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Oceans’ Week starts with call for Gulf-wide moratorium and arms-length review panel
Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, June 9, 2014 – Fishermen, environmentalists, First Nations, and others kicked off International Oceans’ Week with a demand to the federal, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick and Quebec governments to immediately place a moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence. They followed up with a call for an independent Gulf-wide review panel with thorough public consultations on whether offshore oil and gas activities should ever be allowed to proceed in the Gulf.
“Since time immemorial, the waters and shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence have been used and occupied by the Innu to the north and the Mi'gmaq to the south, for purposes including fishing, hunting, and travel. Because of these facts, we have rights that are recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and that the federal and provincial governments are obliged to consult and accommodate us in order to avoid any irreparable harm to the exercise of our rights” declared Troy Jerome on behalf of the Innu-Mi'gmaq Alliance for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
“Today, the St. Lawrence Coalition is publishing a report on the issue of oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which highlights the fact that the conditions are not in place to allow such activities in this precious and fragile ecosystem. Consequently, a Gulf-wide moratorium seems essential” added Jean-Patrick Toussaint from the St. Lawrence Coalition. “The Gulf is one of the last standing places on earth where no offshore oil/gas activities are underway. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to protect this beautiful ecosystem and try to restore its ecological integrity” concluded Toussaint.
The Gulf of St. Lawrence shores draw millions of visitors a year to the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park and that of the Magdalen Islands; the majestic vistas of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail; iconic symbols like Rocher Percé in Gaspé, and the spectacular fjords of western Newfoundland. Fisheries like lobster, eel, and snow crab support thousands of families in all five provinces. Endangered blue whales, bluefin tuna, belugas, the remaining northern cod and many other valued species feed, spawn, mate, and rear young in the waters of the Gulf. All could be at risk from oil and gas exploration and exploitation.
“As recently reported in the May issue of National Geographic, the Gulf is still a bountiful, diverse ecosystem, teeming with life. It could remain so if only we took the time and effort to better understand its complexities, and see it as a whole instead of artificially dividing it into provincial jurisdictions” said Ellie Reddin from the PEI Chapter of Save Our Seas and Shores. “The offshore oil industry already has access to 85% of Canada’s east coast waters. Enough is enough. We must declare a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas activities" concluded Reddin.
“Marine resources have been under various pressures, such as industrial pollution, acidification, hypoxia and climate change over the past decades. Our fishing efforts have been greatly affected and we have been forced to adapt to this reality. Fishermen and fishing associations have made tremendous efforts to sustain this renewable resource and therefore we are saying no to opening the gulf to the oil/gas industry, which would undoubtedly add yet another pressure to this sensitive ecosystem” said Greg Egilsson, Chairman of the Gulf Nova Scotia Herring Federation.
The groups also insist that a review panel and thorough public consultations on this important issue be held across the five provinces to consult with the communities and First Nations about the future of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
“Every year, thousands of residents and visitors to the surrounding communities spend over one billion dollars on recreational and tourism activities focused on the natural and cultural heritage of the Gulf and its scenic shores. Are we willing to risk such national treasures for unproven revenues that aren’t sustainable? That is why it is of utmost importance to us that all communities around the Gulf be consulted on what is a stake here…their future” said John Jacobs from Nature Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We must keep in mind that the proposed oil exploration in the Gulf is not happening in a vacuum” commented Matthew Abbott, Marine Program Coordinator with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. “Canada’s Atlantic coastal waters already face significant stress from climate change, especially due to temperature increases and ocean acidification not to mention existing tanker traffic, offshore drilling in other areas, and a host of other threats. In order to foster resilient ecosystems and maintain critical habitats it is essential that relatively intact regions like the Gulf be left to flourish” concluded Abbott.
The groups are also calling into action communities and citizens from all around the Gulf Provinces and across Canada to ask the federal and provincial governments to establish a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas activities, as well as an independent, arms-length review panel on this issue.
Sign up onto the call to action at: http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/gulf
Download the St. Lawrence Coalition report at: http://bit.ly/1nT5eMT
PROPOSAL: Community-organized 'All Candidates Meetings'
in ridings around the province prior to the election
Proposal from: Council of Canadians – Fredericton Chapter
To: All NBEN member and associate groups and all interested individuals
We are asking groups and individuals to host all-candidates meetings in their ridings. This is easy to do!
Citizen engagement is the key to these meetings, where the citizens in the audience ask the questions. The public meetings provide constituents with an opportunity to publicly ask questions of their MLA candidates on issues which concern them. These meetings will be citizen-led and non-partisan.
These meetings are extremely easy to organize. We simply need an individual, a community group, or a union to book a venue in their riding for the first week of September. Invitations would then be delivered or e-mailed to all the candidates [see sample letter below that was used in Fredericton South] at least two to three [2-3] months in advance of the meeting.
For the meeting, only one moderator is necessary to introduce the candidates, and also to keep track of the time limit that candidates have to answer each question from the audience. A donation jar can be circulated at the meeting to pay for the cost of the venue plus advertising posters.
Here is the simple outline of the meeting:
• At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience.
• Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor.
• After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond.
• At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.
The best time for the meeting in each riding would be the 1st week in September, after people return from vacation, and before the advance polling starts. According to the Elections New Brunswick website - FAQ Information, it says that "The first advance polling day is 9 days prior to the election. The second advance polling day is the Monday, 7 days prior to the election." This means that the advance polling for the Sept. 22nd election will start sometime in the 2nd week of September.
Where possible, we would like to have All Candidates meetings broadcast live [live streamed] on the Internet. Each meeting would be saved and archived on YouTube for future viewing, to allow as many people as possible an opportunity to view proceedings and hear the candidates’ positions on the issues.
SAMPLE INVITATION ONLY
April 30, 2014
RE: INVITATION TO ‘MEET THE CANDIDATES Q&A’, THURSDAY, SEPT. 04, 2014
As citizen organizers of the Voice Of The People tour, we are pleased to offer a valuable opportunity for all candidates in the upcoming provincial election to engage and interact with their constituents. Meet the Candidates Q&A town hall meetings will be organized for a number of ridings around New Brunswick, where candidates from each political party will have the opportunity to present their positions prior to the elections. These citizen-led meetings will be non-partisan and described as a “Meet the Candidates Q&A – A Town Hall Meeting”.
For Fredericton South, the Meet the Candidates Q&A will be held on September 4, 2014 at Christ Church Memorial Hall, 168 Church Street from 7:00-9:00 pm. This event will be well advertised in advance as a chance for the public to clarify each candidate’s perspective on a variety of issues, to better inform their decision later that month in the provincial election.
This is a formal invitation for you, as the announced candidates for Fredericton South, to attend and participate in this debate. Invitations will go out to all other candidates for Fredericton South when they are announced.
At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience. Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor. After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond. At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.
All candidates are asked to confirm attendance at this event by May 15, 2014 by sending a reply to [Email Address]. We trust that you will appreciate the generous lead time to prepare for this event.
Member Council of Canadians-Fredericton Chapter
Constituent Fredericton South
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All shale gas opponents: Please take steps to sign this letter demanding that Environment Canada include fracking chemicals in the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). EC originally included them but is backtracking (what else is new?)
Canadians need to know about what chemicals are being used in fracking. EC’s position that hydraulic fracturing is not covered by NPRI is not acceptable.
Click here to use the WCELA online form letter or email EC at firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com by SATURDAY February 8, 2014 to tell them what you think.
DO IT PLEASE!
Nous avons attendu plus d'un an depuis des supporters de la SNAP ont fait part au gouvernement provincial de leurs commentaires sur une proposition pour de nouvelles aires naturelles protégées, qui représentent des forêts anciennes, des habitats sauvages vulnérables et des rivières sauvages situés dans tous les coins de la Nouveau-Brunswick.
Plus d’une année s’est écoulée et la province n’a pas encore fait l’annonce de ce qui se produira avec ces aires proposées et pendant que nous attendons qu’une décision soit prise, les approbations de développement industriel avancent à grands pas.
Nous avons besoin de votre aide pour nous aider à alimenter le feu, de façon à ce que ces aires protégées proposées ne soient pas éliminées du programme de la province. Veuillez prendre un moment immédiatement pour envoyer une lettre au ministre des Ressources naturelles, lui demandant l’état de ces demandes d’aires protégées proposées.
Envoyer une lettre mainteant, ici: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14747
À l’heure actuelle, seulement 3 % de la superficie du Nouveau-Brunswick bénéficie d’une forme permanente de protection. Grâce à votre aide, nous pouvons remédier à cette situation. Agissez dès aujourd’hui !
Photo: R. Clowater/CPAWS NB - la rivière Restigouche
We've been waiting over a year since many hundreds of people who care about New Brunswick's wilderness submitted comments to the provincial government on a proposal for new protected natural areas. The candidate areas included old forests, sensitive wildlife habitats, and wild rivers located in all corners of New Brunswick. More than a year later, the province still hasn’t announced what will happen with those candidate areas and while we wait for them to decide, industrial development approvals are proceeding at a rapid pace.
We need your help to keep the pot boiling so these proposed protected areas don’t drop off the province’s agenda. Please take a moment right now to send a simple letter to the Minister of Natural Resources, asking about the status of these candidate protected areas.
Take Action Now - Go to this link to write a letter: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14746
Currently, only 3% of New Brunswick is under any form of permanent protection. With your help, we can change that. Take action today!
UNITY AND SOLIDARITY RALLY
Poster and Feather Cut-out Worksheet
Nov 05 at 07:30 AM - Nov 05 at 01:00 PM
We encourage people and groups from throughout New Brunswick to share this link and download the attached Event Poster for prominent display in your community.
Also attached is a Feather Worksheet to create your own cut-out paper feathers which we encourage everyone to bring to the rally and gathering. These sheets can be printed in a variety of coloured paper stock, as indicated in the instructions on the sheet.
For the first time in decades, the province is asking for your input on the New Brunswick Parks Act, the law that decides what happens in our provincial parks.
Despite all of our parks’ stunning scenery, wildlife watching and beautiful beaches, the current Parks Act doesn’t even refer to nature or conservation! CPAWS' calls for a review of the Act have been successful, so now it's important that the government hears from people like you who care about our provincial parks.
Please take a moment right now to write a letter to let them know what you think is important to include in our Parks Act. Comments are due on September 13th.
We need a strong law that will forever protect the wilds of Mount Carleton Provincial Park, the seashore of New River Beach and all our other provincial park treasures. With your help, we can secure a better future for our provincial parks.
Yours in conservation,
Executive Director, CPAWS-NB
Photo: Mount Carleton Provincial Park - LeeAnn Haggerty
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