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Government wrested control of sexual assault review from police watchdog- CBC News- 5 June, 2017

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Article by Karissa Donkin “There’s something behind the curtain I feel that is leading everyone from the premier to the minister to the department to say we need to keep a lid on this,”– David Coon Police chiefs in New Brunswick were applauded by the provincial government when they announced plans to review unfounded sexual assault cases. But behind the […]

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Province has “two-tier” mental health system: critics. Telegraph-Journal – 3 May 2017

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Article by Tom Bateman & John Chilibeck Photo by Tom Bateman “I am deeply disappointed the plan released today contains no actions to reduce the unbelievably long wait time to access mental health care from a counsellor or a psychiatrist. Those with the financial means are seeking help privately or outside of New Brunswick, creating a two-tier mental health care […]

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MLA alleges discrimination after N.B. mother denied social assistance. CTV – 29 March 2017

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With files from CTV Atlantic’s Laura Brown. “I find this ludicrous and frankly, sexist,” Coon said in the New Brunswick legislature Tuesday. “Can the Minister of Families and Children explain to this house why his department insists knowing the name of the father before providing a single mom and her children with income they need through social assistance so they […]

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Coon goes to bat for single mom who was denied welfare-Telegraph Journal-29 March, 2017

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Article by John Chilibeck Photo by John Chilibeck/Legislature Bureau “It’s private information and, in fact, we’re amending the human rights act in New Brunswick to protect single mothers from discrimination, in terms of family status, and this sounds like discrimination to me.”-David Coon FREDERICTON • A single mom has been denied welfare for refusing to disclose the name of her […]

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(Français) «Clarifier le rôle de député» à l’Assemblée législative

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Par Mathieu Roy-Comeau L’Assemblée législative pourrait adopter un code de déontologie des députés. Les partis politiques ont mis la partisanerie de côté, jeudi, à l’Assemblée législative, pour donner des ailes à une motion du chef du Parti vert. La motion 7 était la troisième tentative de David Coon depuis son élection, en 2014, pour faire adopter un «code de déontologie […]

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Update: No set plan to free up NB hospital beds. Telegraph Journal – 5 March 2017

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John Chilibeck “We know there’s a big issue with seniors staying in hospital beds when they don’t need to be there,” Coon said during a session of the standing committee on estimates. “It’s an expensive thing for us.” FREDERICTON • Diane Robichaud has been waiting nearly two years for her husband Emile to be placed in a nursing home, and […]

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