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Conservative Shelly Mitchell offering ‘change’ to voters in Beauséjour

On a sunny September day, Beauséjour Conservative candidate Shelly Mitchell is contemplating the beauty of Sackville’s Waterfowl Park as she watches dragonflies darting over one of its main ponds. “This kind of environment is exactly what needs to be offered … Continue reading

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People’s Party candidate in Beauséjour says Canada’s future is at stake because of COVID ‘conspiracy’

Jack Minor’s face lights up when he’s asked to describe himself. “Who am I?” the People’s Party candidate in Beauséjour asks with a chuckle before giving a concise, but comprehensive answer. “I’m a carpenter, a pastor, a father, I have four … Continue reading

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NDP candidate Evelyne Godfrey ties racist attack to need for immigration reform and better health care

The federal NDP candidate in Beauséjour riding says a recent racially motivated attack on her campaign car shows that racism is on the rise and some people are feeling threatened by an influx of non-white immigrants since 2015. “I’ve seen … Continue reading

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Sackville says details in consultant’s report on fire dept. woes will not be made public

A consultant’s report on how to fix persistent bullying, harassment and the flouting of safety rules in Sackville Fire & Rescue will remain confidential, according to a statement posted today on the town’s website. “The assessment provides a comprehensive review … Continue reading

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Sackville town staff drop plan to define who is a journalist, but mayor imposes curbs on media questions

Sackville town staff have withdrawn a controversial proposal that would have restricted the definition of journalists “accredited” to cover council meetings. CAO Jamie Burke said staff made the decision after hearing from people opposed to a definition that would have … Continue reading

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Sackville rally and walk to support front-line workers

About three dozen people, many waving yellow solidarity fists, gathered at Sackville Memorial Hospital Saturday before walking down Main Street to the Farmers Market. They were taking part in one of several rallies and walks in New Brunswick to support … Continue reading

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Beware federal voters: Only one poll really counts

In his election night victory speech, Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative leader (now, Premier-designate) Tim Houston gleefully referred to opinion polls in the spring that showed the Liberals with a massive lead. “As recently as the end of May, the pollsters … Continue reading

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Re-elected Cumberland North MLA pledges to work with Nova Scotia’s new gov’t, but won’t seek to re-join PC caucus

Re-elected Independent MLA Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin says she has no immediate plans to try to re-join Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative party which won 31 of the 55 seats in yesterday’s provincial election, enough for a comfortable majority. “Right now, my focus … Continue reading

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NS Election: PC David Wightman battles ‘heavy guns’ in Cumberland North

The Progressive Conservative candidate in Cumberland North says his campaign got off to a slow start in the August 17 Nova Scotia election after his party expelled the sitting MLA, Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin. “There was no Conservative candidate in Cumberland North … Continue reading

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Backgrounder: What Sackville residents want from the RCMP and what they’re paying

Sackville Town Council’s decision to move monthly RCMP briefings back behind closed doors seems doubly ironic from a public relations perspective given results of the latest town survey. According to a graphic posted on the Town of Sackville Facebook page, … Continue reading

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Sackville’s RCMP briefings going back behind closed doors

Sackville Town Council has decided to hear monthly reports from the RCMP behind closed doors again — a return to the private police briefings that had ended in September 2019. Town CAO Jamie Burke responded to a reporter’s question about … Continue reading

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