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  • Our Consumer Society is Eating us Out of House and Home

    Posted by · April 22, 2022 8:54 AM

    By David Coon

    Earth Day, in its original iteration in the United States, was a call to political action.  Citizens in large numbers organized events to pressure their political leaders to create laws to cut pollution and stop the extinction of species. In Canada, the first Earth Day was quietly marked by people doing their civic duty to pick up litter.  

    Litter clean-ups continue to this day because it gives one a sense of achievement, counted in the number of garbage bags you fill and the tidy look to the roadside or shorefront you traversed. I well know the sense of satisfaction that comes from helping to beautify your community. It, however, does nothing to reduce our footprint on the Earth.

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  • Rapid tests need to be easily accessible for all New Brunswickers

    Posted by · April 12, 2022 4:44 PM

    FREDERICTON – David Coon, the NB Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South, and Megan Mitton, the Green Party’s Health Critic and MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar, are calling on the Higgs government to make rapid tests available to all New Brunswickers ahead of the Easter long weekend.

    “We know from experience that long weekends are followed by an uptick in COVID cases,” said Coon. “New Brunswickers want to have peace of mind that they won’t be putting elderly or immunocompromised family members at risk by visiting them this long weekend.”

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  • Higgs budget fails to deliver the transformative action that NB needs

    Posted by · March 27, 2022 7:30 AM

    On Friday morning, I delivered my official response to the budget

    The Higgs government presented a budget of small measures when we need bold ideas and policies that launch us down the road to transformative change in health care, in energy production and use, in transportation, and in housing.

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  • Your Green candidate for the Miramichi Bay-Neguac by-elections

    Posted by · March 18, 2022 2:00 PM

    We have been talking about the upcoming by-elections since the fall and finally we have the exciting news you have been waiting for!  

    We are thrilled to announce that Chad Duplessie is running to be the 4th Green MLA elected to the New Brunswick Legislature.

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  • Government must treat public Transportation as an essential public service

    Posted by · March 14, 2022 2:00 PM

    FREDERICTON – With gas prices nearing $2 per litre, Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon says it’s time for the Higgs government to recognize public transportation as an essential public service and invest carbon tax revenue to ensure it is widely accessible.

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  • Government must hire dedicated hospitalists to ease pressure on family doctors

    Posted by · March 01, 2022 10:00 AM

    FREDERICTON – With news that a family physician has left New Brunswick because she was unable to work in the hospital, Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon is reiterating his call for the provincial government to fund Horizon and Vitalité to hire dedicated hospitalists to provide care in hospitals.  

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  • Minister Holland needs to help New Brunswickers afford heating costs

    Posted by · February 25, 2022 11:30 AM

    FREDERICTON – According to Auditor General Paul Martin, almost 40 percent of New Brunswick households cannot afford their heating costs.  He found they are unable to access NB Power’s energy efficiency saving programs because government has failed to make good on its commitment to provide financing.  

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  • Energy efficiency responsibility needs to be returned to an independent agency

    Posted by · February 24, 2022 1:00 PM

    FREDERICTON – The Auditor General report released this morning found that NB Power’s energy saving programs are difficult to access by low and moderate-income households despite 37% of New Brunswick households experiencing energy poverty, where they spend more than 6% of their income on energy. NB Power has slashed its energy saving targets and failed to implement government’s commitments on energy efficiency contained in the Climate Action Plan.

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  • Premier Higgs needs protect most vulnerable as he removes COVID restrictions

    Posted by · February 16, 2022 9:00 AM

    FREDERICTON – As Premier Higgs relaxes COVID-19 measures for the general population, NB Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon says he must put in place a plan that will protect those most vulnerable to serious illness, hospitalizations and death.

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  • Tracadie Firing Range should be co-managed by the local community in partnership with the M’ikmaq Nation

    Posted by · February 02, 2022 3:00 PM

    FREDERICTON - New Brunswick Green Party Leader and MLA for Fredericton South David Coon says the 18,000 hectares of forest and rivers of the former Tracadie Firing Range should be co-managed by the local community in partnership with the M’ikmaq Nation.  

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