Category Archives: New Brunswick government

NB Greens gearing up for next provincial election, Coon says

New Brunswick Green leader David Coon says his party has already begun planning for the 2024 provincial election. “One of the things we have to do a better job at communicating across the province is why we are distinct from … Continue reading

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Higgs government lacks will to solve housing crisis, Greens say

Local Green MLA Megan Mitton says she’s afraid the housing crisis in Sackville and across New Brunswick is only going to get worse because the Higgs government lacks the will to fix it. “We see what’s happened on King Street … Continue reading

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Sackville residents protest against forced amalgamation: ‘This is not democratic, this is authoritarian’

About 14 Sackville residents showed up today for a second rally at town hall to protest against the forced amalgamation of the town with Dorchester and three local service districts. “I’m participating in the rally because I believe in democracy,” … Continue reading

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Looks like Sackville residents will have little say over their new local government

Residents of Sackville, Dorchester and their surrounding communities will have little or no say in the composition of their new municipal council if the province sticks to its timeline for local government reform. Plans call for initial decisions on the … Continue reading

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Expert says New Brunswick is following its tradition of ‘heavy-handed’ municipal reform

A professor of  local government at Dalhousie University says New Brunswick’s latest municipal reforms are in keeping with past ones including the sweeping changes imposed in 1967 as part of the Equal Opportunity program. “There tends to be a top-down, … Continue reading

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Higgs government gives another big push to municipal reform bill

The comprehensive bill that would drastically restructure local government in New Brunswick could become law as early as next week. The provincial legislature voted 26 to 18 today to limit the remaining time to consider Bill 82 making it all … Continue reading

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Horizon closing beds at Sackville Memorial Hospital

The Horizon Health Network has notified community leaders that it is temporarily closing all of its short-term beds at the Sackville Memorial Hospital. In an e-mail sent yesterday, Horizon said that patients who require acute-care beds will be transferred to … Continue reading

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NB government moves to limit debate on municipal reform bill

In a move that some opposition MLAs called a “gag order,” the Higgs government is seeking to restrict the time for debate so that it can pass its municipal reform bill by Christmas. Bill Hogan, chair of the PC caucus, … Continue reading

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LSD association president condemns NB municipal reform plan as undemocratic

The Higgs government’s plan for municipal reform is coming under fire from a group that represents nearly a third of the province’s population and more than 80% of its land area. Jules Bosse, president of the Association of Local Service … Continue reading

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Mt. A. prof questions provincial motives for municipal reform

A Mount Allison politics professor says he wonders about some of the reasons behind the Higgs government’s plans for municipal reform. Geoff Martin, who specializes in the study of local governments, explains that the province may be seeking to transfer … Continue reading

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Experts urge ‘go-slow’ approach on municipal reform in New Brunswick

Researchers at Western University in Ontario say New Brunswick could achieve municipal reform without resorting to forced amalgamations such as requiring Sackville to merge with surrounding local service districts and the village of Dorchester. In a paper published last May, … Continue reading

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