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Seeking Proposals for Website and Database Development

Thursday, 18 January 2018
by Annika Chiasson
The NBEN is seeking proposals for:

1. Updated look for Our Website
2. On-line interactive Risks & Benefits Calculator (plus Appendix)

Proposals are due January 29, 2018.

National Spotlight on Moncton

Monday, 27 November 2017
by Raissa Marks
The NBEN is pleased to be the local host partner for EconoUs 2018, the annual conference of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, which is coming to Moncton in September 2018.
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With a focus on green community economic development, EconoUs 2018 will feature leading speakers, engaging sessions, and tailored networking opportunities about People (inclusive communities), Planet (sustainable environments), and Economy (local prosperity) and how these things, together, create an economy that works for all.Who or what should be included in the agenda?  Let the planning committee know here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V2QXMY2

News From Groups

Media release: SSNB seeks info on spraying costs to taxpayer

Tuesday, 06 February 2018
by Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy
MEDIA RELEASE

SSNB files request for spraying costs
Fredericton – Feb. 5

Today, Stop Spraying New Brunswick, Inc. (SSNB) filed an official request seeking to learn how much the taxpayer pays to have forestry companies spray glyphosate-based herbicides on Crown forests.

It’s important for the public to know how much they are subsidizing big forestry companies,” stated Vern Faulkner, a director with the non-profit advocacy group. The Right to Information and Privacy Protection Act request, better known as a freedom of information request, asks for total costs spent in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

In 2015, the Auditor-General filed an official report where she revealed the government spent approximately of $2 million each year to fund glyphosate-based herbicide spraying on Crown forests.

This support given to private forestry amounted to $2.05 million in 2009, $1.92 million in 2010, $2.25 million in 2011, and $2.09 million in 2012.

Many of the supporters of SSNB believe the province, by allowing the application of glyphosate on Crown forests, has not done enough to protect the environment. This view is supported by a growing number of peer-reviewed scientific studies, but SSNB also wishes to highlight the costs the taxpayer incurs.

Simply put, the government spends taxpayer’s money supporting private forestry company activity on public land,” said Faulkner. “It’s a subsidy, nothing less, and the voter – as we approach an election – should know how much we’re paying.”

The government now has 30 days to respond to the Right to Information and Privacy Protection Act request.
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Source for financial claims: 2015 Auditor-General’s report, volume 2, p. 127

Matrix & SAA Fresh Water Restoration Workshop

Thursday, 01 February 2018
by Don Alexander
           Understanding / Fresh Water Habitat / Watercourse / Restoration Workshop

                      Irving Center Bouctouche NB February 22nd, 2018 09:00 to 15:30

Morning Session

 1) Introduction
 2) Why do we do habitat/watercourse restoration?
 3) How do we implement a habitat/watercourse restoration project?
 4) What are our expected outcomes of a habitat/watercourse restoration project?
 5) How do we know if habitat/watercourse restoration projects are successful?

Afternoon Session

 1) What creates aquatic habitat?
 2) What are river processes?
 3) How are river processes applied to a habitat/watercourse restoration project?
 4) Why is understanding river processes important to habitat/watercourse restoration project?
 5) Regulators/Funders Responsibilities
 6) Who is the most important client?

Please contact dkalex@xplornet.ca if you would like to attend.

Nature Moncton March Meeting

Monday, 29 January 2018
by Nature Moncton
​Nature Moncton March Meeting.
Date: March 20, 2018.
Time: 7:00pm.
Location: Mapleton Park Rotary Lodge (across from Cabela’s)
Speaker: Laura Tranquilla.

Wetlands provide a vast array of ecosystem services. Unfortunately, wetlands have been rapidly declining in number, size, and quality throughout North America. Those that remain are threatened by pollution, filling, draining, and other human impacts. Many marsh-dependent species have been affected, and are in need of monitoring, protection, and recovery efforts.
In Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, conservation organizations have secured and stewarded close to 940,000 hectares of wetland habitat! However, valuation of wetland conservation in terms of hectares says little about the biodiversity and functions these wetlands provide. To fill this gap, Bird Studies Canada, with support from partners, launched the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program in 2012.
Join Bird Studies Canada Atlantic Program Manager, Laura Tranquilla as she talks about the Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program’s efforts to date, directions for the future, and ways to participate.

For more information on Bird Studies Canada’s Maritimes Marsh Monitoring Program please visit: http://www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/acmmp/

Green Jobs

Summer job: Nature Interpreter at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park

Wednesday, 17 January 2018
by Rebecca
The Opportunity

The Wetland Centre at Shubenacadie Provincial Park delivers a number of wildlife-themed educational programs and special events through an operating partnership between the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited Canada.  Both DNR and DUC also deliver educational and stewardship programs to audiences throughout Nova Scotia, through the Project Webfoot, Wetland Centres of Excellence, HRSB EXCEL, and other programs. The Nature Interpreter will deliver educational activities and events at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park and assist with programs at other locations. Reporting to the DUC Education Specialist and working closely with DNR Interpretive staff, responsibilities may include:
  • Delivering educational programming at the Wetland Centre
  • Traveling to various wetland sites in Nova Scotia to deliver outdoor field trips
  • Assisting with various wetland education activities and events
  • Sitting on planning or other committee meetings to help plan or review programs as needed
  • Compiling feedback of education programs
  • Assisting with the maintenance of public interpretive trails
  • Assisting with the care of small animals (such as aquatic insects and reptiles)
  • Assisting with Wetland Centre upkeep, gift shop preparation, or other administrative tasks as needed
 Details
  • Expected term of employment is 10-16 weeks (pending funding), beginning in early May 2018
  • Salary is $13.00-$14.00/hr based on a 35-hour week
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.

Qualifications

This interpretive position requires some knowledge of wildlife biology, wetland ecosystems, environmental management, or similar theory, and a strong background in outreach and/or education. Experience or schooling in environmental outreach or education would be considered an asset. Other qualifications include:
  • Eligible for Canada Summer Jobs (Registration as a full-time post-secondary student with intention to return full-time studies in the fall, and between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of job commencement)
  • Possession of valid First Aid and CPR training
  • Completion of a vulnerable sector check (to be filed before commencing duties)
  • Experience working with youth and/or the public and a good energy and aptitude for busy outdoor work
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors, wildlife, and conservation
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Knowledge of wildlife/wetland management, DNR, or DUC operations is an asset
  • Bilingualism is a strong asset (English and French, or English and another language)
  • Aboriginal youth (including Metis, Inuit, and Non-Status youth) and youth of visible minorities are encouraged to apply and identify themselves in their application. Experience working with First Nations, knowledge of First Nations histories or contexts, especially in an environmental or education capacity is an asset.
How to Apply
If you are qualified and interested in this opportunity, please submit (email preferred) your cover letter, résumé, and the names of three references for confidential consideration by March 12th, 2018 to the attention of:

Rebecca Parker, Education Specialist

Ducks Unlimited Canada, Shubenacadie, NS
Ph: 902-758-4541   Email: r_parker@ducks.ca

While DUC would like to thank all applicants, only candidates considered for an interview will be contacted.

Administrative Coordinator Canadian Rivers Institute UNB Fredericton

Tuesday, 16 January 2018
by
http://www.unb.ca/hr/_resources/php/print-support-staff-posting.php?theid=YZ2jpg%3D%3D 

Support Staff Employment Opportunity

Administrative Coordinator

Canadian Rivers Institute UNB Fredericton


Competition #: #124-17.18 Closing Date: January 19, 2018 4:30PM
Employment Group: P.T.S.U. Salary or Rate: $35,858 - $44,824 Per Hour
Employment Date:(tentative) As soon as possible Hours per Week: Full-Time (36.25 HPW)
Position Length:(tentative) 2 Year Term Funding: External Funding

Function

The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI), founded in 2001 and hosted at the University of New Brunswick, is a network of 24 Science Director located at 16 institutes across Canada and internationally. CRI Science Directors and their networks of research associates, graduate student, and staff support governments, businesses and communities in making smart, evidence-based decisions through high-impact research.

 The CRI requires services of an Administrative Coordinator that will oversee the coordination of its 8 committees, over 50 agreements with service providers and funders, annual events and activities and the day to day operations of the institute.
Representative Responsibilities
·    Oversee the scheduling, organizing, and recording of over 8 committees. This includes preparing meeting agenda and all documents, ensure decisions are coordinated amongst committees, track and follow-up with decision and action items, develop work plans/budgets/policies, and address membership and external stakeholders requests.·    Develop partnership and service provider agreements. Ensure the appropriate service provider addresses requests from membership and external stakeholders, oversee the financial and administrative process for contracts, and gathering information required for the development of reports.·    Oversee the coordination of annual CRI events/activities. Coordinate the communications of the events/activities and communicate with appropriate administrative staff of the host institute where the event/activity is held.·    Assist with the production of the annual report.·    Respond to general inquiries via email, social media and telephone, and refer specific requests to the appropriate CRI member.·    Oversee the upkeep of the contact management database.·    Responsible for purchase order and invoicing.·    Update and maintain the CRI Standard Operating Procedures manual.·    Assist with preparation and submission of funding proposals and associated reports.·    Coordinate hiring process, ensure the training and supervision of co-op students and interns.·    Oversee the filing of CRI personal files.·    Oversee CRI’s office and merchandise inventory.
Requirements
·    Degree in Business Administration. A combination of training and experience may be considered.·    5 years of experience coordinating and overseeing multiple boards and/or committees. 3 years of experience with database management and overseeing staff and/or contracts/MoUs and partnership agreements.·    Experience in coordinating research institutes or departments of academic institutions is an asset.·    Demonstrated attention to detail, exceptional organizational skills, and excellent verbal and written communications skills.·    Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.·    Exceptional people and telephone skills demonstrating discretion, tact and judgement.·    Proven ability to meet deadlines and provide quick reaction to requests.·    Experience in general bookkeeping, and in budget and financial report development is a significant asset.·    General experience in annual events organizing and in annual report production ·    Significant experience with Microsoft software (word, excel, mail) in Apple environment, scheduling software, virtual meeting software, contacts management software.·    Experience in social media and website management is an asset. 

** To be given consideration for this competition, you must demonstrate how, when and where you acquired the requirements outlined for this position. Your resume must present education and work experience in chronological order, with work experience detailed in both months and years, and whether it was part-time or full-time**

APPLY ONLINE

For more information, please contact:UNB Fredericton
Human Resources Room 102
Physics & Admin. Building
Fax: 506-453-4611UNB Saint John
Financial & Admin. Services
Room 114/115, Oland Hall
Fax: 506-648-5714

Upcoming Events


Nature Moncton February Meeting
Tue, Feb 20th, 2018
Moncton

Film: We Carry Each Others Memories
Wed, Feb 21st, 2018
Fredericton,

Atelier de fabrication de nichoirs pour les hirondelles bicolores
Wed, Feb 21st, 2018
Cap-Pelé

Action Alerts

Conserve Our NB

Friday, 09 February 2018
by Nature Trust of New Brunswick

For countless generations, people in New Brunswick have cherished the wildlife and beauty of their natural surroundings. We have adopted many deeply rooted outdoor traditions that take us to the rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, and coastlines of our beautiful province in all seasons of the year. Help protect the wild places that you love so that your family, children, and grandchildren will be able to enjoy them forever.

Over 95% of New Brunswick is currently unprotected and open to exploitation that could harm wildlife and damage the natural beauty of our province, and we need to act now to change that.

Through the Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada has signed on to conserve 17% of land and freshwater by 2020.  As Canadians, it is our shared responsibility to hold the government accountable to achieving this target. The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is urging you to speak out to your provincial representatives to declare your support for increased land conservation in the province, and encourage them to set set their own conservation goals for the province and develop an action plan to achieve these goalsThrough Pathway to Canada Target 1, an Indigenous Circle of Experts (ICE) has been identified to ensure all elements of the initiative are guided by Indigenous experts across Canada, which should be reflected in New Brunswick’s efforts as well.

A vast majority of Canadians agree that protecting the environment is one of the most important issues currently facing our country. In a recent national conservation survey, 87% of Canadians support increasing the amount of natural areas protected from development, including at national parks. Join the growing movement of people who are speaking out in support of land conservation.

We’ve made it easy for you to take action! It takes less than a minute with our online template to send a letter to your local MLA. To learn more about what you can do to support land conservation, download the Conserve Our NB toolkit.  

Printable pledge link: http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Conserve-Our-NB-Pledge.pdf  Please help by joining the movement and collecting signatures from your corner of the province to show support for increased land and freshwater protection in NB. 

Please return pledge sheets with original signatures to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick office.
Next Deadline: March 13, 2018

By mail:
P.O. Box 603 Station A,
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A6 

In person: 404 Queen St. 3rd floor,
Fredericton, NB

Have your say on Draft Water Strategy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
by Conservation Council of New Brunswick
A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.