Category Archives: New Brunswick government

Green MLA Megan Mitton says COVID-19 shows need for guaranteed income and crackdown on ‘corporate tax dodgers’

New Brunswick Green Party MLA Megan Mitton says that although the COVID-19 pandemic has created new problems, it has also exposed some that already exist. “Now more than ever there is a need to de-couple labour from income and ensure … Continue reading

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MLA Mitton announces Tantramar task force to help people weather COVID-19 pandemic

Memramcook-Tantramar MLA Megan Mitton has announced the formation of a high-powered task force, the first of its kind in the province, to co-ordinate a response to the COVID-19 pandemic in southeastern New Brunswick. Mitton says the Tantramar COVID-19 Task Force … Continue reading

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Sackville Town Council calls for heads to roll over plan to cut rural hospitals

Sackville Town Council is joining other municipalities in calling on New Brunswick Premier Higgs to fire Ted Flemming, the provincial health minister and to remove Karen McGrath and Gilles Lanteigne, the Chief Executive Officers of the Horizon and Vitalité Health … Continue reading

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Many speakers, many ideas during last week’s meeting on saving health services at Sackville Memorial Hospital

More than 300 people attended last Wednesday’s public meeting at Mount Allison University’s Convocation Hall to discuss plans to fight cuts to medical services at Sackville Memorial Hospital. Many people seemed eager to join in the discussion that followed presentations … Continue reading

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Fort Folly Chief Knockwood and Sackville Mayor Higham to fight cuts to hospital services

Leaders in the Memramcook-Tantramar region are organizing a committee to co-ordinate  the fight against provincial plans to cut overnight emergency room services, day surgeries and acute-care beds at Sackville Memorial Hospital. During a public meeting in Sackville Wednesday night, MLA … Continue reading

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Two stories about healthcare cuts and Horizon CEO Karen McGrath

“I’ve always wanted to be a CEO of a hospital,” Karen McGrath told the Advertiser, the newspaper in the small town of Grand Falls-Windsor as she reminisced in January 2013 about her six years as Chief Executive Officer at Newfoundland and … Continue reading

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Commentary: Community hospitals have ‘a duty to the living’

by Alexander (Sandy) Burnett Horizon Health CEO Karen McGrath seemed perplexed last week. Faced with questions from the public and the press about planned reductions in service at six small-town hospitals across New Brunswick, her standard answer suggested a serious … Continue reading

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Sackville rally hears fight against hospital cuts is not over yet

For the second time in four days, hundreds gathered today outside Sackville Memorial Hospital to oppose cuts to medical services there. Sackville Mayor John Higham told the crowd that Premier Higgs’s announcement last night that the government would not close the … Continue reading

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Horizon CEO says she understands outcry over hospital cuts, but the changes are needed

The President and CEO of the Horizon Health Network says she recognizes that people in small communities and rural areas are upset over the health-care changes announced this week including the closure of overnight emergency rooms starting on March 11. … Continue reading

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‘I will fight with you,’ Mitton promises protesters during rally at Sackville hospital

Hundreds of demonstrators marched Thursday to the Sackville Memorial Hospital to protest against cuts in services announced this week by the Horizon Health Network and the increasingly shaky minority government led by Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs. The demonstrators waved placards … Continue reading

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Sackville hospital cuts an attack on rural people, says local doctor

A family doctor in Sackville says he’s both sad and angry after today’s announcements about extensive cutbacks in patient services at the Sackville Memorial Hospital. Allison Dysart was referring to the elimination of day surgeries and overnight emergency services along … Continue reading

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