Fisheries and Oceans Canada is currently running a survey on a proposal to create a conservation network in the waters of the Scotian Shelf and Bay of Fundy. They need to demonstrate overwhelming support for this project, and they need your help!

Here’s how you can contribute:

  1. Engage your supporters on this and ask them to support this project by filling out the survey. This could be done through your newsletter, email blasts, phone calls, socials, etc. 
  2. Provide feedback on behalf of your organization by emailing them directly with a detailed letter at MaritimesMPAs@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Here is a template letter for this purpose (courtesy of local CPAWS chapters). Feel free to adjust it as you please.
Fill out the survey here!
Green Party Leader, David Coon, has introduced a vital bill in the legislature - "An Act Respecting the Right to a Healthy Environment." This law will make sure our environment is safe and healthy now and for future generations.

Find out more and sign the petition with the link below:

https://www.greenpartynb.ca/environmental_rights

We are excited to share that the Conservation Council of New Brunswick has launched a new campaign called “Tell the Facts.” — a campaign to do just that: Tell the facts about the federal clean electricity regulations and counter misleading ads launched in New Brunswick by the Alberta government.

Last September, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith unveiled the “Tell the Feds” campaign, spreading inaccurate information about Ottawa’s clean electricity regulations. Unfortunately, New Brunswickers became unwitting targets of this misinformation for several months.

In light of this, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick has taken a stand with the “Tell the Facts” campaign aimed at setting the record straight on how these federal regulations will impact energy reliability, affordability and climate action in New Brunswick and across Canada.

The misinformation spread by Alberta about renewable energy is unacceptable, and our campaign is our firm response. We aim to showcase that clean, affordable energy can positively shape everyone’s future.

We encourage you to explore our campaign website, where you will find valuable and informative resources. Additionally, we’ve created a user-friendly letter-writing tool that allows you to easily communicate with federal politicians, demanding a strong commitment to a clean energy future.

Together, let’s rally for a better, cleaner future for New Brunswick and Canada. Click the link below to send your letter and be a part of this crucial movement.

Take action now! Your letter will be sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Steven Guilbeault.

Energy poverty is a term used to describe households that spend six percent or more of their after-tax household income on heating, cooling, and lighting their homes.

Atlantic Canada has the highest rates of Energy Poverty in Canada. While citizens support the transition away from fossil fuels for electricity generation and home heating, they recognize the transition might mean electricity bills will increase, which is a concern for many already facing challenges with power bills.

Are you spending six percent or more of your after-tax household income on energy? Would you like to participate in the Atlantic Citizens’ Assembly to make recommendations to federal and provincial governments and utility Boards on how to keep electricity affordable and eliminate energy poverty, while eliminating carbon and air pollution from the electricity system?

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is hosting an Atlantic-wide Citizens’ Assembly with a diverse group of about 6 Participants from each of the Atlantic Provinces living in rural and urban communities, with different household incomes, educational backgrounds, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The event will take place online in May.

A Citizens’ Assembly is a process where people come together to consider an issue, supported by expert reports and advisors. A facilitator helps participants consider the facts, share their personal experiences, and identify areas of agreement and disagreement that can inform recommendations to decision-makers on opportunities to improve electricity affordability and reduce energy poverty.

If you are interested in participating in this important event, we ask you to consider the following:

  1. Do you have access to reliable internet, computer, and camera so you can join us for a virtual Citizens’ Assembly in May?
  2. Are you willing to fill out a pre-assembly survey to help us determine your suitability?
  3. Can you read reports on energy affordability and energy poverty that are in English (we will provide material in French where they are available)?
  4. Can you spare enough time to read the background materials we will share with you to help prepare you to participate in the Citizens’ Assembly?  Reading background materials may take you three to four hours. 

If you would like to participate in the Conservation Council’s Citizens’ Assembly on Electricity Affordability and Energy Poverty, please reach out to Faith at faith.mambo@conservationcouncil.ca.

Successful applicants will each receive an honorarium of $200 after fully participating in the Citizen Assembly.

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Send your letter for secure, affordable, sustainable electricity

Acting on climate change is how we make life affordable


Join our letter-writing campaign calling on the federal government to implement a strong and effective Clean Electricity Regulation that protects our planet, our communities, and our wallets.

The federal government will soon issue a new set of rules to control planet-warming greenhouse gases from the electricity sector. Canada’s electricity system is already less polluting than it used to be because of regulations to phase out the use of coal and our dependence on hydro power. Now it’s time to finish the job.

The proposed Clean Electricity Regulation (CER), coming this spring, needs to take Canada over the finish line by embracing non-emitting energy sources like wind, solar, and hydro power and ditching fossil fuels no later than 2035.

If done right, these regulations will give Canadians a healthier, more affordable and reliable electricity system for years to come. That’s where you come in.

We need you to amplify our call for strong regulation—that means no extensions or loopholes for fossil fuel companies, no more burning stuff to make electricity, and financial support for people to ensure a smooth, fair and stable transition for all.

Take action now! Your letter will be sent to:

  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources
  • Blaine Higgs, Premier of New Brunswick
  • Gary Crossman, N.B. Minister of Environment and Climate Change 
  • Your Member of Parliament based on your postal code
  

Solidarity Statement Calling for New Brunswick Government to Respect the Right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent for Fracking in NB

You may have heard that Premier Higgs is pressuring Wolastoqey and Mi'kmaw leaders in NB to allow fracking by threatening to withhold funding, and promising future, speculative funding derived from fracking in the province. Please see the reporting on these links.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/new-brunswick-fracking-shale-gas-first-nations-1.6794489
https://tj.news/telegraph-journal/102091629

Higgs is tying new gas supply to pipelines, gas power plants, and as possible gas supply for an LNG project in the region, the Goldboro LNG project in Nova Scotia. All of these plans are without merit.

NBASGA is part of the Stop Atlantic Gas Alliance, a coalition fighting LNG and fracked gas infrastructure in Atlantic Canada, and as always, we are standing in solidarity with indigenous communities who have long opposed fracking in NB, and against this violation of the principle of free, prior, informed consent, and against any moves to open up fracking in NB.

If your organization agrees with those views, please read our short Statement, here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/11lppCs4PZZFTQ_pIEXWbxtyHOOroSTclZKe8UkZ66OE/edit?usp=sharing

and sign your group's support on the Google form by clicking on Please Click Here to Add the Name of Your Group at the bottom of the page. (You may have to click again when the URL link appears).

This sign-on is intended for groups, but is not limited to just environmental or climate groups.  Any organization - community, religious, medical/health, union, farming, forestry, political, etc. - large or small - that has an interest in climate change, public health, alternative energy, indigenous rights, or anything affected in any way by fracking, is urged to sign. If you are not empowered to do so, please bring this to your group's attention so they may sign. 

It is important to show that fracking is not just an indigenous issue, and that there is no social license for fracking in New Brunswick. 

Thanks for acting promptly by signing, and please pass this along to your email contacts, and via Facebook and Twitter posts.  If you have any problems with the sign-on process, please email Jim Emberger at shaleinfo.nb@gmail.com
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