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The annual Children's Environmental Health Collaborative Conference was recently held at the New Maryland Centre on November 28th, 2017. The report of the conference, titled "A Tale of Two Necessities: Children and Resource Development", will soon be available, along with all the presentations given during the conference.

Keep an eye out!

Happy holidays!

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In May 2005, concerned New Brunswickers started talking about ways to reduce children’s exposure to chemicals pollutants in air, water and soil. After several meetings and discussions, the Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative was created.

Today, this network includes over 300 people from nearly 100 agencies and organizations, representing government, non-government, academia, professional associations from the health, environment and education sectors. These concerned New Brunswickers want to make sure that children have healthy environments in which to live, learn and play. With expertise and experience available from many different agencies, participants build on each other’s strengths and work together toward the common goal of a healthy world for our children.

The work of the NB Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative is supported by the CEH Strategy for Action and is guided by six goals:

Goal 1: Develop and maintain a collaborative effort of stakeholders in New Brunswick
Goal 2: Develop and advance educational opportunities for families and professionals
Goal 3: Encourage and promote research
Goal 4: Improve policy and legislation related to children’s environmental health
Goal 5: Reduce exposure to specific contaminants through strategic directions
Goal 6: Promote and foster children’s interaction with nature


Support the Bill of Rights to Protect Children’s Health from Environmental Hazards
The New Brunswick Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative invites you to visit the Bill of Rights webpage and show your support for this initiative aiming to enhance protections to young children from pollutants and environmental hazards.


Learn, Take Action, Share!
Here are some ways you can participate: read up on children's environmental health, share information with your family, friends and colleagues, visit the CEH Facebook page, attend one of our conferences, or be an active part of the Collaborative by joining a team!


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About the Collaborative

Our vision

To provide a clean and healthy environment for children in New Brunswick.

Our mission

To work collaboratively to improve children’s health and wellbeing by increasing children’s exposure to healthy environments and reducing children’s exposure to environmental hazards that may contribute to illness, disability, disease or death.


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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.
Collectif pour la santé environnementale des enfants du N.-B.