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July 19, 2019, by Chris Rouse

July 19, 2050 (Kingston Peninsula, NB) Dear New Brunswickers, I’m old but happy sitting on my deck looking at the beautiful and bountiful Wolastoq River with the love of my […]

Proposed Milltown generating station and dam removal, an apology and local perspectives

July 17, 2019, by Kim Reeder

NB Power announced at the end of June that it would close its Milltown generating station and remove the dam. As a long term resident of the area, and ...

Getting off coal: report offers solutions for a “just transition” in NB

July 5, 2019, by Abram Lutes

A federal joint task force report seriously addresses how coal energy workers in Canadian communities can transition away from coal in a manner that p ...

Go east, young woman – A letter from New Brunswick’s future #5

July 5, 2019, by Leland Wong-Daugherty

March 1, 2030 (Fredericton, NB) Dear New Brunswickers, I’m excited for next week. It’ll be Wednesday March 6, 2030 and I’ll be heading to the La ...

  • Rural social justice motivates Bonavista’s mayor
    July 1, 2019, by Brian Beaton

    “I remember the silence at the kitchen table” said John Norman, the mayor of Bonavista, Newfoundland, describing the cod fishery closure in 1992. In Grade Two at the time, he […]

  • Open letter: Increase social assistance rates in New Brunswick
    May 23, 2019, by NB Common Front for Social Justice

    The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice and 48 other organizations, including the NB Media Co-op, are calling on the province of New Brunswick to increase social assistance rates. […]

  • Workers strike in Belledune over safety position
    May 15, 2019, by Abram Lutes

    Almost 300 workers, members of local 7085 of the United Steelworkers (USW), at the Belledune lead and zinc smelter in northern New Brunswick, have been on strike since April 24 […]

  • The People vs the Irving Dynasty [video]
    May 8, 2019, by NB Media Co-op

    The People’s Mayday rally in Saint John sparked the creation of a 5-minute video, The People vs the Irving Dynasty, about their action in the port city last week. The […]

  • May Day celebration in Saint John targets Irving
    May 3, 2019, by Gregory M. Cook

    Irving Town, better known as Port City Saint John, was host to more than 100 people on the first day of May 2019 for a traditional celebration of spring’s natural […]

  • Gathering to galvanize Atlantic activism
    April 4, 2019, by Shannon Neufeldt

    Kenn Stright can pinpoint the day he became an activist. He was a young Presbyterian minister from Nova Scotia at Waywayseecappo First Nation in Southwestern Manitoba. A few years into […]

  • A critical analysis of the PC budget for Social Development
    April 1, 2019, by Jean-Claude Basque

    In a letter published in the Telegraph-Journal, Dorothy Shephard, New Brunswick’s Minister of Social Development, said that some of us are not comparing apples and apples when we analyze the […]

  • Clear the air: carbon tax panel in Sackville
    February 13, 2019, by Brian Beaton

    A panel on Feb. 11 agreed that carbon pricing is a good first step to addressing the climate change crisis before all of us. The “Clearing the Air” panel at […]

  • Let’s dance together into a green economy across New Brunswick
    January 21, 2019, by Brian Beaton

    Celebrating New Brunswick’s innovative spirit is one purpose of a new cellphone music video competition seeking creative music, lyrics and video material from local musicians, songwriters and video producers. Everyone […]

  • Mt. A student Tina Oh on her climate activism [video]
    January 3, 2019, by Brower Youth Awards

    Tina is a 21 year old from rural New Brunswick, Canada who is a divestment organizer in a nationally-recognized, student-led fossil fuel divestment campaign at Mount Allison University. She is […]

  • “We never surrendered:” Wolastoq Grand Council Chief
    October 22, 2018, by Tracy Glynn

    Indigenous peoples across Canada are decrying the Supreme Court of Canada ruling on Oct. 11, 2018 that the federal government is not obligated to consult with Indigenous peoples before a […]

  • Bruce Livesey deconstructs The House of Irvings
    September 25, 2017, by Sophie M. Lavoie

    Time is ticking on the Irving Empire as its generational succession throws up new problems both for the company and the people of New Brunswick, the population it has dominated […]

  • $15/hour minimum wage campaign launches in NB [updated]
    March 24, 2016, by Tracy Glynn

    The NB Common Front for Social Justice, backed by over 35 community and labour organizations, is calling on the New Brunswick government to implement a $15/hour minimum wage. New Brunswick’s […]

  • Not our choices: Unions protest NB budget consultation
    January 14, 2016, by Asaf Rashid

    New Brunswick union representatives and supporters protested planned cuts to education and health care and moves to privatize at the latest government of New Brunswick public consultation on the upcoming […]

  • $15/hour minimum wage campaign launches in NB
    December 1, 2015, by Tracy Glynn

    The NB Common Front for Social Justice, backed by 27 community and labour organizations, is calling on the New Brunswick government to implement a $15/hour minimum wage. New Brunswick’s minimum […]

  • Looking behind the mask of austerity in New Brunswick
    June 22, 2015, by Asaf Rashid

    One word defines the New Brunswick 2015 /2016 budget and its aftermath: austerity, largely felt through cuts to public services. The cuts have galvanized the creation of the NB Prosperity […]

  • NB Prosperity, Not Austerity Coalition forms
    June 15, 2015, by NB Prosperity, Not Austerity Coalition

    Many civil society organisations in the province have decided to join voices to clearly and loudly express that austerity policies are not the solution to the current economic situation, and […]

  • NB Liberals steer towards privatized services
    May 26, 2015, by What's Left This Week

    Nothing hiding behind a curtain here: this week, the Liberals in New Brunswick promoted privatization and outsourcing of public services as the saviour of all problems in the province. Promoting […]

  • Fishing at the end of Energy East pipeline [video]
    May 26, 2015, by Robert van Waarden for Ricochet

    Fisherman David Thompson lives on the Bay of Fundy, at the end point for the proposed Energy East pipeline. Let David explain, in his own words, why that has him […]

  • Liberals defeat Coon’s food bill
    April 30, 2015, by Tracy Glynn

    Despite support from the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick and other food security advocates, Fredericton South MLA David Coon’s local food security bill failed to pass in the Legislature […]

  • The great austerity swindle
    April 28, 2015, by Robin Vose

    Austerity is a powerful buzzword these days, with few signs that its potency or impact will lessen any time soon. It is touted as a strategy for dealing with structural […]