Category Archives: Social Justice

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Pressure increases on province to rein in payday loans: (JOHN CHILIBECK LEGISLATURE BUREAU – April 10, 2015)

Critics say working poor become trapped in debt cycle because of high interest rates When times were tough, Andrew Mc-Namara had to resort to using a payday loan company to make ends meet. The Fredericton man has a better job now and no longer uses the loan-of-last-resort, but the memory of borrowing $200 and having to pay back more than […]

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Member’s Statement – Autism

Mr. Speaker, the number of children diagnosed with autism every year is on the rise. Current estimates indicate that 1 in 68 children are affected. These children and their families are currently without government funded mental health support to address the anxiety and depression symptoms of autism. Many of these children grow into adults who are forced to live in […]

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Member’s Statement: Rate of autism has been climbing

Mr. Speaker, the rate of autism has been climbing exponentially but services for those on the autism spectrum have not. While New Brunswick provides excellent pre-school services for autistic children, assistance deteriorates through school and vanishes altogether after they leave school.  It is time that we do the right thing and provide much needed services for persons with autism and […]

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Member’s Statement – School closures and Rural Development

Mr. Speaker, it has been decades since any government has had staff dedicated to promoting rural development.  In fact rural community development has not been among government priorities since the 1980s.  The decline in student numbers in rural schools should be seen as an opportunity to strengthen rural communities by utilizing them to provide child care, senior care, early childhood […]

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Speculation of an HST hike rekindled (Telegraph-Journal March 14,2015)

FREDERICTON • The finance minister says the provincial budget on March 31 will be full of difficult decisions, what the Tory Opposition leader describes as code words for one of two things: a sales tax increase or a cynical ploy to delight people if the Liberals don’t impose a widely-expected HST hike. Finance Minister Roger Melanson released the budget date in the […]

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Question Period: Transportation of schoolchildren – Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Transportation of Schoolchildren   Mr. Coon: My question is for the Minister of Education. The Pupil Transportation Regulation of the Education Act requires students who live more than 2.4 km away from school to walk before they are able to take a school bus. This is unacceptable, particularly for children in elementary school, who may be as young as 4 […]

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