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All N.B. schools closed as fierce storm covers roads with ice |

Snow is expected to turn to rain for most of New Brunswick by Thursday afternoon. (Shane Fowler/CBC) All New Brunswick schools are closed Thursday, with some students having their third snow day this week. A fast-moving system is bringing snow, ice pellets, rain or a mix of all three to all parts of the province. Snow […]

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N.B. convoy donor fighting motion to name him in lawsuit | CBC

A Sussex-area businessperson who was one of the largest financial donors to the Freedom Convoy is asking a court in Ontario to throw out an attempt to sue him for damages. Brad Howland, who gave $75,000 to the convoy that paralyzed downtown Ottawa last winter, is named in a motion to designate him as the […]

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Call from N.B. premier led health authority boss to push

Leaked audio from a dispatch call is offering new insight into how Premier Blaine Higgs pushed the head of Horizon Health Network to personally intervene in the medical treatment of a man who was in a motorcycle crash in Fredericton last summer. In the audio file obtained by CBC News, Margaret Melanson, CEO of Horizon Health, can be […]

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N.B. woman shocked after 88-year-old mother stuck in hospital

Karen Totten says nothing could have prepared her for the pain of seeing her mother Irene MacNeill, 88, ‘stripped of dignity,’ lying in a hospital supply room Thursday. A strung-up bedsheet was all that offered her any privacy and she had to wear sunglasses to shield her eyes from the harsh lights, which couldn’t be […]

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Systemic racism report calls for N.B. task force, not the inquiry

The province’s commissioner of systemic racism is calling for “a task force focused on dismantling systemic racism in New Brunswick policing” and more education for senior government officials and politicians “on the meaning of systemic racism.” But Commissioner Manju Varma’s report stops short of recommending the province call a public inquiry into systemic racism against Indigenous […]

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Survivor of intimate partner violence watches N.B. bill she

In a season of political cynicism, Colette Martin witnessed what felt to her like a legislative miracle on Friday morning.  Martin watched as Lt.-Gov. Brenda Murphy gave royal assent to a bill that might have spared her years of pain and trauma had it been on the books in 1997. “It was the most incredible […]

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COVID-19 outbreaks stretch resources at N.B. nursing homes | CBC

Nursing homes in New Brunswick are still dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks, prompting calls for more protective measures as the holidays approach. At Loch Lomond Villa’s Village home in Saint John, 15 residents are in isolation, said CEO Cindy Donovan. The 100-bed home also had a critical staff shortage due to COVID and other illnesses about two weeks ago, for a 10-day […]

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N.B. radically rethinks French second-language education | CBC

The New Brunswick government has unveiled details of the program that will replace French immersion for new students next fall, a reform that will see all kindergarten and elementary students in anglophone schools spend half their days “in exploratory learning in French.” That’s significantly less than the 80 to 90 per cent French instruction that elementary school […]

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False housing data helped terminate N.B. rent cap | CBC News

An apparent misreading of housing data led Service New Brunswick Minister Jill Green to mistakenly believe new apartment construction in New Brunswick had fallen dramatically in 2022, when in it fact it had increased substantially. The error played a central role in a decision to cancel rent cap protections for tenants for 2023, according to statements […]

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Thousands ‘going to have a voice,’ says mayor, as N.B. residents

It was an election that saw mayors pitted against one another, councils elected for municipalities that never before existed, and thousands given the chance to vote for municipal representatives for the first time. On Monday, 82,976 ballots were cast by New Brunswickers living in areas that will soon make up 50 entirely new or amalgamated municipalities, and 12 rural districts […]