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Hiking Day is a Cape Breton tradition that promotes unstructured play


I’ve lived in several provinces, each tending to call the holiday Monday in May something slightly different. May 2-4; more a nod to how many beer you buy than the original date we’re celebrating. Maylong;…

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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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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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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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