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The continued case for teaching emotional intelligence and critical thinking


There’s a lot of truth in that old saying; ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same.’ I’ve been struck often lately by how similar some of the issues facing our children are,…

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How Reading Could Save Us All


Tuesday, February 19 was my day of rest this winter. I’d been flat out since mid-December, working on project after project on top of project. There were also all the usual day-to-day responsibilities, and the…

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Government’s consultation on French Immersion gets failing grade


This isn’t the first time I’ve shared my opinion on this province’s early French Immersion program, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This week, the education minister announced that “the French Immersion entry…

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Snow days stem from fear of missing another Hurricane Juan warning


I’m settling back in my armchair to share my ‘expert’ two cents on the seemingly never-ending debate around snow days and class time in New Brunswick. There’s a lot to consider, so you might want…

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Play could be our secret weapon in the mental health crisis


Is the answer to the increasing mental health needs of our youth as simple as letting them play? It’s certainly a large part of the solution to the crisis we’ve created. Our kids spent last…

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Moncton entrepreneurs rushed to fill the void in indoor amusement options, but how many will remain?


Nature abhors a vacuum, but it only takes so many trampoline parks and indoor play spaces to fill it. It wasn’t hard to predict that there would be struggles for the various businesses that tried…

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January is the most depressing month; why do we keep making it worse?


I have to say, I feel bad for January. It’s become the month that we all give up on everything – from the household items that no long bring us joy to the drinks on…

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The next 50 years of the Official Languages Act


Anniversaries are powerful motivators. The milestones force us to reflect on what has passed and what is to come in that next span of time. This April marks the 50th anniversary of New Brunswick’s Official…

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Why good parents avoid politics


“Take a gander through the Susan Holt article online. She engages with the tolls in the comments.” That was the text from my husband Wednesday morning. Perfect timing, as I was standing by the coffee…

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Our parenting needs to catch up with our connectivity


The headline cut straight to my heart. Naked photos and videos of children. New Brunswick children. Shared online.  A parent’s worst nightmare. Except that this week’s news is different than other exploitation and abuse cases…

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