The federal government is seeking comments on the proposed management plan for the Yellow Rail, a species of special concern.
For more information: Samara Eaton, Canadian Wildlife Service, (506) 364-5060

Hello one and all,

Community Forests International (CFI) is launching our 2012 fall workshop series with a 2 day ecological forestry course led by professional forester and author Jamie Simpson.  We are also offering workshops and short courses on watercourse restoration, chainsaw safety and maintenance, and low impact forestry & horse logging in the month of October. Further workshop information will be posted on our website as it becomes available. We would love if you could join us this fall!

Ecological Forestry: Backyard Woodlot Management with Jamie Simpson / September 1 & 2, 2012


Watercourse Restoration Workshop with Peter Hardie, Daniel Cassie and Estelle Drisdelle / October 13, 2012


Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Certification with Jeff Williams (Worksafe NB) / October 19, 20 & 21, 2012


Low Impact Forestry & Horse Logging Short Course with Peter de Graaf / October 22, 23 & 24, 2012

 

For more information on our workshops click here or on the specific courses above.

All the best,

 

CFI Team

The herbicide spray season is upon us. The aerial spraying of Crown land plantations started on August 8 and continues until September 17. If you are wondering if you are in line for dousing, you can check a great online map at http://geonb.snb.ca/herbicide/. As well, the Conservation Council of NB has more information at http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/News/news08161201.aspx

For the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation

Description

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Land Conservation was established to mark the 25th anniversary of The Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB). As Honorary Patron of The Nature Trust of New Brunswick, the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick will present the award in recognition of an individual or organization’s significant contributions to protection of natural heritage through land conservation in New Brunswick.

Successful nominees will have a significant impact on land conservation in New Brunswick through leadership, direct action, and long-term involvement as well as other significant contributions. Eligible nominees may include those individuals or organizations involved in stewardship, volunteerism, donation of lands, or building effective partnerships and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • An individual or entity who has contributed in a sustained manner over a significant period of time
  • An individual or entity who has contributed significantly in a relatively short amount of time
  • A donor of funds or property
  • A volunteer, steward and/or member
  • A corporate or community partner
  • An individual who contributed significantly in the past and should be recognized posthumously
The first award will be given at The Nature Trust of New Brunswick’s 25th anniversary celebration in October 2012. The Award may not necessarily be awarded each year, depending on the recommendation of the award committee.

The Selection Committee shall have five members as nominated by:
  • The Atlantic Regional Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • The New Brunswick Minister of Natural Resources
  • The Regional Director of the federal Department of Environment
  • The Board of Nature NB
  • A Chairperson named by the Board of Trustees of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick
Nominating and Selection Process

  • Nominations may be in French or English, typewritten, and submitted with the following components:
  • Nomination letter – a cover letter including the name, address, telephone number and organization of both the nominee and nominator(s).
  • Biography – a brief summary (not more than three pages) of the nominee’s educational background, positions held, civic and professional involvement and other relevant data.
  • Accomplishments – a narrative based on the selection criteria for the Award (not exceeding three pages) explaining the basis for the nomination that, in the opinion of the nominator(s), qualifies the nominee for the award, with such supporting evidence as may be appropriate for the Selection Committee to consider.
  • References – letters from at least three persons in support of the nomination.
  • The Selection Committee will make the judgment solely on the basis of the information received and will not seek additional information about any of the nominees.
  • Please note that, in making its decision, the Selection Committee attaches considerable importance to the nature and the quality of the documentation submitted by the nominators.
  • Nominations received for the Award in any given year will be considered automatically for the next two years after receipt of a renewal of nomination letter by nominator(s).
  • In any given year, the Selection Committee may decide not to give an award
The names of the nominees and the ranking of the nominees by the Selection Committee shall be treated confidentially
Please contact the Nature Trust of New Brunswick for nomination forms
506-457-2398
naturetrust@ntnb.org
Or visit our new website which will be launched September 1st, 2012
www.naturetrust.nb.ca

I am back in the office after my maternity leave and looking forward to talking to everyone and catching up on what`s been going on!

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The NBEN’s staff are taking the challenge will you? June 3- June 9th the National Commuter Challenge gets underway and competitors are asked to try and find active ways to get to work! We here at the NBEN are challenging you as an individual or group to enter today.


Why not join it:


  • Is a week-long event during Canadian Environment Week (June 3 9, 2012)
  • Is a friendly competition between Canadian cities and workplaces
  • Encourages Canadians to leave their cars at home
  • Rewards walking, cycling, carpooling/ride-sharing, taking transit and telecommuting
  • Celebrates active and sustainable transportation
  • Is nationally hosted by Sustainable Alberta Association
  • Is locally hosted by City Coordinators who support workplaces
Click here for the rules and to enter

For those concerned about maintaining environmental protection, the recent federal decision to deny the applications for 3 species to be included the Species at Risk list is a red flag. The species, 2 plants and 1 dragonfly, might be found only in a few locations, but from my viewpoint that is the whole point of having endangered species legislation - to protect species that are vulnerable to being lost without anyone mounting a defence or, perhaps, without anyone even noticing. Our duty, as a species with big brains, is to ensure that all species are preserved, big and little. On top of this, the Sierra Club is raising concerns that the Species at Risk legislation itself is also on the chopping block.   For more info http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/endangered-species/media/release/laura-dragonfly-creating-buzz-parliament-hill-pleads-protection-pre

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For the small community of Stoney Creek, oil drilling has been part of rural life for over 100 years. When water tests revealed methane, diesel and barium in a resident’s well water, local community members were not surprised. Many residents get their drinking water from uncontaminated springs or bottled water. However, interest is rising around the contamination, especially after NDP leader Dominic Cardy called for a moratorium on drilling in Stoney Creek, in response to the test results. The findings of laboratory technicians, who were able to light the water on fire, is consistent with community members’ stories about lighting matches at the faucet.

The story of Stoney Creek is emerging just before New Brunswick Day celebrations around the importance of clean air, land and water. Citizens are coming together in Fredericton on August 6 for a series of events. Click here for more information and to see the full schedule.

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NEWS RELEASE,  JULY 24, 2012

Ward 10 Residents Request for Shale Gas Consultation Meeting Shut Down

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada – Provincial government officials deny local grassroots residents group request for participation in province wide information and consultation process on shale gas development in New Brunswick.

On June 28th a letter was signed by many residents attending a crowded Ward 10 Residents Association meeting in Fredericton.  The letter responded to concerns by many residents that they were not being sufficiently informed and consulted on shale gas development as originally promised by Premier Alward in recent speeches and the election.

"Over the last several months, Fredericton residents, including those in Ward 10, have expressed concerns about not having been invited to participate in a meaningful conversation about the development and regulation of a shale gas industry in New Brunswick,” said Leah Levac, Fredericton city councillor for Ward 10. “In my conversations with residents, many have expressed a desire to receive more information about the province's plans regarding shale gas development so that they can develop an informed opinion on the matter". 

The letter asked, "Dr. Louis LaPierre and the Natural Gas Group to meet with the Ward 10 Residents Association in Fredericton (before the end of July 2012) so our residents can be informed on shale gas regulations and have a voice in this important process.”

The following morning, the letter was mailed and emailed to the Natural Gas Group as well as copied to provincial and city politicians. On July 20th, the Ward 10 Residents Association was told that it could meet with Dr. LaPierre and the Natural Gas Group for 20 minutes. The group was also told that it would have to share the 20 minutes with the Friends of the UNB Woodlot, and that no more than three Ward 10 residents were allowed to participate.

The group feels that attempts to respond to Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup's announcement which read, “we look forward to hearing from New Brunswickers [during Dr. LaPierre's consultation]” (press release), and to his open invitation to any “groups or associations” to meet with LaPierre and the Natural Gas Group are being undermined.

“The shale gas public consultation tour missed a majority of our population by not even going to Moncton, Saint John or Fredericton,” said Ward 10 resident Taeyon Kim.  “How can even three Ward 10 residents make any informed decision in 20 minutes shared with another group?”

The Ward 10 Residents Association will only participate in a consultation process that is democratic and transparent.  On October 3rd 2011 David Alward gave a speech to the Moncton Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise Greater Moncton on shale gas development and the importance of public information and consultation on this issue.  Mr Alward referred to “town hall and information meetings” where MLAs could “hear directly from their constituents on this important issue.”  Later in the speech he added, “It’s a discussion we as New Brunswickers all need to have.”

“I met with my MLA, Brian MacDonald, and he agreed with our request for a meeting with the Natural Gas Group, that allows residents to become fully informed and consulted on shale gas development in New Brunswick,” said Ward 10 resident Garth Hood.  “He said he would do everything within his power to help us get this public meeting.”

The association fully agrees with Mr. Alward that, “It’s a discussion that we as New Brunswickers all need to have.” The association does not agree that Ward 10 residents have been given any open and democratic public opportunity for informed discussion. This is why the Ward 10 Residents Association is repeating the original request:

The Ward 10 Residents Association requests that Dr. LaPierre and the Natural Gas Group hold a public meeting within Fredericton so all residents can be fully informed and consulted on shale gas development in New Brunswick.

Posted For Ward 10 Residents Association

Media Contact: Taeyon Kim frederictonward10residents@gmail.com

Last month, on June 27, Tides Canada launched a new campaign focusing on cooperation and collaboration amongst Canadians. The "Strange Bedfellows" campaign is just that- an unlikely alliance of companies, industry associations, labor unions, governments and citizen organizations, coming together to support the development of a Canadian energy strategy. Participants are now calling on Canada’s provincial premiers to work together to develop a strategy that will ensure energy security and jobs while addressing climate change and environmental protection. The premiers are meeting in Halifax in late July for the Council of the Federation summit, and are expected to address the development of an energy strategy.

Tides Canada is hoping that participants from diverse backgrounds can put aside their differences and work together. After all, according to Sarah Goodman, Tide Canada's vice president of business development and services, "[…] successful partnerships are often built between people from different points of view or different walks of life." For more information, or to get involved, visit their webiste.

Another recent result of people coming together is the online petition to save the Experimental Lakes Area. The petition was a global effort, with signatures from 58 different countries (one for every experimental lake), asking the Harper Government to reverse the decision to close the world-renowned research facility. The petition can be seen on this website,  along with comments from the signatories.

Join us for a clean-up and trail work day on our beautiful Grand Manan Island preserves!

Who: Nature Trust members and volunteers

What: A day of trail maintenance, sign installation and beach clean-up on the Charlotte Isles Preserves of Grand Manan Island

Where: Thomas B. Munro Shoreline & Meredith Houseworth Seashore (Whale Cove) Memorial Preserves

When: August 11th, 9:30am to 3:00pm

Meet at the Long Eddy Point lighthouse (entrance to Munro) for 9:30am. Meet at the Meredith Houseworth preserve for 12pm.

What to Bring: Please bring a lunch & lots of water. Wear work appropriate attire and prepare for the weather!

Ferry Travel: Leaves Blacks Harbour at 7:30am – arrives 9am on Grand Manan. Leaves Grand Manan at 3:30pm – arrives in Blacks Harbour for 5pm.
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Scientists staged a mock funeral at Parliament Hill in Ottawa yesterday, July 10 2012, in order to shine a light on the seemingly restrictive political atmosphere to sciencesor really any voice that could raise concerns, ideas, or evidence which goes against the current federal political direction. 

These scientists have hit my emotional nail on the head – I have been mourning this year the loss of our country’s  positive global image and accepting that my idealistic view of Canada as a nation that can debate tough issues by weighing opinions and science is one that has been suppressed by a small unified financial vision.

 

I know it is horrible to have such sad thoughts on another beautiful day! However, it is the beauty of the people I know, our natural environment, and the small victories that keeps me going, hoping, and contributing to a healthier nation – thanks to those scientists on Parliament Hill for doing the same. 

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The 'No Child Left Inside' programme is an initiative of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick (CCNB) that seeks to reconnect New Brunswick's youth with the natural heritage of the places they inhabit. The programme endeavours to facilitate outdoor experiences for New Brunswick students by finding creative ways of teaching existing curriculum in natural spaces on school grounds or nearby. Our pilot project is a partnership with the Keswick Ridge Community School (K-Gr. 8), School District 18, and a number of community groups and organizations. This video highlights activities at the school so far.

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Here's a Video from Fundy Baykeeper's Alewife Run 2012, calling for the restoration of gaspereau (alewives) to the St Croix River!

Clark Phillips passed away on June 27, 2012. He was leader in many organizations and on the forefront of social and environmental concerns, including organic agriculture and forestry. Clark was a pioneer in establishing organic farming in this province and across North America. His lifelong dedication to this work had a significant impact and will not be forgotten. He played an equally important role in the woodlot sector, encouraging and practicing forest management techniques that promote and restore the Acadian forest. He was active in developing the working land trust movement and his farm and woodlot are now owned by Community Forests International, to be maintained in a working state and managed in a sustainable manner in perpetuity. Clark was a force for change and will be truly missed.

A memorial service and visioning session for the future of Whaelghinbran Farm will be held on July 15th from 12:00 - 5:00 at Whaelghinbran Farm (2002 Cedar Camp Rd., South Branch, Kings Co., NB E4E 5E7). Please feel free to bring a dish as the event will be a potluck. In lieu of sending flowers please consider making a contribution to Community Forests International or to the New Brunswick Community Land Trust.

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From Jeff Schnurr, Community Forests International

On Wednesday, June 27th, between the hours of 4-5 AM, we lost our friend, our mentor and our inspiration, Clark Phillips. There is no question of filling his shoes -- we can’t. They’re too big, too knowing and too meaningful. But we can continue his legacy. We will honour Clark by continuing his work at Whaelghinbran Farm.

We learned from Clark.

We learned that if you believe in something, you stand up for it. For Clark, everything was a protest. Farming was a protest. Cooking was a protest. Living a rich life with his lifelong partner, Susan Tyler was a protest for all that is good and meaningful. There is no one I respected more in this world and as hard as it is to lose him, we were able to make his dream a reality. When Clark left us he was worried about the farm, but he was not worried about succession. His last request was that we finish the second planting of potatoes.

We planted the potatoes. We’ve always wanted our work to count for something and on Wednesday, June 27th it did. It hurt but there was a hidden joy in knowing that we were continuing his belief - we were protesting on those fields for everything Clark believed in.

Somehow, on the farm, life and death makes sense. It seems natural on a landscape that will outlive us all. As the water and sun feed the plants, we care and toil in the earth. We are a temporary part of the landscape and we will work to make our time count. I will not last forever. Community Forests International will not last forever. But together we know that we can work towards something that is greater than ourselves, like Clark did. We can live our beliefs on the land and work with those we love and care for.

Clark, we will miss you.

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From ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network)

Dear Organic Community,

I'm afraid I have more sad news to share with you: One of our sector's organic pioneers, Clark Phillips, passed away early Wednesday morning, on June 27th.

Many of us were fortunate to know Clark Phillips, who, with his amazing partner Susan Tyler, first started farming in 1966 near Saint John. The both became enthusiastic organic practitioners in the 70's when they moved to their present location of Whaelghinbran Farm (near Fundy National Park, NB).

Clark was tirelessly involved in all aspects of the organic community. Of particular significance in the Atlantic Provinces is that Clark was involved with the initial organization of a regional organic organization––which of course, became what ACORN is today. The list of his contributions and accomplishments within the organic movement, the co-operative movement, and to ecological forestry is impressive and inspiring:

  • Clark was the foundational president of ACORN;
  • Clark and Susan were awarded the Gerrit Loo Award for outstanding contributions to organic agriculture in Atlantic Canada in 2004;
  • He helped to establish the New Brunswick Chapter of The Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA NB);
  • He served on the Board of OCIA National and International;
  • He served on the Advisory Council for the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada Advisory Council (2002-2005)
  • Clark was also a Board member of the Organic Federation of Canada, representing New Brunswick's interests.

Clark was also involved with the Co-operative Enterprise Council of New Brunswick, Southern New Brunswick (SNB) Wood Marketing Executive Board, SNB Wood Co-op Board and was the SNB director at the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, (NBFWLO).

When I detail the list of Clark's life work, I am humbled, amazed, and inspired that he accomplished all of this in addition to his primary occupation: a farmer and sustainable woodlot owner. There is no doubt that he is and has been a shining example to us all in the organic sector of an engaged and dedicated citizen of a better world.

As some of you knew, for the last two or three years, Clark and Susan were preparing to retire from actively farming the land, and embraced the role of mentoring the next generation on the farm and in the forest. Their successors are a group of passionate New Brunswicker’s called Community Forests International, who have been working alongside the duo to transition this tremendously important knowledge to a whole new generation of farmers and forest stewards.

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Remembering Clark: An obituary by his partner Susan Tyler

BORN PAUL CLARK PHILLIPS

IN WARRENSBURG

IN A HOUSE THAT STILL IS A HOUSE WE VISITED A WHILE AGO

(UNLIKE THE POEM BY FROST BUT SOMEHOW AN ECHO)

RAISED IN MOUNTAINS AND WOODS AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

IN KITCHENS WHERE FOOD NOURISHED BODIES, MINDS AND PASSIONS

LIFE WAS THE GOAL FOR HIM IN THE FOREST AND THE FIELDS

COMMUNITY WAS THE GOAL FOR MEETING

COOPERATION HIS WAY TO GET THERE

CONSENSUS DESIRED

COMPROMISE – ONLY AS A MEANS TO THAT CONSENSUS

NOT GIVING UP OR IN

HE MET PEOPLE AND LEARNED THEM AND LOVED THEM FOR WHAT THEY DID

AND HE STOOD UP AND JOINED AND TOOK THEM WITH HIM

AND SO

(BESIDES HIS DAUGHTER, HIS SISTER HIS BROTHERS AND THEIR FAMILIES HIS GRANDCHILDREN HIS PARENTS HIS AUNTS HIS STEP CHILDREN HIS PARTNER)

AND SO

HIS HUGE EXTENDED FAMILY GREW HE NEVER FORGOT ANYONE

A LOVER TENDER AND WARM

FIERCE SHELTERING HEAT IN HIS EMBRACE

HE DROVE A TRACTOR

HE PLANTED VEGETABLES POTATOES FOOD AND IDEAS

HE CUT TREES – TO LET IN THE LIGHT -

(AND MAKE A LIVING BY THE WAY) BY THAT WAY

REGENERATING ACADIA

HARD KEPT SILENCE WAS A TOOL HE USED TO BARGIN

THEN A QUESTION GENTLY OPENING THE DOOR TO ARBITRATION

YES AND NO WERE WORDS HE COULD SAY

AT THE END OF THE PAGE

LOST IN THE TURNING

A POWERFUL FORCE INTERRUPTED

HEART STOPPED

BREATH STOPPED

STRENGTH GIVEN OUT

STRENGTH

GIVEN OUT

DISTRIBUTED

SPREAD BY LOVE

SPREAD WITH LOVE AND COMMITMENT

“HERE THERE EVERYWHERE”

THE SUN THE SOIL THE RAIN A DOUBLE RAINBOW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD

THE FLASH OF A YELLOW WARBLER AN EAGLE FLIES

THE TURKEY VULTURE HITCHES A RIDE ON THE AIR STREAM

HIS BLUE EYES TRACKING

A UNIVERSE FOR HIS LOVER TO BE LOST AND FOUND IN

Last week, the UN conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janiero wrapped up and the world barely noticed. While the Earth Summit of 1992 was an important development on the scene of environmental sustainability, 20 years later the world is more than ever stuck in a political impasse.

Even though this year’s summit was the largest event ever organized by the UN, the end result was a document that satisfied no one. Canada provided no constructive input, rather opting to play the role of saboteur, "furiously pedaling backwards".

One journalist, from the UK guardian, calls Rio + 20 the "greatest failure of collective leadership since the first world war". He says that it is becoming evident that governments will not act to protect the planet, and his opinion is echoed by many voices.

But let’s not leave it up to the governments to decide the fate of the planet.   

It has already been 20 years since the United Nation Conference on Environment and Development of 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, The Earth Summit. During the Earth Summit, many principles had been adopted

As the tradition wants it, it’s now time to reopen the discussions between industrialized and developing countries, so together, they can look forward for the next 20 years to safeguard the Earth and the human race. The theme for 2012 is sustainable development

Secretary-general of the United Nations Ban ki-Moon thinks it is crucial that the different countries’ leaders agree on a plan for the future. He knows Rio+20 won’t solve all the problems, but he thinks that if we "do not take firm actions, we may be heading towards the end – the end of our future". The United Nations up a list of seven critical issues that will be discussed in the Conference: jobs, energy, cities, food, water, oceans, and disasters.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government is trying to prevent the other conference members from agreeing to end fossil fuel subsidies, even though it could save the country millions of dollars. 

 

Here is a very interesting video by the United Nations Development Program for the Rio+20 sustainable developments.  

While all eyes turn to Rio de Janiero as world leaders meet to discuss sustainable development, other things are happening in Canada. With the approval of Bill C-38, a blow has been dealt to environmental regulations and free speech across the country. Parks Canada employees have recently received letters stating that they are now forbidden from criticizing the federal government. Contact with journalists is being restricted to selected individuals, and employees are being told that they have a "duty" to support the Harper government.

While environmental groups and organizations may be being hit hard lately, they are still keeping up their work. The David Suzuki Foundation is hosting a phone-in, or ``telephone town hall`` to discuss with Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder. The questions that will be discussed will revolve around the benefits of being immersed in Nature, such as "Can being in nature make you smarter?". The conference call will be on Sunday, June 24 and it will be nation-wide, and anyone can participate for free. Click here for more information and to register.




The Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence in Land Conservation was established

to mark the 25th anniversary of The Nature Trust of New Brunswick

(NTNB). As Honorary Patron of The Nature Trust of New Brunswick, the Honourable

Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick will present the award

in recognition of an individual or organization's significant contributions to

protection of natural heritage through land conservation in New Brunswick.

 

Let us know if you would like to nominate someone or visit our website to fill out a nomination form! 

Bill C-38 is causing a lot of discussion lately, whether it be among environmentalists, unions, politicians, or citizens. Everyone has something to say, or an opinion on the subject. Individuals from across Canada are gathering to work together, despite their differences.

            In New Brunswick, people and groups worried about the changes that the “budget” will bring to environmental regulations are gathering in Fredericton tomorrow, June 14th. The gathering will take place at the office of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, at 11am. There will be a press release during which individuals will speak about the impacts of Bill C-38 on marine life and public safety.

            Today, elsewhere in the province, citizens are mobilizing to try to convince their conservative Members of Parliament to vote against bill C-38. Gatherings will take place in Bathurst, Moncton, St Stephen, Hampton, Saint John, Fredericton, Edmundston, Grand Falls and Miramichi.

This protest will also be happening across the country, in order to convince 13 conservative MPs to vote against bill C-38 to stop it from being implemented.

The NBEN hosted 8 member and associated groups at a workshop held on June 11th in the context of the Grand Opening of the Moncton Peace Centre . The groups were invted to present their projects in a short visual presentation, followed by a "Meet & Greet" in the NBEN office located on the 3rd floor of the new Peace Centre tower in Moncton. This was a great occasion for everybody to meet in person, mingle and discuss. The attending groups were:

EOS- Eco Energy inc.http://www.eosecoenergy.com/

Cornhill Area Residents Association, contact: Jane Bradbrook jane.bradbrook@rbc.com

CCNB Action, South-Eastern Chapter http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/

Common Front for Social Justice http://www.frontnb.ca/en/Home_en.htm

Moncton Earth Day http://www.monctonearthday.com/

Post Carbon Greater Moncton http://postcarbonmoncton.blogspot.ca/2011/05/oils-blame-game.html

Community Forests International http://forestsinternational.org/

Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance http://www.petitcodiacwatershed.org/home

The controversial Bill C-38 is getting a lot of publicity lately, both from opponents doing everything they can to stop it, and from conservative politicians desperately trying to push support for it. Not only will the federal budget slash environmental regulations on land, but it will also affect fisheries. The Fisheries Act is one of the strongest environmental laws, which is going to change with the new Bill C-38. The Fisheries Act is meant to stop the destruction of fish habitat, but also, protect fish stocks and watersheds. With the new bill, the Government could delegate to provinces or industry the rights of the fish habitat: it would be legal to damage the lakes and the rivers of our country. As provinces do not have laws to protect fisheries, this leaves the path open to major development from industries, destroying fish habitat with no law to protect them. This is why ForestEthics is suggesting that Canadians call Minister Ashfield to protest.

LeadNow is calling on citizens to take part in a national day of action, on Wednesday, June 13 2012, 5:30 pm at local MP offices across the country. They are calling their campaign ``13 heroes`` because the goal is to pressure 13 conservative MPs to vote against bill C-38, which would force it to be revised and changes to be made. Visit leadnow.ca for more information and to get involved.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been paying a visit to France, to meet the new French president, François Hollande. When he was asked about Environment Canada funding groups who are opposed to energy development projects, Harper answered that if groups don’t share the opinions of the government, their funding will be cut.

This Thursday, June 14th, the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network (NBSPRN) is hosting a fascinating workshop. It is called "Research on Citizen Engagement: Practices, Processes and Delivery". Participants will have the opportunity to discuss research relevant to citizen engagement, and be part of an important dialogue between researchers, the government, communities, businesses and non-profit organizations. The event will be held at the St Thomas University Conference Center, 368 Forest Hill Road Fredericton, NB.

Inquiries about the NBSPRN and their event can be directed at info@rrps-nb-sprn.ca.

Monday’s Blackout Speakout campaign has been deemed a success by organizers. It drew support from around 500 organizations, representing millions of Canadians. In fact, it seems to have been so successful that the conservative government dispatched 10 ministers to hold press conferences across the country to inform Canadians about the “other side of the story”. While conservatives have been pushing support for bill C-38, others have been concocting plans to oppose it. Debate around the new federal budget is escalating, both online and offline, including input from former Fisheries Minister, John Fraser, who has joined the many voices opposed to the bill.

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party is leading the debate in parliament with support from some Liberal members. May plans on proposing hundreds of amendments to the omnibus bill, which will slow down the approval process and allow representatives time for discussion and debate. May hopes her amendments will force the Conservatives to revise the bill and remove a considerable amount of items that do not directly relate to the budget. In fact, because the bill includes so many unrelated items, May says that it does not pass the test of being a real omnibus bill- which should have a single central theme. It is estimated that Elizabeth May’s tactics has a 50-50 chance of succeeding.

With May battling bill C-38 inside the house, the public are also vocalizing their opposition on the streets because the bill is seen as a direct attack on democracy. Using pots and pans, people across Canada are standing in solidarity with the oppressed and striking Québec students while showing their disapproval of bill C-38. Evidently, politicians and environmental groups are not the only ones dissatisfied with the budget: ordinary citizens are now joining forces to voice their concerns about the ominous omnibus bill.

Join Jim Goltz, renowned naturalist and conservationist, for a guided nature walk at Shea Lake Nature Preserve! Shea Lake is the Nature Trust’s oldest preserves and an incredibly valuable piece of land for New Brunswick’s endangered plant species, particularly orchids.

     Owned by Acadian Timber, the Nature Trust has managed and monitored Shea Lake since 1992. Jim has been an integral part in the maintenance of this preserve and his passion and ability for understanding each component of the ecosystem while astound and inspire.

 

When: June 16th, 2012   10am-3pm

Where: Shea Lake Nature Preserve

We will meet at the World’s Largest Fiddleheads, across from the Irving, in Plaster Rock, NB at 10am sharp. We should be back at the Fiddleheads around 3pm.

Bring rubber boots, water and lunch!

 

You do not want to miss this!

On May 17, the provincial government released documents containing new measures and recommendations on the oil and gas industry in New Brunswick. The documents, prepared by the Natural Gas Group, include 116 recommendations to ensure the environmentally responsible management of the industry, and are divided into short-term (104) and long-term (12). In addition, the government announced it will put in place a maximum fine of $1 million for breaches of the Oil and Natural Gas Act.

The Natural Gas group is now seeking feedback on the new measures and recommendations, and the public is invited to provide comments until July 18, 2012.Led by environmental expert Professor Louis LaPierre, the group will be conducting a citizen engagement tour across the province to collect feedback on the discussion paper. Stopping in selected communities across New Brunswick, they will offer a public open house as well as a public meeting, where citizens will be allowed to ask questions regarding exploration, development or other topics of interest.

The documents are available for download and can be found in the shale gas area of our public consultations page.

Here is a list of host communities for the tour:

●    Wednesday, June 6 - Chipman
●    Monday, June 11 - Stanley
●    Monday, June 18 -Salisbury
●    Tuesday, June 19 - Hillsborough
●    Wednesday, June 20 - Grand Falls
●    Thursday, June 21 - Bathurst
●    Friday, June 22 - Bouctouche
●    Monday, June 25 - Blackville

Feedback can also be made by contacting the Natural Gas Group at 1350 Regent Street, Room 150 Fredericton, NB E3C 1G6 Fax: (506) 453-3671 Email: naturalgas@gnb.ca

The Natural Gas Group is also open to meeting privately with groups or associations, who are asked to e-mail their requests.

May 23, 2012

Premier David Alward

Minister Responsible for Citizen Engagement

Centennial Building
P. O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1
Canada

Dear Mr. Alward:

Our government is not living up to its commitment to engage with citizens. Shale gas mining and development is one of the most important and controversial issues facing New Brunswickers today. During the past 12 months, thousands of urban and rural New Brunswickers have been moved to action. Some have had their well water tested. Many have participated in protest marches for the first time in their lives. Others have sent letters to newspaper editors denouncing our government’s involvement in the promotion of this industry. All of these well-informed people are cognizant of scientific evidence that confirms that shale gas extraction threatens our air quality, surface and groundwater, health, property values, and quality of life.

Despite your promise in a Moncton speech last October, our MLAs have failed to hold town hall and information meetings “to hear directly from their constituents on this important issue.” So, on May 10th, a group of citizens organized a debate in Fredericton on the pros and cons of shale gas mining. Eight government representatives, including you, were invited to participate. Based on our government’s booklet entitled Citizen Engagement and Responsible Government (http://www.scribd.com/doc/31665820/Citizen-Engagement-and-Responsible-Government), we fully expected our government’s active participation in this debate. Instead, our government declined the invitation.

The e-mail from Mr. Troy Lifford, PC Caucus Chair, attempting to explain our government’s refusal to participate in this debate, was perplexing. Mr. Lifford said our government has yet to decide whether it endorses the development of a shale gas industry in New Brunswick.

This statement seems contradictory to the result of the “free vote” last December, in which Conservative MLAs voted unanimously in favour of “responsible and regulated development” of this industry. Moreover, the Dept. of Natural Resources’ Web site, Natural Gas from Shale, declares, “Welcome to our web site dedicated to shale gas exploration and development,and goes on to address only the alleged benefits of this industry. This does not sound like the words of a government that is undecided on the issue. Nor have Minister Northrup’s repeated refusals to place a moratorium on the industry pending further study sounded like the stance of a government that has yet to decide.

In April 2012, when Mr. Northrup gave a new shale gas exploration license to Windsor Energy, a company which had previously ignored exploration regulations, he claimed it was to avoid an expensive lawsuit. But in December 2011, our government showed no such reluctance to pass legislation that breached the province’s agreement with Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, legislation to facilitate the economical distribution and use of natural gas. That does not seem to be the action of a government that is undecided about developing a shale gas industry.

Our government just days ago claimed to have developed “world-class” regulations to control the shale gas industry. That, too, does not seem to be the action of a government that is undecided about developing a shale gas industry.

All of our government’s public statements, actions and attitudes have made it clear that it favours the development of this industry in the province, regardless of the well-known and scientifically verified dangers it presents to our people. In such a context, Mr. Lifford’s declarations of government neutrality on the issue seem a disingenuous dodge to avoid accountability for the government’s approach to this issue, a dodge that disrespects all of our cherished democratic principles of public consultation and transparency on important issues affecting the people.

We believe that it is your responsibility, as Minister Responsible for Citizen Engagement, to guide our government in an honest and open discussion of all of the implications of shale gas development in New Brunswick, and to be straightforward and forthcoming about our government’s standpoint towards this extractive resource industry.

Respectfully,

Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis – Beth Nixon

Conservation Council of NB –Stephanie Merrill

Corn Hill Area Residence Association of NB – Jane Achen

Council of Canadians – Carol Ring

Friends of Mount Carleton – Jean Louis Deveau

Friends of UNB Woodlot – Mark D’arcy

Hampton Water First – Chris Rendell

Harvey Environmental Action Team – Terry Wishart

Memramcook Action – Patricia Léger

New Brunswickers Against Fracking – Stan Donovan and Mary de La Vallette

Our Environment, Our Choice –Mike McKinley

Parents Against Everyday Poisons – Stephanie Stoneleigh 

Penniac Anti-Shale-Gas Organization – Eric Hadley

Quality of Life Initiative – Otty Forgrave

Sierra Club Atlantic – Hazel Richardson

Stanley Area Action Group – Robert Valiquette

Sustainable Energy Group – Sam Arnold 

Tantramar Alliance Against Hydrofracking – Marilyn Lerch 

Upper Miramichi Stewardship Alliance - Bradley Wood 

Upriver Environment Watch- Ann Pohl

Corinne Hersey, 724 Irvine St., Fredericton, NB.

Susan Linkletter, 291 Scott Road, Salisbury West, NB

I just have to say it Scott Vaughan is one cool Environment Comissioner! Check out his frank 2012 report on how Canada’s faltering on our climate change commitments and the at times overlooked impacts of contaminated sites. Click here to access the whole report online.

I also included one of his videos here but, click here, if you want to watch some more of his videos – they make his job seem accessible.

In response to the federal government’s recent attacks on environmental groups, through budget cuts and weakening environmental regulations, the country’s leading environmental organizations are planning a black out campaign- vowing to darken their websites on June 4th 2012.

 

The Sierra Club has called the government’s approach a “war on nature and democracy”, and blacking out websites is one way they are planning to do to fight back. Help spread the word via social networks and visit the website for more information: http://BlackOutSpeakOut.ca,

 

If you want to take personal action consider signing the petition to Save Canada’s Environmental Laws: http://www.envirolawsmatter.ca/

On June 9th we will symbolically join the alewife (gaspereau) migration up the St Croix in canoes, kayaks, motorized boats, and on foot to call for the opening of the St Croix River to this ecologically important fish. We will hold a rally on the water between St Stephen and Calais. What better way to support a migrating fish than by joining them!

The Passamaquoddy Alewife Group will be leading a two day, 110 mile, relay run on June 9 and 10. They will run from Sipayik, Maine to Grand Falls (where the alewife are currently being blocked) and on to Mud Lake Stream where 4000 year old alewife bones have been found. If you are interested in participating in the run, contact me directly at 506-529-8838 or marine@conservationcouncil.ca and I will pass on your information. The two events will meet at 3pm (AST) / 2pm (EST) at Calais/St Stephen for the rally.

Event details:
Date: rally at 3pm (AST) / 2pm (EST), Saturday June 9th (storm date June 10th)
Location: The rally will occur on the water between St Stephen and Calais. You may participate by canoe, kayak, row boat, or shore side. Closer to the rally you will receive detailed instructions on where to put in your boats and where to park.
Any one wishing to enter a motorized boat please contact me directly at 506-529-8838 or marine@conservationcouncil.ca.

As you know, Alewife (Gaspereau) have been blocked from over 98% of their historic spawning habitat on the St Croix River since 1991 (with a Maine law enacted to this effect in 1995).The St Croix River has potential to have the largest run of alewives on the Eastern Seaboard, hosting runs up to 2.6 million in the late 80’s. After a low of 900 in 2002, alewife have made a modest comeback to 25,000 last year, still a far cry from the 80’s when they were free to run the whole river.

Restoration of alewife to the St Croix matters for the River, the Bay, and the Gulf of Maine. Alewives play a critical ecological role serving as an important source of food for groundfish, marine mammals, and a host of birds and terrestrial animals along the rivers where they spawn. Abundant alewife runs can also serve as a source of bait for the lobster fishery. They aren’t bad eating for us either!

Nature NB’s Nature Champions
 
Nature NB and the Charlotte Street Arts Center invite families to become Nature Champions and participate in a Community Planting Day on May 26th (rain date May 27th) in Fredericton. The goal of Nature NB’s Nature Champions program is to offer youth (ages 6 to 12) the opportunity to participate in an action-based conservation initiative by working with the community in creating conservation spaces. These spaces will include a butterfly/bird garden, bird houses and bat houses. Youth will play an active role in the planning and implementation of each space and will work closely with knowledgeable naturalists to understand the importance of these spaces. Additionally, all spaces will include interpretative signs to educate the public on the importance of the spaces and Nature NB will create a green guide that will help engage youth in the long-term. In addition to providing learning and skill development opportunities to participating youth, creating these conservation spaces will helps increase available habitats for various flora and fauna in urban/suburban settings thus enhancing biodiversity at a local scale. Urban communities are often losing touch with their natural heritage. This disconnect leads to apathy when it comes to protecting our important natural areas. Engaging citizens, especially at a young age, can increase support and pro-active participation in conserving our natural biodiversity.

On May 26th, we will be creating a Wildlife Friendly Space at the Charlotte Street Arts Center in Fredericton. We hope to encourage families to participate!

Background of Nature NB: Nature NB (New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists Inc) is a charitable non-profit provincial organization linking naturalists across the province. It has a mandate to celebrate, conserve and protect New Brunswick’s natural heritage through education, networking and collaboration. Nature NB has over 30 years of nature education and conservation experience and represents a strong network of over a 1000 naturalists. In addition to encouraging a better understanding of the natural environment and awakening concern for our province’s natural heritage, Nature NB recognizes the importance of actions to preserve and maintain that natural heritage. Nature NB's Summer Youth Nature Camps (SYNC) offer kids aged 9 to 14 the opportunity to explore nature through interactive programs in a fun camp setting. Nature NB also supports Young Naturalists’ Clubs and leads nature based education in schools around the province. Among other areas of activity, Nature NB leads projects related to Important Bird Areas, biodiversity and protection of species at risk. (e.g.: Piping Plover and Chimney Swifts).

This event is funded through:
NB Wildlife Trust Fund, NB Environmental Trust Fund and TD Friends of the Environment

Contact information:
Vanessa Roy-McDougall
Executive Director, Nature NB
nbfn@nb.aibn.com
www.naturenb.ca
506-459-4209
Fredericton -- One year after the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) called on the federal government to create 12 new marine protected areas by December 2012, the good news is that it is making progress in designating many of them as legal entities. However, CPAWS is concerned that the conservation measures the government is proposing once these areas are designated for protection may be too weak to be effective.

Today, CPAWS is releasing a 20-page report, “Is Canada on track to create 12 new marine protected areas by December 2012?” assessing progress over the past 12 months and noting areas of concern.

“We’re giving the federal government low marks on its progress in negotiations with other levels of government, industry and local communities to designate sites in the Bay of Fundy that we’ve highlighted as potential new marine protected areas, “ says Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of CPAWS New Brunswick Chapter.

Progress on 9 of 12 sites in past year

Out of the 12 marine areas CPAWS has highlighted for action by December 2012, CPAWS has observed significant movement by the federal and other levels of government towards designating three as protected areas, some progress in creating another six, and limited or no progress on the remaining three.

Progress towards designating marine protected areas has been most significant for three sites off the coast of British Columbia – in the Southern Strait of Georgia, in Hecate Strait and surrounding the Scott Islands. In each of these locations, the federal government has made significant advances in consultations and negotiations to establish formal marine protected areas within the past year, and is moving on to the next stages required to finalize them.

In six more locations, off Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Nunavut and Quebec, some progress towards designating new marine protected areas has been made, although more significant steps are required to move them towards completion rapidly.

No progress on protecting 3 important marine ecosystems, including Bay of Fundy

The areas where no notable progress at all has been made towards protection are in the Bay of Fundy, the South Coast Fjords off Newfoundland, and the “Big Eddy” off the west coast of Vancouver Island.

“We are very concerned with the lack of protection in the Bay of Fundy, which stands in stark contrast to the incredible ecological richness of the Bay, and its international importance for humpback, fin and endangered North Atlantic right whales, migratory shorebirds and seabirds. We would like to see Parks Canada come forward with a proposed National Marine Conservation Area that includes strong conservation measures to conserve these values into the future,” says Ms. Clowater.

CPAWS has assessed progress towards protecting these sites on two sets of criteria: one for steps taken in the process to formally establish them as protected areas, the other for creating meaningful conservation measures to protect the long-term health of these marine ecosystems. The latter measures, based on leading science, include establishment of “no take zones” for fishing and rules against other forms of industrial development such as oil and gas drilling.

In all of the 12 areas CPAWS has identified, rare and important forms of sea life deserve protection, ranging from leatherback turtles, to dolphins, right whales and other types of whales, birds including puffins and Cassins auklets, and fish including cod and Atlantic wolffish.

Canada still has huge catch-up job

“We will be watching progress carefully over the next six months to see how much closer Canada gets to meaningful protection for these 12 marine areas by the end of 2012,” says Sabine Jessen, CPAWS national oceans program manager.

“This will be an important sign of how well we’ve laid the groundwork for more marine conservation in the years ahead. Canada still has a huge catch-up job to reach our international commitment of establishing networks of marine protected areas in all of our oceans,” adds Jessen.

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For media interviews, contact:

Roberta Clowater, 506-452-9902; rclowater@cpaws.org

To view CPAWS’ full progress report, executive summary and more about each of the 12 marine areas, visit http://cpaws.org/campaigns/oceans

CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Since 1963, we’ve played a lead role in protecting over 500,000 km2 of public land and water. With 13 chapters across Canada, over 50 staff and 50,000 supporters, we work with governments, industry, Indigenous people and local communities to conserve our country’s irreplaceable nature. Our vision is that Canada will protect at least half of our public land and water.

The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is very excited to tell you about the launch of our new smartphone application called Deep Map Eco. This application, available for free, lists all our preserves, highlighting the flora and fauna that call these unique New Brunswick landscapes home, and provides detailed maps and directions through your smartphone’s geolocator technology. The people of New Brunswick can also find news and updates to keep them in touch with New Brunswick’s changing face of conservation. Events and outdoor activities are also listed on the app, encouraging modern naturalists to get outdoors and discover what New Brunswick has to offer. And much more!

Now available on iTunes for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch users!

http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/deepmap-eco/id516964024?mt=8&;ls=1

http://naturetrust.nb.ca/en/node/720

There's a great new internet resource that anyone working on climate change issues will find handy.  This look at the global world gives a good idea of exactly what is going on. The intro video is one and a half minutes long and fascinating to watch. 

Check it out by clicking here!

 

Four million dollars have been awarded in the 2012 Environmental Trust Fund announcements. The projects are divided into six categories:

●    sustainable development (59 projects, $1,609,500);
●    restoration (11 projects, $238,000);
●    protection (36 projects including 20 Environmental Risk Assessments, $444,500);
●    education (70 projects, $1,344,250);
●    conservation (17 projects, $390,500); and
●    beautification (two projects, $36,000).

The media annoucement is at http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/news/news_release.2012.04.0359.html

And a complete list of awards at  http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0373/0002/ETFAwards.pdf

The chart below illustrates the awards by sector.

 

NGO

Solid Waste

 Municipal

 University

 Industry

 Autochtone

Other

 TOTAL

2008

 2045500

304700

525000

595500

350300

22000

26000

3869000

 

53%

8%

14%

15%

9%

1%

1%

 

 2009

2170683

 315780

575000

628500

209000

38000

36000

 3972963

 

55%

8%

14%

16%

5%

1%

1%

 

2010

2290000

374200

439600

472120

189000

135600

13500

 3914020

 

59%

10%

11%

12%

5%

3%

0%

 

2011

2209300

269500

508500

661000

179000

36000

125000

3988300

 

55%

7%

13%

17%

4%

1%

3%

 

2012

2314335

239000

412200

979300

102915

15000

0

4062750

 

57%

6%

10%

24%

3%

0%

0%

 
The NBEN congratulates the recipients of the annual Milton F. Gregg Conservation Awards presented by the CCNB on the 27th of April at the Spring into Action auction and awards evening.
The award for lifetime achievement was presented posthumously to recognize the late Florian Levesque from Balmoral. Lawrence Wuest of Stanley received the award for environmental activism.  Post-Carbon Moncton was recognized for its organizational achievement and Betty Lizotte from Saint John was recognized for her volunteerism.
http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/News/news04261201.aspx

Wombat Wisdom just might be the best little video ever! The wombat clearly lays out the whole global picture – in less than 1 minute!

It's an inspiration to everyone who is working for social change!  Be sure to take a minute to watch it.

Wombat wisdom video - http://globalcommunity.org/flash/wombat.shtml

Attention New Brunswickers,

 

The Gouvernment of New Brunswick is looking for nominations in regards to the 2012 Environmental Leadership Awards.

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding effort to promote solutions to environmental issues?

 

Click here to send your nominations.

NB Forests: Have a look!

Concerned about the level of clearcutting across the New Brunswick landscape?  Frank Johnston has assembled links to satellite photos that tell the tragic tale of NB forests. Keith Wilson has taken a video of clearcutting along the Cains River. Both are eye-opening!

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Please find a set of Google Map links of selected areas of New Brunswicks deforested landscape below. Clicking on the link leads to the Google map satellite view. If you have Google Earth or the Google Earth Plugin installed the Earth view is accessible from the Google Map page. The full frame view is accessed by clicking the delta next to the Print and Link icons. Clicking the Link icon gives the email send to share if any of these images are of interest.

http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/

Forest Cover Acadian Region

Forest Cover North East Region

Forest Cover Claire Region

Forest Cover North West Region

Forest Cover Acadian Region, Paquetville

Forest Cover Kouchibouguac National Park

Forest Cover Camerons Mill Saint-Louis de Kent Region

Forest Cover Campbellton Dalhousie Region 

Forest Cover Riley Brook Region  

Forest Cover Fundy Region 

Forest Cover Woodstock Region 

Google Maps NB Overview

Google Maps Plaster Rock and Bathurst Region

Google Maps Fundy Park Region

Forested Landscape, Rush Creek, WI  - This is a landscape where forested slopes are only harvested sustainably and wetlands are protected. Agriculture uses soil conservation practices.

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 Check out Keith Wilson's three videos and some discussion on the Wilson Camps blog.

 

The NB Government issued a press release on Thursday April 5th (slipping it in right before the Easter weekend to make sure everyone got a chance to see it) announcing the new Species at Risk Act. This Act would replace the existing Endangered Species Act.

The Government states that this new Act is intended to improve the approach to conserving the species at risk, but at least one environmental group is not pleased with the proposed new legislation.

As stated by David Coon, Executive Director of the NBCC, in a CBC News article “It still has weaknesses we identified during consultation period last year… ”. Please click here to read the full article.

One would think the Federal Government budget would be about numbers, cut and dry, instead the Omnibus Budget Bill announced on March 29, 2012 had a lot of very significant non-budgetary related add-ons. Extras like the alterations to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act will drastically reduce Canada’s environmental protection powers. The worst part is these changes are passing through our democratic process as after thoughts, with little debate, due to the fact they are attached to the budget. Oh and not to forget about the Federal government’s internal cuts to any department or tool that has an environmental focus.

Thank goodness the public is discussing these issues here a few of the news articles for your own thought and discussions.

Federal Cuts:

- Budget targets environmental critics - Mike De Souza, Postmedia News

Fisheries Act:

- Feds ‘neutering’ Fisheries Act– Heather Scoffield The Canadian Press

- Harper's Underhanded Gutting of Fisheries Act Designed to Help Enbridge and Co. – Rafe Mair Common Sense Journalism

- Take Action – Fisheries Act – Georgy Haymen Sierra Club Blog

Canadian Environmental Assessment Act:

- Canada' Environmental Assessment Law is Under Attack - Mining Watch Canada

- Évaluations environnementales – Ottawa pourrait noyer le poisson - Guillaume Bourgault-Côté Le Devoir.com

- Budget shortens environmental review process – Max Paris, CBC News

- Changements aux evaluations environnementales: une mesure du budget qui choque – Radio Canada

(Fredericton) – Le Nouveau Brunswick est toujours traînard en matière de conservation - Le plan d'aménagement forestier des terres de la Couronne nuit encore.

La Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada, section Nouveau-Brunswick (SNAP NB), dit que le nouveau  plan d'aménagement forestier des terres de la Couronne, annoncé aujourd'hui par le ministre des ressources naturelles, est un pas en arrière pour la conservation.

Roberta Clowater, directrice exécutive de la SNAP NB dit, « Le nouveau plan d'aménagement forestier des terres de la Couronne réduit la conservation globale des habitats fauniques et zones tampons riveraines. C'est troublant parce que nous savons que les scientifiques qui spécialisent dans la recherche des animaux sauvages pensent que les niveaux actuels de conservation risquent de ne pas pouvoir maintenir tous les types d'animaux sauvages indigènes dans la province. Aujourd’hui le gouvernement a approuvé  un plan pour aller encore plus loin de ce qui est nécessaire. C'est la mauvaise direction pour la conservation. »

Clowater a dit, « Alors que le plan approuve une augmentation dans les aires protégées de 4 % des forêts de la Couronne à 8 % des forêts de la Couronne, ceci assurera la protection de seulement 4,5 % de la province. Ceci n’approche pas ce qui est nécessaire pour assurer la conservation de nos rivières, nos aires de nature sauvages et notre faune sensible. Le Nouveau-Brunswick possèdera toujours la plus petite proportion d’aires protégées au Canada, seulement au-dessus de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard. De plus, les nouvelles aires protégées viendront de la vieille forêt actuellement conservée donc il y a effectivement une perte nette de conservation. »

« Étant donné les préoccupations concernant le changement climatique et l'incertitude sur comment bien nous protégeons nos milieux sauvages et nos eaux, nous sommes très préoccupés par la décision de passer d'un plan de 5 ans à un plan de 10 ans. Nous croyons que c'est un geste risqué, qui nous offre des objectifs de conservation très limitées et ne fournit pas la flexibilité nécessaire pour améliorer la conservation pour une autre décennie. »

« La SNAP NB apprécie que le ministre a pris le temps d'examiner le plan d’aménagement approuvé par le gouvernement précédent qui aurait sévèrement nuit à la conservation des terres publiques. Nous sommes heureux que le ministre a consulté avec la communauté environnementale et reconnu la valeur de la conservation de l'habitat dans ses décisions,» a souligné Clowater.

La SNAP a recommandé qu'au moins 17 %  des terres de la Couronne (8,5 % de la province), y compris les plus importantes sections de forêt ancienne, soient désignées d'ici 2015 comme zones protégées permanentes sans exploitation forestière ou minière. Ceci nous rapprocherait au niveau des autres provinces, où le montant moyen des terres protégées est près de 9 %.

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Contactez: Roberta Clowater – 506-452-9902; cpawsnb@nb.sympatico.ca

Pour plus d’information sur la SNAP NB, SVP visitez le www.cpawsnb.org

(Fredericton)  The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB)  says the new Crown forest management plan announced today by the Minister of Natural Resources is a step backwards for conservation.

Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of CPAWS NB, said, “The new Crown forest plan reduces the overall conservation of wildlife habitats and riverbank buffers.  This is disturbing because we know that wildlife researchers believe that current conservation levels may not be enough to maintain all the kinds of native wildlife throughout the province.  The government has now approved a plan to go even further below what is needed.  This is the wrong direction for conservation.”

Clowater said, “While the plan approves an increase in protected areas from 4% of Crown forest to 8% of Crown forest, this will result in only 4.5% of the province being protected.  This is not even in the ballpark of what is needed to ensure conservation of our rivers, wilderness areas and sensitive wildlife.  New Brunswick will still have the lowest protected areas proportion in Canada, only above PEI.  As well, the new protected areas will come from the currently conserved old forest, so there is actually a net loss in area to conservation.”

“Given concerns about climate changes and uncertainty about how well we are currently conserving habitats and water, we are very concerned about the decision to go from a 5 year plan to a 10 year plan.  We believe this is a risky move, one that locks us into very limited conservation objectives, and doesn’t provide the flexibility to improve conservation for another decade.”

“CPAWS NB appreciates that the Minister took the time to review the forest plan approved by the previous government, which would have severely rolled back conservation on public land.  We’re pleased that the Minister consulted widely with the conservation community, and recognized the value of habitat conservation as in important factor in his considerations,” noted Clowater.

CPAWS had recommended that at least 17% of Crown land (8.5% of the province), including the largest patches of old forest, be designated by 2015 in permanent protected areas, where no logging or mining would take place.  This amount would move us closer to the level in other provinces, where the average amount of land protected is nearly 9%.

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Contact:

Roberta Clowater, 506-452-9902; cpawsnb{at}nb.sympatico.ca

CPAWS is New Brunswick’s voice for wilderness.  For more information on CPAWS NB and our conservation work, please visit www.cpawsnb.org

Florian Levesque will be deeply missed by many people from across the province of New Brunswick. His life and work were an inspiration to all and he was a true champion for his community and the environment. His contributions to environmental causes made a real difference for this province and will not be forgotten. Our deepest condolences to his friends and family.

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Saying goodbye to Florian Levesque
By Tracy Glynn

 

Inka Milewski calls Florian Levesque a giant in New Brunswick’s environmental and social justice wars. Florian, 53, died on March 23rd while jogging.

 

"He was my friend and fellow strategist. He was a happy, creative and generous person that lived and breathed his commitment to the people around him and the community he lived in," said Milewski who worked with Florian on numerous files aimed at protecting the environment and people of northern New Brunswick. Florian was a driving force behind efforts to stop the Bennett toxic waste incinerator from operating in Belledune. He was also active on campaigns to protect the public forest of New Brunswick and make community forestry a viable option in the province.

 

Florian's environmental activism was rooted in principles of environmental justice, which led to the NB Media Co-op recruiting him as their founding environmental justice advisor. His wise and witty commentary graced many columns of newspapers, airwaves of radio stations and email inboxes of organizers in a variety of environmental and social movements. Recently, Environnement Vie, a co-operative that thrived with Florian's direction and dedication, held workshops throughout northern New Brunswick on how to live more sustainably. He wanted to start a school that imparted knowledge of the forest and how to protect and restore it.

 

Florian lived in Ontario for decades and returned to his native home of Balmoral, near Campbellton, in 1993.

 

Florian's activism was not limited to New Brunswick. He was a member of Solidarité Acadie-Palestine and donated generously to the Canada Boat to Gaza campaign, which is determined to break Israel's blockade on Gaza and deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza.

 

He believed in the power of stories, art and theater to change the world. He was a passionate speaker and storyteller. As the character, Monsieur Flo, he got children to open up their imaginations to a world of possibilities. His life story inspires all those fighting for environmental and social justice.

 

Florian is survived by his partner Alexandra (Alex), his son Jeremy, his parents, siblings and in-laws. His family asks that donations in his name be made to Environnement Vie or Amnesty International.

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Obituary

C’est avec énormément de tristesse que la famille de Florian Levesque annonce son décès, survenu à Balmoral, le vendredi 23 mars 2012, à l’âge de 53 ans. Né le 8 mars 1959 à Balmoral, il était le fils d’Emilien et de Lucienne Levesque.
Outre ses parents, il laisse dans le deuil sa conjointe, Alexandra Jones, et leur fils, Jérémy; sa soeur et ses frères: Carole (Serge), Jean (Line) et Mario (Adrienne), tous de Balmoral; les parents d’Alexandra: Michael et Karen Jones de Balmoral; les soeurs d’Alexandra: Victoria (Paul) de Toronto, Ontario, et Ariane (Daryl) de Cold Lake, Alberta, ainsi que 10 neveux et nièces: Jean-Daniel, Maxime, Mathieu, Francesca, Anne-Renée, Alyssa, Kristel, Vanessa, Charlotte et Julia.


Ses grands-parents paternels et maternels l’ont précédé dans la tombe.
Connu pour son travail d’artiste et son engagement communautaire, il aura mené de front de nombreux projets avec la complicité de gens de milieux variés.
Journaliste au début de sa carrière, il a quitté sa région natale pour travailler en Ontario en tant que journaliste et relationniste. Il est revenu chez lui en 1993 pour travailler à la radio communautaire. Par la suite, à son compte personnel, il a oeuvré comme consultant en communication sur des dossiers acadiens et artistiques d’envergure. Il vivait de sa plume. Il publiait des livres pour enfants et a créé le personnage de Monsieur Flo, conteur haut en couleur. Plus tard, il a ajouté le personnage de Lévêke pour rejoindre le public adulte avec son message environnementaliste, unificateur et spirituel. Il a présenté ses spectacles partout au Canada et en Europe.


Sur le plan communautaire, il a été engagé dans la lutte contre les changements à l’assurance-emploi, un mouvement appuyé par les communautés acadiennes, québécoises, anglaises et autochtones de la région. Plus tard, il s’est fait remarquer comme catalyseur dans la lutte contre l’implantation de l’usine de traitement de sols contaminés Bennett. Cette lutte a aussi rassemblé les différentes communautés de la région et sa réussite était pour lui une grande fierté. Avec les membres de la Coop Environnement-Vie, il a organisé des projets porteurs d’espoir comme des conférences sur des thèmes tels que les médecines alternatives et un projet d’école de la forêt.


Il a aussi exprimé son avis sur la politique, l’environnement, la communauté et la vie en général, dans un billet hebdomadaire du journal provincial L’Étoile. Florian Levesque aura incité les gens de sa région à la réflexion, à prendre parole et à agir. Il était l’exemple en ce sens.


Les visites auront lieu au Salon funéraire Savoie, 47, rue Alexander, à Campbellton, le mardi 27 mars, de 14h à 16h et de 19h à 21h et le mercredi 28 mars, de 14h à 16h, suivies immédiatement d’une réception à la salle communautaire de Balmoral. Un don à la Fondation Environnement-Vie ou à Amnistie internationale Canada serait apprécié par la famille.


Ceux qui désirent signer le registre des invités, faire un don ou envoyer un message de condoléances à la famille de Florian Levesque peuvent le faire en visitant le site Internet (www.salonsavoie.ca).


La direction des funérailles a été confiée aux soins du Salon funéraire Savoie de Campbellton (753-7200).

Congratulations to the province on the release of the two new energy maps showing the potential for micro-hydro and solar in the province. These maps join the wind atlas.  Check them out at http://www.gnb.ca/0085/index-e.asp.

Groupes qui appuient la déclaration pour la conservation des terres de la Couronne





  1. Atlantic Laboratory for Avian Research
  2. Atlantic Salmon Federation / Fédération du saumon de l'Atlantique
  3. Campaign for Pesticide Reduction, Quispamsis
  4. Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association, Cambridge-Narrows
  5. Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter / Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada - Chapitre du N-B
  6. Centre culturel et sportif de Cormier Village
  7. Comité d'environnement de la Polyvalente W.-A.-Losier Tracadie-Sheila, Tracadie-Sheila
  8. Comité d'intervention de la mine d'or Elmtree, Alcida
  9. Comité VerTige, comité environnemental de l'École Mathieu-Martin, Dieppe
  10. Community Forests International, Sackville
  11. Conservation Council of New Brunswick Inc. / Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick
  12. Cornhill Area Residents Association
  13. Eco-Action Mount Allison, Sackville
  14. Environnement Vie, Balmoral
  15. Falls Brook Centre, Knowlesville
  16. Fredericton Fish and Game, Fredericton
  17. Fredericton High School - Environmental Club
  18. Friends of Mount Carleton Provincial Park Inc. / Les Ami(s) du Parc du Mont Carleton, Plaster Rock
  19. Friends of Musquash
  20. Friends of Rockwood Park, Saint John
  21. Grand Manan Whale and Seabird Research Station / Centre de recherche sur la vie marine de Grand Manan
  22. Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne Sustainable Development Group Inc.
  23. Knowlesville Art and Nature Centre, Knowlesville
  24. Meduxnekeag River Association, Woodstock
  25. Nature Moncton
  26. Nature NB
  27. Nature Trust of New Brunswick / Fondation pour la protection des sites naturels du Nouveau-Brunswick
  28. NB Federation of Woodlot Owners / Fédération des propriétaires de lots boisés du Nouveau-Brunswick
  29. New Brunswick Community Land Trust / Société des Terres communautaires du N.-B.
  30. New Brunswick Salmon Council / Conseil du saumon Nouveau-Brunswick
  31. New Brunswick Wildlife Federation / Fédération de la Faune du Nouveau-Brunswick
  32. Our Environment, Our Choice, Kent County
  33. PANE, for a New Perspective on Energy / PANE, pour une nouvelle perspective sur l'énergie
  34. Post Carbon Greater Moncton / Grand Moncton Post Carbone
  35. Public for the Protection of the Forests of New Brunswick / Public pour la protection des forêts du Nouveau-Brunswick, Kent County
  36. Quality of Life Initiative, Southfield
  37. Ruffed Grouse Society of Canada
  38. Rural Research Centre, Truro, NS
  39. Saint John Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Saint John
  40. Saint John Local of Cinema Politica, Saint John
  41. Sentinelles Petitcodiac Riverkeepers
  42. Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Chapter / Sierra Club du Canada – Section du Canada Atlantique
  43. STUdents for Sustainability, St. Thomas University, Fredericton
  44. Sustainable Energy Group, Woodstock
  45. Upper Miramichi Stewardship Alliance, Ludlow
Nature Moncton March Meeting
 Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Guest Speaker: Emile Gautreau
Subject: Native Culture and Mother Nature
Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location  Rotary Pavilion, Mapleton Park
 
.Emile will be giving Nature Moncton an insight into his native culture and the 
importance of showing respect to all Mother Nature has to offer. Each 
aspect of nature has a spirit from the tiny ant to the large maple 
tree. As naturalists we must show Nature respect if we want to learn 
what Mother Nature has to offer us.
 
Émile Gautreau from Amherst, Nova Scotia is a Métis elder and a 
highly- esteemed spiritual leader within his community.
When he was around 23 he went into the far north and the 
Dene people told him he was one of them. They eventually they made him 
an honorary member of their tribe. They taught him who he was, and 
taught him the culture of his people.
His career has involved the air force for five years, before going to 
work for the provincial government for 2 years. This was followed by 
work with the Canadian Forestry Service involving forest biology and 
forest botany and etymology. He did this for 15 years and then 
was ready to learn something else. He transferred from Canadian 
Forestry Service to Correctional Services Canada. He went into the 
social work field and eventually became a parole officer until he retired. 
He was involved with the Department of Culture, Recreation, and 
Fitness in Nova Scotia, and while there  taught courses in survival, 
woodsman ship, and edible plants for 20 years.
 
 
Nature Moncton Meeting Site
 
The monthly meeting site of Nature Moncton takes place every third Tuesday of the month, except in December which is the second Tuesday of that month, is at the Rotary Pavilion, Mapleton Park.
 
From intercity, proceed North on Mapleton Road (off Mountain road) 2.4 km to a set of lights. At this set of lights, turn immediately left following the Rotary Pavilion signage the short distance into the Pavilion which is situated aside the trails leading into Mapleton Park.
 
Coming from the TCH, take the Mapleton Road exit # 454. At the first set of lights coming into the city (South on Mapleton Road) turn right into Mapleton Park and the Rotary Pavilion which is less than 1 minute from the TCH.

(Fredericton) – Le 16 février, Roberta Clowater, Directrice générale de la section néo-brunswickoise de la SNAP, présenté une liste de noms au Premier ministre Alward, à l’Edifice du Centenaire ; une liste des noms de plus de 10 000 Canadiens et Canadiennes qui lui demandent de protéger au moins 10 % du dernier plus grand bassin versant sauvage de la province.

La présentation de ce message de la SNAP aura lieu juste avant, et pour coïncider avec, l’aboutissement d’un nouveau plan pour les terres publiques (de la Couronne) par le Ministère des Ressources Naturelles du Nouveau-Brunswick.

« Ce fut une inspiration pour nous de voir tant de personnes – surtout des Néo-Brunswickois et des Québécois – qui ont à coeur la protection de cette aire sauvage extraordinaire dans la Restigouche, et qui veulent s’assurer que ces valeurs soient protégées, » déclarait Clowater.

La SNAP a fait valoir à la population que c’était l’occasion de protéger la Restigouche – fameuse pour ses rivières de saumon sauvage, ses montagnes de forêts brumeuses et sa faune sauvage – par l’entremise des médias sociaux, tel que Facebook, et en partenariat avec Mountain Equipment Co-op.

« Le nombre de personnes qui ont répondu à l’appel renforce réellement notre message au Premier ministre Alward que la province doit passer à l’action dès maintenant pour protéger plus de nos zones sauvages, surtout celle de la Restigouche. Nous avons tâté le pouls de l’inquiétude du public vis à vis l’avenir des merveilleuses aires sauvages de notre province – et maintenant nous demandons au gouvernement de passer à l’action, » expliquait Clowater.

« Il est inadmissible que le Nouveau-Brunswick se classe avant-dernier au Canada dans le pourcentage d’aires protégées, comparé aux autres provinces et territoires. On ne fait pas notre part égale pour protéger les zones sauvages et la vie sauvage, ainsi que les emplois importants en loisirs et en tourisme qu’elles soutiennent au Nouveau-Brunswick, » ajoutait Clowater.

« Afin que le Nouveau-Brunswick s’approche de la moyenne canadienne, le gouvernement doit s’engager à protéger tout au moins 17 % des terres publiques (de la Couronne) de la province d’ici 2015, ce qui représenterait 8,5 % de la province. Ceci ferait en sorte que les sections les plus sauvages de la Restigouche et de la province soient protégées de manière permanente contre le développement et l’activité industrielle. »

Présentement, seulement 3 % du Nouveau-Brunswick est protégé d’une manière permanente, comparé à presque 9 % des terres dans les autres provinces. La Nouvelle-Écosse s’est fixée une cible de 12 % de l’ensemble de la province d’ici 2015 et elle est bien en avant du Nouveau-Brunswick dans l’atteinte de son objectif.

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Contactez: Roberta Clowater – 506-452-9902; cpawsnb@nb.sympatico.ca

Pour plus d’information sur la SNAP ou sur la campagne pour la protection de la Restigouche, visitez le http://restigouchesauvage.ca ou www. cpawsnb.org

(Fredericton) – On February 16, CPAWS New Brunswick Chapter Executive Director, Roberta Clowater, 

The residences at St. Thomas University are taking part in the Water Conservation Challenge from January 30 to March 2! To win the challenge each house must try to bring down their water consumption from week to week. The prize for the house with the overall best ranking at the end of the challenge will win $500 and second place wins $250.

 

Check out the blog for more information:

http://waterconservationchallenge.blogspot.com/

How do you stimulate today’s youth to become stewards of natural areas?  Take a group of UNB Renaissance College students and have them invent a new way of placing New Brunswick’s nature preserves on the radar of young people.  The result is a program that draws on the visual arts, music and skill development to make a lasting difference to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.

As part of their Community Problem Solving course at Renaissance College, students form partnerships with local organizations to work on projects within the community.  In addition to contributing to community success, students enhance their problem solving, project management and communication abilities. 

“The students impressed me,” said the Nature Trust Executive Director Renata Woodward.  “We discussed ideas, but they created their own unique project that made absolute sense.” 

The students quickly zeroed in on a key to building engagement:  for people to care about these unique natural places they have to physically see them and experience them.  This in turn helps build ownership of natural areas.  The program recognizes the human connection to nature and the risk of a generation growing up without that connection.

The campaign uses art, music, and skill development to engage young people.  A range of artists will conduct art workshops using different mediums on the preserves across the province.  Musicians will be invited to preserves to record take-away music videos in the natural environments for The New Brunswick Nature Sessions.  This will create an archive of online music videos and will provide exposure for musicians and the preserves.  The Skills development portion has two components: the first will expose participants to biological surveys focused on research and data collection with energetic herpetologist Greg Jongsmaa, the second involves outdoor workshops on leadership, communication and problem solving using nature as both a backdrop and a teacher. 

The team has developed a website where one can learn more about the project, upcoming events and view the Brunswick Youth in Nature Campaign promotional video.  If you would like to take part, search for the ‘New Brunswick Youth in Nature Campaign’ on Facebook or Twitter, or go to their website - www.nbync.ca.  The first event will be a workshop by artist Sarah Grass at Hyla Park on the north side of Fredericton this Saturday, February 18 (more information can be found at www.nbync.ca). 

Renaissance College students Aaron Saunders and Kelsey Wilson from Fredericton, Bethany Young  from  Quispamsis, Jennifer MacArthur from St. Stephen, Joe Crawford from Alberta, and Olivia Fogel from Toronto have been developing their fresh approach since September and are now beginning to register participants for programs that will run from now until next summer.

Further information contact

Nature Trust – Renata Woodward, Executive Director (506) 457-2398 naturetrust@ntnb.org">naturetrust@ntnb.org

Student Joe Crawford will speak for the students (506) 261-7122 c6242@unb.ca">c6242@unb.ca

All of the students can be reached by group e-mail at nbync1@gmail.com">nbync1@gmail.com .

Photo attached

Bethany Young from Quispamsis is one of six Renaissance College students developing a youth engagement program in partnership with the Nature Trust.  Bethany is featured in a promotional poster for the program which is designed to open the eyes of young people and immerse them into the natural environment through the visual arts, music and skills development.

Renaissance College is the University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Interdisciplinary Leadership where students become leaders in all sectors of society through a unique experiential and collaborative learning program.   Students experience engaging   academic programs, practical skills development, and interdisciplinary thinking through problem-based learning, a Canadian Internship and an International Internship to name several.  As part of the program, they also work with community partners to address important challenges.

Nature Trust acquires and stewards a system of nature preserves representing a diversity of ecosystems in New Brunswick.  The organization promotes respect for and knowledge of New Brunswick’s natural surroundings. The nature trust manages 32 properties, totaling more than 5,000 acres of important and diverse habitat. 

Preserves are identified here.

The campaign will use preserves that run from Woodstock through Fredericton, Oromocto and Sussex to Saint John to St. Stephen.

 
Connors Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods Company Donates Ecologically Significant Island to the Nature Trust of New Brunswick
 
Blacks Harbour, NEW BRUNSWICK (January xx, 2012)
 – Southern Wolf Island, one of the most significant Islands in the Bay of Fundy, has been donated to The Nature Trust of New Brunswick by Connors Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods Company. 
 
Together with East Wolf, Green Rock, Spruce, and Flatpot Islands, Southern Wolf Island is included in the Wolves archipelago, located in the Bay of Fundy about 10 kilometres from Black’s Harbour. 
 
An attraction for tourists and nature enthusiasts, the Bay of Fundy is a natural wonder which provides a habitat for shorebirds that line its coast. The Bay also provides many traditional and emerging economic opportunities for New Brunswickers, from fishing to renewable energy harvesting.The Bay of Fundy was Canada’s entry and a recent finalist as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. 
 
Marked by the presence of the Aboriginal travelers, Acadians, English and American Loyalist peoples, the Bay of Fundy has an important heritage that continues to shape the area, according to Renata Woodward of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.
 
“The Southern Wolf Island is one of the most familiar of the outer Fundy isles, as the island and its light house can be viewed by passengers on the Grand Manan ferry,” Woodward explained. “Compared to the Grand Manan Archipelago, the Wolf Islands are wild and unspoiled providing shelter to the endangered harlequin ducks.”
 
Department of Natural Resources Habitat Section Manager Steven Gordon said, “The Southern Wolf Island is a place of international significance through several designations. These include  an important bird area as classified under Bird Life International and a priority area for land conservation under the Eastern Habitat Joint Venture that is registered under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.”
 
The Nature Trust President Don Dennison added, “As the provincial land trust, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary with a focus on building partnerships and collaborating with New Brunswick companies and other organizations to share in our mutual commitment to the preservation of our special natural areas. This collaboration between Connors Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods and Nature Trust is a model for success in land conservation that will benefit New Brunswickers for generations to come.
 
“Connors Bros. Clover Leaf Seafood has been deeply rooted in the community of Blacks Harbour and the Fundy Isles for over a century.  This land donation clearly demonstrates exemplary leadership in corporate social responsibility that is a touchstone for contemporary businesses,” Dennison said. 
 
Connors. Bros. Clover Leaf Seafoods executive vice president and managing director Ron Schindler remarked: “Southern Wolf Island is a spectacular island with a sensitive ecology that we are very pleased to offer to The Nature Trust of New Brunswick to ensure that it is protected and treasured. It has been our pleasure to partner with the Trust in building on the already impressive stock of conserved islands and lands in Charlotte County.”
 
The Nature Trust will be responsible for the conservation and management of the Sothern Wolf Island and will work towards establishing partnerships with local schools, clubs and citizens for stewardship purposes. A stewardship fund has been set up in order to manage the island and it is being supported by the Gosling Foundation, William P. Wharton Trust, Davis Conservation Foundation and Environment Canada through the OQO Program.
 
About the Nature Trust of New Brunswick
The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is a non-profit land trust dedicated to preserving New Brunswick’s outstanding ecological landscapes for people and nature. The Nature Trust maintains 32 nature preserves around the province, including 10 in the Charlotte County region. 
 
Media Contact: 
Renata Woodward, Nature Trust of New Brunswick
(506)457-2398 or (506) 261-1260
naturetrust@ntnb.org">naturetrust@ntnb.org

There are a lot of exciting things happening in First Nations territory.  Here in New Brunswick, the Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick has published a “Statement on Policy for the Wabanaki Forest”.

Further a field, this Magazine  has an interesting article on the Grassy Narrows law suit about the impacts clearcut logging has on the rights to hunt and fish. 

 

Next in the reading line up is an article from the Vancouver Sun about Attawapiskat and discussing the fact that people on reserves do not have access to sufficient resources to maintain their economies and that those resources have been appropriated by federal and provincial governments.

 
Guest Speaker: Ally Manthorne
Subject: The Chimney Swift and Maritimes Swiftwatch
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Church of the Nazarene, 21 Fieldcrest Ave., Moncton
 
Nature Moncton's guest for May 15 will be Ally (Allison) Manthorne, the Maritimes Swiftwatch coordinator located at the Bird Studies Canada office in Sackville. It is perfect timing to learn more about a very special bird that is joining us at the moment, unfortunately in reducing numbers as the years pass.
 
Chimney Swifts roost together in large groups during spring migration en route from South America. With the arrival of European settlers, the savvy Chimney Swift became pleased to use the chimneys people were erecting since the tree cavities they previously occupied were mostly gone. However, as the chimneys are now disappearing, the plight of the chimney Swift is in serious decline.
 
Bird studies Canada has taken on the project to start a stewardship and conservation program to try to help the Chimney Swift and Maritimes Swiftwatch is that initial effort here.
 
Let's all learn how to readily spot these birds that are easily identified by anyone looking skyward and hear about the life and times of this fascinating bird species.
 
Ally has excellent photos and short video clips to share what Maritimes Swiftwatch has collected in its first year of efforts of monitoring Chimney Swift sites and looking for ways they can be helped.
 
Ally's presentation starts at 7:00 PM with Nature Moncton activities to follow after the break so don't be late.
 
Nelson Poirier
 

Below is the open letter from Canad's Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver -it is a blunt and staunch posisition - a must read for all Canadians.

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Natural Resources Canada
2012/1
January 9, 2012

An open letter from
the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources ,
on Canada’s commitment to diversify our energy markets and the need to further streamline the regulatory process in order to advance Canada’s national economic interest


Canada is on the edge of an historic choice: to diversify our energy markets away from our traditional trading partner in the United States or to continue with the status quo.

Virtually all our energy exports go to the US.   As a country, we must seek new markets for our products and services and the booming Asia-Pacific economies have shown great interest in our oil, gas, metals and minerals. For our government, the choice is clear:  we need to diversify our markets in order to create jobs and economic growth for Canadians across this country.  We must expand our trade with the fast growing Asian economies. We know that increasing trade will help ensure the financial security of Canadians and their families.

Unfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade.  Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth. No forestry.  No mining.  No oil.  No gas. No more hydro-electric dams.

These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda.  They seek to exploit any loophole they can find, stacking public hearings with bodies to ensure that delays kill good projects.  They use funding from foreign special interest groups to undermine Canada’s national economic interest. They attract jet-setting celebrities with some of the largest personal carbon footprints in the world to lecture Canadians not to develop our natural resources.  Finally, if all other avenues have failed, they will take a quintessential American approach:  sue everyone and anyone to delay the project even further. They do this because they know it can work.  It works because it helps them to achieve their ultimate objective: delay a project to the point it becomes economically unviable.

Anyone looking at the record of approvals for certain major projects across Canada cannot help but come to the conclusion that many of these projects have been delayed too long.  In many cases, these projects would create thousands upon thousands of jobs for Canadians, yet they can take years to get started due to the slow, complex and cumbersome regulatory process.

For example, the Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline review took more than nine years to complete.  In comparison, the western expansion of the nation-building Canadian Pacific Railway under Sir John A. Macdonald took four years.  Under our current system, building a temporary ice arena on a frozen pond in Banff required the approval of the federal government.  This delayed a decision by two months.  Two valuable months to assess something that thousands of Canadians have been doing for over a century.

Our regulatory system must be fair, independent, consider different viewpoints including those of Aboriginal communities, review the evidence dispassionately and then make an objective determination.  It must be based on science and the facts. We believe reviews for major projects can be accomplished in a quicker and more streamlined fashion.  We do not want projects that are safe, generate thousands of new jobs and open up new export markets, to die in the approval phase due to unnecessary delays.

Unfortunately, the system seems to have lost sight of this balance over the past years.  It is broken.  It is time to take a look at it.

It is an urgent matter of Canada's national interest.

The Hon. Joe Oliver
Minister of Natural Resources


Media may contact:

Patricia Best
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

NRCan’s news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/media-room/news-release/2012/1/3520

Muzzling Opposition – the easy way to win a debate

 

Before the hearings for the Northern Gateway Pipeline could even get underway the federal government came out verbally swinging and jabbing discrediting environmental groups by calling them radical because of their opposition to the project. The comments by the Prime Minister and Minister Joe Oliver indicate that the federal government has already taken the side of development -so really what is the point of discussing the matter further in the environmental review panel? Funny it seems that the review will be put under time limitations muzzling the amount of time for citizens, aboriginal groups and social and environmental groups are to state their concerns and case.

 

Read away it is quite the show:

-"Radicals working against oilsands, Ottawa says: Environment groups 'threaten to hijack' system, natural resources minister says", CBC News, January 9, 2012

-"Foreign influence foolish target" , Edmonton Journal, January 10, 2012

-"Weighing the risk of pipeline spills Enbridge says it's using the latest technology to prevent what opponents say is inevitable", The Vancouver Sun, January 6, 2012

-"Environmentalists sound alarm over Tory stand on pipeline review", Globe and Mail, January 9, 2012

-"Northern Gateway Pipeline Hearings To Start As Tories Slam 'Radical Groups', Plan Looser Enviro Rules", Huff Post, January 12, 2012

-"Le Canada voudrait faciliter l'approbation de nouveaux oléoducs", Radio Canada, Januray 9, 2012

- "Now I'm a radical ...", Blog, John Bennett, Sierra Club, January 9,2012

A petition signed by 5000 New Brunswickers who are opposed to herbicide spraying was presented to the legislature on December 8. Check out this CBC interview with Tracy Glynn.

The text of the petition is as follows;

STOP SPRAYING OUR FOREST

A petition to ban herbicide spraying of the public forest in New Brunswick

 

To the Honourable the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick assembled:

The Government of New Brunswick is going to massively expand the

spraying of herbicides over our public forest, and at public expense.

This follows the decision to allow industry to triple the area of

conifer plantations in areas of naturally growing forest. Young conifer

plantations are sprayed with herbicides to control broad leaf/deciduous

trees and shrubs.

Broadleaf trees and shrubs are an important food source for a variety of

forest wildlife. Spraying herbicides to kill broad leaf trees and shrubs

destroys the food source and habitats of many forest dependent species.

With approximately 90 per cent of its forested land under public

ownership, the province of Quebec listened to public concerns and banned

herbicide spraying of its public forest in 2001. We call on the

provincial government of New Brunswick to do the same and ban the

spraying of our forest.

Sixty-one First Nations communities along the Fraser River watershed have announced an alliance to protect the Fraser River watershed and have declared their opposition to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. “We will not allow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines, or similar Tar Sands projects, to cross our lands, territories and watersheds, or the ocean migration routes of Fraser River salmon.” If you want goose bumps check out their powerful website.

Eighty-five British Columbia business leaders have made a joint call on the provincial government to reaffirm and strengthen its leadership on climate change. ir As Canada pulls out of Kyoto, these business leaders believe that BC’s carbon tax is a benefit to the province’s businesses, communities and ecosystems alike.

Open Letter to the Citizens of British Columbia, December 19, 2011

Business leaders urge B.C. to “Stay the Course” on climate leadership, Media Release, Tides Canada, December 19, 2011 

Monday, December 12, the Environment Minister Peter Kent announced the decision to remove our country from the Kyoto Protocol, saying it “does not represent the path forward for Canada’’.

What is the way forward? What’s the action plan? Why aren’t we thinking of others ways to be energy mindful? How are we going to reverse climate change? Is it by keeping the Alberta Oil Sands? I don’t think so.

Kent stated that “Canada, though, cannot do it alone,” -that is true but pulling out of the Kyoto Protocol is not helping improve the climate change situation either.


Here are links to stories about this decision:

December 13, 2011-The Gardian,United Kingdom-Video- ''Canada withdraws from Kyoto protocol on climate change''
December 12,2011-National Post-''Canada pulling out of Kyoto accord''
December 13, 2011-The Globe and Mail- '' So, we’re out of Kyoto. What next?''



Come see why this property is so important.

http://forestsinternational.org/projects/conservation-of-working-lands/

 

Since early 2009, CFI has been working with organic farmers and sustainable woodlot owners Clark Philips and Susan Tyler, as well as the New Brunswick Community Land Trust (NBCLT), in order to develop a succession plan for a unique 650 acre farm and Acadian Forest woodlot called Whaelghinbran Farm. Clark (74) and Susan (72), have been farming organically and practicing ecological forestry on their woodlot for over 40 years. By carefully harvesting and marketing timber they have begun a process of restoration, working to achieve the health and diversity found within the Acadian Forest Eco-region prior to European settlement. In order to continue this legacy, Clark, Susan, CFI and the NBCLT are working to uphold the principles and techniques employed at Whaelghinbran Farm through a working lands conservation agreement. CFI intends to steward the farm and woodlot under the conservation easement with a community of interested organizations and individuals, and is striving to establish a rural training centre on site.This training centre will provide students from the region with the knowledge, skills, and network necessary to become involved in a movement rooted in ecologically-based working lands in the Acadian Forest Eco-region. The multi-stakeholder community-based ecological forestry practiced at Whaelghinbran will also provide a strong example of alternative approaches to woodland management in the region.

The significance of recent cuts to environmental research and monitoring was not lost on our European counterparts. Even in the midst of an economic upheaval Europeans noticed our national funding cuts and the Guardian wrote a scathing article about Canada’s moral compass and decision to cut key environmental funds but in the same breath drop more than 60 billion dollars on military equipment. The Guardian reporter Leahy specifically noted the funding cut to the Canadian Environmental Network and the impact that will have on two-way communication between the public and federal government. The importance of the CEN as a communication conduit is reflected in the ENGO letter of support written on November 10th with four and a half pages of signatories. Minister Kent’s lack luster response to this letter requesting CEN funding reinstatement showed only the federal government interests in a one way communication system. PDF version of both letters are downloadable below.

Click here to read the Guardian Article “Canada Cuts Environmental Spending”


The letter of support for the Canadian Environmental Network to Peter Kent in response to RCEN’s funding cut – PDF is downloadable below.

Maybe the environmental movement should re-consider wearing green this year and take its cue from Pink Shirt Day - an action with the motto that “we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.” Currently though we are tolerating the Harper Government acting just like a bully – defined as a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people.”

The proof you ask! Well here are some links to stories of the Harper Government’s national and international bullying efforts!

International Climate/Environmental quarreling:

Durban – another international meltdown!

Ok - 2011 experienced a major nuclear meltdown but the world is about to see another international mess –governments/politicians talking climate. The two just do not mesh because national governments, such as Canada, are looking to protect the national gross domestic product index and multinational investors. To add to it, very little press is passing the depth of this story along. Luckily, we do have some fresh eyes and voices in Durban with worthwhile stories to share.

Ongoing Updates from Durban

Canadian Youth Climate Coalition youth delegates have amazing daily updates, podcasts, videos, etc…probably the best coverage out there click here to explore their site.

Click here to link to Climate Action Network – ongoing Durban news updates.

NB 2026 Initiative on Learning

Presentation by Roberta Clowater and Janet Thomas

            On the 26th of October, the Steering committee of the Sustainability Education Alliance responded to an invitation by the NB2026 Initiative on Learning and met at the Conservation Council’s Conserver House in Fredericton. First off, Roberta Clowater explained the project background and purpose. This project is sponsored by NB2026, a citizen group that was established about three years ago under the Graham government. NB2026 is a non partisan group, involving politicians from all camps, citizen leaders, big and small business, academics, social workers and environmentalists from the four corners of the province. The long term aim of the project is to make a cultural shift whereby lifelong learning becomes a core value of all New Brunswickers.

            With only 12% of New Brunswickers being able to read at an advanced level in a society more and more concentrated around a knowledge economy, it is understandable why Premier Alward endorses the idea that our province has to prepare for a cultural shift. We need a long-term plan on where we want to be in 2026 and lay out a road map. This ambitious project will come up with a plan to address New Brunswick’s challenges: literacy, a qualified workforce, citizens with an opinion and children that can envision an interesting life in their community. We need to become a learning province in order to embrace the future.

            The NB 2026 Initiative on Learning is modelled on the poverty reduction process that Janet Thomas helped to implement while working in the social development sector. She explained that this first Outreach phase is designed to inform citizen groups about the project and to invite their participation. More than 3,500 people received an Outreach presentation over the past 6 months. The Public Dialogue phase, starting in November, will invite individuals to province-wide public dialogues. 22 public dialogues will be held in 17 communities beginning in early January, 2012. In the third phase, a carefully selected team of citizens from around the province will then debate the input provided by New Brunswickers to create options for an action plan. Around a year from now, in the final phase, this draft action plan will be presented to a group of leaders from all sectors of New Brunswick society. This group will decide which actions will be included in the final plan, as well as who will undertake each action item.

This is not a typical consultation process whereby a plan is developed and presented to Government for their action. Instead, like the poverty reduction plan, since developing a learning culture is the responsibility of every New Brunswicker, all sectors of our society will be expected to come to the table prepared to commit themselves to action. Government will be just one of the sectors represented around the table. This will be a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively amongst the sectors.

            Lifelong learning is crucial for new Brunswickers, because it affects all areas of our lives. Besides job quality and economic security, at stake are our health, quality of life, cultural identity, our openness to diversity, our ability to engage in the political process and our environmental literacy. The Sustainability Education Alliance of New Brunswick understands that this is an opportunity to collaborate in order to assure that the green agenda will find a central place in New Brunswick’s learning agenda.

A coalition of national environmental groups has published recommendations for a Green Budget for the federal government. The budget covers 1) Species at Risk, 2) Freshwater Resources 3) Energy Efficiency and 4) Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform.

 

Click here for the 2012 Green Budget 

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission hearings for the operating license to restart Lepreau are this week in Saint John. They can also be seen live through webcasting. The Saint John chapter of the Conservation Council has been working hard getting ready for these hearings and their intervention is available. Click here for more information and additional files.

The report of the Crown  Land  Task  Force, chaired by Norm Betts, has been been released   to  the  public by the Department of Natural Resources. The Department  is inviting the public to make comments with a deadline of January 13. Click here for the report.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit cultural and human rights advocate, will be presenting at Mount Allison University on November 29. This talk will be taking place on the evening of the second day of COP 17 in Durban, South Africa.

On Tuesday, November 29th at 7:00pm Inuk activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier will present in Mount Allison's Convocation Hall. Sheila Watt-Cloutier is the former International Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and will be speaking about the impacts and implications of climate change on the Arctic and the connection between human rights and climate change.

 

The lecture is entitled “Not the Time to COP Out”, and will coincide with the second day of the COP-17 negotiations in Durban, South Africa. If you cannot be in Sackville, we hope to have you virtually attend. The lecture will be streamed live on the IsumaTV website, http://www.isuma.tv/, and it is our hope to organize satellite viewings in groups, or you may view from your home computer. It promises to be an exceptional and engaging lecture, and we would like to share it as widely as possible across Canada.

 

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail Emily Mann at ermann@mta.ca.

 

 

New Brunswick is a rich province; this is not captured by our provincial Gross Domestic Product, because we are rich in life sustaining resources. Allen Curry's article, “Address NB's environmental debt”, highlights that NBers are incurring environmental debt hand over food -something seldom discussed but Curry clearly shows a conversation about this debt is needed.

Environmental Trust Fund applications being accepted for 2012-13

Media release - Environmental Trust Fund applications being accepted for 2012-13

Environmental Trust Fund website

Mining Watch Canada video which uses excerpts from the diary of a negotiator to reveal the difference between the oral negotiations and the final written treaty in Northern Ontario.

 

Hot off the Press!

Climate Change Action Plan Progress 2010-11 Report

Climate Change Action Plan Progress 2010-11 Report Summary

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2011

This past weekend three environmental awards were presented to New Brunswick citizens and environmental groups in honour of exemplary service to their community.  The prizes, awarded by the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN), recognize significant efforts by citizens and citizen groups toward the protection and restoration of New Brunswick’s environment.

Sabine Dietz, a director of the board of Nature NB and a member of many other non-profit groups, was the recipient of the Samaqan Award. Dietz is currently working at the provincial level as coordinator for the Regional Adaptation Collaborative which involves many types of agencies and governments and is focused on a number of projects that evaluate areas of concern, identifying infrastructure at risk, mitigation, and adaptation.  According to Mary Ann Coleman, Executive Director of the NBEN, “Sabine is being given this award in recognition of her determined and steadfast devotion to building a collaborative movement to protect New Brunswick coasts and coastal communities from the impacts of climate change”.

Sabine Dietz and Stephanie Merrill

Photo 1:  Left to right – Sabine Dietz, Nature NB, winner of Samaqan Award, Mary Ann Coleman, Executive Director, NBEN, Stephanie Merrill, Conservation Council of NB, winner of the Gaia Award.

The Gaia Award was presented to Stephanie Merrill, Freshwater Program Coordinator with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.  According to Coleman, “Stephanie has poured her heart and soul into working with community groups across the province.”  The prize recognizes “her inspirational and stalwart effort to build a province-wide movement dedicated to protecting New Brunswick communities from the perils of shale gas fracking.”

The Phoenix Award is dedicated to those who have been through the fire.  “In this province, the community of Penobsquis has been in the public eye for the past few years.” said Coleman.  “They lost their well water due to industrial activity and, since then, have had to fight many battles on many fronts in search of compensation for their loss.”  The 2011 Phoenix Award was presented to the Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis “in recognition of their unfaltering commitment to defending their community and home from the environmental impacts of industrial expansion in the face of a multitude of obstacles.”

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Photo 2:  Members of the Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis accepting the Phoenix Award; Brenda Lee Morrell, Gordon Fraser, Mary Ann Coleman, NBEN Executive Director (presenting the award), Beth Nixon, Garry Thomas and Beth Norrad.

The awards were presented at the 20th anniversary of the NBEN which was held during the Annual General Assembly in New Maryland on October 22, 2011.  During the assembly, member groups of the NBEN attended various workshops, discussions and field trips in the area.  As well, in celebration of the 20th anniversary, participants enjoyed a local food buffet and the music of the Fredericton band, Weak Size Fish. 

The New Brunswick Environmental Network is a non-profit communication network of over 90 citizen environmental groups from across the province.  The goal of the Network is to encourage communication among groups and between groups, government and other sectors.

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We have truly appreciated all the support and letters that come forward since Environment Canada announced they were pulling their core funding. A Facebook group and a petition have been set up at. Please visit and add your support.

Yesterday’s announcement by Environment Canada that is withdrawing its financial support of the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) after 30 years, is a blow to the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN).  With five staff and an office in Moncton, the NBEN depends on the modest core funding of $22,000/year it receives through the CEN as the nucleus around which it builds its annual budget.  The money supports services to environmental and conservation groups across the province, including communication among member groups, communications between member groups and government departments, democratic decision-making, caucus work and working bilingually.

Over 90 New Brunswick citizen based groups are members or associates of the New Brunswick Environmental Network.  These groups include large groups with a national focus and small grass-roots groups who meet around a kitchen table.  For a complete list of groups visit http://www.nben.ca/en/about-us/nben-members-and-associates .

According to Randy Nason, Grand Lake Watershed Guardians and NBEN chairperson, “It’s a sad day when the federal government withdraws funding from a truly national institution such as the RCEN and its affiliates right across the country. When the Grand Lake Watershed Guardians began our work to protect Grand Lake, it was the NBEN who linked us up with other organizations interested in watershed protection to help us hit the ground running,” said Nason.

“The New Brunswick Environmental Networks and it national counterpart, the Canadian Environmental Network, provide a valuable service to environmental groups and citizens. At a time when Canadians are demanding more environmental protection in a changing climate, it is unfathomable that this core funding would be eliminated”, says Simon Mitchell of the Meduxnekeag River Association and Chair of the NBEN Programs Committee.

The Canadian Environmental Network was established more than 30 years ago by the handful of provincial environmental organizations, including the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.  The objective was to provide the necessary national infrastructure to help citizen-based groups collaborate across the country and link them with decision-makers in Ottawa.

“Our organizations have spent decades building a uniquely Canadian institution that reaches from the grassroots and local communities to the halls of power in Ottawa, the provincial capitals and the United Nations itself,” said David Coon, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and a past Chair of the Canadian Environmental Network.  It is a sad day for Canada, but we will do our best in New Brunswick to ensure that the New Brunswick Environmental Network gets through this crisis so it continues to play the pivotal role it plays in the life of our province,” said Coon.r

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Media Contacts:
Randy Nason, Grand Lake Watershed Guardians, NBEN Chairperson, (506) 339-5448
David Coon, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, (506) 466-4033, (506) 461-1023
Simon Mitchell, Meduxnekeag River Association Inc., NBEN Programs Committee Chairperson (506) 328-8227, (506) 449-2009
Michel Desjardins, Post Carbon Greater Moncton, (506) 389-8221, (506) 381-1580
Dan Stote, Centre culturel et sportif de Cormier Village - EcoParc, NBEN representative to the RCEN, (506) 532-3625, (506) 532-3014
Mary Ann Coleman, New Brunswick Environmental Network, (506) 433-6101

 

St. Andrews…..The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) reports that farmed salmon escapees are entering the MagaguadavicRiver in southwest New Brunswick and the DennysRiver in downeast Maine. “This indicates that another unreported sea cage breach has occurred in the Bay of Fundy,” said Jonathan Carr, ASF’s Director of Research and Environment.

Mr. Carr continued, “Recently, farmed salmon in the same size range are showing up in these rivers, which suggests that the fish are all part of the same escape event. None of the sizes match up with the last three breaches of containment that were reported by the industry late last fall.”

There have been ten farmed escapees caught at the fish ladder on the MagaguadavicRiver, weighing on average 5.4 kg (12 lbs,) and three escaped fish each weighing around 6 kg (13 lbs.) caught in the weir on the DennysRiver. “Fish of that size category are currently being grown in Passamaquoddy Bay, indicating that this is where the breach has occurred,” continued Mr. Carr.

Whereas escaped salmon can be captured and removed on the Magaguadavic and Dennys rivers, there is no way of doing this in many other rivers in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine. There is a Government of New Brunswick regulation that requires the aquaculture licensee to notify the Registrar of Aquaculture within 24 hours of a confirmation of a breach of containment of 100 salmon or more, and to have a containment management plan in place within 48 hours.

Mr. Carr continued, “Government needs to take a leadership role in monitoring, reporting and enforcement to ensure transparency and accountability regarding escapes. As it stands now, the onus is on ASF to monitor escapees on the MagaguadavicRiver and to report to government and the public on escapes. In view of the dangers farmed escapees present to wild populations, government needs to be much more proactive in enforcing the regulations that do exist.”

When escapees interbreed with the few endangered wild salmon that remain in the Bay of
Fundy, the fitness and survival of these wild Atlantic salmon populations can be harmed. On September 8, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) confirmed the endangered status of the wild populations of the inner and outer Bay of Fundy. The COSEWIC report noted that:

“ …growth of the Canadian aquaculture industry has coincided with severe decline in wild populations in the nearby rivers in the Bay of Fundy.”

“In North America, farm-origin salmon have been reported in 87% of the rivers investigated within 300 km of aquaculture sites.”

“Even small percentages of escaped farmed salmon have the potential to negatively affect resident populations, either through demographic or genetic changes…There have been many reviews and studies showing that the presence of farmed salmon results in reduced survival and fitness of wild Atlantic salmon.”

These statements by COSEWIC emphasize the need to keep farmed and wild salmon apart.

Mr. Carr concluded, “The continuation of escapes into the wild underscores the need for closed containment systems such as the one ASF and the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, are working on together. Our pilot research is providing information that will determine the feasibility of closed containment as an important alternative to open sea cage culture.”

The Atlantic Salmon Federation is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well being and survival depend.

ASF has a network of seven regional councils (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Maine and Western New England). The regional councils cover the freshwater range of the Atlantic salmon in Canada and the United States.

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ASF Contact: Muriel Ferguson, Communications 506 529-1033 or 506 529-4581

The proposed Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper mine near Stanley, New Brunswick, has the potential to create significant negative impact on, and catastrophic risk for:

• Atlantic salmon habitat vulnerable to changes in the hydrologic regime and heavy metal deposition.

• The Nashwaak Watershed, a valuable economic and ecological resource, currently one of the post pristine watersheds in New Brunswick.

• Wetland habitats.

• Extensive areas of economically valuable hardwood and mixedwood Acadian Forest, a forest type under stress.

• Human health and safety in the Nashwaak Watershed, and in the open-pit itself, due to an unacceptable level of risk of failure of the extensive and high tailing dams.

• Human and ecological health due to air emissions of dust with elevated levels of arsenic and lead in an extensive area of the projected dust plume of this mine.

Take action and intervene on the Environmental  Assessment process and demand the greatest assessment and protection here.

Please feel free to copy/adapt the materials in your letters to government.

Deadline for this action alert: October 3, 2011.

STRENGTHENING ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS:

An Environmentalists’ Tool Kit

 

Published by the New Brunswick Environmental Network Revised 2011

(Original Publication 1994)

Cette publication est aussi disponible en français

 

INTRODUCTION

New Brunswick is blessed with extensive forest lands, great rivers, beautiful coastlines, and closely-knit communities. In every community, there are committed citizens working for the protection and restoration of these precious resources. This commitment is reflected in the rapid growth of the environmental movement: from the twenty founding groups of the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN) in 1990 to 87 member groups in 2011.

The work of these citizen groups is valuable to their communities. This work is often difficult. It demands a commitment of time and energy, and it takes its toll on the people and on the organizations. A major role of the NBEN is to support environmental groups in their work, and, to this end, the Environmentalists’ Tool Kit was developed. The tools in this kit are intended to help strengthen organizations. They consist of practical tips on strategizing, organizing, working with other people, and on taking care of yourself.

The kit was designed to be a reference, something that could be pulled off the shelf to find needed information quickly and easily. The sections stand alone and can be easily printed for circulation within an organization. In this way, members of a group can work together to address the challenges that they face as an organization.

Part 1:  Environmental Issues: From Problem to Solution

Part 2: Volunteer Development

Part 3: Relating to the World: Community and Media

Part 4: Wailing the Information Blues

"Going big or going home" is not longer a tag line but the way our world runs -big projects, big budgets, big hair and I am normally quiet opposed to XL anything but the large civil disobidience action in Washington seems to me appropriate. It is like environmentalist are fighting fire with fire; check out the Stop the Pipeline! protest updates.

The public has until October 3, 2011 to comment on the Sisson Brook Mine Draft Terms of Reference. Review the linked documents and then vocalize your opinion!!

Civil disobedience takes root when governing party’s actions are influenced by a few and the general citizens’ power and ability to influence is removed…is that where New Brunswick and Canada is now?

 

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

 

DATE:                        August 9, 2011

 

 

TOPIC:           Thompson Brook Restoration Project Complete

 

 

DETAILS:      The Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee (KWRC) recently completed a habitat assessment and restoration project on Thompson Brook.  This project was carried out with the cooperation of Jeff and Marta Floyd and support from our funding partners.  The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, the New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund, New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund and, the Sussex Fish and Game Association provided the KWRC with sufficient funding to assess 2.3km of Thompson Brook and enhance 1647m2 of riparian and aquatic habitats through native tree stock along degraded riparian areas and through restricting cattle access to the stream.  KWRC staff worked through the summer of 2009 and 2010 installing fencing, planting trees, and monitoring the sites ecological health.  The site now possesses a flourishing riparian area and provides greater fish habitat thanks to the efforts of the past two years. 

 

                        Thompson Brook is located just east of Apohaqui, New Brunswick.  It is not a large stream but it plays an important role in the overall health of the Lower Kennebecasis Watershed.  As a cold spring fed stream it buffers the warmer temperatures of the main river during the warm summer months.  This helps maintain water quality and fish health and with this small stream now in a healthier state, so to is the Kennebecasis River.

 

RESOURCES: http://www.kennebecasisriver.ca

 

PHOTO:          (Thompson Brook sign panel)

The KWRC and its partners have been posting signs like this at each of their restoration sites so that funding partners are recognized and so that the public recognize a habitat restoration project.

 

                        (TB Restoration Efforts)

                        Throughout the planting seasons of 2009-2011 KWRC staff erected and maintained restrictive riparian zone fencing and planted over 450 potted coniferous and deciduous trees.

 

CONTACT:    Ben Whalen, Project Manager, KWRC

                        (506)433-4394

                        Ben.whalen@kennebecasisriver.ca

A new Pesticides Team has formed under the Collaborative Effort on Children's Environmental Health.  The team is focusing on the use of cosmetic pesticides in New Brunswick, particularly in children's play areas.  Please contact the NBEN if you are interested in participating.
Have you been wondering what is going on in Lubicon Territory?  The Lubicon Cree are in the centre of a tar sands debacle.

Between last month's cuts to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and this week's loss of 776 jobs at Environment Canada, environmental groups are concerned.

700 Environment Canada jobs on the chopping block, The Star

Cuts to gut environment watchdog, Montreal Gazette

The Rural Community of Upper Miramichi, Central NB Woodmen’s Museum and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick are proud to present the Upper Miramichi Forest Festival on Sunday, August 21st from 11am-4pm at the Woodmen’s Museum and Upper Miramichi Community Park (6342 Route 8, Boiestown). The first ever forest festival will also mark the official opening of the Upper Miramichi Community Park.

The forest festival will feature:

Morning run with the Miramichi River Runners

Wild blueberry pancake brunch

Vendors displaying wild berry jams & jellies, fiddleheads, crafts, wreaths and soaps.

A “Taste of Metepenagiag Tour” with berry teas and a demonstration of sealing a birch bark canoe with spruce gum.

Learn how to make cedar shingles, inoculate logs for shitake mushrooms and make soap.

Laugh out loud at a play by the The Saplings Theatre Production.

Join a forest scavenger hunt designed for all ages and learn how to identify the variety of flora and food in our forest.

Enjoy a game of horseshoes or washers, face-painting, tours of the Museum grounds and forest games for kids.

Learn about Upper Miramichi’s community forest initiatives. Check out a showcase of maps of Upper Miramichi’s forest produced by Mojo Mapping, Fundy Model Forest, the Rural Municipality of Upper Miramichi & the Conservation Council. Videos and literature on community forestry initiatives will be on hand for you to check out.

Enjoy a great day with family and friends and discover the many wonders and opportunities that our forest provides.

For more information, visit Upper Miramichi Community Forest Partnership at http://www.uppermiramichic​ommunityforest.org/

Detailed schedule coming soon!

Check out submissions by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and the Canadian Wildlife Federation on the proposed elements of the New Brunswick Species at Risk Act on July 15, 2011.
Communities rely on strong support from a number of sources, including volunteers, businesses and not-for-profit organizations. That support could include activities like raising funds for community projects, giving employees time to volunteer or creating a new after-school program for at-risk youth, to list only a few examples.

Every day, local businesses, not-for-profit organizations and thousands of individuals volunteer their time, energy and skills to improve the well-being of families and communities across the country. They help make Canada stronger by creating change and inspiring hope.

The Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards is a new program that has been created to celebrate these Canadians who make a difference. A total of 17 awards will be given at both the regional and national level. Recipients will be eligible to identify a not-for-profit organization to receive a grant for $5,000 (regional award) or $10,000 (national award).

Those chosen for the awards must be nominated. The first call for nominations opened on July 12 and will close on September 9, 2011. Award recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony to be held in early 2012.

Do you know an individual or group, a business or not-for-profit organization that is making a difference in your community? Recognize their contributions and show your appreciation by submitting a nomination.

To learn more about the Prime Minister's Volunteer Awards, please visit http://www.pm.gc.ca/awards or call 1-877-825-0434.
MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011

Maude Barlow addresses Assembly of First Nations convention, supports First Nations calls for internationally recognized human right to water
 
Moncton, NB -- Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, addressed the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Annual General Assembly this morning, pledging her and her organization's full support for First Nations struggles for access to clean water and sanitation, which Canada and the provinces are now required by international law to provide as a human right for all peoples.
"Almost one year ago to this day, the United Nations acknowledged that water and sanitation is a fundamental human right, equal to other rights that are enforceable under international law. Even though the Harper government shamefully abstained from the vote recognizing the right to water, it is nonetheless bound by an obligation to ensure the peoples of Canada enjoy that right," said Barlow in her speech to the AFN.
"The human right to water and sanitation is being violated right here in Canada. First Nations' homes are 90 percent less likely to have running water than the homes of other Canadians," says Barlow. "The Harper government cannot hide from this fact. It is now under international obligation to redress this travesty."
 
Water is a prominent theme in resolutions to this year's AFN convention. One calls on the AFN to advocate for the application of UN General Assembly Resolution on the right to water and sanitation in Canada "as a supporting mechanism for the implementation of Indigenous Rights, Title, and Treaty Rights in Canada." Another asks that prior and pre-extinguished water rights of First Nations in British Columbia be addressed and given priority over short- and long-term water rights to third parties in First Nations' territories.
 
There is a resolution asking for a government investigation into the impacts on water of shale gas developments on First Nations lands, and another which asks the AFN to continue to support the Tsilhqot'in Nation struggle in B.C. against the proposed New Prosperity copper mine, which has been rejected once by the federal government based on independent panel findings it would have "significant adverse environmental effects on fish and fish habitat, on navigation, on the current use of lands and resources for traditional purposes by First Nations and on cultural heritage, and on certain potential or established Aboriginal rights or title."
"The Council of Canadians is very keen to work with the Assembly of First Nations to address the crucial issue of water and sanitation on First Nations communities across the country and to use the two historic UN resolutions recognizing the human right to drinking water and sanitation to dramatically improve the situation," said Barlow at the close of her speech. "That is why we need to work together to see justice done and ensure the dignity of clean water and sanitation to everyone in this country and around the world."
 
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More information and to arrange interviews:
Stuart Trew, Council of Canadians: (647) 222-9782; strew@canadians.org
Emma Lui, water campaigner, Council of Canadians: (613) 298-8792; elui@canadians.org
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Atlantic Provinces Urged to Increase Climate Change Action
Halifax, Nova Scotia – July 8 2011 - A coalition of Atlantic Canadian environmental groups have released report cards outlining the progress Atlantic Provinces have made on their commitments under the 2001 Climate Change Action Plan of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG-ECP). The annual NEG-ECP meeting is being held in Halifax July 11-13.
The Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition (ACSEC) has monitored the progress of NEG-ECP members toward their objectives since 2001. ACSEC is a coalition of non-governmental organizations comprised of the Ecology Action Centre, Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, and the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island.
“The NEG-ECP Climate Change Action Plan has provided the framework for the region’s provincial and state policies on energy and climate change over the past decade,” explains Catherine Abreu, ACSEC’s Regional Facilitator.
Each of the Atlantic Provinces, except for PEI, fell short of achieving the 2010 milestone of reducing emissions to 1990 levels. In 2009, the last year for which data are available, greenhouse gas emissions in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland were 9.5%, 15.4% and 2.7% above 1990 levels, respectively. Provinces revised their commitment to reducing to 1990 levels by 2012.
ACSEC members agree that more aggressive regional greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets are required to avoid destabilizing the global climate. To support Atlantic Provinces meeting their 2012 goal and reducing emissions further by 2020, a second phase of the NEG-ECP Climate Change Action Plan must be implemented.
ACSEC urges the NEG-ECP to adopt a scientifically relevant target of 25% below 1990 GHG levels by 2020 in a second commitment period of the regional Climate Change Action Plan.
NB
NL
NS
PEI
Overall Grade
B
D-
B
B
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
A
C+
B+
A
Energy Efficiency
A
D-
A
B-
Renewables
B
F
B
B+
Transportation
D
F
D
D
Regional Policy Integration + Cooperation
A-
A-
A-
A-
Overall, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island received mid-range grades on their progress. Newfoundland and Labrador received a failing grade. Regional cooperation and energy efficiency are areas where the Atlantic Provinces have made significant strides. More aggressive action on renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions is required in each of the Provinces. Reducing emissions from transportation is an area that receives very little attention in the region.
“The glaring gap in Atlantic Canada’s efforts to do its share to fight global warming is in the area of transportation,” says David Coon of New Brunswick-based Conservation Council. “Emissions from transportation are on the rise in every province,” adds Tony Reddin of the Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island. While PEI’s total emissions are down from 1990 levels, road transportation emissions have risen 22%. “Priority must be placed on creating public transportation infrastructure in the Atlantic Provinces and developing an integrated sustainable transportation plan for the region,” concludes Reddin.
“The creation of an Atlantic public transportation authority to develop and operate public transportation for the region is required. If we can have a regional lottery organization to coordinate gambling, we should be able to do the same for public transportation,” says ACSEC Coordinator, Catherine Abreu.
Newfoundland and Labrador is the only province that has not yet implemented policies mandating increased electricity generation from renewable sources. Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club’s Atlantic Canada chapter says continued and increased support for renewables is essential. “The Provinces can do a better job of developing complementary policies that enhance the role of renewables in Atlantic Canada. Investing in provincial and regional grid systems and moving away from large-scale, centralized electricity production will help us get there.”
New Brunswick and Nova Scotia lead the way in the area of efficiency. Both provinces have Energy Efficiency Agencies. “Energy efficiency and conservation are the most economical ways to simultaneously reduce emissions and save rate payers money,” says Brennan Vogel of Nova Scotia-based Ecology Action Centre. “Further establishing aggressive and innovative efficiency programs and services for all fuel types, including home heating fuels, can transform energy use and reduce emissions in the region.”
“We’ve seen unprecedented cooperation between the Atlantic Provinces on energy issues in recent years,” observes Abreu. ACSEC members agree that regional initiatives like the Atlantic Energy Gateway and NEG-ECP are vital, especially in the absence of strong Federal-level guidance on energy and climate change policy. “We emphasize that such initiatives must include representation from all levels of concern in Atlantic Canadian communities. ACSEC also cautions against losing sight of the ultimate goal – reducing emissions and turning the tide on climate change.”
ACSEC would like to see the NEG-ECP improve regional communities’ abilities to adapt as they confront the already extensive impacts of climate upheaval.
In 2007 an interim review of the Climate Change Action Plan suggested regional governments focus their efforts on four priority areas. ACSEC has graded each of the Atlantic Provinces on their progress in these areas as well as their emissions reductions.
For copies of the Nova Scotia Report Card and more information, contact:
Catherine Abreu
Regional Coordinator
ACSEC
902 442 0199
acsec@ecologyaction.ca
Brennan Vogel
Energy Coordinator
Ecology Action Centre
902 442 0199
energy@ecologyaction.ca
For Newfoundland, New Brunswick, & PEI, Contact:
Gretchen Fitzgerald
Director
Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter
902 444 3113
gretchenf@sierraclub.ca
David Coon
Executive Director
Conservation Council of New Brunswick
506 458 8747
dcoon@conservationcouncil.ca
Tony Reddin
Energy Coordinator
Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island
902 675 4093
ecopei.project@gmail.com

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

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