What’s The Brief?

Written by NB Media Co-op on August 4, 2009

The Brief in NortonThe Brief is the NB Media Co-op’s monthly 2-page broadsheet print publication. We distribute 2,000 copies of The Brief across the province in cafes, clinics, markets and other places every month.

If you would like to help us distribute copies of The Brief every month or if you know of a location that would take them, let us know at info@nbmediacoop.org.

We have archived The Brief here for your online viewing.

Vol. 9 No. 4

Featuring Jackie McVicar on hip hop artist Rebeca Lane’s tour in Canada to raise awareness of state femicide in Guatemala, Tracy Glynn on the release of white substance from the Irving Oil Refinery in Saint John and Norm Knight on workers’ call for better compensation for injuries suffered on the job.

Vol. 9 No. 3

Featuring Andrea Harden-Donahue and Maude Barlow’s commentary on the death of Energy East, Sophie Lavoie on a film that told the story of Gladys Simon and missing and murdered indigenous women and Chris Walker’s interview with Luc Walhain on the need for a political solution to the U.S. and North Korea conflict.

Vol. 9 No. 2

Featuring Sophie M. Lavoie’s coverage of the Bruce Livesey talk on his award-winning series, “The House of Irvings,” Marilyn Merritt-Gray on opposition to J.D. Irving’s take on forest spraying in Petitcodiac and Jordan House on prison labour in a New Brunswick start-up business. 

Vol. 9 No. 1

Featuring Matthew Hayes on a Miramichi salmon group standing up to J.D. Irving and their spraying of the forest, Tracy Glynn on Jacinda Mack’s sharing of experiences with the Mount Polley spill to New Brunswickers concerned with  the proposed Sisson mine and a commentary by Tracy Glynn, Matthew Hayes and Chris George on how the Irving media’s editorials crossed a line in its depiction of First Nation opposition to the Sisson mine. 

Vol. 8, No. 10

Featuring Tracy Glynn on what lessons can be learned from the Mount Polley tailings disaster for the proposed Sisson mine in the Nashwaak, Sophie M. Lavoie on St. Mary’s First Nation students winning the first Indigenous Youth Writing Award, David Frank on George Vair’s work to document the lives of the Saint John working class and Mark D’Arcy on the rallying to protect the Bay of Fundy and communities from the proposed Energy East bitumen pipeline. 

Vol. 8 No. 9

Featuring Tracy Glynn on the efforts to change the name of the Saint John River back to its original name, the Wolastoq, an interview with Akram Ben Salah about the NB Refugee Clinic and Sakura Saunders on the struggles from women of Papua New Guinea women against Barrick Gold.

Vol. 8 No. 8

Featuring Dallas McQuarrie on the rise in support of the NB NDP post-Dominic Cardy, Sophie M. Lavoie on the rise of fake news and Susan O’Donnell on concerns with a property tax exemption for an anti-choice clinic in Fredericton.

 

Vol. 8 No. 7

Featuring Tracy Glynn on the efforts to make Fredericton a sanctuary city, Susan O’Donnell on the creeping privatization of health care in New Brunswick and Abram Lutes on one students’ fight to end discrimination in Canada’s blood and organ donation system. 

Vol. 8, No. 6

Featuring Gül Çaliskan’s speech at the rally against Islamophobia, Sophie Lavoie on the Women’s March and Susan O’Donnell on the hand over of hospital cleaning and food services to multinational corporation, Sodexo. 

Vol. 8 No. 5

Featuring Bruce Wark on Charles Thériault’s work on exposing forest mismanagement on New Brunswick’s public lands, Najat Abdou-McFarland on the ongoing calls for accessible post-secondary education in New Brunswick and Tracy Glynn on concerns over Fredericton’s purchase of  a light-armoured vehicle for its police force. 

Vol. 8 No. 4

Featuring Dallas McQuarrie on Elsipogtog’s filing of Aboriginal Title Claim for Sikniktuk to protect the territory, Maggie Fischer and Sarah Enright on uneven access to services for LGBTQIA+ students in Fredericton and Sophie M. Lavoie’s account of Kevin Donovan’s launch of his book on the Ghomeshi story in Fredericton.  

Vol. 8 No. 3

Featuring Josephine Savarese on the Wil-Doo Community Bike Club, Blake Sheppard-Pardy on the fight to protect people from the Muskrat hydroelectricity project in Labrador, Tracy Glynn on the Migrant Dreams film tour and Asaf Rashid on Patrick Colford’s resignation from the board of the Miramichi Emergency Center for Women over labour concerns. 

Vol. 8 No. 2

Featuring Najat Abdou-McFarland’s story on the campaign to reopen the Dorchester prison farm, Tracy Glynn’s interview with Jean Louis Deveau on the fight to protect Mount Carleton Park and David P. Ball on journalist Kevin Donovan’s book in breaking the Jian Ghomeshi story.

Vol. 8 No. 1

Featuring Josephine Savarese on the resurgence of indigenous women in Atlantic Canada, Dallas McQuarrie on the opposition to spraying the province’s forests and Tracy Glynn’s interview with Kristin MacEachern at the Canadian Union of Postal Workers on their proposal to deliver community power.

Vol. 7 No. 10

Featuring Tracy Glynn on Guatemalan youth resistance to Canadian mining abuses, Matthew Hayes on Imagine Fredericton and Bruce Wark on Geoffrey McCormack and Thom Workman’s book on the need for alternatives to the capitalist state.

Vol. 7 No. 9

Featuring Jean-Claude Basque on the Irving newspaper’s defense of Irving’s LNG tax deal, Norm Skelton on addressing homelessness with a Housing First strategy and Dallas McQuarrie on the plans of the Mi’kmaq to launch a legal challenge over their ancestral lands.

Vol. 7 No. 8

Featuring stories by Pamela Palmater on how Trudeau’s first budget fails to deliver on promises made to First Nations and Lynaya Astephen, a Red Head resident, on her opposition to the Energy East pipeline.

Vol. 7 No. 7

Featuring stories by Asaf Rashid on the Covered Bridge workers’ strike, Tracy Glynn on the $15/hour minimum wage campaign in New Brunswick and Christopher Pearson on cuts to the civil service in New Brunswick.

Vol. 7 No. 6

Featuring stories by Tracy Glynn and Asaf Rashid on migrant workers organizing in the Maritimes, Christopher Pearson on the struggles for abortion access in New Brunswick and Asaf Rashid on Canada’s participation in the NATO mission that is stopping refugee boats from crossing the Aegean Sea.

Vol. 7 No. 5

Featuring stories by Asaf Rashid on the Covered Bridge Potato Chip workers’ strike and boycott, Tracy Glynn on Fredericton’s refugee welcome effort and Dallas McQuarrie on the Gallant goverment’s disconnect between its climate action talk and its allowance of clearcutting.

Vol. 7 No. 4

Featuring stories by Tracy Glynn on Colombian blood coal use in NB, Margo Sheppard on an art exhibition that shows concern for NB’s forest and Sophie M. Lavoie on a play about Ashley Smith.

Vol. 7 No. 3

Featuring stories by Miles Howe on the government and industry collusion on messaging on herbicide spraying, Judy Haiven’s book review of Miles Howe’s book on shale gas resistance and Dallas McQuarrie on jobs in the renewable energy sector. 

Vol. 7 No. 2

Featuring stories by Tracy Glynn on the refugee solidarity, Asaf Rashid on Charles LeBlanc’s need for legal aid and David Frank on honouring New Brunswick labour heroes. 

Vol. 7 No. 1

Featuring a stories on the Miramichi rally for jobs by Terry Wishart, Fredericton’s use of kindness meters and how it affects panhandlers by Asaf Rashid and disturbing images of indigenous women at Bathurst’s hospitality days by Miles Howe. 

Vol. 6 No. 10

Featuring a commentary by Red Head resident Lynaya Astephen about why she opposes the Energy East oil pipeline and Tracy Glynn on the criminalization of indigenous land defenders from Guatemala and Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik territory.

Vol. 6 No. 9

Featuring stories by Tracy Glynn on Red Head opposition to Energy East oil pipeline and Dallas McQuarrie on opposition to the spray of of glyphosates over NB’s forest.

Vol. 6 No. 8

Featuring stories by Robert Devet on Annie Clair fighting charges connected to defending Mi’kmaq territory from shale gas, Dallas McQuarrie on the investigation of RCMP actions at the Rexton anti-shale gas camp in October 2013 and Josephine Savarese on Cindy Gladue.

Vol. 6 No. 7

Featuring stories by Sunny Freeman on Miramichi workers in Alberta, Tracy Glynn on forest herbicides and Nikita Hartt on mobilization against Bill-51, Harper’s anti-terrorism bill.

Vol. 6 No. 6

Featuring a transcript of Jesse Brown’s CANADALAND show in Fredericton and a story by Connor Albers of environemntal deregulation for a J.D. Irving-owned mine in Maine.

Vol. 6, No. 5

Featuring stories by Tracy Glynn on the return of clinical abortion services in Fredericton and by Shawn Martin and Matt Mosher on a worsening housing crisis in New Brunswick.

Vol. 6, No. 4,  Back

Featuring Anthony David Peter-Paul’s story on Maliseet opposition to the Energy East pipeline, Nikita Hartt’s story on the dress code protest by Fredericton high school students and Matt Mosher and Tracy Glynn on first responders’ struggles with PTSD.

Vol. 6, No. 3, Back

Featuring Cameron Fenton’s commentary on the Energy East pipeline, Shawn Martin’s review of a book about Indigenous suicide in Canada and Matthew Hayes and Nikita Hartt on Fredericton firefighters taking the brunt of Woodside’s spending decisions.

Vol., 6, No. 2, Back

Featuring Shawn Martin’s story on transit cuts in Fredericton, Matt Mosher on sketchy Social Impact Bonds and Tracy Glynn on the historic Green Party win in Fredericton.

Vol. 6, No. 1, Back

Featuring a word of thanks and invitation from the NB Media Co-op’s board members and Dallas McQuarrie’s story on how mould in a home in Eel Ground First Nation is threatening a teen’s life.

Vol. 5, No. 10, Back

Featuring Joyce Arthur on New Brunswick inviting the return of unsafe abortions, Dave Zirin on how indigenous people fight to be seen from the World Cup to the Washington Football and John Bonnar on health care professionals rallying against dangerous cuts to refugee health care.

Vol. 5, No. 9, Back

Featuring Asaf Rashid on the opposition to the JD Irving-NB government forest plan, Dallas MacQuarrie on the volley of gunfire directed at a shale gas opponent’s property that failed to interest police and Rachel Small and Joanne Jefferson on a public memorial held for a slain teenage Guatemalan activist against Canadian-owned mining.

Vol. 5, No. 8  Back

Featuring Jula Hughes on the closure of the Morgentaler Clinic and the rule of law in NB, Tracy Glynn on a powerful gathering of youth for climate justice and Toni MacAfee on the threats facing our public postal service.

Vol. 5, No. 7,  Back

Featuring the pay equity struggles of group home workers by Tracy Glynn, Darryl Leroux on the death of his student Loretta Saunders and a story on how a private blueberry patch on public land is causing concern in northern New Brunswick by Randy LeBouthillier.

Vol. 5, No. 6 March 2014,  Back

Featuring Ruth Breen on the a subsidized manufacturing company firing workers after they signed up to unionize, Miles Howe on the lack of spiritual elders for the jailed Mi’kmaq warriors and Tracy Glynn on the Alward government’s plan to give more timber from the public forest to J.D. Irving.

Vol. 5, No. 5 February 2014, Back

Featuring Asaf Rashid on the strategic use of arrests and charges to clear a path for fracking, Nicole Saulnier on reaction to the Supreme Court of Canada decision that struck down Canada’s prostitution laws and Mike Palecek on work and struggle at Canada Post.

Vol. 5, No. 4 December 2013-January 2014,   Back

Featuring Tracy Glynn on a Mayan widow fighting for justice in Canada,  Asaf Rashid on workers facing Harper’s EI changes and Najat bdou-McFarland on the unity and solidarity rally against shale gas.

Vol. 5, No. 3 November 2013, Back

Featuring Dallas McQuarrie on the raid in Rexton at the blockade against shale gas, Sarah-Jane Thiessen on food insecurity and Derrick O’Keefe on Elsipogtog solidarity. 

Vol. 5, No. 2 October 2013, Back

Featuring Gary Heathcote on ma and pa shops mistreating their workers, Tracy Glynn on the province of New Brunswick’s poverty reduction plan in a time of unimaginable equality and Joan McFarland on more job creation potential in clean energy than in oil and gas.

Vol. 5, No. 1 September 2013, Back

Featuring Tracy Glynn on St. Thomas students striking back against tuition hikes, Dallas McQuarrie on the Alward government’s flip-flopping on wetlands and Beth Lyons on the arrests of Moncton sex workers.

Vol. 4, No. 10 July/August 2013, Back

Vol. 4, No. 9 June 2013, Back

Vol. 4, No. 8 May 2013, Back

Featuring Matt Abbott on Charlotte County residents’ concerns over their MP’s flyer on First Nations, M.L. Sheppard on the gloves coming off in the salmon wars & Jean-Claude Basque on Harper’s messaging on EI cuts.

Vol. 4, No. 7 April 2013, Back

Featuring Cameron McLean on prosperity and pipelines, Tracy Glynn and Tomi Gbeleyi on economic hardships facing Generation Y and Cheryl Norrad on Frank McKenna, philanthropy and homelessness.

Vol. 4, No. 6 March 2013, Back

Featuring Tracy Glynn’s story on the lack of air quality monitoring in Penobsquis and how it casts doubt on the NB government’s ability to regulate shale gas, Dave Thomas on the pay hikes and perks of the top brass at NB’s universities and Tomi Gbeleyi on a new film about feminism in Canada that features Fredericton’s reproductive justice activists.

Vol. 4 No. 5 Feb 2013 Front, Back
Featuring Dru Oja Jay’s myth-busting commentary on subsidies and natives, Stephanie Merrill on how Bill C-45 threatens our rivers and lakes, and Tracy Glynn on the unity found in the active Idle No More movement in New Brunswick.

Vol. 4 No. 4 Dec 2012/Jan 2013 Front, Back
Featuring Joyce Arthur on pro-choice activism, Matthew Hayes on Fredericton’s Great Gathering spurring social innovation and Jason Edwards on why food bank usage is up in Atlantic Canada.

Vol. 4, No. 3 November 2012, Back
Featuring Jean-Louis Deveau on the Alward government’s dodging of a shale gas moratorium in New Brunswick, Chris Walker on his experiences working at the XL beef plant in Alberta and Tracy Glynn on the ongoing struggles for justice in the industrial-affected community of Penobsquis.

Vol. 4, No. 2 October 2012, Back
Featuring Matthew Hayes on Fredericton’s move to protect the Sunset berry fields and forest, Amanda Hachey on La Bikery Co-op in Moncton and Adam Melanson on how Quebec students stopped a tuition hike.

Vol. 4, No. 1 September 2012, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on the Wabanaki Confederacy Conference, Chris Walker on what’s behind the Harper reforms to Employment Insurance and Stephanie Merrill on how the Nashwaak watershed could be affected by a proposed large open-pit tungsten and molybdenum mine.

Vol. 3 No. 10 July/August 2012, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on PotashCorp’s PR claims and the reality at their operations in Penobsquis and Students for Direct Democracy on the red square.

Vol. 3, No. 9 June 2012, Back
Featuring Stephen Downes on the anti-fracking rally in Moncton, Tracy Glynn on what NB Power has to do with the extinction of the indigenous Wayuu in Colombia and Tracy Glynn on a Supreme Court ruling that throws into question who pays when your well is sucked dry and your home is damaged by industrial operations.

Vol. 3, No. 8 May 2012, Back
Featuring Mary Burnet on making sense of the tragic death of Raymond Taavel and Chris Walker’s interview with labour organizer Mario Fortunato about current labour struggles in New Brunswick.

Vol. 3, No. 7 April 2012, Back
Featuring Ella Henry on what NB students can learn from the Quebec student strike, Chris Walker on the lack of pay equity in New Brunswick and Tracy Glynn’s goodbye to Florian Levesque.

Vol. 3, No. 6 March 2012, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on a Fredericton postal workers’ activism on climate justice, Najat Abdou-McFarland on the situation of temporary foreign workers in Canada and Ayesha Ali on the photoshopping of real bodies.

Vol. 3, No. 5 February 2012,  Back
Featuring Sarah Hunt on New Brunswick students calling for tuition decrease, Chris Walker on how two-tiered minimum wage squeezes more out of workers and Tracy Glynn’s goodbye to Jon Oliver.

Vol. 3, No. 4 December 2011/January 2012, Back
Featuring Armand Paul about the opposition behind shale gas, Chris Walker’s interview with Susan Machum about rural communities being bullied by shale gas and Roy MacMullin on the media monopoly in the province.

Vol. 3, No. 3 November 2011, Back
Featuring  Tracy Glynn on why students and workers are coming together at Occupons Edmundston, Taeyon Kim on why she is participating in Occupy Fredericton and Justin Podur on the logic of Occupy Wall Street for Canada.

Vol. 3, No. 2 October 2011, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on retired miner Roger LeBlanc’s fight for compensation for workplace illness, Stephanie Merrill on the intimidation faced by shale gas opponents and Najat Abdou-McFarland on the Raging Grannies.

Vol. 3, No. 1 September 2011, Back
Featuring Debbie Hopper on why New Brunswickers marched against shale gas, Tracy Glynn on the Stanley blockade against shale gas and Jody Dallaire on the minimum wage increase delay.

Vol. 2, No. 10 July/August 2011, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on the postal worker lock-out, Dave Zirin on the Vancouver hockey riots and Tracy Glynn on midwifery access in New Brunswick.

Vol. 2, No. 9 June 2011, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on the government of New Brunswick’s decision to reduce wildlife habitat, Najat Abdou-McFarland on the fight against homophobia in Canada and Najat Abdou-McFarland on the Open Sky Co-operative in Sackville.

Vol. 2, No. 8 May 2011, Back
Featuring Stephanie Merrill on NBers standing their ground against shale gas development, Mike Palecek on postal workers preparing to strike and Marie-Christine Allard on a Fredericton youth’s LGBTQ book drive.

Vol. 2, No. 7 April 2011, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on the axing of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Stephanie Merrill on the need to protect wetlands and Andrea Bear Nicholas on academia failing First Nations.

Vol. 2, No. 6 March 2011, Back
Featuring Stephanie Merrill on the David Vs. Goliath battle in Penobsquis, Frank Jr. Molley on Chief Hugh Akagi’s thoughts on paying attention to indigenous struggles and the Workers International League on the workers’ uprising in Wisconsin.

Vol. 2, No. 5 February 2011, Back
Featuring Najat Abdou-McFarland on connecting the dots for youth with complex needs and Tracy Glynn on remembering the battle to save Christmas Mountains.

Vol. 2, No.  4 December 2011/January 2010, Back
Featuring Mitch Rayner on breaking out of the gender binary, Marylynn Cote on the planned bus route cuts and Sylvain Schetagne on job losses in Miramichi.

Vol. 2, No. 3 November 2010, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on Colombia’s blood coal being part of New Brunswick’s energy mix, Alex Corey on wages and welfare lagging behind food prices and Marie-Christine Allard on NB Rebelles giving oppression the boot.

Vol. 2, No. 2 October 2010, Back
Featuring Raphael Shay on debunking the myths around nuclear power, Marie-Christine Allard on taking back the night in Fredericton and Marylynn Cote and Najat Abdou-McFarland on the community garden movement.

Vol. 2, No. 1 September 2010, Back
Featuring Jean-Louis Deveau on the controversial fracking method used in shale gas extraction, Craig Mazerolle on Fredericton’s first Pride Parade and Marie-Christine Allard and Tracy Glynn on postal worker solidarity with Palestine.

Vol. 1, No. 12 July/August 2010, Back
Featuring Marie-Christine Allard on New Brunswickers fighting back against the Graham Liberal government agenda, Julie Michaud and Alex Corey on the G-20 Summit’s attack on workers and Alex Corey on Project Hero, education and occupation.

Vol. 1, No. 11 June 2010, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on the struggles of Maya women fighting a Canadian-owned gold mine in Guatemala and Anne Drea Allison on tenant rights not being protected in New Brunswick.

Vol. 1, No. 10 May 2010, Back
Featuring Elsie Hambrook on breast cancer and how it’s marketed, Julie Michaud on Canadian trade unionists in solidarity with Filipino workers and Alex Corey on the Conservatives’ attempts to gut Canada Post.

Vol. 1, No. 9 April 2010, Back
Featuring Marie-Christine Allard on Argentina honouring Saint John’s Longshoremen for their act of international solidarity in 1979, Tracy Glynn on local concerns with Ocean Spray’s cranberry operation and Julie Michaud on building hope in Esgenoôpetitj.

Vol. 1, No. 8 March 2010, Back
Featuring on Ella Henry and Alex Corey on the red squares on campus, Alex Murphy on War Child’s Battle of the Arts and Julie Michaud on Bob Young’s thoughts on war and peace.

Vol. 1, No. 7 February 2010, Back
Featuring an editorial on the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Tracy Glynn on Haiti’s untold story and Julie Michaud on accessibility in New Brunswick.

Vol. 1 No. 6 January 2010, Back
Featuring Rebeka Frazer-Chiasson on a protest to save family farms in New Brunswick, Julie Michaud on a media expert exposing the marketing of the proposed NB Power sale and Edee Klee on Inka Milewski’s study on cancer in communities in New Brunswick.

Vol. 1, No. 5 December 2009, Back
Featuring Alex Corey on support for nursing home workers, Julie Michaud on Penobsquis people fighting for the right to water and Greg Anderson on Malalai Joya’s call for withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan.

Vol. 1, No. 4 November 2009, Back
Featuring Tracy Glynn on Kedgwick women opposing the spraying of the forest, Fraser MacPherson on the response to Hilary Bonnell’s disappearance , Ryan Hebert on Fredericton’s Critical Mass Bike Ride, Marylynn Cote on New Brunswick’s deaf community educating the public to eliminate stigmas and Edee Klee on challenging perceptions of poverty.

Vol. 1, No. 3 October 2009, Back

Vol. 1, No. 2 September 2009, Back

Vol. 1., No. 1 August 2009, Back

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