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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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Private rooms could improve premature birth patients experience


As parents, we are tasked to do all we can to protect our children. We weren’t able to protect them from arriving too soon, but we are able to keep them away from unnecessary risk once they are in our arms. And we can advocate for those who will share our journey in the future.

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Young people put action at forefront of Remembrance Day


It’s that time of year again, when people I respect begin squabbling over whether or not it’s too early to be decking the halls and making merry. In theory, I agree; early November is too…

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New Brunswick poised to reap benefits of resident, employee loyalty


When we raise children who are proud of this province, who understand its history and its potential, we are creating the groundwork for a generation of leaders who can bring people and prosperity to this province, even if they choose to live elsewhere. Now is the time to draw on those connections, to find the New Brunswickers who have moved to other parts of the country and the world, and not only remind them of their love for this land but also inform them of the advances since they’ve left.

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Athlete with cerebral palsy and Nike deal offers inspiration


Each day, our five-year-old son (with some reminders from his kindergarten teacher) switches his hard plastic insole additions from his outdoor shoes to his indoors one and back again. It’s the only clear visible cue…

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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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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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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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