Colin McPhail


Colin McPhail is a web writer with CBC New Brunswick. He is based in Fredericton. You can reach him at

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Class-action lawsuit launched over alleged negligence at Restigouche Hospital Centre

A new class-action lawsuit on behalf of patients at the Restigouche Hospital Centre is seeking $500 million in damages for “historic negligence” at the psychiatric facility in Campbellton, N.B., dating back to the 1950s.

Stanton Friedman, famed UFO researcher, dead at 84

A nuclear physicist by training, Stanton Friedman had devoted his life to researching and investigating UFOs since the late 1960s. He was credited with bringing the 1947 Roswell Incident back into the mainstream conversation.

Son at a loss for answers after Caraquet senior with stage 4 bedsore dies

Steven Hawkins is still searching for answers and seeking accountability in the death of his mother. Lola Chiasson Hawkins, 82, died in April after being bedridden in hospital for 14 months and developing with a horrific bedsore.

New Brunswick 'turning a corner' on flooding as St. John River recedes

The worst of the spring flood is in the rear-view mirror, but officials are still cautioning New Brunswickers against the hazards that high and contaminated water can bring.

St. John River could stay above flood stage for days, EMO warns

People living near the St. John River in and south of Fredericton are being warned that water levels could rise again in the coming days and remain above flood stage into next week.

Labour problem persists in north, but this time it's about a lack of people

The Restigouche economy is diversifying, shifting from a handful of massive employers, and the county that was synonymous with a lack of employment is facing a labour shortage. But who’s going to fill it?

Village mayor fights to give school on the chopping block a 2nd act

Tide Head School’s days are numbered. The tiny K-5 school in northern New Brunswick is expected to close this year, pending ministerial approval, after a unanimous district educational council vote in January.

How a regional recreation dream became Campbellton's financial albatross

Campbellton is crumbling under the financial weight of its Memorial Regional Civic Centre, and it’s on the hunt for regional help at a time when funding partners are few and far between.

North-south tension rises as leaders fear losing troubled youth mental health centre

The damning report into the crisis of care at a provincial psychiatric hospital in Campbellton has thrown the future of the near-complete youth annex in doubt as calls mount to move the centre south.

Tory budget expands financial aid for post-secondary education

The New Brunswick government is reviving a popular tax credit and expanding access to free tuition as it reshapes financial assistance programs for post-secondary education, Finance Minister Ernie Steeves announced Tuesday.

Here are 7 nuggets from the provincial budget to start your day

New Brunswick’s debt was the main talking point from Tuesday’s provincial budget announcement, but here are some other newsworthy items to consider.

Students would reap rewards if arts weren't 'an optional thing', new report says

Sweeping changes to K-12 arts education in New Brunswick are needed to improve an outdated and under-resourced system, according to a new report by ArtsLink NB.

The legend of Mr. C: How one man built New Brunswick's badminton dynasty

It’s Thursday afternoon, school’s out for the day, and the Canterbury High School gym is filled with the sounds of squeaking sneakers and rackets swatting birdies. What might be the premier high school badminton team in New Brunswick is back at it.

New Brunswick NDP faces an uncertain future after years of leadership instability

When New Brunswick returns to the polls for the next provincial election — whenever that is — a new face will once again be leading the New Democrats.

Breast density campaign helps spur change in province, ripples across Canada

Prior to the September provincial election, Quispamsis resident Kathy Kaufield started an online campaign in hopes party leaders would pledge to ensure New Brunswick women are informed about their breast density and the associated cancer risks.