ross-Hull. And just before the break, we'll take a look at gasoline prices in New Brunswick as we get ready for the weekend. Regular self-serve gasoline is now up 1.6 cents per litre to $1.73/$0.09/litre. Diesel costs $1.70/$3.8. And that is

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