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  • Lest we remember
    November 7, 2016, by Jeff 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 […]

  • Atlantic Canada can take control over own destiny
    October 23, 2016, by Gordon Laxer

    Atlantic Canada is at a crossroads. Should it pin its hopes on the era of oil dominance and carbon-dense resource exports continuing? Or should it play on its strengths to […]

  • Everybody wants to go home on Friday
    August 5, 2016, by Norm Skelton

    TGIF. It’s been a tough week. The boss was in a mood; likely due to the two month old child that needed very late and very early attention. You started […]

  • Fredericton needs more hygge
    July 12, 2016, by Matthew Hayes

    In Denmark, there is a word that captures the feeling you get from certain spaces: hygge (pronounced hooga).  The closest English equivalent would be coziness, or comfort.  Think of being […]

  • State of mind
    July 12, 2016, by Inka Milewski

    Recently there has been a great deal of discussion about the high illiteracy rates in New Brunswick. According to Statistics Canada more than 50% of New Brunswickers between the ages […]

  • Imagining an urban Fredericton
    June 13, 2016, by Matthew Hayes

    Now that the dust has settled on the recent municipal elections, and our city has a new mayor, we can focus a bit on what future vision our city needs. […]

  • First you get housing
    May 11, 2016, by Norm Skelton

    “Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.” – Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose, Doubleday, 1971. You see them on the […]

  • The brutality of the sexual assault trial
    April 10, 2016, by Elaine Craig

    The media coverage and countless stories that have been told by survivors of sexualized violence in the lead up to, throughout, and following the Jian Ghomeshi trial have shone a […]

  • What COP21 means for New Brunswick
    March 16, 2016, by Matthew Hayes

    NASA data released earlier this month showed that average surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere surpassed 2 degrees above ‘normal’ for the first time, as February temperatures smashed heat records. […]

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    A new assault on our water resources
    March 11, 2016, by Lawrence Wuest

    The New Brunswick Department of the Environment and Local Government has issued a provincial water strategy document “Working Together to Build a Water Strategy for New Brunswick.” NBDELG also announced […]

  • Socialist snowplows and other news
    February 4, 2016, by David Frank

    Coming back from a recent trip, I picked up a newspaper at the airport. There was a choice of the Globe and Mail, the National Post . . . and […]

  • Not in my back pocket: business wants more from NBers
    January 28, 2016, by Jean-Claude Basque

    A number of New Brunswick and national business lobby groups have been up in arms lately to oppose any increase in their personal income tax or in their corporate tax. […]

  • Wild salmon’s knock-out blow
    November 13, 2015, by Inka Milewski

    With catch restrictions placed on salmon anglers, thousands of volunteer hours dedicated to river and stream enhancement projects, millions of salmon released from hatcheries, and millions of dollars dedicated to […]

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    The social licence dilemma for shale gas proponents in NB
    October 31, 2015, by Jim Emberger

    In its letter to the commission on hydrofracturing, the Progressive Conservative party asks for an explanation on how “clear and credible information about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on health, […]

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    Exotic dancers welcome here: Reproductive Justice NB
    July 3, 2015, by Tracy Glynn, Reproductive Justice NB

    On June 22, 2015, Fredericton City Council announced that they would lease the iRock location in Fredericton’s downtown to the tune of $150,000 so that an exotic dancing license would […]

  • Section 36: Please don’t shoot the bookmobile
    June 8, 2015, by David Frank

    Wait! You don’t have to shoot the bookmobile. It says so in the Constitution. Most Canadians know about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is Part I of […]

  • Crop Top Day
    June 5, 2015, by Sorcha Beirne

    If you believe a dress code is important because it teaches us to dress professional, here’s a couple things to consider: 1) Why is “professionalism” so important to you? (To […]

  • Universities and corporations: a misguided merger
    May 28, 2015, by Elizabeth Mancke

    The corporatization of higher education is now front page news. Prolonged strikes at York University and the University of Toronto interrupted classes for a month. Everest College, a for-profit school, […]

  • Sisson mine: What is acceptable risk?
    May 15, 2015, by Lawrence Wuest

    While the possibility of a disastrous tailing dam failure at the proposed Sisson Mine presents a serious environmental and economic risk, the mine poses serious environmental and economic risks purely […]

  • Forestry strategy will deplete wildlife habitat
    May 11, 2015, by Dr. Tony Diamond

    The following letter was sent to Minister of Natural Resources Denis Landry. The 2014 Forestry Strategy will cause the supply of old-forest habitat to fall below the thresholds identified by […]

  • Energy East will not bring prosperity to New Brunswick
    April 9, 2015, by Peter Johnston for The Beacon

    I hear people say humanity is at a crossroads. We’re not. ‘Crossroads’ implies that we have choice. We don’t. And when it comes to our home— our finite earth, a […]

  • Red Head is “the end of the line” for Energy East
    April 7, 2015, by Mark D'Arcy for the Council of Canadians

    Cacuna stopped it. South Portland stopped it. Now it is Red Head’s turn to stand up against the tar sands pipeline. As attention on Energy East now focuses on New […]

  • If our vaginas were guns: with grief and outrage for Cindy Gladue
    April 7, 2015, by Josephine Savarese for Blogging for Equality

    TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information about sexual assault and physical violence which may be triggering to survivors and to families of missing and murdered indigenous women. Note: The title […]

  • NBers should have no regrets about fracking moratorium
    January 21, 2015, by Jim Emberger

    While Premier Gallant develops the government’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, shale gas supporters continue to voice their same one-theme message that we are losing out on an economic miracle. Recent […]

  • Ten crimes of John A. Macdonald
    January 18, 2015, by Jesse McLaren

    On January 11 there were state-sponsored glorifications of John A. Macdonald across Canada, but also Indigenous-led teach-ins about his real legacy. Wilfred Laurier said that “the life of Sir John A. Macdonald…is the [&hellip ...

  • Minimum wage has public support
    December 1, 2014, by Rod Hill

    The provincial government recently announced that the minimum wage will rise from $10 to $10.30 at the end of the year. This will be welcome news to the roughly 1 […]

  • Three myths about the Energy East pipeline
    November 12, 2014, by Maude Barlow and Matthew Abbott

    We just completed a two-week tour in Atlantic Canada along the proposed Energy East pipeline route. Along the tour we met not just the usual suspects – environmental activists – […]

  • Energy East is not a done deal
    October 15, 2014, by Cameron Fenton

    Back in 2010, a chorus of government officials and industry voices assured the world that the Keystone XL pipeline was on the verge of being built. Then Secretary of State […]

  • NB worst in region in jobs created per tree harvested
    July 31, 2014, by Lawrence Wuest

    An article in the NB Naturalist, published July 1, 2014, highlights New Brunswick’s current unwise and uneconomic use of its forest resource. The article “Forestry Jobs and Forestry Management in […]