• Congratulations to Jim Emberger for winning  the first  Beth McLaughlin Environmental Journalism Award from the Southeast Chapter of Conservation Council of NB. Jim won this award for reporting on the dangers of hydraulic fracturing. Well done!

    Read the full article on NBASGA's website, here.
  • Malheureusement, Beth McLaughlin est décédée le 22 février 2015.

    Depuis des décennies, Beth s’est révélée une force positive pour la communauté environnementale au Nouveau-Brunswick. Elle croyait fermement que c’étaient les actions des personnes qui pouvaient transformer le monde et elle pratiquait ce qu’elle croyait. Beth a fondé PANE (People Against Nuclear Energy) et le chapitre du sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick; elle est aussi la cofondatrice de SOS Water Sanqwan. En 2002, Beth a mérité le Prix Orca du RENB pour ses efforts inlassables dans la lutte contre la ville de Moncton qui voulait privatiser son système de distribution d’eau, et pour sa capacité de rallier des gens de divers milieux. En 2006, elle a mérité un deuxième prix du RENB, un prix spécial pour réalisations environnementales qui souligne son engagement passionné et inébranlable envers l’environnement et les gens du Nouveau-Brunswick, ainsi que son talent pour inspirer, motiver et former d’autres environnementalistes. Beth aimait beaucoup la vie et les jeunes personnes; elle a servi de mentor à plusieurs environnementalistes prometteurs au cours de sa vie.

    Nous partageons la tristesse de la famille de Beth affligée par cette perte.

    Une célébration de la vie de Beth aura lieu le mercredi 25 février à Moncton. Consultez http://www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca/obituary.asp?id=777#sthash.abjp2Rmh.dpuf pour plus de détails.


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    Du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick:

    In honour of Beth McLaughlin

    New Brunswick has lost a fierce defender of our environment with the
    passing of Beth McLaughlin on Sunday, Feb. 22.

    Beth was on the Conservation Council board for years. She worked
    tirelessly to make people aware of the dangers of nuclear power and she
    was one of the key organizers who shelved the Jaakko Poyry
    recommendations which sought to double the annual allowable cut in our
    forest in the early 2000s.

    Beth organized people around the province to ensure they attended the
    hearings that determined the fate of our forest. She traveled across New
    Brunswick and summarized what people had to stay at each hearing,
    comments which were then used to defeat the recommendations. Even when
    she became ill with cancer, Beth remained committed to protecting New
    Brunswick's Acadian forest and to developing proposed legislation for an
    Environmental Bill of Rights for New Brunswick. Her dedication and
    service was honoured by the Conservation Council family when she was
    presented with a Milton F. Gregg award for environmental activism in 2011.

    Beth, a retired school teacher, encouraged her students to be active
    citizens and to write letters to government. Beth earned a Masters of
    Environmental Studies degree at the Université de Moncton in 2001. Her
    thesis was on the topic of sustainable communities. Beth wrote a weekly
    column for the Times & Transcript as well as plays and fiction with
    environmental themes. She also ran an educational business focused on
    sustainable communities with Françoise Aubin.

    “From a young age, I always seemed to be aware of environmental issues,
    if perhaps only in a peripheral way. My father loved to fish and he
    would try to make weekly excursions to our family camp in the northwest
    New Brunswick woods. We loved the outdoors,” Beth said as she recalled
    the devastation caused by a spruce budworm outbreak and the widespread
    spraying of insecticides over New Brunswick's forest in the 1970s,
    during an interview for a story that honoured St. Thomas University alumna.

    Beth was also a founding board member of Crossroads for Women, a shelter
    for women and children living with family violence in Moncton.

    Deepest condolences to her partner Helene, to our board members who were
    such good friends of hers, and to all those who were blessed to know her
    witty humour, tenacity and passion in the many fights that mattered.

    Let's honour Beth's memory by renewing our commitment to protecting the
    Acadian forest that she so loved and to building healthy communities in
    this province.
  • Sadly, Beth McLaughlin passed away on February 22, 2015.

    Beth was a positive force in New Brunswick’s environmental community for decades. She firmly believed that people’s actions could change the world and lived by this belief. Beth founded PANE (People Against Nuclear Energy) and the South East Chapter of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and co-founded SOS Eau Water Sanqwan. In 2002, Beth was honoured with the NBEN’s Orca award for her tireless efforts in fighting City Hall on the issue of the privatization of the Moncton public water distribution system, and for her capacity to involve people from diverse backgrounds. In 2006, the NBEN again honoured her with an Environmental Achievement award for her passionate and unwavering commitment to the environment and people of New Brunswick, and her ability to inspire, motivate and nurture other environmentalists. Beth had a great love of life and for young people; she mentored many of New Brunswick’s up-and-coming environmentalists over the years.

    Our thoughts are with Beth’s family and friends as they mourn a great loss.

    A celebration of life for Beth will take place on Wednesday, February 25 in Moncton. See http://www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca/obituary.asp?id=777#sthash.abjp2Rmh.dpuf for more details.

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    From the Conservation Council of New Brunswick:

    In honour of Beth McLaughlin

    New Brunswick has lost a fierce defender of our environment with the
    passing of Beth McLaughlin on Sunday, Feb. 22.

    Beth was on the Conservation Council board for years. She worked
    tirelessly to make people aware of the dangers of nuclear power and she
    was one of the key organizers who shelved the Jaakko Poyry
    recommendations which sought to double the annual allowable cut in our
    forest in the early 2000s.

    Beth organized people around the province to ensure they attended the
    hearings that determined the fate of our forest. She traveled across New
    Brunswick and summarized what people had to stay at each hearing,
    comments which were then used to defeat the recommendations. Even when
    she became ill with cancer, Beth remained committed to protecting New
    Brunswick's Acadian forest and to developing proposed legislation for an
    Environmental Bill of Rights for New Brunswick. Her dedication and
    service was honoured by the Conservation Council family when she was
    presented with a Milton F. Gregg award for environmental activism in 2011.

    Beth, a retired school teacher, encouraged her students to be active
    citizens and to write letters to government. Beth earned a Masters of
    Environmental Studies degree at the Université de Moncton in 2001. Her
    thesis was on the topic of sustainable communities. Beth wrote a weekly
    column for the Times & Transcript as well as plays and fiction with
    environmental themes. She also ran an educational business focused on
    sustainable communities with Françoise Aubin.

    “From a young age, I always seemed to be aware of environmental issues,
    if perhaps only in a peripheral way. My father loved to fish and he
    would try to make weekly excursions to our family camp in the northwest
    New Brunswick woods. We loved the outdoors,” Beth said as she recalled
    the devastation caused by a spruce budworm outbreak and the widespread
    spraying of insecticides over New Brunswick's forest in the 1970s,
    during an interview for a story that honoured St. Thomas University alumna.

    Beth was also a founding board member of Crossroads for Women, a shelter
    for women and children living with family violence in Moncton.

    Deepest condolences to her partner Helene, to our board members who were
    such good friends of hers, and to all those who were blessed to know her
    witty humour, tenacity and passion in the many fights that mattered.

    Let's honour Beth's memory by renewing our commitment to protecting the
    Acadian forest that she so loved and to building healthy communities in
    this province.
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