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Visitor Information Centres about more than just directions


New Brunswickers are resilient. We are creative. We can do incredible things when pushed to think outside traditional parameters. And shaking up the status quo of our provincial approach to tourism is not a bad…

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Riverview waterfront development could appeal to a new type of resident


Perhaps it was a moment of foreshadowing. An acquaintance who is moving to the Greater Moncton Area with his wife and young child recently asked my opinion about places to live. They’re coming from a…

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Presumed consent for organ donation makes sense


Nova Scotia is poised to become the first North American jurisdiction to adopt an opt-out approach to organ donation, and I sincerely hope it sparks a trend across our country. It is a decision that…

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Youth Mental Health Awareness Week: Build Your Grit


Fifteen years ago, I sat down to interview a group of elementary school students about stress, anxiety, and other mental health challenges they and their friends were experiencing. This was before Facebook and Snapchat and…

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Arts education deserves our attention, too


My social and traditional media feeds, as well as my conversations among friends, remain largely occupied with discussions around our provincial government’s review of Early French Immersion. I’m engaged in the debate and think it’s…

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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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