Monthly Archives: February 2018

Election platform: Expand social programs, restore public services and tax the rich

  A group of New Brunswick unions and community organizations has issued a “progressive” platform for the provincial election scheduled for September 24th. The platform, released today in Moncton, calls on political parties to promise to increase spending on social … Continue reading

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Planners recommend creating village near Sackville Exit 506

A Nova Scotia planning and design company recommends creating a village near TransCanada Highway Exit 506 that could include stores, restaurants and coffee drive thrus, apartments or condominiums, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, an ambulance station, a hiking and biking trail as … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors urge feds to restore Via Rail service before it’s too late

Sackville Town Council voted unanimously last week to support the campaign to restore Via Rail’s Ocean passenger service that runs through Sackville on its route between Halifax and Montreal. Councillors asked Mayor Higham to write a letter to the federal … Continue reading

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Cape Sharp: tidal turbine generated little power, but was a success; FORCE: expanding test site makes sense

Cape Sharp Tidal sold only 41.4 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity to Nova Scotia Power last year, enough to power the equivalent of about four homes, far short of the 500 the company claimed when it first deployed the turbine in … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors approve $76.5k in community grants

Sackville Town Council awarded $76,500 in community development grants to more than three dozen groups and organizations on Monday, but it wasn’t unanimous. Councillor Bruce Phinney voted no saying he disagreed with some of the grants and felt that town … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors say no to more student apartments on King St.

A small group of Sackville residents won a victory Monday night when Town Council voted against allowing more housing at 40 King Street where about 30 university students already live. In a 5-3 vote, council rejected a rezoning application that … Continue reading

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Indigenous historian urges scrapping investments in fossil fuels

The campaign to get Mount Allison University to pull its investments from big fossil fuel companies got a boost this week from a Lakota historian who helped lead the fight against an oil pipeline in North Dakota. LaDonna Brave Bull … Continue reading

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Excavator digs hole in town budget

Sackville municipal officials have been scratching their heads over what to do about one of the town’s most heavily used pieces of equipment, a $300,000 excavator with a front axle that split wide open around the end of November. Town … Continue reading

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Mt. A. students again ask university governing board to shed investments in Big Oil

Student activists have again urged Mount Allison’s highest governing body to join a growing worldwide movement and withdraw the university’s investments from big fossil fuel companies. “Do the right thing, be on the right side of history,” Louis Sobol of … Continue reading

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