2015

December 22 - Minimum Wage Increase : Good News Press Release

December 10 - Increase in the price of food: Bad news for everybody, even more for three categories of citizens Press release

November 30 - Privatization of government services and poverty Press release

 

2014

November 11 - Open letter to Brian Gallant asking him to open the debate on the future of economic development in our province and not just listen to voices like Frank McKenna and Donald Savoie. Open letter. 

November 4 - 
Hunger Count 2014- Still to many citizens using food banks in NB. Since 2008, there has been a constant increase in NB citizens using food banks. Read the news release.

October 8 -
 Cathy Rogers, MLA for Moncton South, has been chosen as the new minister for Social Development. A very good choice for citizens living in poverty. News release. Electoral promises.

September 4 - 
Election NB- 2014 - Anything but an Aggressive Poverty Reduction Strategy. News release.

June 20 -
Elections 2014 : Is Poverty Reduction a priority for political parties? Four of the five provincial parties answered the NB Common Front questionnaire on the proposals to reduce poverty. Some said they would include their proposals in their electoral Platform. News release(modified). Questionnaire. Summary-responses. Complete answers: Conservative Party.  Liberal Party. NDP. Green Party.

May 20 -
A missed opportunity-New Five-Year Poverty Reduciton Plan. The Economic and Social Inclusion new five-year plan has been unveiled but there are not a lot of concrete measurable actions proposed. The common Front for Social Justice considers that it was time for bold new ideas but we don't find it in the document. New release.

September 16
- Provincial Elections 2014 - News Conference: What each political party is proposing to reduce poverty. News Conference text. Document on each proposal.

May 9 - The New Brunswick minimum wage should be $10.30 an hour in 2014. ‘’Workers at minimum wage last had an increase in April 2012. Since then, they have lost purchasing power because of inflation. If we want them to keesays Rod Hill, Professor of Economics at the University of New Brunswick in a report on the Minimum Wage in New Brunswick prepared for the Common Front for Social Justicep the same purchasing power as they had then, they need a $0.30 increase this year.’’ News release. Report.

May 5 - 
New Brunswick Injured Workers will lose with Bill 73. The Alward's government change to the Appeal Tribunal for injured workers is a step backward. The Common Front for Social Justice has sent an open letter to Jody Carr, Minister for Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour explaining why. News release. Letter. Read our presentation.

March 5
- International Women's Day. Working women, those on social assistance and on pensions, represent some of the faces describing the feminization of poverty in New Brunswick. Women are overrepresented among the close to one in seven citizens that struggle daily with poverty in this province. New release,Summary, Report.

2013

December 20 - Limited revenue? If yes, where to shop? The Common Front for Social Justice has investigated for you. Read the results. News release. Report. Details for each store. 

November 7 -
Employment Insurance National Joint Statement. Community and Labour groups across Canada signed a Joint Statement asking Stephen Harper to cancel the cuts to EI. National Joint Statement.Signatories.

October 13 - 
Provincial Election 2014 : Poverty as an electoral issue. The NB Common Front for Social Justice has launched a one-year campaign to make Poverty one of the key issue in the September 2014 election. Read the News releases. Political Parties Electoral Platform-2010. Action Plan 2013-2014.

September 20 - 
Workers' Compensation Changes. The Provincial government wants to modify the Workers' Compensation Legislation. The NB Common Front for Social Justice has made a presentation before the committee studying the changes. News release. Executive Summary.

August 26 - 
Poverty Consultations. Poverty Reduction Plan - Questions that needs answers. Read the news release.

June 19 -
 Analysis of the Poverty Reduction Progress Report. “The best test to evaluate the work done by the Economic and Social Inclusion Plan is to answer the question "Did it really reduce poverty?” says Ms. Linda McCaustlin, co-chair of the NB Common Front for Social Justice (CFSJ). Read the News release. Graph: Where the money went.

March 8 -
International Women's Day - Employment Insurance. There are black clouds over women' head because of changes to Employment Insurance. Letter to New Brusnwick MP's.

January 17 - 
Employment Insurance-Letter to Bernard Valcourt, MP. Read the letter.

January 7 -
NB Tax Reductions - Who profited? Read the Report by Economist Rod Hill.Read the Open Letter by 13 Economists.

Workers' Compensation

The Alward government wants to modify the Workers' Compensation Act. The New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice presented a brief to the committee. New release

2012

October 30-24.8% in food banks frequentation in NB since 2008
September 21- Letter to David Alward on Provincial Bus Services
September 18-Letter to David Alward on Employment Insurance
September 9 -Eighty-six percent (86%) of all investments made in one year by Invest NB, 86% were for payroll rebates
June 4, 2012 –
open letter to the Hon. Steven Harper
March 17, 2012 - 
To N.B. financial planners: daylight saving time is here! - Auréa Cormier
March 7, 2012
- The demise of the Advisory Council: one year later- Times & Transcript
March 1, 2012 - Helping poor will boost N.B. revenues – activist - The Daily Gleaner
March 1, 2012 – Negotiations with dental society – open letter to Premier David Alward
February 17, 2012
- Government out of touch with New Brunswickers, poll says - CUPE NB
January 24, 2012 - Negotiations with New Brunswick Dental Society - Open letter to Minister Sue Stultz
January 11, 2012
- Pre-­Budget consultations: Thousands of taxpayers cut-­off by Mr. Higgs
FROM WORDS TO ACTION – open letter to Hon. David Alward


2011

December 1, 2011 - Open letter to Minister Martine Coulombe
November 3, 2011
  - Special Minimum Wage for Servers Earning Tips
November 2, 2011 - Food Banks Canada's HUNGER COUNT 2011 Confirms a Continued Increase in Food Bank Usage in New Brunswick
September 27, 2011 - Poverty costs New Brunswickers $2 billion dollars per year, news release of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives
September 13, 2011 - Open letter to the minister of Social Development
July 20, 2011
- The CFSJ is shocked by Minister Coulombe's decision on minimum wage
June 2011 - Two-tier minimum wage - Letter to the minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
May 30, 2011
- A Plate Left Empty: The Common Front for Social Justice is officially launching their campaign
March 23, 2011 - Provincial budget puts nothing in the plates of the poor
February 11, 2011 - Working poor is an issue but don't ask us to do anything about it, go see the provincial government
January 29, 2011 - Poverty – 2011 Version - Jean-Claude Basque
January 29, 2011 - 
Change government's culture - Jean-Claude Basque
January 29, 2011
- Share the pain, Mr. Premier, Telegraph Journal, January 29, 2011
January 20, 2011 - Budgets are about making political decisions that will have a lasting effect on all citizens
January 19, 2011 - Report slams tax cuts as 'unsustainable', Telegraph Journal, January 19, 2011

2010

December 10, 2010 - We are very happy to hear from Minister Stultz that the welfare rates are going to be increased
November 19, 2010 - To end poverty, guarantee everyone in Canada $20,000 a year. But are you willing to trust the poor?, Globe and Mail, November 19, 2010
November 17, 2010 - The new government of David Alward should immediately increase revenues for people who are living on social assistance
October 18, 2010 - Poverty summit wraps up in Moncton, Times & Transcript, October 18, 2010
October 13, 2010 - Third Summit on Poverty
October 6, 2010 - Document for the Press Conference
September 9, 2010 - Members of the CFSJ have asked each of the political parties to tell them what would be in their electoral platform to reduce poverty in N.B.
August 25, 2010 - Kelly Lamrock is attacking New Brunswickers on certified disability with his changes in delivering their yearly supplement
June 29, 2010 - “At least four areas of New Brunswick won't have any representatives of people living in poverty on the new Board of Directors of the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation”
June 1, 2010 - Exhibits depicts social injustice, Times & Transcript, June 1, 2010
May 13, 2010 - Press Conference
May 4, 2010 - Nomination of the President and of the Vice Presidents of the Economic and Social Inclusion Board
April 21, 2010 - "Food banks should only be a temporary alternative to an inadequate social safety net"
April 7, 2010 - "There has to be real representation of people currently living in poverty, the process has to be open and language of service needs to be included in the new proposed Bill 39, Economic and Social Inclusion Act"
March 3, 2010 - These are the faces of poverty and social injustices in New Brunswick - for The Daily Gleaner
February 18, 2010
- Lamrock advocating two-tier system
January 14, 2010 - Greater Moncton area citizens mobilizing against the sale of NB Power
January 2, 2010 - The proposed increases in Minimum wage is good news

2009

November 30, 2009 - Common Front has solutions for reducing poverty, M. Lamrock
November 2009 - 37,000 poor New Brunswickers left out of provincial budget
November 27, 2009 - Three Sad Stories: Social Development policies need major overhaul and the Minister of Social Development Kelly Lamrock has to move from words to action
November 24, 2009 - Child poverty unacceptable after 20 years
October 21, 2009 - Make Roundtable sessions document available to the public - Open letter to Shawn Graham
June 11, 2009 - 
Letter to the editor: Court Social Workers Must be Reinstated. Joannie LeBlanc
June 5, 2009 - 
Letter to the editor: Economic Unit. Jean-Claude Basque
May 27, 2009
- Key Solutions to Reduce Poverty in New Brunswick
April 30, 2009 - Graham breaks his social assistance promise
March 27, 2009 - The Sad Side of Victor Boudreau's Budget, Open letter from Auréa Cormier, Provincial Council Member, CFSJ, published in the Telegraph Journal
March 9, 2009 - 
Open Letter to Shawn Graham: Heating Costs
March 2009
- People living in poverty are ounce again left out by this Liberal government
February 3, 2009 - Open letter to Shawn Graham re: Poverty and Social Assistance
February 2009
- Common Front Art Exhibit -Moncton exhibit highlights struggle with poverty, Times & Transcript, February 13, 2009
February 2009 - CFSJ Valentines Day Press Release
January 2009 - The timing is not right to reduce taxes
January 2009 - Proposed increase to Minimum Wage a step in the right direction

2008

November 20, 2008 - Letter in Reaction to "Poverty Reduction Plan,"
November 2008
- Press Release in Reaction to "Poverty Reduction Plan"
October 2008 - CFSJ Press Conference, October 30, 2008 - Photos
October 2008 - Press Release on the 2nd Summit on Poverty
October 2008 - The PC candidates in NB seem to take poverty with a grain of salt
September 2008 - People at the lower end of the income scale had nothing to rejoice about today
June 2008 - The Common Front for Social Justice is planning its 2nd Provincial Poverty Summit for October 17 and 18, 2008
June 2008 - Real meaningful consultations or a public relations exercise?
June 2008 - Tax Reform by Janice Harvey
June 2008 - The proposed changes to our tax system will hurt workers, citizens on fixed income and those living in poverty
June 2008 - Tax reform: Shifting the burden from rich to poor by Janice Harvey
February 2008 - Are the people living in poverty not part of this province?
January 2008 - Press Release on Pre-Budget Consultations

2007

October 2007 - No Difference between the previous and current government in fighting poverty
October 2007 - United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
October 2007 - Social assistance : a life of misery for many
June 2007 - A 5000-stitch Scarf
February 2007 - The next Provincial budget needs to have $25 million in real new money in it to help people on Socail Assistance
January 2007 - Poor people live in anguish with no heating oil; it is unacceptable that Shawn Graham's government lets social assistance recipients in the cold this winter

2004

December 2004 - The situation is more than intolerable : more than 150,000 NB citizens make a plea for change
December 2004 - Thousands of Social Solidarity Contracts to the NB Legislature
December 2004 - Thanks Mr. Lord, but it is not enough
November 2004 - Optimistism after meeting two provincial ministers
October 2004 - Launching of the Social Solidarity Contract campaign, our Web Site, and the Orange Ribbon by the Common Front for Social Justice
June 2004 - Poverty is received little attention during the election campaign. Only the NPD and the Green Party propose solutions to poverty

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