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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.


Parties reveal position on environment and conservation



FREDERICTON - Three of New Brunswick’s political parties are saying ‘yes’ to clean air and water by indicating they would halt fracking activity and take steps to protect our Crown Forest should they form the next provincial government.
Earlier this month, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick asked the province’s five political parties to share their conservation goals and environmental priorities in the lead up to the 2014 general election on Sept. 22.
The questionnaire asked party leaders to reveal their commitment on a number of actions related to air and climate protection, forest management, clean water, and the development of energy projects in New Brunswick.
The Liberal Party, Green Party and New Democratic Party participated in the survey. The Progressive Conservatives and People’s Alliance did not respond.
“We were pleased to see that of the parties who participated, by and large they took positions in favour of protecting the land, air and water in New Brunswick,” said Lois Corbett, executive director of CCNB. “Some parties could have taken a harder line, but it’s fantastic to see conservation and environmental issues have not been overshadowed this time around by staple election issues like the economy or healthcare budget.”
Some highlights from the survey include:
1. The Liberals would consider an open consultation to review the effectiveness of the Crown Lands and Forest Act; The NDP would enforce existing regulations, add new ones, and launch a judicial review to determine if the latest forestry strategy is legal; The Green Party would create a new Crown Land Forest Sustainability Act, protect diversity and cease logging in the Acadian forest, and create Community Forest licenses.
2. The NDP and Green Party would ban shale gas development in the province, while the Liberals would impose a moratorium on fracking.
3. The Green Party would prioritize river classification under the Clean Water Act and enhance watershed protection; The Liberals would centralize conservation, inspection and enforcement functions in one department; The NDP would classify rivers under the Clean Water Act and enforce existing watershed regulations.
4. The Liberal party would not commit to reviewing greenhouse gas reduction targets, but pledged a greater focus on renewable energy sources; The Green Party would set more aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets; The NDP would establish a new Chief Provincial Scientist office to ensure air quality legislation is evidence-based and enforced.

See the complete survey results from respondents here.


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MEDIA CONTACTS: Jon MacNeill, Communications Officer; 458-8747
Lois Corbett, Executive Director; 458-8747




Conservation Council of New Brunswick
180 St. John Street, Fredericton NB E3B 4A9
506.458.8747 :: www.conservationcouncil.ca








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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*.

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Resquest for letters of support: Proposed name restoration for the Wolastoq

Sunday, 30 April 2017
by Alma
 The Wolastoq Grand Council supports our YOUTH GROUPS on their proposal for changing the name of the Saint John River, back to it’s original and proper name; Wolastoq (the beautiful & bountiful river ). We see this as a good place to begin the process of implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; which was strongly recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

Proposed Name Restoration: 
  • The name Saint John River back to it’s original indigenous name -  Wolastoq
Purpose: 
  • Wolastoq; (the beautiful river) is the original Indigenous name of the River.
  • Wolastoq is the name sake for the real identity and unique nationality of our People; the Wolastoqiyik.  Respecting the rights of Wolastoqiyik.
  • Scientific studies have now confirmed, what our people have always known; “that water has memory”.    This river will remember its original name.   
  • This deed would begin a process for reconciliation with a show of goodwill on the part of the Government of New Brunswick, and would;
  • Create opportunities for discussions and engagement around indigenous issues.
  • Wolastoqiyik have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons. 

The Wolastoq Grand Council is requesting support letters from our Allies; as individuals, organizations, and/or Groups.  For more information, contact Alma Brooks, 506-478-1256, almabrooks.26@outlook.com

Please send support letters to the following addresses:

The Wolastoq Grand Council,
Grand Chief; Ron Tremblay
50 Maliseet Drive
Fredericton, NB, E3A 2V9


David Coon
Office of the Green Party Leader
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1

Additional Information

  1. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Carolyn Bennett; Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; has assured the Wolastoq Grand Council in writing that; - “Canada is committed to a renewed nation to nation relationship with indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.”   Carolyn Bennett also stated that ; - “Achieving full reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada is at the heart of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s mandate, and that the government of “Canada will engage with Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories, and Canadians on how to implement the Declaration in accordance with Canada’s Constitution”.

  1. Andrea Bear-Nicholas
As described in a 2011 article by Andrea Bear-Nicholas, Maliseet historian:  
  1. The first step in the dispossession for the indigenous peoples in the Maritimes began in earnest immediately after the British capture of the French fort at Louisbourg in 1758.   Where place names and names of First Nations in the entire region had been inscribed on earlier maps; both would soon be erased by colonial cartographers in a process described by J. B. Harley as cartographic colonialism.  The justifications for these erasures was found in the doctrine of discovery.   
  2. The second step in the dispossession of indigenous peoples in Nova Scotia began immediately after signing of the Treaty of 1760 by Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Leaders, and later the signing of the Mascarene Treaty.   Although there was no surrender of any lands in either of these Treaties; 1.5 million acres of Maliseet land which outlawed the surveying and expropriation of lands not yet ceded by the indigenous inhabitants or purchased by the Crown.    


  3. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:   Articles 1, 2, 6, & 13   support and provide a guide for the implementation leading to reconciliation.

As a distinct ‘people,’ we have a right to our accurate identity and nationality.
  • Indigenous Peoples have the right to the full enjoyment as a collective or as individuals of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international human rights law. 
  • Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin and identity. 
  • Every indigenous individual has the right to their own nationality. 
  • Indigenous people have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons.  “States shall take effective measures to ensure that this right is protected”.