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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Moncton man shot dead after altercation with police: RCMP

Codiac RCMP responded to a call for assistance on Somerset Drive around 2 p.m. and encountered a man with a weapon who threatened the officers, said Staff-Sgt. André Pepin.

'Just give me back my son': St. Stephen mom pleads for closure in homicide case

Amanda Frigault has been living in a waking nightmare for two years since her son, Brayden Thibault, vanished. She hasn’t seen or heard a trace of him, just “terrible rumours” and scant details from investigators.

St. Stephen teen's 2017 disappearance being investigated as homicide, RCMP say

New Brunswick RCMP are treating the 2017 disappearance of Brayden Thibault as a homicide and will start a search for his remains.

Cyanobacteria confirmed as cause of dog's sudden death after swim in St. John River

Cyanobacteria caused the death of a young dog that went swimming in the St. John River earlier this month, the province’s chief veterinarian confirmed.

New Fredericton Transit on-board cams, Wi-Fi raise privacy concerns

Fredericton Transit has introduced on-board cameras and free Wi-Fi on three buses this week — a pilot project the city says will improve transit services and, ultimately, rider experience.

Partner of man killed in ATV crash on Base Gagetown wants to know why ambulance was delayed

The partner of an Oromocto First Nation man who died after a collision between the all-terrain vehicle he was driving and a military pickup truck on Base Gagetown is questioning why the emergency response was delayed.

Fredericton filmmaker gets boost with Talent to Watch selection

After nearly a decade of making short films, Ryan O’Toole is in the early stages of development on his first feature-length project after his selection to a national program supporting emerging filmmakers.

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.

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.