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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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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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