EXCLUSIVE: What officials said privately when shelter storm hit city

Katrina Clarke | May 2, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Bishop’s Court housed the emergency shelter. Photo: Katrina Clarke/Brunswick News

City officials quietly scrambled to find a solution when an emergency homeless shelter in Fredericton couldn’t immediately open its doors last fall, emails obtained by the Daily Gleaner show.

The emails – sent between City of Fredericton staff, councillors and homelessness advocates working on the shelter initiative – show some councillors felt they’d lost control of messaging and were concerned about optics in the days after a Community Action Group on Homelessness (CAGH) announced the shelter couldn’t open, blaming the city for the delay.

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INVESTIGATION: No vaccination rules for N.B. teachers

Katrina Clarke | April 29, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Education Minister Dominic Cardy. Photo: Brunswick News. 

Teachers in New Brunswick don’t need to be vaccinated and there is no central tracking of their vaccination records.

That could be about to change.

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development spokesperson John McNeil confirmed in an email earlier this month that the department doesn’t track teacher vaccinations and that teachers aren’t required to be up to date with vaccinations. On April 17, Education Minister Dominic Cardy said he’ll wait until the province knows more about student immunization rates before he looks at teachers – but he didn’t rule out requiring vaccinations or tracking vaccinations for teachers.

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‘An asset, not a life sentence’

Katrina Clarke | April 29, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Samantha Robichaud stands on her flooded Fredericton street in April. Photo: Katrina Clarke/The Daily Gleaner

Samantha Robichaud says she doesn’t want to go back to her McMinniman Court home – and she doesn’t want to pass it on to the next “victim.”

Instead, she thinks the province should buy out her home – and her neighbours’ too.

Robichaud is one of the thousand-odd New Brunswickers who’ve been forced from their homes ​​​this spring due to flooding. And with this year’s flooding a near-repeat of last year’s so-called once-in-a-generation flood, Robichaud is tired of seeing her home fill with water, only to be emptied out, renovated, and have the same thing happen again 12 months later.

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Standing their ground: ‘It’s just part of the community thing to do’

Katrina Clarke | April 27, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Maugerville resident Markus Harvey. Photo: Submitted.

When natural disaster strikes, Markus Harvey stays.

Why?

“It’s just part of the community thing to do,” said Harvey, a life-long Maugerville resident. “I’m able to [stay], so I do.”

The reasons why people stay in their homes and communities during a natural disaster are varied and largely dependent on individual circumstances, the threat the disaster poses and messaging from officials, said Cara Cuite, a research psychologist who studies risk communication and is an assistant professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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Cardy to school districts – vaccine order isn’t ‘optional’

Katrina Clarke | April 17, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Education Minister Dominic Cardy. Photo: Brunswick News. 

Days after the education minister issued a directive to school districts to start following provincial legislation on vaccination, one district says it hasn’t been given any new marching orders.

Another says it won’t follow it.

But Education Minister Dominic Cardy says all districts know about the directive and that it’s “not optional.”

Last Thursday, Cardy said he’d issued an order to all school districts: start following provincial policy and legislation that states superintendents are responsible for excluding students who don’t show proof of vaccination, or who don’t provide exemptions.

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Dad to province: Thanks for listening

Katrina Clarke | April 12, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Sam Smith, left, with his dad, Clark Smith, and sister, Sally. Photo: Bruce Hallihan/Brunswick News.

A Fredericton father of a 12-year-old cancer survivor is hailing a government directive that school districts must follow provincial vaccination legislation as a “step in the right direction.

But Clark Smith added that it’s “shameful” that it wasn’t already being enforced.

Smith made his remarks after a day after Education Minister Dominic Cardy ordered school districts to start suspending students who don’t provide proof of vaccination, in accordance with legislation and vaccination policies. An ongoing Daily Gleaner investigation revealed that superintendents are not excluding students despite the Education Act stating they should not be admitted into school unless they prove they are fully vaccinated, or provide valid exemptions.

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INVESTIGATION: Why suspending kids who don’t have vaccine proof works

Katrina Clarke | April 13, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Dominic Cardy is New Brunswick’s education minister. Photo: Brunswick News.

In Ontario, when students don’t provide proof of vaccination – or provide forms exempting them from vaccinations – they’re suspended.

That doesn’t happen in New Brunswick.

Ontario and New Brunswick being the only two provinces in Canada with legislation requiring students to be fully vaccinated – or have valid vaccination exemptions – against a slew of vaccine-preventable diseases before entering school. In Ontario, public health bodies issue suspension letters to students who don’t show proof they’ve followed the law. New Brunswick districts have said they don’t suspend students, even though the province says they could.

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INVESTIGATION: Cardy orders districts to follow vaccination rules

Katrina Clarke | April 11, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

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Education Minister Dominic Cardy. Photo: Brunswick News. 

Education Minister Dominic Cardy says he’s issued a directive to school superintendents to start suspending students who haven’t shown proof they’re fully vaccinated, or haven’t submitted an exemption.

The directive comes following a Daily Gleaner investigation into New Brunswick school vaccination rates, immunization policies and penalties for students who fail to show proof of vaccination. The investigation revealed school districts don’t exclude students who fail to prove they are fully vaccinated, or who fail to hand in exemption forms, despite legislation stating they should.

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‘Vulnerable, not by choice’; Mom of kid battling cancer says thought of unvaccinated classmates makes class ‘scary’

Katrina Clarke | April 9, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

In Terry-Lynn Gray’s ideal world, unvaccinated children would be banned from school.

Why? Her four-year-old son Greyson has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy, meaning he is immuno-compromised. So despite being as fully vaccinated as he can be for his age and medical condition, if he comes into contact with someone who’s contracted an illness such as measles, he could die.

Gray’s comments come as a Daily Gleaner investigation revealed at least five New Brunswick school districts don’t exclude students from school who fail to prove they are fully vaccinated -or who don’t provide proof of a medical exemption or written statement explaining the objection to vaccines -despite provincial policy and legislation stating they should be excluded. Nearly one in four New Brunswick kindergartners did not provide proof of being fully immunized in 2017/2018, the investigation revealed.

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INVESTIGATION: No proof they’re vaccinated, but children stay in school

Katrina Clarke | April 6, 2019 | The Daily Gleaner

Nearly one in four New Brunswick students entering kindergarten last year did not provide proof of being fully vaccinated, according to statistics from the Department of Health.

But in at least six school districts, no students were excluded from school as a result – a step provincial policy implies should happen.

What happened in the other district remains a mystery.

The Public Health Act requires students entering school for the first time to show either proof of immunization or provide a medical exemption or written statement. The written statement includes a parent’s “objections for reasons of conscience or religious belief,” according to the Education Act.

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