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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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Liquor laws prevent groups from enjoying downtown dining


As we look to setting intentions and resolutions for 2019, I’d like to once again call on our local and provincial leaders to focus attention on attracting and engaging families in our communities. Great strides…

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Raising voices, bridging divides: the benefits of singing Christmas carols


Buddy the Elf has taught us that “singing loud for all to hear” is the best way to spread Christmas cheer. And while the fictional movie character portrayed by Will Farrell might not be the…

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Watching the world speed up


Sitting in a flat in Scotland, a friend pulled a cassette tape from his collection and implored me to listen. The scratchy sound of Cape Breton fiddle tunes recorded in a dance hall filled the…

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This Christmas, support local musicians, too


Imagine a day without any music. No pop tunes on the radio when you wake up. No country twang on the way to work. No Christmas carols playing while you shop downtown. No nighttime jazz…

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