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Digitial Influencers have much to offer local businesses


A food tourism expert told our city this week that we need to create a distinctive ‘taste of place’ to stand apart from other Maritime destinations. A key part in doing this, as Culinary Tourism…

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Small Towns can Dream Big and Deliver


With a population of less than 3,500 teetering on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the town of Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador, might not seem a likely economic powerhouse. And yet, its Millennial mayor has…

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Moving From Conflict to Cohesion in New Brunswick Politics


A recent headline in the Globe and Mail captured the heart of what saddens me about our political system: society’s appetite for perpetual conflict too often becomes the focus of politicians’ campaigns and governance. Commenting…

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Leadership takes courage, not common sense


Conviction. Clarity. Change. That’s what I wanted, as a parent and a taxpayer, in the healthier food policy debacle. Not back-tracking and pretending what was written wasn’t what was intended. I wrote about the policy…

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Talking to your kids about sex trafficking


We’ve come a long was as a society in terms of what we now teach our children — and ourselves — about personal health. Stigma is slowly being removed from discussions about physical and mental impairment, sexuality, addiction, depression, women’s reproductive health, and many other areas that were once ‘hush hush.’ I think it’s time we add sex trafficking to that list, along with ensuring everyone knows it’s okay to have made a mistake and ask for help.

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A mix of action and empathy needed to address drug addiction


I don’t often find myself in the presence of illegal drugs, and I can’t ever recall witnessing someone use injection drugs, but I thought I had a basic understanding of what is available and the…

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Parlee Beach Parking Cost Keeps Me Away


I love the ocean. Being beside the water inspires me, and comforts me. But I can’t bring myself to head to Parlee Beach, no matter how hot it gets or much I miss the ocean….

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Community Awareness is Key to Civic Engagement


Small actions can have massive impacts. Sometimes in the debates and discussions around civic issues, we forget the importance of the tiny projects and individual actions that create a compound effect in our community. I…

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Time to Ditch the Drive Through Reputation


I completely understand how New Brunswick came to be called the drive thru province. I’ve driven through many times, including the past two weekends. The Trans-Canada Highway cuts through this province in a way that…

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