Category Archives: New Brunswick politics

Rally-goers tell Higgs: ‘Stop messing with our hospital’

About 250 people attended a noon-time rally today to protest against cuts to services at Sackville Memorial Hospital. “We love our hospital and we love our community,” former Hospital Foundation Chair Elaine Smith told the rally. She had what she … Continue reading

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Town councillors give Horizon CEO an earful re cuts to Sackville Memorial Hospital

Sackville town councillors expressed anger, frustration and disbelief last night as they spoke publicly online with senior managers of the Horizon Health Network. “What we are seeing is the death of our community, the death of our university and it … Continue reading

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Sackville to merge with Dorchester & LSDs in sweeping municipal reform plan

The New Brunswick government has announced municipal reform plans that would drastically reduce the number of local government entities in the province from 340 to 90, with a new total of 78 municipalities and 12 rural districts. Under the plan, … Continue reading

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Labour leaders support CUPE strikers in Sackville; province imposes emergency order to end health-care strike

Three visiting labour leaders joined the CUPE picket line today in Sackville to show support for the 22,000 public sector workers across New Brunswick who went on strike last Friday. Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union … Continue reading

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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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Critics lambaste Horizon Health and province for weekend ER closures at Sackville hospital

The Horizon Health Network and the provincial government are facing a barrage of criticism for closing weekend evening and overnight emergency services at Sackville Memorial Hospital without any consultations. “I’m disappointed that we were not approached until the last minute,” … Continue reading

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N.B. health minister urged to upgrade Sackville hospital to community health-care hub

A local committee, which includes Acting Mayor Ron Aiken and former Mayors John Higham and Pat Estabrooks, is calling on the provincial minister of health to turn the Sackville Memorial Hospital  into a “community hub” for health care and wellness. … Continue reading

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Sackville mayoralty candidates disagree on disclosing campaign contributions

Sackville mayoralty candidates Ron Aiken and Shawn Mesheau differed today on whether to disclose the names of campaign contributors and how much each gave. “I’ve challenged the other candidates to come forward with details on the financing of their campaigns,” … Continue reading

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Mitton sharply critical of Elections NB investigation into ‘voter suppression tactics’ involving Mt. A. students

MLA Megan Mitton is criticizing the results of an investigation into the harassment, hostility, threats and intimidation dozens of Mount Allison University students faced as they tried to vote at Sackville’s Civic Centre on September 14th, the day of the … Continue reading

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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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