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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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Sackville mayor condemns ‘systemic racism’ and pledges ‘solidarity’ in the fight to defeat it

Mayor John Higham took the unusual step of delivering a brief statement condemning what he termed “systemic racism” at the opening of Monday night’s Sackville Town Council meeting held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “This has been a particularly … Continue reading

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Sackville Town Council to vote on $9,700 donation for palliative-care hospice in Moncton

At its meeting on Monday, Sackville Town Council will be discussing whether to contribute $9,700 to a new $5 million hospice in Moncton that will care for the dying in southeastern New Brunswick. Construction of the 10-bed hospice, which will … Continue reading

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Sackville councillors expected to OK $16K sea containers for fire training

Sackville’s 43 firefighters will likely have a new state-of-the-art training facility by the end of the year. At its next meeting on Monday, Sackville Town Council is expected to approve a $16,560 expenditure to buy four, 40-foot shipping containers that … Continue reading

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Hundreds gather in Sackville for anti-racism vigil

Nearly 300 people gathered outside Sackville’s main post office today as part of a silent vigil to protest against racism. Participants were responding to an invitation on Facebook yesterday from former Sackville poet laureate Marilyn Lerch who wrote: “I would like … Continue reading

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Sackville ponders economic recovery fund to help local business weather COVID-19

Sackville’s Chief Administrative Officer says local business owners are talking with the town about establishing an economic recovery fund to help them cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. During Monday night’s online town council meeting, Jamie Burke said … Continue reading

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