Colin McPhail


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

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Wellness Branch not being eliminated following reports of cuts, says province

Two politicians familiar with the situation told CBC News the province plans to eliminate the government branch that has a sprawling mandate to promote healthy living. The government now says that's not the case.

Fredericton will lock out outside workers after union delivers strike notice

Fredericton’s outside workers delivered a 24-hour strike notice at 4 p.m.Thursday after negotiations between the union and the city failed.

Saint John aquatic centre is the latest city asset up for sale

The Canada Games Aquatic Centre is the latest municipal asset the City of Saint John is prepared to sell if the right bid comes along.

Moncton RCMP evacuate houses during drug investigation

Codiac RCMP have blocked off a section of Drummond Street in Moncton as officers conduct an “ongoing drug investigation,” according to a police spokesperson.

Saint John seeking private operator interested in taking over TD Station

The City of Saint John NB is prepared to hear from private operators interested in purchasing or leasing TD Station.

At a perilous time for North Atlantic right whales, their poop is coveted

In most professions, the discovery of feces on the job would be rather upsetting. But to North Atlantic right whale researchers, it’s a gift.

Days-old North Atlantic right whale already injured by propeller, NOAA says

North Atlantic right whale researchers were thrilled to find out a fourth new calf had been spotted this year.

Cardy denies report suggesting New Brunswick is scrapping French immersion program

Education Minister Dominic Cardy has denied a report the New Brunswick government is considering abandoning the provincial French immersion program.

'A natural storyteller': Atlantic theatre icon Walter Learning dies at 81

Walter Learning, a heavyweight in Canadian theatre and the founder of Theatre New Brunswick, has died.

It's getting easier being Green and other takeaways from the election polls data

Green Party members in New Brunswick hope their counterparts across Canada take note after successful provincial and federal elections.

Man in custody after armed standoff with police in north Saint John

A man was taken into custody following an armed standoff with Saint John police Monday that led to the closure of several north-end streets.

New Brunswick wants to ditch province's Cannabis NB for private pot retailer

Finance Minister Ernie Steeves announced Thursday the province issued a request for proposals for a single, private operator to “undertake the operation, distribution and sales of recreational cannabis in New Brunswick.”

Road construction hurting business? Federation says municipalities should help

It’s an annual certainty on par with death and taxes: municipal roadwork projects will create havoc and reduce access to some businesses.

Thousands will be without power overnight after wind storm pounds province

Thousands of NB Power customers are still in the dark Friday evening after waking up without electricity as strong winds and heavy rain battered the province and brought trees down on power lines. 

Beer will be sold in New Brunswick grocery stores beginning Thursday

It’s no trick. Beer will be sold in New Brunswick grocery stores beginning Thursday on Halloween.