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Dead dog? Better notify town hall to avoid $100 fine

A retired public relations professor says the town of Sackville could show a little more empathy when it sends warning letters to pet owners who have not renewed their dog tags. Trudie Richards, who taught in the communications department at … Continue reading

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Shephard & McGrath suggest Sackville ER closures may be only temporary, but that will depend on recruiting more nurses

The CEO of the Horizon Health Network and the provincial minister of health seem to be sending mixed messages about whether the overnight, hospital emergency room closures in Sackville will be only temporary. “I received assurances from the minister that … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors overrule rookie mayor; endorse leadership role in hospital fight

Sackville Town Council is getting involved in the fight to maintain 24-hour emergency services at the town’s hospital. After a 49-minute debate last night at town hall, councillors voted to appoint Mayor Shawn Mesheau and one councillor to participate in … Continue reading

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Critics lambaste Horizon Health and province for weekend ER closures at Sackville hospital

The Horizon Health Network and the provincial government are facing a barrage of criticism for closing weekend evening and overnight emergency services at Sackville Memorial Hospital without any consultations. “I’m disappointed that we were not approached until the last minute,” … Continue reading

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Mt. A. Professor Rima Azar banned from university campus during 7-month suspension

A Mount Allison psychology professor says she’s been banned from the university campus until December 1st when her seven-month suspension without pay is scheduled to end. Rima Azar made the disclosure during a lengthy YouTube interview with Jordan Peterson, the … Continue reading

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Canadians pay highest property taxes among industrial countries, but other taxes are lower

A researcher at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario says Canada has the highest level of property taxes among the 38 industrialized countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). “There is a decision that has … Continue reading

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Sackville re-elects incumbent councillors, delivers mayoralty victory to Shawn Mesheau

Sackville voters have given overwhelming support to incumbent town councillors and a fairly narrow 209 vote mayoralty victory to Councillor Shawn Mesheau over Acting Mayor Ron Aiken. The re-election of Councillors Andrew Black, Allison Butcher, Mike Tower, Bruce Phinney and … Continue reading

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N.B. health minister urged to upgrade Sackville hospital to community health-care hub

A local committee, which includes Acting Mayor Ron Aiken and former Mayors John Higham and Pat Estabrooks, is calling on the provincial minister of health to turn the Sackville Memorial Hospital  into a “community hub” for health care and wellness. … Continue reading

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Free speech advocates question seven month suspension of Mt. A. professor

Two prominent advocates for freedom of expression are questioning why a Mount Allison psychology professor has been suspended without pay for seven months. James Turk, director of the Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University and Toby Mendel of the … Continue reading

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Former Sackville firefighter seeks chance to tell consultants about bullying, harassment & sexism in fire dept.

Former Sackville firefighter Kevin Scott says he needs to speak to the consultants conducting a workplace assessment of the town’s fire department, but has yet to receive an invitation to an interview. “I think they need to know that the … Continue reading

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Sackville mayoralty candidates disagree on disclosing campaign contributions

Sackville mayoralty candidates Ron Aiken and Shawn Mesheau differed today on whether to disclose the names of campaign contributors and how much each gave. “I’ve challenged the other candidates to come forward with details on the financing of their campaigns,” … Continue reading

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