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July 10, 2019, by Kaleigh Holder

The federal government will let the Sisson Partnership dump mine waste into two fish-bearing brooks that feed the Nashwaak River. Amendments to the Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations posted […]

Unemployment in Canada

July 10, 2019, by Geoffrey McCormack

On June 7, the Globe and Mail‘s David Parkinson painted a rosy picture of the Canadian labour market. “Canada’s unemployment rate sinks to new l ...

Historicizing whiteness — or not

July 4, 2019, by Raluca Bejan

Whiteness is a hot topic nowadays. From BuzzFeed to the New York Times, there seems to be a never-ending fascination with discussing privile ...

#StayOnTheGround in New Brunswick

July 3, 2019, by Daniel Tubb

I have a case of a new illness. I didn’t have a word for my condition until a few weeks ago. No easy cure exists, and the best course of […]

  • Koch-Oil, Part 2: Canada’s love-in with US Big Oil
    June 23, 2019, by John McMurtry

    In Canada, the governing corporate media and parties have had such a media-transmitted love-in with Big Oil that even Alberta’s NDP Premier Rachel Notley militantly demanded over years that the […]

  • A bewildering spectacle
    June 17, 2019, by Geoffrey McCormack

    The Panic of 1873 was a financial crisis that triggered the first worldwide economic depression. In those days, they called it the Great Depression. It lasted for 23 years. Long […]

  • Venezuela: A slow-motion coup?
    May 30, 2019, by Thom Workman

    Will Venezuela go the way of the popular progressive regimes across Latin America –excepting Cuba? Over the last century progressive populist regimes in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia […]

  • 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 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

  • Opposing health care privatization is not fear mongering
    November 27, 2017, by Cecile Cassista

    Bill No. 5 integrating the Extra-Mural, Ambulance NB and Telecare Programs is now being studied by a standing committee of the Legislative Assembly. If adopted, it will allow the Government […]

  • Why the decision to remove dons at UNB is part of a bigger problem
    March 4, 2017, by Jon Debly

    Widespread attention is being directed at University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) recent decision to remove residence don positions this coming September. UNB Residence Life (ResLife) is opting instead to employ three full-time […]

  • Pull in the reins on health care
    March 4, 2017, by Daniel Légère

    With the release of the latest budget, it is now clear to all that Brian Gallant’s government is entering into election mode. However, our Premier is clumsily undermining his own […]

  • Human health and coastal ecosystems at a tipping point
    February 26, 2017, by Inka Milewski

    There has been understandable handwringing and questions being asked about the sporadically high levels of E. coli and fecal streptococci reported at Parlee Beach and Murray Beach in southeast New […]

  • The Trump Way
    January 4, 2017, by Arun Gupta for The Bullet

    In the runup to November’s presidential election, commentators from across the political spectrum predicted a round defeat for Donald Trump, not least because of the palpable disgust he elicited from […]

  • Mr. Gallant, put down those scissors
    December 2, 2016, by Daniel Legere

    When a right-wing think tank, such as the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) now says NB has cut its public sector enough, we should pay attention. In its recent […]

  • On the death of Fidel Castro
    December 1, 2016, by Judy Haiven

    All this back and forth on the CBC about Fidel Castro’s death is enough to make any Canadian worth her salt forget to put it on her steps at today’s […]