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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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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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Raising voices, bridging divides: the benefits of singing Christmas carols


Buddy the Elf has taught us that “singing loud for all to hear” is the best way to spread Christmas cheer. And while the fictional movie character portrayed by Will Farrell might not be the…

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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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