Category Archives: Strong Communities

Fixing the Economy, Starts Here at Home


In my last commentary, I wrote about the priority the Green Party places on increasing the local production of goods and services to replace imports, as a means to create work and lasting prosperity right here at home. This Monday, two important studies were released which illustrate the potential of import replacement as an effectives strategy for economic development. New […]

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Sparking Economic Development by Substituting Local Production for Imports


When we hear the old-time political parties arguing about the economy, it seems to have precious little to do with the economy in which we participate every day. Think of the locally-owned hardware store, pharmacy, child care centre, farmers’ market, grocery store, gym, barber, hairdresser, taxi service, brew pub, appliance repair service, restaurant, theatre, or art gallery. All of these […]

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An Update from your MLA


Spring is almost within reach! I am sure everyone is looking forward to saying good-bye to this roller coaster of a winter. I have heard plenty from Fredericton seniors about the difficulty in navigating our sidewalks, and from both seniors and students about the interminable long waits for cabs. I passed both concerns on to the mayor during our most […]

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Age Friendly Communities


New Brunswick seniors represent 16% of our population. Over the next 20 years, Statistics Canada forecasts the province’s population will age faster than the rest of Canada. Baby Boomers reaching age 65, youth out-migration, declining birth rates and longer life expectancy are among the factors contributing to this growth. New Brunswick communities and the provincial government must determine how to […]

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Towards An Age Friendly Fredericton


As social work students from St. Thomas University, we are conducting a research project on Age Friendly Cities in conjunction with David Coon’s Constituency Office. An Age Friendly City builds community and creates connections to enable every age group to participate in the community, have access to services, and be safe doing both. An Age Friendly Fredericton would allow residents […]

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