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February 16, 2015
Honourable Brian Gallant
Premier of New Brunswick
PO Box 6000
Fredericton NB, E3B 5H1
Dear Premier Gallant:
As you prepare to attend the April 14, 2015 Climate Summit in Quebec City, Climate Action Network Canada would like to meet with you to talk about how a strong commitment to greenhouse gas emissions reductions can accelerate the transition to a clean energy system in New Brunswick.
There is now an overwhelming consensus that climate protection is affordable and achievable with already-available technology and modest lifestyle changes. To get there, we must transform our energy system, change the way we build our communities, manufacture equipment and appliances, and develop our natural resources. The key to unlocking this climate-protection potential is to respect that there are limits to how much carbon pollution we can put into the air, commit to help by doing our fair share and saying “YES” to clean energy fueled by the sun, water and wind.
The next ten years are critical. We must break our addiction to dirty energy – coal, oil and gas because that is where most of the carbon pollution comes from that is changing the climate. Growth in dirty energy supply and pipelines must be halted now because climate disruption puts the health and well-being of families and communities – here at home and around the world – at risk by making weather more extreme and varied. Climate disruption makes it more difficult to be safe from flooding or to keep the lights or heat on in an intense rain or ice storm; it can affect how we grow food, manage our forests, and sustain our economy. We also need to reform agriculture, forestry and mining so that less carbon pollution is created from the way we use fertilizers, raise animals, and disrupt the soil and landscape.
The good news is that we know how to manufacture our homes, buildings, vehicles and equipment so that they perform the way we want them to while using less energy. We know how to build, at increasingly affordable rates, renewable energy technologies that can generate the electricity we need to run our electronics, lights, equipment and vehicles, and to heat our water and homes using the power of the wind, sun and water. We know how to develop our cities and towns so that they are less car-dependent and give us more options for walking, cycling and using public transit. We know how to grow food closer to home using fewer or no chemicals. What we need now is to accelerate these trends. We need the moral commitment of premiers to say yes to the changes that we need to make to keep our children, communities and the environment that sustains us safe – here at home and around the world.
Climate disruption is happening now, the need for a response is urgent, and the opportunities to phase out oil, coal and gas and phase in clean energy are plentiful. We look to you for ongoing leadership in protecting the climate. Your commitment to climate protection is critical to advancing a national climate action strategy in Canada. As you prepare to discuss climate protection and the Canadian energy strategy at the upcoming Council of the Federation meetings, Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada believes that New Brunswick can:
1. Meet the 2020 target of 10 percent below 1990 levels by taking actions that make up the 2 million tonne shortfall (to meet 2020 target) and that eliminates all projected greenhouse gas associated with the Energy East Pipeline (50,000 additional tonnes).
2. Set a legally binding 2025 target that is reviewed and increased in five-year increments to set the province on course to exceeding its 75 to 85% reduction below 2001 levels by 2050.
3. Phase out fossil fuels from the electricity sector while meeting the goal of over 600 MW of reduce and shift demand savings in part by:
a. Establishing time of use rates and net metering that compensates rate payers for their net contribution to the grid on an annual basis.
b. Phasing out Belledune and Coleson Cove thermal plants if conversion to biomass is not practical. This measure alone could generate almost 2.7 million tonnes in greenhouse gas reductions.
4. Meet the 40% renewable energy portfolio standard by 2020 in New Brunswick by increasing the commitment to community-scale renewable energy in the Integrated Resource Plan from 75 MW and expanding and maintaining cost-effective and environmentally responsible sources of hydroelectricity (i.e., Grand Falls; Mactaquac or equivalent replacement).
5. Commit to carbon pricing through setting a carbon levy. Even a levy of $10/tonne could generate more than $160 million a year that could be directed to a Climate Care Fund that invests in:
a. province-wide investments in conservation and efficiency in buildings and homes;
b. infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase capacity for adaptation;
c. public transit/intercity transit/rail;
d. renewable energy deployment and clean energy research and development;
e. protection of low-income/fixed income households; and
f. deficit reduction.
We believe that a commitment to an ambitious climate plan is consistent with stimulating a vibrant economy with jobs for all New Brunswickers. Premier, we look forward to working with you to advance effective climate protection efforts here at home, throughout the Atlantic region through the New England Governors and Eastern Premiers Conference, and across Canada through the Council of the Federation. We urge you to consider our plan of action as the minimum required for New Brunswick as it heads to the Climate Summit in April 2015. The province could commit to a provincial process at or in advance of the April Summit that would have a mandate to analyze these options as part of the province’s efforts to update its climate plan. The analysis should be complete in time for New Brunswick to present its plan to the next meeting of the New England Governors and Eastern Premiers as directed in NEG-ECP Resolution 37-4 (attached). We look forward to scheduling a time to discuss these opportunities with you in advance of the Quebec meeting.
Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada)
cc. Hon. Brian Kenney, Minister Environment and Local Government
Hon. Donald Arseneault, Minister Energy and Mines
Darwin Curtis, Climate Change Secretariat
Who we are
Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada) is a non-partisan coalitionof morethan 100 organizationsfromacrossthecountry that cares about how a changing climate affects people, plants and wildlife. Our Network believes that it is reckless not to invest now to keep our families and communities safe, especially when solutions are affordable. We are workingtogetherto advance solutions to managing our carbon pollution through sustainableandequitable development.
The Conservation Council has launched a petition and made it easy for you to send a letter to your MLA and Premier Brian Gallant on protecting our Acadian forest. Action Alert Deadline has been extended to Earth Day: April 22, 2015
The petition and the letter asks our MLAs to support four actions for our forest:
1. Modernized forest legislation that protects our waters and wildlife, ensures transparent forest management and creates a wider range of forest-based jobs;
2. Giving back the primary source of supply to our mills to our woodlot owners who are struggling;
3. Abandonment of the 2014 forest plan that New Brunswickers from diverse backgrounds, including conservationists, scientists, economists, woodlot owners and diverse forest users, oppose;
4. Debate in the Legislature on the forest plan by supporting the second reading of MLA David Coon's forestry bill, An Act to Return to the Crown Certain Rights Related to Wood Supply and Forest Management.
Please write a letter to your MLA and help us collect many signatures to our petition. Letters and petitions (hard copy originals only, no copies) must be returned to 180 Saint John St., Fredericton, NB E3B 4A9 by April 2.
Thank you for taking action for our forest. Share this action alert.
Conservation Council of New Brunswick /
Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick
180 Saint John St.,
Tel: 506 458-8747
Facebook: Save the Acadian Forest
Énergie Est : Nous devons faire entendre les préoccupations et les questions du Madawaska à l’Office national de l’énergie.Written by Éco-citoyens d'Edmundston
La soirée s’est concentrée sur l’importance de l’engagement des citoyens dans le processus des audiences publiques de l’Office national de l’énergie sur le projet proposé par TransCanada PipeLines Limited.
l’ONÉ ne doit pas ignorer notre région et nous souhaitons qu’elle y vienne pour tenir des audiences publiques, car les préoccupations pour notre région face à ce projet sont grandes.
Si vous êtes propriétaire d’un lot, d’un chalet, d’une sucrerie, un utilisateur des cours d’eau et des forêts pour la pêche, la chasse, la cueillette de fougère ou de petits fruits, ça vous concerne!
Si vous êtes entrepreneur dans l’industrie du tourisme, la restauration, le domaine hôtelier, l’agriculture ou forestier, ça vous concerne!
Comme individu ou un entrepreneur, la qualité de l’eau potable est primordiale.
Nous avons tous le droit de faire entendre nos inquiétudes et nos questions. C’est pour cela que nous vous encourageons à faire une demande de participation aux audiences.
Le lien suivant vous permettra de mieux comprendre les étapes que l’on doit remplir pour être entendus par l’Office national de l’énergie. La complexité de leur processus peut nous décourager de vouloir y participer, mais nous devons prendre les 20 à 30 minutes pour faire cette application.
Le CCNB a développé un outil pour assister les citoyens du N.-B. pour compléter la demande de participation en tant que particulier ou organisme au processus complexe de l’ONÉ qui se termine le 2 mars 2015.
Le guide est au lien suivant: http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fr/guide-pour-remplir-une-demande-de-participation/
Si vous êtes intéressée à faire cette application, nous proposons de tenir une soirée « Application à l’ONÉ ». Vous avez simplement à m’écrire et nous allons se donner un rendez-vous pour compléter l’application ensemble.
Pour en savoir plus sur les critères de participation, vous pouvez consulter le lien suivant: Des http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fr/info-dates-importantes-annoncees-au-sujet-denergie-est/
New Brunswickers who will be affected by this project and those with specialized knowledge about how the oil pipeline could affect our lands, drinking water, rivers, the Bay of Fundy, Right Whale, public health and safety have a say in this process. However, you must apply and describe in fewer than 500 words how you will be directly affected or what specialized knowledge that you have in order for the National Energy Board to accept a letter from you or hear comments from you at a hearing in the future. More information here.
Join or host an application party! In Fredericton, the Conservation Council, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter and 350.org are hosting an application party on Monday, Feb. 16 at 6:00pm at Conserver House, 180 Saint John St. There will be pizza!
Watch/share our video on applying to be heard on Energy East. You can also share this update.
The deadline to apply to participate is March 3, 2015. Apply to the NEB today!
If you have any questions, contact us. We can walk you through it.
To get copies of the cards, email Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the English card, click here.
Check out this letter campaign on the hearings for the Energy East pipeline - organized by Leadnow, Council of Canadians and 350.org.
Canada’s National Energy Board is about to review TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline to send toxic tar sands bitumen from Alberta to Saint John – and your help is needed to make sure the government can’t use a sham review process to pass this pipeline.
Energy East would become the biggest pipeline in North America. It would carry 1.1 million barrels of toxic bitumen to the coast every day, threaten communities and waterways in 6 provinces, and pump 32 million tonnes of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every year – that’s more than the total emissions from some provinces.
The rules have been changed so that the National Energy Board hearings exclude climate impacts and many community groups from across Canada. This letter writing campaign calls on the new chair of the National Energy Board, Peter Watson, to choose: either include climate impacts and community voices in his review, or lose all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian people.
Click here to sign a letter. Help stop their plan to use a sham review process to pass the Energy East pipeline.
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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