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New NBEN Logo!

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
by Raissa Marks
A new logo for the NBEN was launched at the Eco-Confluence gathering last weekend!
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The violet, as New Brunswick’s provincial flower, represents the province and its environment.  The centre is the network which brings us all together.

The logo was designed by Annika Chiasson, the NBEN’s Communications Coordinator and talented graphic designer.

Community Group Recognized for Environmental Work

Monday, 30 October 2017
by Raissa Marks
For Immediate Release
October 30, 2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, an environmental award was presented to New Brunswick citizens in honour of exemplary service to their community.

The Red Head Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association was honoured with the Phoenix Award “in recognition of their unfaltering and ultimately successful commitment to defending their community and home from the threat of heavy industrial development.” The Phoenix Award is dedicated annually to a group or individual who has dedicated their efforts to policies and legislation and have been through “the fire”.

The tank farm and marine export terminal for the Energy East pipeline were slated to be built in Red Head, in East Saint John. Concern over the environmental impact of this project to their home community and communities across the country and around the Bay of Fundy caused local residents to organize against the Energy East pipeline. Due to their efforts, alongside those of many along the entire route of the proposed pipeline, the Energy East proposal was withdrawn by TransCanada earlier this month.

Raissa Marks, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Environmental Network, praised the efforts of the Red Head Anthony’s Cove Preservation Association. “They impressed many in the environmental movement and beyond. They showed that dedicated, hard-working citizens can stand up to big industry, build broad alliances, and come out of a big challenge stronger and more united. Red Head residents were at ‘the end of the line’, and showed that, regardless of where you are located, standing up matters.”

The award was presented during the New Brunswick Environmental Network’s annual meeting, Eco-Confluence, which was held in Fredericton over the weekend. Each year, significant efforts by citizens and citizen groups toward the protection and restoration of New Brunswick’s environment are recognized at a special awards ceremony.

The New Brunswick Environmental Network is a non-profit communications network of over 100 citizens’ environmental groups from across the province. The goal of the Network is to encourage communication and collaboration among groups and between groups, government and other sectors.

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Award Presentation Gordon Lynaya for web
Gordon Dalzell, Citizens Coalition for Clean Air, presenting the 2017 Phoenix Award to Lynaya Astephen, Red Head Anthony's Cove Preservation Association.  Photo Credit: Pascale Ouellette

News From Groups

Every Dollar Donated Towards the Iconic Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve will be Matched by the Clark Foundation

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
by Nature Trust of New Brunswick
(St. Andrews, NB) The Nature Trust of New Brunswick has been presented with another opportunity to extend the iconic Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve in Bocabec, near St. Andrews.

The beautiful 600-acre Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve features more than 9 km of hiking trails that lead through various ecosystems and forests. This preserve is enjoyed year-round by hikers, kayakers, and snowshoers. The Nature Trust is currently in the final stages of acquiring a 12.5-acre extension that will provide a buffer to the Sam Orr’s Pond and allow for the extension of the nature trail.

The J T Clark Family Foundation has generously pledged to match any further donations to the Nature Trust’s fundraising campaign, up to $3500. “We are very thankful for the continued support from the Clark Foundation.” says Nature Trust President, Vince Zelazny. “The Clark Foundation has supported many other nature preserve acquisitions in the past. We are excited to continue this partnership and secure this important extension at Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve, and ask the public to help the Nature Trust reach its fundraising goal for this important extension.”

Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve is designated under the Protected Natural Areas Act, which provides the highest level of protection possible and helps to support the diverse wildlife that seek refuge in the rich wetlands and forests. In addition to providing crucial habitat for wildlife, the preserve sees hundreds of visitors each year. “Caughey-Taylor is truly a gem in the Bay of Fundy area.” says Caughey Taylor Nature Preserve volunteer and Board member, Walter Emrich. “With an extensive trail system, visitors to the preserve are taken through various ecosystems and breathtaking lookouts as they make their way to Berry Point, the last stop on the trail.”

The Nature Trust has pushed the property closing date to December, and needs support from the community to complete this extension. Donations to the fundraising campaign can be made online via Chuffed at https://chuffed.org/project/caughey-taylor-extension or by calling the Nature Trust office at (506) 457 2398.

Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve can be found on Route 127 in Bocabec, 12 km north of St. Andrews. You can learn more about Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve by visiting www.naturetrust.nb.ca. If you have any questions about Caughey-Taylor Nature Preserve or the fundraising campaign, please contact Renata at renata.woodward@ntnb.org.

About the Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Established in 1987, the Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a registered charitable conservation organization dedicated to preserving the province’s ecologically significant landscapes. To date, the Nature Trust has conserved over 2,830 hectares (7,000 acres) in 50 beautiful and diverse nature preserves in New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.naturetrust.nb.ca.

DR. THIERRY VRAIN, RENOWNED CANADIAN RESEARCH SCIENTIST IN NEW BRUNSWICK TO SPEAK ON HERBICIDE SPRAYING

Tuesday, 31 October 2017
by Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy

October 31, 2017
(For immediate release)

Fredericton, NEW BRUNSWICK. A retired research scientist for the Canadian gov­ern­ment and expert on genetically modified foods, Dr. Thierry Vrain, will be in New Brunswick between October 30 and November 2, 2017, where he will be presenting his findings to the public in four communities: St. Louis-de-Kent, Edmundston, Petitcodiac and Fredericton Junction.

Dr. Vrain worked for 30 years as a research sci­en­tist for the Canadian gov­ern­ment in Québec and British Columbia where he con­ducted research on genet­i­cally mod­i­fied pota­toes, among other projects. In British Columbia, Dr. Vrain was section Head of the Biotechnology and Nematology sections at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (Agriculture Canada) in Summerland.

The most common genetically engineered crops have been modified to be resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides such as Monsanto’s Round-Up, and this has been a major focus of Dr. Vrain’s work. For the past decade, he has been travelling the world to inform the public of the unacceptable risks that glyphosate poses to human health and the environment.

In New Brunswick glyphosate-based herbicides are widely sprayed on agricultural land and on forests or softwood plantations to kill off hardwoods that might complete with conifers planted for pulp and other low-value wood products.

Dr. Vrain’s visit could not be more timely. The subject of herbicide spraying on public forests and on NB Power right-of-ways is garnering a great deal of public attention and provoking widespread protest, spearheaded by the work of the Stop Spraying NB movement (Facebook Group: Stop Spraying in New Brunswick).

In recent years, glyphosate has come under a great deal of scrutiny world-wide. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s research arm labelled glyphosate a “probable carcinogen” and in 2017, a long-term study published in Science Reports linked “chronic ultra-low dose” exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides with liver disease in rats.  The same year documents unsealed by court order in the United States revealed collusion between an official in the Environmental Protection Agency and Monsanto to falsify academic reports and stifle others to give glyphosate-based herbicides a clean bill of health. More recently, California has added glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing agents that must come with a warning label. 

In New Brunswick, a number of municipalities, including Moncton, Cap Pelé, Tracadie, Miscou, Tide Head, Paquetville, Sackville and community groups such as the Saint-Quentin and Cap Pelée/Beaubassin-Est Chambers of Commerce, have publicly expressed their support of the Stop Spraying NB movement by either sending letters of concern to provincial government or signing a resolution against spraying in our forests and under NB Power lines.

The movement to stop pesticide spraying in New Brunswick on public lands and under NB Power lines is rapidly gaining momentum. Signs calling for an end to the spraying are popping up all over New Brunswick. At the Union of Municipalities Tradeshow on September 29, 2017, municipal politicians and staff noted that, “there are signs everywhere.”

More than 35,000 people have already signed a petition to stop the spraying, with more coming in every day. Citizens of this province are growing more and more aware of the immense value of their diverse Acadian forests, their wildlife, their drinking water, their rivers and lakes, forest foods, and their health. They are demanding a ban on the spraying of herbicide on their woodlands.

Dr. Vrain’s presentations are of utmost importance, focusing as they do on the research that Health Canada is choosing to ignore, the negative effects of glyphosate residue in and on edible plants, including the berries, mushrooms, medicinal plants that NB citizens gather in our forests, and which wildlife depend on for their survival.

Dr. Thierry Vrain’s public presentations are being hosted and funded by local community groups, together with a number of grassroots organizations that are listed below, and will help the public become better informed about scientific knowledge on long-term, low-dose exposure to glyphosate.

Wednesday, November 1, 7-9 pm
Maritime Motorsports Hall of fame
Petitcodiac, NB
(Organized in collaboration with SSNB Inc.)

Thursday, November 2, 7-9 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 55
159 Sunbury Drive
Fredericton Junction, NB
(Organized in collaboration with The Right Not To Be Poisoned)

CONTACTS:
(English) Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D'Arcy (Chair, SSNB Inc.): 506-292-7503 email: caroline@stopsprayingnb.ca www.stopsprayingnb.ca
(English) Morris Shannon (Right not to be Poisoned): (506) 455-4232 email: 245tmo@gmail.com
(French)  Francine Levesque (Écovie): 506-284-2769  email: canot@explornet.ca

Green Jobs

VISITOR EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR

Tuesday, 07 November 2017
by Pascale Léa Ouellette
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, HERITAGE AND CULTURE
 

VISITOR EXPERIENCE COORDINATOR

(PARK OFFICER II)

CASUAL POSITION

(January to March)

MOUNT CARLETON PROVINCIAL PARK


OPEN

                                                                                                                                                                                

The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is seeking a creative and energetic individual to join the Mount Carleton Provincial Park team as the Visitor Experience Coordinator. The general work period is from January to March.

Reporting to the Park Manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a visitor experience winter program.  The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·         Developing, planning, coordinating and executing all winter program activities;

·         Working with on-site tourism operators on activities coordination and promotion;

·         Public relations and promotions of all programs offered on site;

·         Working in collaboration with local community, school/youth and first nation groups;

·         Organizing and guiding winter activities such as snow shoe hikes, cross country ski tours, etc.;

·         Interacting with visitors in the park and on the trails; and

·         Performing various other tasks as required or assigned.                                                                                                                                                                  

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

 

·         Graduated from a technical program with courses in park and/or resource management supplemented by a minimum of three (3) years of related experience to include a minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience

·         Thorough knowledge and experience working with various computer software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

·         Thorough knowledge and experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

·         Ability to perform rigorous physical activity in cold temperatures during extended periods of time

·         Valid driver license (Class 5)

Written and spoken competence in English and French is required.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration.

Please ensure that your preferred language for assessment is stated on your application.

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS:  Preference may be given to candidates that demonstrate:

·         Experience guiding groups

·         Experience providing interpretative programs

·         Knowledge of the history of Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Subject to the response to this competition, candidates may be required to demonstrate on their application one or more of the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.

The following operational requirements may be required:

·         Working evenings and weekends

·         Working variable hours

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES:  The successful candidate will possess the following behavioral competencies:

·         Client Service Orientation

·         Concern For Order

·         Effective Interactive Communication

·         Results Orientation

·         Team Leadership

Résumés should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies at the same level.                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                

SALARY:  From $15.78 to $19.54 per hour (40 hours per week).

We encourage applicants to apply on-line at https://www.ere.gnb.ca/competition.aspx?lang=E&t=Y, by email to maryse.mcfarlane@snb.ca or by mail at the following address no later than November 15, 2017.

 

Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Human Resource Services

Marysville Place, 4th Floor

P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

(506) 453-3115

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.                                                                                                                                                                


 

 
 

VISITOR EXPERIENCE ATTENDANTS

Tuesday, 07 November 2017
by Pascale Léa Ouellette
 

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, HERITAGE AND CULTURE


VISITOR EXPERIENCE ATTENDANTS

(ARTISAN II)


TWO CASUAL POSITIONS

(January to March)


MOUNT CARLETON PROVINCIAL PARK


OPEN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is seeking two energetic individuals to join the Mount Carleton Provincial Park team as Visitor Experience Attendants. The general work period is from January to March.

Reporting to the Park Manager, the successful candidates will act as ambassadors by servicing visitors needs while in the park as well as upselling the winter activities being offered in the park. The duties and responsibilities include:

·         Welcome guests and act as ambassadors by providing information on the unique attributes of the park and all winter program activities;

·         Assist with the planning, organization and execution of all winter program activities and special events;

·         Conduct guided tours and offer assistance to visitors on the trails;

·         Conduct research on winter program activities and provide suggestions;

·         Inspect and maintain trails;

·         Maintain records of weather and trail conditions;

·         Perform light manual tasks (collecting garbage, showelling, etc.);

·         Promote a culture of safety in all aspects of the park spending and ensuring rules and protocols are respected by visitors; and

·         Perform various other duties as assigned.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:  

 

·         Completion of grade ten plus considerable related work experience

·         Knowledge and experience working with various computer software (Word, Excel, Power Point) as well as with social media platforms (Facebook, twitter, Instagram)

·         First aid and CPR certifications

·         Experienced in field of customer service

·         Ability to perform rigorous physical activity in cold temperatures during extended periods of time

·         Valid driver’s license (class 5)

Written and spoken competence in English and French is required.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate the essential qualifications to be given further consideration. 

Please ensure that your preferred language for assessment is stated on your application.

ASSET QUALIFICATIONS:  Preference may be given to candidates that demonstrate: 

·         Experience conducting guided groups

·         Experience providing interpretative programs

·         Knowledge of the history of Mount Carleton Provincial Park

Subject to the response to this competition, candidates may be required to demonstrate on their application one or more of the asset qualifications in addition to the essential qualifications in order to be given further consideration.

The following operational requirements may be required:

·         Working evenings and weekends

·         Working variable hours

BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES:  The successful candidate will possess the following behavioral competencies: 

·         Client Service Orientation

·         Flexibility

·         Effective Interactive Communication

·         Initiative

·         Teamwork and Cooperation

Résumés should be in chronological order specifying education and employment in months and years including part-time and full-time employment.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

SALARY:  $15.52 per hour (40 hours per week).

We encourage applicants to apply on-line at https://www.ere.gnb.ca/competition.aspx?lang=E&t=Y, by email to maryse.mcfarlane@snb.ca or by mail at the following address no later than November 15, 2017.

 

Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Human Resource Services

Marysville Place 4th Floor

P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

(506) 453-3115

We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Upcoming Events


Peace and Friendship Alliance Gathering
Fri, Nov 24th, 2017


A Tale of Two Necessities: Children and Resource Development
Tue, Nov 28th, 2017
New Maryland

Deadline for ETF submission
Thu, Nov 30th, 2017

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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