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AFMNB calls on Higgs to implement full municipal reform by 2025

The association representing 50 francophone and bilingual municipalities in New Brunswick is calling on Premier Higgs to follow through on his pledge to reform the fragmented patchwork of local governments in the province. “Municipalities need to play a role at … Continue reading

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Mt. A. expert says Higgs government unlikely to push hard on municipal reform

An expert on municipal government in New Brunswick says the Higgs government risks political suicide if it presses too hard on municipal reform. Geoff Martin, a politics professor at Mount Allison University, says that may be why the commitment to … Continue reading

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Sackville’s acting mayor puzzles over municipal reform plans

Sackville’s acting mayor says it’s hard to tell from yesterday’s Speech from the Throne what the Higgs government has in mind when it comes to municipal reform. “We just want to see what they come up with,” Ron Aiken said … Continue reading

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More questions than answers after public hearing on proposed Sackville slaughterhouse

Monday’s public hearing on the proposal to open a slaughterhouse in the Sackville Industrial Park yielded no information on the cost and financing of the project, the numbers of animals that would be killed there or the volume of truck … Continue reading

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Sackville councillor raises questions about RCMP quarterly reports and opinion surveys

Councillor Shawn Mesheau says he’d like to see the RCMP appearing before council again to explain its quarterly reports on policing in Sackville. “I think it would be really important if the RCMP was actually presenting this report to help break … Continue reading

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Sackville gets help from PR students in drafting new communications plan

Students in the public relations program at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax are helping Sackville come up with a new communications plan. “This is really exciting,” CAO Jamie Burke told town council last night. “Our strategic plan requires us … Continue reading

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Sackville CAO suggests journalists shouldn’t report on special meetings of council

According to Sackville’s chief administrative officer, the town does not want journalists to report full details of what happens during special council meetings usually held on the first Monday of each month. Jamie Burke’s comments came in response to a … Continue reading

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Sackville’s Deputy Mayor defends secret budget sessions, but experts disagree

Deputy Mayor Ron Aiken says he sees nothing wrong with councillors and town managers meeting privately to discuss budget priorities. “We do that every year,” Aiken said today during a telephone interview. “I think we’ve done it every year since … Continue reading

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No money for climate change co-ordinator in 2021 Sackville budget

It appears that the Mayor’s Rountable on Climate Change will not be getting the $25,000 next year that it requested from Sackville Town Council to help hire a full-time, professional co-ordinator. During Monday’s council meeting, CAO Jamie Burke explained why … Continue reading

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Sackville Facebook news site taken over by advocacy group

The Sackville Facebook group that has been a main source for local news and information has been taken over by the director of the Sexual Abuse Network of Canada, an advocacy organization that publishes the names of people convicted of sexual … Continue reading

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Update: Sackville responds to speeding concerns on Pond Shore Rd.

Town Engineer Dwayne Acton says technical problems have been hampering Sackville’s efforts to reduce speeds on Pond Shore Road between Uphill Drive and Mountview Road. In response to a series of questions from Warktimes, Acton e-mailed to say that the town … Continue reading

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