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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

9 / 29 / 2022

September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Previously observed as Orange Shirt Day, this is the second year it will be observed as a federal statutory holiday and the first as a provincial holiday.Orange Shirt Day is the legacy of Phyllis (Jack) Webstad and the St. Joseph Mission Residential School Commemoration Project and Reunion as a way to commemorate the residential school experience. It’s a way to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and...

Health before wealth

9 / 23 / 2022

Picture this: You’re on a boat, it has a hole in it and is taking on water.You have two options.Option one: you could repair the hole and stop the boat from sinking.Option two: you could hire someone to come and poke more holes in the boat.It’s hard to imagine anyone not choosing the first option. The second one doesn’t make any sense and would only make the problem worse. The only one who benefits is the company getting paid to...

How tax fairness measures get watered down

9 / 12 / 2022

The current federal government has promised to make the tax system fairer, but what is being implemented doesn't match what was promised. Several measures that sounded like major steps towards tax fairness when they were announced have had relatively little impact in practice. Recently, Canadians for Tax Fairness released an analysis of two of these measures – a proposed surtax on finance company profits above $1 billion and the Canada Recovery Dividend. The analysis is useful for showing why Canadians aren’t...

What Higgs can do besides peddling privatization

8 / 24 / 2022

The Premier of New Brunswick, Blaine Higgs, said he isn’t ruling out more private sector health care as an option for the province.New Brunswick health care is suffering due to lack of resources, both in terms of those working in the system and financial. While improvements can be made and are sorely needed, privatization is not the answer.The following is a list of things the Premier should be doing rather than advocating for profits over people:• What works in other...

Doiron remembered as caring and compassionate

8 / 22 / 2022

The New Brunswick Union (NBU) has lost one of its most dedicated and caring members with the passing of Barbara Doiron.Barb had recently retired from her position at the Carleton-Kirk Lodge Nursing Home in Saint John after a long career. On top of caring for the residents, Barb was passionate about her colleagues rights and served many roles in the union culminating in representing private sector members on the Board of Directors of the NBU.A tribute from her coworkers contained...

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