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Beth McLaughlin Environmental Journalism Award

Monday, 25 July 2016
by Teri McCready
Call for Nominations

Beth McLaughlin Environmental Journalism Award


This award for outstanding reporting will be presented annually, beginning in 2016, to recognize and promote in-depth and thoughtful coverage of environmental issues in New Brunswick.

By recognizing the best environmental reporting, this award seeks to inspire journalists in all media and to showcase reporting that best addresses important environmental issues in New Brunswick. We invite journalists from traditional news media, independents, and non-profits, citizen journalists and students to submit their finest work.

Beth McLaughlin, the founder of the Southeast Chapter of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, was a teacher, writer, social activist, and active citizen. The CCNB Southeast Chapter presents this award in her memory.

Criteria and eligibility:

Entries must be predominantly about an environmental subject occurring in or affecting New Brunswick, and must have been published, broadcast, or posted during the calendar year preceding the current prize year. Series that begin in one year and end in another are eligible but may be entered only once.

Stories, articles, documentaries, or series, in English or French, published in any publication, broadcast by any radio or television station, or posted online, including blogs and personal websites, as long as they are accessible to the general public, are eligible. (If access is contingent on subscription, registration, fees, or other limits, permission must be granted to CCNB SE to make the work available to the public.)

The CCNB Southeast Chapter Award Committee is the final authority for determining whether an entered story meets the eligibility criteria. Entries by current CCNB employees are not eligible.

A panel of judges made up of experienced journalists, educators or other qualified individuals appointed by the Award Committee will judge qualified entries and pick the winner. Judges may select no winner if they decide there are no deserving entries.

Entries which address the following issues are particularly encouraged:

  •   investigative reporting that uncovers an important environmental issue in New Brunswick or is

    about an important issue not covered elsewhere

  •   stories alerting readers/listeners to an important emerging issue in New Brunswick

  •   stories that help clarify complex environmental issues or events of significance in New


  •   stories that uphold the journalistic principle of protecting the public interest

  •   stories that resulted in improvements or positive change in the community

    Judges may consider factors such as the quality of the writing, the difficulty of obtaining the information for the story, relevance and importance of the subject, and other factors.

    How to Apply:

    Nominations may be made by environmental groups, media organizations, teachers, or any other interested parties. Applicants may be self-nominating.

    Submission deadline:
    All entries must be received by
    July 31st, 2016. Submit entries to: Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Southeast Chapter Environmental Journalism Award Committee at

    Information to include:
    1. Nominator’s name, email, and phone number.
    2. Journalist’s name, email, phone and/or other contact information.
    3. Provide links to broadcast and online entries (broadcasts must include a complete transcript). Print entries can be provided as a pdf or html attachment or via web links where the entry is published or posted and publicly accessible. All links must be to the same version of the entry as originally aired, published or posted, with all the same graphics, headlines, photos, etc. and not modified after the contest year.
    4. If the entry is not publicly accessible, permission must be obtained from the publisher for CCNB SE to link to it or repost it for public access.
    5. Background information on the piece for the judges may be added, but is not required.

    The award is worth $300.00 and two tickets to our annual fall event. The winner will be announced and the award presented in the fall 2016.

Appel à candidatures

Le prix de journalisme environnemental Beth McLaughlin

Ce prix soulignant un reportage remarquable sera attribué annuellement à compter de 2016 afin de souligner et promouvoir la couverture des problèmes environnementaux au NB. Nouveau-Brunswick.

En reconnaissant ce genre de reportage, le prix vise à inspirer les journalistes de tous les médias et à mettre en évidence les meilleurs reportages concernant les problèmes environnementaux au Nouveau- Brunswick. Nous invitons donc les journalistes des médias traditionnels et indépendants, les organisations à but- lucratif, ainsi que les étudiant(e)s et les citoyens journalistes à présenter leurs meilleurs reportages.

Beth McLaughlin, fondatrice du Chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick était enseignante, écrivaine, activiste sociale et citoyenne active. Le CCNB chapitre sud-est offre ce prix en sa mémoire.

Critères d’admissibilité :

Les candidatures doivent aborder un sujet environnemental existant ou qui affecte le Nouveau- Brunswick. Ils doivent avoir été publiés, diffusés ou affichés durant l’année civile précédant l’année du prix. Les séries qui commencent une année et se prolongent jusqu’à l’année suivante, sont éligibles mais ne peuvent être présentées qu’une seule fois.

Les histoires, articles, documentaires ou séries, en français ou en anglais, publiés en écrit ou diffusés à la radio ou à la télévision, ou transmis en ligne, incluant les blogues ou sites personnels en ligne, en autant qu’ils soient accessibles par le public en général, sont éligibles. Si l’accès est limité par souscription, par inscription, frais, ou autre restriction, le Chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau- Brunswick doit obtenir l’autorisation de rendre ces travaux accessibles au public.

La décision du Comité du chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick est finale à savoir si un projet respecte les critères d’admissibilité. Les employés actuels du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick ne sont pas admissibles.

Un panel de juges composé de journalistes expérimentés, d’éducatrices et éducateurs ou autres personnes qualifiées choisies par le Comité du prix Beth McLaughlin, évaluera les candidatures et choisira un lauréat. Les juges se réservent le droit de ne pas attribuer le prix s’ils estiment qu’aucune des candidatures ne leur semble valable.

Les sujets suivants sont particulièrement recherchés :

  •   Les reportages d’enquête révélant un important problème environnemental au Nouveau-Brunswick ou un problème important qui n’a reçu aucune couverture ailleurs.

  •   Histoires informant les lectrices et lecteurs, auditrices et auditeurs d’un problème émergeant au Nouveau-Brunswick.

  •   Histoires aidant à clarifier des problèmes environnementaux complexes ou des évènements importants au Nouveau-Brunswick.

  •   Histoires qui soutiennent le principe journalistique de protection des intérêts du public.

  •   Histoires qui ont apportées une amélioration ou des changements positifs auprès de la


    Les juges pourraient considérer la qualité de l’écriture, les difficultés à obtenir l’information, la pertinence et l’importance du sujet ainsi que d’autres aspects.

    Comment soumettre les candidatures :

    Les candidats peuvent être présentés par des groupes environnementalistes, des organismes médiatiques, des enseignants ou toute autre personne ou organisme. Les candidats peuvent aussi se présenter eux-mêmes. La date limite pour poser sa candidature est le 31 juillet 2016.

    Soumettre les candidatures au Comité du prix de journalisme environnemental du Chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick à l’adresse suivante :

    Les dossiers de candidature doivent inclure :
    1 – Nom du présentateur, adresse courriel et numéro de téléphone.
    2 –Nom du candidat, son adresse courriel et son numéro de téléphone.

    3 –Le lien pour les soumissions télévisées et en ligne (les soumissions télévisées doivent inclure une transcription complète de l’émission). Les soumissions écrites peuvent être en format PDF ou html ou via le lien web où le texte a été publié ou affiché et est accessible au public. Tous les liens doivent être de la même version originellement émise, publiée ou affiché, avec les mêmes graphiques, titre, photos, etc., et ne pas être modifiés après l’année du concours.

    4 –Si le texte soumis n’est pas accessible au public, l’autorisation doit être donnée par l’éditeur au Conseil de conservation du sud-est du Nouveau-Brunswick pour établir un lien ou bien le publier en ligne pour le rendre accessible au public.

    5 –Des renseignements additionnels concernant la candidature peuvent être ajoutés mais ne sont pas nécessaires.

    Le nom du gagnant sera publié et le prix sera remis à l’automne 2016.
    Le montant du prix est de
    300.00 $ et deux billets pour l'événement d’automne. 

Would you consider having your group co-sign the letter below to the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet Chiefs

Tuesday, 14 June 2016
by Jean Louis Deveau
Please let Jean Louis Deveau ( know  if your organization is willing to co-sign this letter.  

Dear Chief [_________________]:

We, the undersigned, are requesting that the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq chiefs not support a proposal to develop a snowmobile hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park.  The snowmobile hub is a decoy for a much bigger issue which is that public officials appear not be adhering to Mount Carleton’s previously established and adopted zoning system and the 2014 Parks Act. In 1980, a zoning plan was developed for the park, defining what could and could not be done based on the level of protection needed for each of the five zones attributed to this park.  

The bridge refurbishment work and new snowmobile trail at Moose Brook and Bathurst Lake area are in zones defined as “recreation-utilization”, “historical”, and “natural environment”.  These zones have been designated as only being suitable for low-intensity activities like back-country camping and hiking, not snowmobiling. This is because the habitats in these zones are amongst the most ecologically sensitive areas in the park.  Areas deemed more resilient to snowmobile traffic were zoned either as development or access zones.

The 1980 Master Plan developed for the park, containing a description of the park’s five zones, provided strict guidance on where snowmobiles could go.  Considering that the geography of the park has not changed since the zoning plan for the park was first developed, that is, given that the wetlands, streams, and lakes have not been re-located so as to provide the needed justification for opening this area for snowmobile traffic, the recommendations outlined in that 1980 Master Plan have clearly not been adhered to by the Province. And since there currently is no mechanism in place to determine the feasibility of any proposed developmental project, like the snowmobile hub, the decision was, as in this case, arbitrarily made by the Minister, and in disregard of existing zoning plans for the park.

It is safe to argue that without the bridges, there cannot be a snowmobile hub at Mount Carleton and that conversely, without the snowmobile hub, the snowmobile association has no need for the bridges. So, in approving the bridge restoration work which is what you and the other Chiefs have allegedly done, you have, by default, also approved the snowmobile hub.  This is most disappointing.

Since the snowmobile hub is being proposed prior to an approved park management plan, that, too, appears to be in violation of the Parks Act.  In 2009, and despite public opposition, the same Government department involved in the snowmobile hub project approved the cutting of old growth cedars in a cedar grove for the installation of a zip-line at Mactaquac Provincial Park. Following that fiasco, and to prevent future destruction of wildlife habitat in provincial parks, the Friends of Mactaquac recommended the development and implementation of park management plans for all of our provincial parks.  That was seven years ago.   Yet, this Department has failed to become proactive in developing a management plan for any of its parks, including Mount Carleton.  During a recent meeting with the Province, on May 13, 2016, the Friends of Mount Carleton were advised that it would likely be 10 years before we see a management plan for any of our parks in New Brunswick.  Meanwhile, Nova Scotia has developed thirteen in the past eight years.

In closing, we would urge you to reconsider lending support to any aspect of this project and would recommend instead that you formally request that the Department develop a park management plan before this or any other tourism product may be vetted by the Chiefs and others stakeholders.  We believe this to be a better use of everyone’s time and effort.  That is, rather than being summoned to the “consultation” table every time someone comes up with a new tourism product for Mount Carleton, a park management plan based on an already established zoning plan and with input from all stakeholders, including Maliseet and Mi’kmaq chiefs, would provide the means with which to make sound decisions on what, where, when, and how things should be done to ensure a proper balance in meeting the four objectives of our parks: 1) conservation and preservation, 2) recreational and outdoor educational activities, 3) educational experience, and 4) quality vacation destination.


Non-governmental organization A

Non-governmental organization B

Non-governmental organization C

Please let Jean Louis Deveau ( know by Friday, June 17th  if your organization is willing to co-sign this letter.   
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