Saint John - Lancaster



Doug James is a former local, national and international journalist, best known for his work as a foreign correspondent for CNN, where he covered the first Gulf War, the Palestinian Intifada and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Before joining CNN, he was a correspondent for the CBC flagship current affairs program, The Journal and a reporter covering local and regional politics in Ottawa. Earlier, he was news director and anchor at ATV News in New Brunswick.

Doug grew up in a single-parent home on Lancaster Street in West Saint John, and went to New Albert School and then Voc.  His family has been on the west side for a hundred years and in New Brunswick since 1823.

He has a Masters’ degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and has taught broadcast journalism at the New Brunswick Community College and lectured in Media Law and Ethics at Laurier University.

In addition to his traditional journalism career, Doug also managed the ‘best government website” in the world (International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences) for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care which, at the time, also won the highest award for technological achievement in the Ontario public service.

Today, Doug works as a freelance writer/editor and international voice-over artist.  He is also a prolific blogger, holding politicians to account with sharply-worded commentaries on matters of public interest.  Most recently, he served as a volunteer communications advisor to the West Side Ratepayers Association.


Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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