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NB government moves to limit debate on municipal reform bill

In a move that some opposition MLAs called a “gag order,” the Higgs government is seeking to restrict the time for debate so that it can pass its municipal reform bill by Christmas. Bill Hogan, chair of the PC caucus, … Continue reading

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NB opposition parties question rush on municipal reform

New Brunswick’s opposition parties are questioning why the Higgs government is moving so fast to enact sweeping legislation on municipal reform. “We feel as though this is a rushed reform and it’s imposed on people,” Liberal MLA Keith Chiasson said … Continue reading

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LSD association president condemns NB municipal reform plan as undemocratic

The Higgs government’s plan for municipal reform is coming under fire from a group that represents nearly a third of the province’s population and more than 80% of its land area. Jules Bosse, president of the Association of Local Service … Continue reading

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Mt. A. prof questions provincial motives for municipal reform

A Mount Allison politics professor says he wonders about some of the reasons behind the Higgs government’s plans for municipal reform. Geoff Martin, who specializes in the study of local governments, explains that the province may be seeking to transfer … Continue reading

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Experts urge ‘go-slow’ approach on municipal reform in New Brunswick

Researchers at Western University in Ontario say New Brunswick could achieve municipal reform without resorting to forced amalgamations such as requiring Sackville to merge with surrounding local service districts and the village of Dorchester. In a paper published last May, … Continue reading

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Sackville to merge with Dorchester & LSDs in sweeping municipal reform plan

The New Brunswick government has announced municipal reform plans that would drastically reduce the number of local government entities in the province from 340 to 90, with a new total of 78 municipalities and 12 rural districts. Under the plan, … Continue reading

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New provincial health plan promises to keep local hospital services, but critics are skeptical

New Brunswick’s health minister announced a two-year plan today that includes measures to improve access to family doctors and mental health services, reduce wait times for hip and knee surgeries and help elderly people remain in their own homes. “I’m … Continue reading

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Dozens join CUPE strikers in Sackville to show solidarity & support

Students, faculty and staff from Mount Allison University joined residents from Sackville today at Main and York Streets to support CUPE public-sector workers on the 15th day of their strike. “I thought it was important for as many people in … Continue reading

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Sackville Town Council passes 2022 budget with no property tax cut

In a 5-1 vote Monday night, Sackville Town Council approved next year’s $12.1 million operating budget that would maintain town services and cover increased expenses without additional borrowing. A majority of councillors rejected Bruce Phinney’s motion for a three-cent cut … Continue reading

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Sackville considers new bylaw to restrict flyer delivery

Sackville Town Council is considering a bylaw that would require bundles of advertising flyers to be left in mailboxes, in a mail slot or on doorsteps instead of being tossed onto driveways or lawns. The bylaw would prohibit delivery of flyers to … Continue reading

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Labour leaders support CUPE strikers in Sackville; province imposes emergency order to end health-care strike

Three visiting labour leaders joined the CUPE picket line today in Sackville to show support for the 22,000 public sector workers across New Brunswick who went on strike last Friday. Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union … Continue reading

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