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Premier Higgs examines options after CUPE strike impacts New Brunswick health care

Oct 30 2021 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's Premier said he would be using the next 24 hours to explore his options for ending a strike by thousands of unionized provincial workers after the job action impacted health care services on Saturday.  Blaine Higgs said a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Fredericton was cancelled, and COVID-19 screeners were not available […]

N.B. nursing home unions seek $4-an-hour wage hike to address labour shortages

Sep 27 2021 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions is calling on the provincial government to increase wages for workers in long-term care homes in an effort to address a "crippling" staffing shortage that they say is leaving seniors with inadequate care. Council president Sharon Teare told reporters Monday her group's proposed $4-an-hour wage […]

Indigenous youth in New Brunswick need more mental health support: report

Sep 14 2021 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — A report on youth suicide prevention in New Brunswick Indigenous communities is calling for provincial legislation that would recognize and support Indigenous languages and for more mental health funding. The report released Tuesday called "No Child Left Behind" makes 13 recommendations — or calls to action — to address the challenges faced by […]

New Brunswick taking measures after 122 new cases of COVID-19 over weekend

Sep 13 2021 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 122 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, and Premier Blaine Higgs says new measures may be required to motivate more people to get vaccinated. There are now 229 active cases in the province and 11 people are hospitalized, including nine in intensive care. Chief medical officer […]

N.B. back-to-school plan requires vaccination for school staff or regular testing

Aug 20 2021 — Kevin Bissett — FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's back-to-school plan ends classroom bubbles for kindergarten to Grade 8 and requires all school and district staff to be vaccinated or subject to regular testing, Education Minister Dominic Cardy said Friday. Vaccination for students 12 and older is strongly encouraged, he added. "New variants come from people who are not vaccinated," […]