• Cornell University Study - Shale gas worse than coal

    Some new information about shale gas environmental impacts was recently released. Read the Cornell University study,  Methane and the Greenhouse-Gas Footprint of Natural Gas
    from Shale Formations. This is important information for New Brunswickers to know during this time of discussion and debate around the development of the industry.

     Mnister of Environment, Margaret Ann Blaney, responds to the report in a CBC news article providing insight to NB government's stance on the issue.

  • Presentation for Canada Council for Canadians - Saint John, Hugh Akagi, October 3rd 2013

    The following are the words of Passamaquoddy Elder Hugh Akagi. He presented at the 'Energy For Everyone' initiative, run recently in Saint John.

  • Press Release, Council of Canadians, Hugh Akagi, October 3rd 2013

    The following are the words of Passamaquoddy Elder Hugh Akagi. He presented at the 'Energy For Everyone' initiative, run recently in Saint John.

    Address by Chief of the Passamaquoddy Nation, Hugh Akagi at 'Energy For Everyone'

    Saint John October 3, 2013



    Once again I wish to thank the wolastoqiyik for the honour to walk in your territory.

    When first asked to speak at this event I recommended someone I knew who would deliver a better message in a more powerful way than I possibly could, yet I was gently reminded through the following message that I have an obligation to be here: I thought - and you can correct me - that the pipeline marine terminal and marine traffic, poses a risk to the waters of the Passamaquoddy. This may be an issue that you are interested in.”

    Needless to say, I was humbled and she was right. 

    “I see signs all through Passamaquoddy territory, including the waters, that we can no longer entrust the safety and well being of this planet to those compromised by their addiction to money”

    I am interested and more than concerned that our energy bubble is about to burst. I see signs all through Passamaquoddy territory including the waters that we can no longer entrust the safety and well being of this planet to those compromised by their addiction to money. Money is not real, it is a paper substitute for land, for water, for creatures that share this planet with us and even for the lives of those often described as collateral damage for the comfort of others.

    “Don’t forget our earliest dependence on oil put the largest creatures to ever inhabit this planet on a list of endangered species just to keep the lamps burning in Europe”

    Do you require proof of each of these? In sequence: comprehensive claims for Indians (money for land, well yes we are supposed to be grateful that they no longer bribe us with alcohol, but come on, paper? Let’s use the currency of the day- - land!), water is threatened every day by our addiction to energy. . .Irving Whale, Valdez, Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Ranger, Grand Banks Newfoundland . . . Don’t forget our earliest dependence on oil put the largest creatures to ever inhabit this planet on a list of endangered species just to keep the lamps burning in Europe.

    When asked to attend a meeting on the destruction of science, I gave simple advice, help us help you. Natives have rights you need to access if we are to counter the behaviour of governments willing to sacrifice anything so that corporations will fill their pockets come election time when campaign contributions determine who will be the elite in the world they create for us.

    Read the Paper. Why did Chief Sock feel the need to evict a corporation? Why did he assure that “Private property owners have nothing to worry about . . . But companies exploiting Crown lands for fish, wood, minerals or gas are being told to get out now”?

    “…Governments willing to sacrifice anything so that corporations will fill their pockets come election time when campaign contributions determine who will be the elite in the world they create for us”

    Could it be because one represents a non-human entity empowered with human rights and the other is a human entity deprived of human rights, and he knows the difference! Perhaps because governments have reneged on their promise to protect human rights, not sell out to the highest bidder at the first opportunity.

    As Canadians aren’t we tired of being the brunt of jokes such as: If you hit an American he will hit you back, but if you hit a Canadian, he’ll apologize?

    Why do we accept Government behaviour as normal when it is often immoral in character?

    “…Wake up New Brunswick, it’s time to stop the tail from wagging the Dog. It is time to take control of our lives and we can start by standing in solidarity with those who are willing to do the right thing”

    Wake up Canada, Wake up New Brunswick, it’s time to stop the tail from wagging the Dog. It is time to take control of our lives and we can start by standing in solidarity with those who are willing to do the right thing. We can stop believing the constant diet of lies we are being fed by those attempting to convince us to give them what they do not have and that is our consent. A portion of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples protects the will of the People using “free, prior, and informed consent”. No wonder Canada likes to refer to this as an “aspirational” document.

    Let’s see are there any other documents that might be considered aspirational, I believe the series of omnibus bills would indicate that the Oceans Act is simply an aspiratinal document, as is the fisheries act, and if you follow the trail of behaviour I might suggest the province is willing to take a page from the Feds by treating the Human Rights Act and Rights to clean Water as aspiratinal as well.

    “No written law may be forced by the government unless it conforms with certain unwritten, universal principals of fairness, morality, and justice that transcends human legal systems. Perhaps our Mother and her creatures have more rights than we realize” 

    Oh by-the-way, I cannot find the word aspirational in Wikipedia, Websters or Oxford, so it would appear our Federal leadership has created a word which is not real to describe a document as not being real!

    Something I did find in the dictionary was the “legal” definition of “LAW”: No written law may be forced by the government unless it conforms with certain unwritten, universal principals of fairness, morality, and justice that transcends human legal systems. Perhaps our Mother and her creatures have more rights than we realize.

    So, if we cannot believe the Feds, and we cannot trust the Province, who can we trust, the Indians?

    “We honoured the treaties of peace and friendship which means we were the only party to respect the covenant between our Nations. You need to understand us, you need to understand that our connection to the land is real”

    This won’t be easy folks because I believe most of you are still afraid of us. We are not the enemy. We are not friends because we are the enemy of your enemy. We honoured the treaties of peace and friendship which means we were the only party to respect the covenant between our Nations. You need to understand us, you need to understand that our connection to the land is real. Our need to protect comes not from acts or legislations but from the Earth herself. Now I have come full circle, this is a Native thing. The reminder was not that this is about an issue but about existence. It is about respecting the Earth as our Mother and protecting her while she nourishes us and our children.

    “The reminder was not that this is about an issue but about existence. It is about respecting the Earth as our Mother and protecting her while she nourishes us and our children” 

    If we keep behaving like spoiled children demanding more than she can give, then we will destroy her. If we do not protect her lifeblood, what you refer to as the waters then she will suffer as well. No amount of pipelines and black oil could replace her incredible circulatory system scientists call the world’s air conditioner. If you keep clear-cutting her hair, which you refer to as forests, she will burn from exposure to the sun. If you poison her blood, your oceans, all the life giving contents will die as well.

    “No amount of pipelines and black oil could replace her incredible circulatory system scientists call the world’s air conditioner. If you keep clear-cutting her hair, which you refer to as forests, she will burn from exposure to the sun”

    Sometimes we feel overwhelmed by the task ahead but we always have a choice, and that is to do what is right or do what is easy and like I said, this won’t be easy. But we have friends in-the-room. We need to believe that there are good lawyers who will not charge an arm and a leg to help, we need to believe there are police authorities that understand the need to protect the People above corporate profits, we need to believe there are politicians willing to give instead of take from their communities, and we need to believe that we can all work together for the common good.

    Often this world seems upside down when I hear that Julian Assange is being punished (seeking asylum) for telling the truth and Bradley Manning was condemned for having a conscience while the murderers remain unpunished and free. What country hunts Eric Snowden for exposing the “spy story” of the century while protecting the criminals who were entrusted with a Nation’s security? And how can a Nation with Nuclear weapons attack another country because they are “suspected” of having weapons of mass destruction? The United States Government is shut down because parties cannot agree on a health plan to serve their citizens. People who have lied about their credentials are used to justify Fraking, when confronted they too are protected by those in authority who should be embarrassed but never are.

    Yet giving up is not an option and we now know that energy is not all it’s fraked up to be.
  • Radical ?

     La désobéissance civile prend racine lorsque les actions du parti gouvernemental sont influencés par un petit nombre et la puissance des citoyens en général et la capacité d'influence est enlevé... Est-ce que c’est là où le Nouveau-Brunswick et le Canada en est maintenant?

    Canada says oil, gas industry organized PR strategy for oilsands, The Gazette

    Shale gas protesters to end blockade, CBC News

    Un barrage contre le gaz de schiste près de Fredericton, Radio Canada

  • Santé du public retranchée- Alward donne aux Néo-Brunswickois l’illusion de sécurité

    Communiqué de presse

    Conseil des Canadiens (CdC), section de Fredericton

    Fredericton, N.-B.                                                                               Le 15 septembre 2014

    La santé du public retranchée - Alward donne aux Néo-Brunswickois l’illusion de sécurité

    Les trois sections du Nouveau-Brunswick du Conseil des Canadiens, celle de Fredericton, de Moncton et de Saint John, accusent le premier ministre Alward de créer une illusion de sécurité chez les Néo-Brunswickois. Lors du débat télévisé avec les chefs des autres partis, mardi soir passé, M. Alward a dit que son gouvernement avait saisi l’occasion de mettre en place « les règles les plus sévères en Amérique du Nord » pour surveiller l’exploration du gaz de schiste.

    « Nous sommes d’accord avec le premier ministre quand il déclare que nous avons besoin de règles sévères pour protéger la santé de la population contre cette industrie. Mais ce qui nous préoccupe sérieusement, c’est ce qu’il ne dit pas. Ni lui ni personne d’autre dans son gouvernement n’a expliqué publiquement pourquoi la question de la santé du public avait été enlevée des 12 principes sur lesquels se sont appuyées ces règles », de commenter Jean Louis Deveau qui a récemment fait une analyse de la manière dont ces règles ont été établies. « Élaborer des règles pour l’exploration du gaz de schiste en suivant une recette dont le premier ingrédient n’est pas la santé des gens c’est comme préparer un repas de dinde sans dinde », poursuit-il.

    En décembre 2011, 12 principes directeursqui ont servi pour élaborer ces règles sont apparus dans un communiqué émis par le gouvernement.Ils portaient, entre autres, sur des points tels que «prendre des mesures pour éviter une possible fuite de produits contaminants par le puits », « se pencher sur la question de l'utilisation durable de l'eau » et « protéger la santé du public ».

    Pourtant, six mois plus tard, en mai 2012, lorsqu’un document de travail contenant les 116 recommandations – devant servir à établir des règles parmi les meilleures au monde - fut soumis à l’examen du public, on n’y faisait aucune mention de la santé des gens. Et la population n’en avait pas été informée.

    « Le fait que le gouvernement n’ait pas traité la santé du public comme un ingrédient essentiel dans l’élaboration des règles n’est qu’une indication de plus que ce qui compte pour lui c’est de satisfaire les besoins de l’industrie plutôt que de voir au bien-être des citoyens de cette province », déplore Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, co-présidente de la section de Fredericton du Conseil des Canadiens.

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    Contacts pour les médias : Jean Louis Deveau, (506) 459-2907 (m), (506) 238-5277 (c); Caroline Lubbe D’Arcy, (506) 454-5119; Angela Giles, (902) 422-7811

  • Shale Gas Community Groups in New Brunswick Express Concern

    The power of networks is shown by these eleven groups who collaborated together on a media release as a way to voice a shared opinion - their release speaks for itself, enjoy.

     

    July 7, 2011

     

    Shale Gas Community Groups in New Brunswick Express Concern

     

    New Brunswick - The Citizens for Responsible Resource Development's (CRRD) media conference announcing support for the continued development of the shale gas industry in New Brunswick does not express nor represent the views of many of the community based groups that have been formed to address the issues of this relatively new and highly controversial industry in our Province.

     

    Many New Brunswicker's are still unaware and unfamiliar with this complex industry. We, the undersigned, are looking forward to continuing to work in our communities and with each other to educate and inform residents of the potential impacts of a shale gas industry in New Brunswick.

     

    Hampton Water First
    Harvey Environmental Action Team (HEAT)
    Maliseet Grand Council
    Our Environment, Our Choice
    Quality of Life Initiative
    Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis
    Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park Inc.
    Corn Hill Area Residents Association
    Ban Fracking NB
    Council of Canadians
    Action Memramcook

  • Tongue-wagging or truth-telling?

    Shale gas development is being discussed by a multitude of folks: neighbours, politicians, youth, health care providers, farmers, and investors. Yet, I find it surprising that there is very limited discussion in the media about the fact that groups and citizens continue to take precious time out of their lives to go directly to the legislature doors to express their concerns. There have been two years of active public outcry by citizens and groups working to ensure that the shale gas conversation is not cut short.

    New Brunswick is full of tenacious people who will continue to publicly share their concerns at the NB legislature steps until true dialogue and active citizen-engaged decision-making occurs. Both sides of the shale gas debate deserve the chance to not only discuss concerns, but share their fears and ideas of a vibrant New Brunswick.

    Citizens and groups are engaged and invest their time into because they love this place. These people are also a resource that needs to be tapped as a way to help propel NB into the future.

    Check out some of the online media:

    -        Facebook images of NB Legislature opening

    -        N.B. to weigh in on shale gas development, Halifax Herald

    -        NB premier promises to deliver shale gas blueprint, CTV news

    -        CBC News report

    -         Toward a Green Power Grid & Financing a Green Power Grid, Woodstock Sustainable Energy Group

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