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  • 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 […]

  • CRA poll does not show “surging support” for the NDP
    May 9, 2017, by Bruce Wark

    To the editor, A front-page story published in the May edition of The Brief reports incorrectly that a recent Corporate Research Associates poll shows “surging support” for the New Brunswick NDP […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Irving paper defends Irving tax deal
    May 4, 2016, by Jean-Claude Basque

    Saint John City Council is trying to renegotiate a 25 year agreement it made with Irving in 2005 that gave the company an annual property tax break on its Canaport […]

  • 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, […]

  • No place for discrimination in NB health care: RJNB
    July 24, 2015, by Reproductive Justice NB

    As the Minister of Health, Victor Boudreau is responsible for ensuring that the plans, priorities and actions of New Brunswick health care providers are consistent, inclusive and equitable. His statements […]

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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 […]