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Family 1st: Creating connections in a new city


“I was four months pregnant and I didn’t know anyone. Most of the friends I made were through my spouse’s job, and everybody was nice, but I just didn’t have all the connections I was used to after living in Halifax for my whole life. I was craving that sense of community. What I found from putting myself out there is that most people aren’t from here. Fredericton has a lot of people who didn’t grow up here. We have posting season and new families moving here. Once I found that, I realized I’m not alone.”
Courtney Larkin, founder of Happy Hour Club and Luna Baby Pillow

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Pickle Planet Podcast: Community over Competition


It’s a mantra that serves so many aspects of life, but one that can be difficult to practice in some industries: community over competition. This relationship can be particularly tricky, yet also wonderfully inspiring, when…

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Pickle Planet Podcast: What Kids Need Moncton Charity Spotlight


Six years ago, Amanda Pooley wanted to give a family in need some gently-loved toys and other items her children no longer needed. Overwhelmed by the responses she received from potential recipients, Amanda decided to…

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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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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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The Lockdown Generation Comes of Age


These students have grown up under the threat of school shootings. They were just being born when Columbine happened. They were just entering their teens when Sandy Hook happened. They are the first generation to truly grow up with this type of gun violence – and they are about to start voting.

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Faciam Istud – Making Change Happen


I think we could add a tag line to Moncton’s motto of Resurgo: Faciam Istud. Resurgo is a rallying cry, a promise that the city will rise again: from losing its original town charter in…

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How Would You Describe Moncton’s Culture?


Heavy metal bands and wrestling events. That was my answer 10 years ago when I was asked to describe Moncton’s culture. I’d been living in the city for a few months, working an early morning…

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Project Nice List Challenges Community to Be Kind


Life is about to get very busy for most of us. The month leading up to December 25 is filled with demands: people want our time, our money, our attention. It can become overwhelming, when…

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