Local retiree again passed over for Senate appointment

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Local retiree again passed over for Senate appointment

Saint John — Harold Blanchard is still holding out hope that his absence is making the prime minister’s heart grow fonder. In another shocking personal frustration, the local retiree was passed over again for an appointment to the Senate of Canada late last week. Despite years of public service as a government critic, the Saint John…

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500,000 leave NB after reading Maclean’s article

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New Brunswick — Apparently misery does not always like company. In a historic outmigration, hundreds of thousands of New Brunswickers have suddenly left the province after reading an article in Maclean’s last week called “Can Anything Save New Brunswick?” After digesting the discouraging dissertation on New Brunswick’s demographic, political and language woes, now over a half-million have given up and…

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NB fiddleheads poison President Obama at state dinner

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Washington, D.C. — The red carpet may have been rolled out for Canadians in the U.S. capital late last week week, but some New Brunswick cuisine at Thursday night’s State Dinner has left the guests feeling green. During the multi-course meal, it appears as though an improperly cooked dish damned the dinner and disgusted the diners….

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Trump says no wall on Canadian border, except for New Brunswick 

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Trump says no wall on Canadian border, except for New Brunswick

Saint John — Residents of the southwestern corner of the province are wondering if they will be testing the old saying “Good fences make good neighbours” next year. The leading Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump, said yesterday that there will be no wall along the Canadian border except in one particular case — New…

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Politicians upset over cutbacks to bickering, grandstanding at legislature

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Politicians upset over cutbacks to bickering, grandstanding at legislature

Fredericton — In the Gallant government’s fervour to reduce the size and cost of government, it is also slashing sitting days in the legislative assembly. While some decry this measure as an affront to democracy and a reduction in accountability, some others are OK with fewer opportunities for politicians of both leading parties to bicker…

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Ghomeshi vows to stop punching first, asking questions later

Ghomeshi vows to stop punching first, asking questions laterFrom Shawn on “The Manatee”: Ghomeshi vows to stop punching first, asking questions later

Toronto — As Jian Ghomeshi awaits the March 24 verdict in his sexual assault case, he has broken his silence with both fists. After hearing the evidence provided by New Brunswicker Lucy DeCoutere as well as two other alleged victims, the former CBC broadcaster is admitting some responsibility for the incidents in question. Ghomeshi says…

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Reporters in budget lockup diagnosed with Stockholm syndrome

From Shawn on “The Manatee”: Reporters in budget lockup diagnosed with Stockholm syndrome

Fredericton — Since the release of the Gallant government’s latest budget, some New Brunswick journalists have been praising it in an uncharacteristically biased fashion. After leaving yesterday’s budget lockup briefing, the reporters have been vocally supporting the controversial plan that outlines over $589 million in government cutbacks and tax hikes. “You have to hand it to the government,” said journalist Jan McPorter. “If…

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Budget consultations like terrible game of ‘Would you rather…’

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New Brunswick — As the date of the Feb. 2 provincial budget approaches, it’s becoming apparent that most citizens don’t want to talk about it and prefer to remain in denial about the serious state of the province’s finances. While continuing to whistle past the proverbial graveyard, New Brunswickers are pleading the government to stop playing…

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