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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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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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Pickle Planet Podcast: Parenting and Pot


Adult recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Canada on October 17, 2018 – and according to a survey commission by Moncton-based Organigram, parents in Atlantic Canada are feeling the most prepared to talk with…

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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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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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Non-profit Support Needs to Change


Folks, we need to change the way we approach non-profits in our community. Year after year we’re finding out these cornerstone organizations are floundering to the point of closure. And each time a group comes…

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