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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

65 forced from homes after Irving Oil butane leak in Saint John

Thursday, 11 January 2018
by Jon MacNeill

A leak of a highly-flammable gas at Irving Oil’s operations forced roughly 65 people from their homes in an east Saint John neighbourhood on Monday, Jan. 8.

The CBC reported on the butane leak at Irving Oil’s Saint John East Terminal after the company announced on Twitter that it had discovered the rupture during “routine testing.”

As of Wednesday morning, the residents from roughly 30 homes over four streets still could not return home.

Irving says it doesn’t know what caused the rupture in the pipe, which runs from the east terminal to the Irving Oil refinery, nor when it started or how much of the gas was released.

Butane is a colourless, highly-flammable gas that, if inhaled, can cause nausea, asphyxia (oxygen deprivation causing unconsciousness, suffocation or death) and arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat).

Kelsey Fillmore, a resident of the affected neighbourhood, told CBC that she and her husband could smell a “nauseating” odour as early as Friday, Jan. 5.

“I guess my big concern about that is, if it’s been leaking for a few days, how come alarms haven’t been going off since then?” Fillmore told CBC.

Emergency crews are looking into a possible connection between the smell and the leak.

A spokesperson for the Department of Energy told CBC it’s too soon to say whether Irving Oil will face charges for the leak.

The Saint John Fire Department announced the leak had been stopped during a morning media briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Clean-up of the liquid butane spill at 350 Bayside Dr. is still underway. The major east Saint John artery remains closed to all traffic between the Courtenay Bay Causeway and Red Head Road.

#MyNatureNB voting now open | Vote publique pour #MaNatureNB maintenant ouvert

Wednesday, 03 January 2018
by Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Nature NB
Today until Jan. 19 we are putting the vote to you! We visited five beautiful places in New Brunswick as part of our #MyNatureNB photo and storytelling contest, now we need your help to choose your favourite!!

Visit http://www.naturenb.ca/mynaturenb-photo-and-storytelling-c…/ and vote for the video/photo/story you like the best. You can vote once per day!!This project was funded by the Government of Canada*****************
D’aujourd’hui jusqu’au 19 janvier nous vous demandons de voter! Nous avons visité cinq endroits magnifiques au Nouveau-Brunswick comme partie de notre concours de photos et d’histoires #MaNatureNB, et nous avons maintenant besoin de votre aide afin de choisir le lieu gagnant!Visitez http://www.naturenb.ca/manaturenb-concours/ et votez pour le vidéo/ la photo /l’histoire que vous préférez. Vous pouvez voter une fois par jour !!Ce projet a été financé par le Gouvernement du Canada.

Conservation Council statement on provincial water protection strategy

Friday, 22 December 2017
by Jon MacNeill
Attention News Editors: Lois Corbett, Executive Director, released the following statement with respect to today’s announcement about a provincial water strategy:

“The provincial water strategy released today includes short-term and long-term actions that demonstrate what can happen when citizens and groups like the Conservation Council speak up for clean water.

Introducing a new water protection act over the next two years — legislation that will both make watershed protection action plans mandatory and legally enforceable and set science-based water quality standards — is a big move, and a smart one.

The commitment to develop a coastal protection regulation over the next few months that would protect wetlands, estuaries and important coastal habitat like eelgrass stands out for me, and it is an important step to protect towns and villages all along the Northumberland Strait.

Adding a recreational water monitoring program for all provincial parks — slated to be ready for summer 2018 — will protect young and old swimmers who cool off in our favourite places like Parlee Beach and the Mactaquac headpond.

With this strategy, New Brunswick is one step closer to having the modern protections we need to ensure the health of our communities and waters, including our beloved beaches, rivers, lakes, streams, bays, wetlands and drinking water supplies.”

The development of the provincial water strategy was informed by recommendations from the Technical Working Group on Watershed Management. Lois Corbett participated in the working group since its formation in 2017.Recommended links:

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
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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

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Action Alerts

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.

Call for nominations for the NBEN Awards - 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017
by Annika Chiasson
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.

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