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Marketing plan tells Sackville to sell itself to its residents before appealing to outsiders

A comprehensive, draft marketing plan, more than 50 pages long, suggests that in spite of its many strengths, the town of Sackville has high hurdles to overcome in selling itself as a desirable place to visit, live and invest. According … Continue reading

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Sappyfest seeks town’s help in using Sackville’s tallest building as a giant video screen

The Sappyfest arts and music festival is planning an “onside the box” event on August 1st using Sackville’s tallest building as a giant, outdoor projection screen from 9 p.m. to midnight. Sappyfest Treasurer Jeff MacKinnon says that COVID-19 restrictions have … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors say no to $80k dog park

Sackville Town Council has scrapped plans for an $80,000 dog park in Beech Hill Park. At their meeting tonight, councillors came to a consensus that the project should be put off for at least year if not longer. Deputy Mayor … Continue reading

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Sackville mayor calls for health summit as Horizon CEO says rural hospital cuts are still needed

Sackville Mayor John Higham is speaking out again after Horizon Health CEO Karen McGrath said cuts to services at six rural hospitals, including Sackville’s, are still needed. During the regional health authority’s board meeting last week, McGrath seemed determined to … Continue reading

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Mt. A. lays off workers anticipating millions in losses because of COVID-19

Mount Allison President Jean-Paul Boudreau says the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including an anticipated drop in student enrollment, will result in a substantial shortfall in university revenues. “It will be in the millions, it will be less than $10 … Continue reading

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Backgrounder: Police review may have implications for Sackville

The federal government has launched a review of the RCMP’s role in regional and municipal policing in light of concerns that the demands of its policing contracts in the provinces and territories may be overstraining the force and reducing its … Continue reading

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Future still uncertain for Sackville Tribune-Post and Amherst News

The Saltwire Network says it is assessing the future of its weekly newspapers in Atlantic Canada including the Sackville Tribune-Post and the Amherst News after announcing the permanent layoff of 109 employees yesterday. The company, which also owns daily papers in Halifax, Charlottetown, … Continue reading

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Sackville’s finances OK despite COVID-19, but town council reluctant to invest in Economic Recovery Fund

It appears that Sackville is doing better financially during the COVID-19 pandemic than other New Brunswick municipalities. Sackville Treasurer Michael Beal says that so far, the town is $132,500 under budget with savings outweighing losses in revenue. “Overall, I see … Continue reading

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Hundreds march to Sackville Town Hall for anti-racism rally

About 250 protesters marched along Sackville’s Main Street on Friday to the town hall where they held an anti-racism rally and knelt in silence for eight minutes in memory of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who was killed by … Continue reading

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Sackville councillor raises concerns over re-opening playground and beach at Lillas Fawcett Park

Sackville Councillor Shawn Mesheau has expressed concern about the town’s re-opening of the natural playground and the beach at Lillas Fawcett Park with plans for student lifeguards to be on duty beginning July 1st. “On a good day in the … Continue reading

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High marks to Sackville fire, garbage and parks services in residents’ survey, but lower ones for tourism initiatives, roads and police

The results are in and there is good news and bad for the town of Sackville in its latest annual residents’ survey. Overall, 81% of the 259 people who responded to the online survey during February and March were satisfied … Continue reading

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