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October 24, 2013 Accounts

Was the fix in for Mi'kmaq Warriors at Elsipogtog?

Signs point to some having prior knowledge October 17th was 'take down' day

May 3, 2010 Agriculture

Cranberry Co-operative Goes Big in Rogersville

Ocean Spray to take over 3,400 hectares in New Brunswick

November 6, 2009 Health

Sprayed Kedgwick Women Fight Back

Herbicide use set to increase in New Brunswick

August 26, 2009 Original Peoples

"Pack Up and Get Out"

Why the Tobique First Nation took control of their territory’s hydro dam

June 8, 2009 Weblog:

Irving Refinery Blues

Irving Refinery Blues

Please forgive me-- this may end up seeming like a rant in places, for I simply must get some things off my chest. I hope my prediction that it will make sense by the end is true.

I am a strong proponent of the idea that hitchhiking is simply one of the greatest forms of grassroots journalism. When you enter a new place, the odds are quite high that you are traveling with a local. If this is the case, then you will become immediately armed with “insider” information to which there is little match. The sorts of things I am often lucky to learn, in any case, would certainly not be told in any tourist information booth.

I woke up today in Riviere Du Loup, in Eastern Québec. I made a cold instant coffee and ate some granola bars before wandering across the highway to seek rides further East. I managed three rides fairly easily, each of them pleasant and warm, no hassles and even interesting tangents of separate activity here and there. But what I need to rant about was the ranting of my last ride of the day, a man named Doug who picked me up when I was but one ride from here-- Saint John, New Brunswick.

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May 7, 2009 Ideas

Political and Chemical Blowback

How the Canadian government poisoned rural New Brunswick

October 27, 2008 Weblog:

Only Non-Irving Owned Newspaper in New Brunswick Goes Under

A press release issued by the Carleton Free Press, less than a year after the small paper began circulation in northern New Brunswick:

Carleton Free Press suspends publication

Citing the downturn in the economy and inability to compete with a chain that has cut its advertising and subscription prices to the bone for the next year, the Carleton FreePress today announced it is suspending publication.

Today’s paper will be the last.

“We have tried everything,” said publisher Ken Langdon. “Our staff has been heroic, right down to the last person. We’ve got a good paper. We’ve earned a place in the fabric of Carleton County, but in the end we simply cannot compete with Irvings’ financial power.

“Brunswick News can afford to drop a few million dollars here to get the Bugle-Observer’s monopoly back and the Irving chain’s manager is willing to do what it takes here to discourage any others who might take heart from our success to compete in other New Brunswick markets,”

Langdon said three factors converged in the last few weeks to create insurmountable problems for the paper. One was the market crash and the fallout on the local economy. The other was the cost of adding a second paper on Fridays, which the FreePress felt it had to do to compete. The third was a Bugle-Observer announcement that it was cutting its ad prices in half for the next year and it’s per issue price from $1.25 to 25 cents. (This week it offered a year-long special buy at 29 per cent of its regular ad rate.)

“The last few weeks have been harrowing,” said Langdon. “We have wracked our brains to find a way to save the paper but we can’t alter the numbers.

“Big bucks have prevailed.”

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October 31, 2007 Weblog:

Irvings under fire in NB

Is New Brunswick finally getting tired of having one company own all of its newspapers?

With a new paper starting up and the Conservatives saying that the media monopoly needs to be looked into, NB might just be on the verge of doing something about its little problem.

August 11, 2007 Canadian News

Whitewashing Agent Orange

Green Party Leader decries CANTOX Report

July 6, 2007 Environment

Uranium rising

Plan to mine radioactive ore generates controversy in Moncton, New Brunwick

February 5, 2007 Accounts

Support the Troops or Support the War?

In Afghanistan, it might be difficult to do both

October 10, 2006 Accounts

New Brunswick's New Business

NBWeapons_fp.jpgChris Arsenault spends an afternoon at an arms convention with some nice folks.

An afternoon at an arms convention with some nice folks

July 13, 2006 Canadian News

Minimal Improvement

coins_fp.jpgChris Arsenault interviews professor Thom Workman about the minimal minimum wage hike in New Brunswick and its impacts.

Minimum wage hike in New Brunswick is still not enough professor says

July 6, 2006 Canadian News

Uncertain Futures

waitingroom_fp.jpgGaining access to publicly funded abortions in New Brunswick has never been easy. Chris Arsenault discovers it's now more difficult than ever.

Gaining access to publicly funded abortions is not easy in New Brunswick

June 17, 2006 Labour

Business Without Boundaries

Atlantica1_fp.jpgBusiness leaders in Atlantic Canada say they've found an answer to the region's economic woes. Atlantic Canadians wish somebody would ask them. Hillary Bain Lindsay investigates.

New initiative hopes to make Atlantic Canada an 'epi-centre' of international trade

June 1, 2006 Canadian News

No White Is Illegal?

Fredericton_fp.jpgFredericton police are accused of racism after arrests at a "No One Is Illegal" march. Chris Arsenault investigates.

Fredericton police are accused of racism after arrests at "No One Is Illegal" march

May 29, 2006 Original Peoples

The Indian Act's Corrupt

tobiqueriver_fp.jpgKim Peterson finds the People of Tobique First Nation resisting corruption, and tracing the problem back to the Indian Act.

Resisting the roots of corruption in Tobique First Nations

April 17, 2006 Canadian News

Coal Comfort

cerrejon13_fp.jpgChris Arsenault investigates what people are supporting in Colombia when they pay their power bill in New Brunswick.

What are New Brunswickers supporting when they pay their power bill?

March 27, 2006 Food

Against the Grain

wheat_fp.jpgHillary Bain Lindsay discovers a flour mill in rural New Brunswick that is nourishing the local economy by ensuring that Maritimers eat local.

Speerville's bioregional ethic supports local economies

March 24, 2005 Environment

Forbidden Film

forbidden_forest_fp.jpg Hillary Lindsay talks to Director Kevin Matthews about his latest documentary, Forbidden Forest

Multinational corporations and New Brunswick's forests

November 6, 2004 Environment

Sacrificing Belledune

Environmental groups, officials disagree about the impact of a proposed hazardous waste dump in Belledune, New Brunswick. Hillary Lindsay listens to their accounts.

New Brunswick community to host 100,000 tonnes of toxic soil

December 22, 2003 Arts

Proffessor Undressor

Sumi-E Experiment (2003)
Many of today's most acclaimed electronica albums are recorded in the cramped bedrooms of computer-literate music nerds. Meanwhile journalists have invented the curious genre of "laptop music" to describe the trend.
- by Matt Brennan -

Sumi-E Experiment (2003)

November 10, 2003 Features

Freedom of the Press is for Those Who Own One

irving_fp.jpgThe Irving Media Monopoly in New Brunswick

Living in New Brunswick where all of the English language daily papers are owned by one company means that there is very little variety in the type of news that is available to New Brunswick readers. We face classic problems of monopoly media ownership in which homogeneity and a narrow range of opinion are common features of the news media.

- by Erin Steuter -

The Irving Media Monopoly in New Brunswick

August 8, 2003 Arts

Sound Art on the Rise in Sackville, N. B.

Canadian radio is like loveless sex. It's predictable, unimaginative and over in five minutes. With the exception of campus and community stations, we don't expect Canadian contemporary radio to broadcast sound art. It just doesn't fit into the rigidly formatted program schedule of the CBC, and it certainly isn't safe enough for commercial radio.
- by Janna Graham -

May 17, 2003 Environment

Whose Forests?

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The transformation of public forests into clear-cuts and tree farms is nothing new in Canada. A government guarantee to corporations that this will continue to be the case is new. Provincial governments in both New Brunswick and British Columbia are considering policies that would effectively eliminate the public's control of public lands and place it in the hands of the forest industry. The stage is set for corporations to make a grab for control of Crown forests. According to the Supreme Court of Canada, Crown lands are held in trust by the federal and provincial governments for the benefit of all people, including those not yet born. - by Hillary Lindsay -

Maintaining habitats, establishing protected areas or community forests and protecting watersheds could require that government compensate corporations, if new agreements are signed.

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