Can anything save New Brunswick?

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An elderly man walks through Saint John, N.B’s empty downtown on Sunday morning, March 6, 2016. (Photograph by Darren Calabrese )

The province’s economy is in free fall, it has more deaths than births and an ugly language war to rival Quebec’s

An elderly man walks through Saint John, N.B’s empty downtown on Sunday morning, March 6, 2016. (Photograph by Darren Calabrese )
An elderly man walks through Saint John, N.B’s empty downtown on Sunday morning, March 6, 2016. (Photograph by Darren Calabrese )

Katherine McDonnell, aged 104, moved to the Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home in Miramichi, N.B., four months ago. She was born in Rogersville, a mostly francophone town 50 km south of where she sits now, and lived most her life in nearby Nelson, in a home overlooking the river. She’d still be there were it not for an accident. “I fell on the floor and never walked again,” she says, chuckling in her wheelchair. She and her husband, John Dolan, had three children; a great-grandmother several times over, she has outlived John by a quarter-century and counting.

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