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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. […]

It’s time for New Brunswickers to unite around a Green New Deal

May 9, 2019, by Daniel Tubb

A grand new idea is emerging around the world to combat climate catastrophe. A hopeful idea, a way to respond to the clear and present existential thr ...

“Just eat your cake”: Health minister’s response to doctor’s query on better abortion access

May 1, 2019, by Dr. Adrian Edgar

Clinic 554 was represented in Ottawa this week as one of two national recipients of the Peter Gillespie Social Justice Award recognizing commitment to ...

Welcome to the New, New Brunswick, where land, community, skills and health are the real forms of wealth

April 30, 2019, by Amy Floyd

New Brunswick and the whole of Atlantic Canada grew on the energy of the forests, the fish, the animal furs, the bountiful coastal estuaries and the r ...

  • Workers unite against austerity
    April 23, 2019, by Patrick Colford

    Workers in New Brunswick are preparing to defend their hard-earned rights in the workplace and beyond. In the coming months, we can expect Premier Blaine Higgs to continue and make […]

  • 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 […]

  • Nursing home residents deserve quality care
    March 26, 2019, by Cecile Cassista

    The government is the main funder for Community Nursing Homes in New Brunswick. So, what purpose or role does the Nursing Home Association serve? The need for the government to […]

  • I like paying taxes because …
    March 13, 2019, by Jean-Claude Basque

    La version française suit. In the last few months there have been several media commentaries stating that citizens and employers are paying too much in taxes. From their point of […]

  • Higgs’ proposals will not reduce poverty
    February 9, 2019, by Pauline Richard

    Une version française suit le texte anglais. In his state of the province address, Premier Blaine Higgs took up the issue of social assistance, briefly mentioned in his electoral platform […]

  • All are not equal before the law in Guatemala
    February 6, 2019, by Jackie McVicar

    Last June, I got asked to help with translation for folks working on a documentary about the international declaration on human rights. They were interviewing communities impacted by Canadian mining […]

  • STU’s history of “Indigenization”
    January 28, 2019, by Naomi Gullison

    Despite the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqey flags flying at the foot of the campus, St. Thomas University (STU) has a decade-long track record of keeping its Native Studies Department underfunded and […]

  • Atlantic Premiers can improve economy by tackling poverty
    January 20, 2019, by Patrick Colford

    As our Atlantic premiers meet this week in Charlottetown PEI, they have much talking to do. They must discuss poverty, housing, and an Atlantic minimum wage. Poverty is getting worse […]

  • Interest rate hike pause, workers’ wages stagnant
    January 17, 2019, by Daniel Legere and Angella MacEwan

    The Bank of Canada paused increases to their benchmark interest rate this week, partly because consumption spending and housing investment have been weaker than they expected. But it’s not surprising […]

  • 2021 Francophonie Games: On the importance of diplomacy
    January 16, 2019, by Robert Melanson

    Since the news broke last December of the skyrocketing costs of the 2021 Francophonie Games, many articles and thought-provoking musings on the feasibility of the Games have been published in […]

  • Montreal Massacre more relevant than ever
    December 7, 2018, by Maggie Forsythe

    Editor’s Note: A version of this text was originally given as a keynote speech by Maggie Forsythe during the UNB Day of Remembrance Ceremony hosted by the UNB Diversity in Engineering […]

  • Why solidarity with CUPW is important now and in future
    December 7, 2018, by NB Media Co-op Editorial Board

    Early on the morning of Dec. 6th more than 40 people, union members and allies, held a picket outside the Canada Post distribution centre on Waggoners Lane in Fredericton that […]

  • Jim Irving’s frisson
    December 4, 2018, by Emma Haché and Alain Deneault

    Editor’s note: This commentary by Emma Haché and Alain Deneault is in response to Jim Irving’s letter to L’Acadie Nouvelle, published on November 29, that supported Premier Blaine Higgs’  position against the ca ...

  • Mr. Higgs’ “Frack Earth Society”
    December 2, 2018, by Lawrence Wuest

    The “Flat Earth Society” was founded tongue-in-cheek in New Brunswick by the renowned philosopher Dr. Leo Ferrari of St. Thomas University, and our beloved poet Alden Nowlan. It is reassuring […]

  • Allow Bishop’s House to be used as a shelter
    November 30, 2018, by Taeyon Kim

    Dear Mayor and City Councillors, I’m extremely disheartened by what is happening with the emergency Out of the Cold shelter. So many concerned citizens moved quickly to get the sleeping […]

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    Lest we remember
    November 7, 2018, by Jeffrey Brown and Thom Workman

    Remembrance day—November 11—is upon us once again. The red poppy has burst forth, and is now blooming on every lapel. And on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month […]

  • About the Chipman ‘straight pride’ debacle
    October 29, 2018, by AJ Ripley

    I was approached by a journalism student who is writing a piece about the Chipman ‘straight pride’ debacle. When I sat down to write her a quote or two, I […]

  • Up with Anglophone rights
    October 4, 2018, by Rosella Melanson

    The People’s Alliance party has a fixation on bilingualism and it begs an explanation. Actually, it reminds me of the story about a poor farmer who learns that his better-off […]

  • Moncton water belongs in public hands
    May 4, 2018, by Leo Melanson

    Twenty years ago this month, the City of Moncton signed a deal with a for-profit corporation to build, finance and operate our new drinking water treatment plant. No one disputes […]

  • Panhandlers need income assistance, not policing
    May 4, 2018, by Sylvia Hale

    The solution to the “problem” of panhandlers in Fredericton, if there is any problem, is to increase income assistance rates, not to increase policing. The rates are currently set at […]

  • It’s time for a higher N.B. minimum wage
    February 17, 2018, by Jean-Claude Basque

    It is time for New Brunswick to increase its minimum wage.  And contrary to the view of opponents, there are many convincing arguments for adopting this policy change. Consider that […]