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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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Sackville councillors debate who should be recognized as a journalist covering town council

Sackville councillors debated a proposed addition to a town bylaw Tuesday night that defines the “press” as “an individual reporting on behalf of an accredited media outlet including print, radio and television.” The definition says that those who write for … Continue reading

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NS Election: NDP candidate Lauren Skabar pushes for higher minimum wage, permanent rent controls

Lauren Skabar says she’s been involved with the New Democratic Party for as long as she can remember. “I would go with my parents to different events and different debates, [and] I’ve been a card-carrying member since I was 14, … Continue reading

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NS Election: Liberal Bill Casey promises to fight for Cumberland’s special needs

Former federal Member of Parliament Bill Casey says he’s running for the provincial Liberals in the August 17th Nova Scotia election mainly because officials in Halifax do not recognize the special needs of an area that borders on a neighbouring … Continue reading

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NS Election: Independent candidate pledges to keep fighting for the people of Cumberland North

Political observers across the Maritime provinces are watching the riding of Cumberland North as Nova Scotians head to the polls in a provincial election on August 17th. Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin is running for re-election in the riding as an independent candidate … Continue reading

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Sackville seeks to maintain independence, rejects municipal amalgamation in letter to province

The Town of Sackville has formally rejected municipal amalgamation with nearby communities in the Tantramar region. In a letter to Daniel Allain, the provincial minister responsible for municipal reform, Sackville recommends retaining its independent status as “a new kind of … Continue reading

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