Congratulations to this year’s Environmental Leadership Award winners!

I want to add a special shout out to Meagan Betts, who has taken an active role in the Youth Environmental Action Network, acting as the chair and representative for Fredericton High School Green Team and now EcoAction. I have seen Meagan in action and feel this is a much deserved honour.

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Winners of Environmental Leadership Awards

FREDERICTON (GNB) – A presentation was held today in Fredericton to honour the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award recipients and poster contest winners.

“Through this initiative, we are able to recognize these achievements as we highlight the importance of protecting our environment,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Bruce Fitch. “Sharing these initiatives will encourage further environmental stewardship and will have a positive impact on our province. Others can be motivated to follow in the footsteps of those recognized today.”

This year's recipients are:

●    Individual Youth – Meagan Betts, Youth Environmental Leader;
●    Youth Group – The Sacred Garden Team, Devon Middle School;
●    Individual – Pamela Fowler, Municipal Nature Park;
●    Business – Rhoda Welshman, ReAction Events;
●    Communities, Groups and Organizations – Tobique River Team, Tobique First Nation Community Clean-Up; and
●    Lifetime Achievement – Ralph Simpson, Youth Mentorship.

Fitch also announced the winners of the poster contest who illustrated an environmental theme. The winners are:

●    Sophie Landry, Save the World; and
●    Natasha Barna, Je suis ta Terre.

The awards are presented annually to individuals, communities, groups and businesses that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the enhancement and protection of the environment. A panel of independent judges selected the recipients.

Information about the awards is available online.

2012 Environmental Leadership Award recipients

Individual Youth


Meagan Betts – Fredericton

Youth Environmental Leader: A former student of Fredericton High School, Betts dedicated much of her time to enhancing environmental awareness at her school and in her community. She led the school Environmental Club and introduced such ideas as Motorless Mondays, vermiculture composting and a reduced car prom. Outside of school, Meagan chaired the Youth Environmental Action Network.

Youth Group

Devon Middle School – Fredericton

The Sacred Garden Team: In 2011, the Sacred Garden Project was established at Devon Middle School. While promoting a sustainable organic garden, this Outdoor Classroom aims to educate the students and the community about the importance of traditional First Nations' medicines. As students move through the process of germinating the seeds, maintaining and tracking their growth, and transplanting their seeds into the Garden Classroom, they also discover, through traditional teachings, a connection to the Earth, agriculture, history and sustainability.

Individual


Pamela Fowler – Riverview

Municipal Nature Park: An environmental science teacher at Riverview High School, Fowler is committed to teaching her students about the environment while using applied approaches to help them identify with the high school curriculum. She initiated the Mill Creek Project, which had her class propose a nature park in Riverview that would connect to the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Her students surveyed the proposed park, completed water testing and botanical surveys, and presented their findings to the town council.

Business


Rhoda Welshman – Saint John

ReAction Events: Concerned for the environment and seeing a niche that needed to be filled, Welsman launched a business, ReAction Events. Focusing on environmentally-friendly parties and events, she aims to reduce the use of plastic products while providing unique, personalized party supplies for her clients. Welshman offers eco-friendly products that are handcrafted and sustainable. Not only are the decorations, table ware, and treat bags environmentally friendly but her parties promote both creative and physical activity.  

Community, Group and Organization

Tobique Riverbank Team – Tobique First Nation

Community Clean-up: The Riverbank Team of Tobique First Nation was formed after a need for riverbank stabilization work was identified. Following this project, the team started to look at the community as a whole, and when an opportunity to work with the Valley Solid Waste Commission arose, they led the way. Working together, the team and the commission cleaned up illegal dumpsites in the community, posted signs discouraging dumping and cleaned streams and banks along the river. This spurred the community to promote a clean environment and to hold community clean-up days as well as the clean-up of the demolition site of an old school.

Lifetime Achievement


Ralph Simpson – Fredericton

Youth Mentorship: An ecologist and forest pathologist, Ralph Simpson is committed to environmental restoration and youth mentorship. For more than 20 years he has volunteered to develop, obtain funding, lead and execute environmental projects. He has been involved with The Fredericton Backyard Composters, the Fredericton Area Watersheds Association, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Canadian Environment Awards Community Award. Simpson also worked on the Bur Oak Project, where he trained and worked with youth to restore at-risk native species of trees, and the Children's International Summer Villages, where he was an environmental mentor, leading annual trail and stream clean-ups.

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/elg/news/news_release.2012.11.1040.html

If you’ve been wondering how the changes to the Canadian Navigable Waters Protection Act affect us in New Brunswick, here’s the scoop. Since 1882, Canadians lakes, rivers and streams have been protected from development that would impede navigation (pipelines, bridges, power lines, dams, mining and forestry equipment, etc.). Now a body of water has to be listed on Schedule 2 to be protected by the Act. And for NB, what is on Schedule 2? The Saint John River. Open season on all the rest.

 

Check out NBEN’s Annual General Assembly photos!

 

NBEN RENB - View my 'AGA 2012' set on Flickriver

[Letter to Editor, The Daily Gleaner October 26 2012]

LaPierre Report Is More Opinion Than Science

 

I take issue with the recent Gleaner editorial – In our view: Shale gas report is a welcome dose of rationality, science.

 

First, I don’t see the report itself as any kind of science. There are no references included and the main content of the report does not even accurately reflect the conclusions.

 

Even a high school science report must include references and have a conclusion that consolidates the information in the body of the report. All one has to do is compare the Cleary health report, with Dr. LaPierre’s, to see how a credible science based government report should be written.

 

Second, just like our government, the conclusion does not propose any alternatives to not going down the boom bust fossil fuel path. These alternatives were briefly mentioned in the body of the report and talked about by many at the public sessions.

 

Some of the most successful countries in the world are well on the way to a successful carbon free sustainable economy. It is only a matter of time before every jurisdiction will need to go down this path as fossil fuels – by definition – will not last forever. Early adopters will be in the advantaged position of being world leaders that others will come to as they try to catch up.

 

Third, we still have no proof that there are any financial benefits to New Brunswickers (or anyone for that matter) for going down this path. The government has no business plan for this industry that considers all the costs including regulation, health and social costs. We have no clue if the revenue potential will cover all of the costs. This is remarkable considering the business approach that is being used to rationalize continual government cost cutting.  

 

Until this costing is done do we want to spend any more public dollars on something that may very well cost us big? A credible report would task the government with first costing this industry before any more development dollars are spent.

 

I therefore do not consider Dr. LaPierre’s report to be either rational or scientific.

Garth Hood
Fredericton

Community Forests International is hosting a mushroom growing workshop Saturday November 3rd from 10am-4pm at 10 School Lane in Sackville N.B.

 

In this workshop participants will explore fungi and the edible mushrooms certain fungal species produce (e.g. shiitake, oyster mushrooms). Mycologist and mushroom enthusiast David Boyle will guide a discussion on the essential roles these organisms play in stimulating plant growth, degrading pollutants, and controlling unwanted insects. This will be followed by a hands-on exploration of several methods for coaxing fungi to produce edible and/or beautiful mushrooms.  After this workshop, participants will have a greater understanding of how fungi live and behave and be well on their way to growing their own mushrooms at home or on the farm!

Please dress warmly, as a portion of this workshop will be held in an outdoor classroom space.

The cost is $25.00  Please bring your own lunch.  Register here.

For more information, call 506 536 3738 or send us an email info@forestsinternational.org

Ken Maybee passed away on October 17, 2012. As CEO of the New Brunswick Lung Association, Ken was a dedicated leader and an advocate for the building of strong links between environmental and health issues. Ken was named to the Order of Canada in July 2012 for his efforts to improve air quality and the health of Canadians. In New Brunswick, Ken was involved in the development of the NB Clean Air Act and the Smoke-free Places Act. He helped to develop air quality standards, including the air quality health index used in many cities. Our condolences to Ken’s wife, his family and friends and to all the staff at the NB Lung Association who have lost a champion.

From the New Brunswick Lung Association
No words can express how devastated and sorry the New Brunswick Lung Association family is at the recent passing of Kenneth Maybee, our past President and CEO. Across the country the Lung Association staff and all those who knew Ken through his clean air advocacy work are mourning this loss.

Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to Ken's wife and family.

Ken left an amazing legacy both in terms of his professional work and in terms of the many lives he touched in such positive ways.
From the Conservation Council of New Brunswick
Conservation Council of New Brunswick is saddened by the passing of our respected and dedicated colleague Ken Maybee of the New Brunswick Lung Association

Ken put the NB Lung Association on the national map, with leading, high profile campaigns on clean air, anti-smoking and other environmental issues. As President and CEO of the NB Lung Association, Ken was a leader, innovator and tireless advocate for the Lung Association and the causes he championed. This is typical of the man he was.

Ken was named to the Order of Canada in July 2012. He was due to receive this prestigious award, as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, on 23 November from the Governor General at Government House in Ottawa. Ken was named to the Order of Canada in the category of Social Services, for his efforts to improve air quality and the health of Canadians. His efforts have been described as follows "Mr. Maybee’s personal crusade to make human health the driving force for air quality policies and legislation has been extraordinary". He helped develop air quality standards, including the air quality health index used in many cities. He was instrumental in the introduction of the NB Clean Air Act and the Smoke-free Places Act, which, among other things, bans smoking in vehicles containing children under the age of 16. Locally, he helped the City of Fredericton organize the Canada Day parade and made the parade green by not allowing motorized vehicles to take part.
 

Obituary

MAYBEE, KENNETH H. - (1937 – 2012) - On Wednesday, 17 October, Ken Maybee passed away in tragic circumstances. Ken’s family is totally devastated at his sudden passing. Born Kenneth Hendrie Maybee in Montreal on 15 June 1937, he is survived by his wife Joan (Ingram) of 50 years and his two children, son Larry (Megan) living in Australia and daughter Kim (Gord) living in Nanaimo, BC. and four dearly loved grandchildren; Ryan, Nicole and Erin Maybee (Australia) and Molly O’Brien (Nanaimo). He also leaves behind his beloved cat, Mikey “they were buddies”. Ken was the youngest of seven children – four boys and two girls – Donald, Theresa, George, Floyd, William and Edna. He is survived by brothers Floyd (Joan) of Alberta, William (Gladys) of California and Edna (John) Tyler of Victoria, BC. He was predeceased by his parents Harry Jacob and Lillian, brothers Donald, George and sister Theresa. He is survived by his many nieces and nephews. Ken lived a 39 year career in the Canadian forces. He joined the Armoured Corps as a boy soldier in 1954. He quickly rose through the ranks, excelling at every course he attempted and appointment he was given. He served with distinction with the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) in Petawawa, Germany and CFB Gagetown and with the 12e Regiment Blinde du Canada (12e RBC) in Valcartier, Quebec. During his military career, Ken served three different tours with NATO in Germany, four in Egypt and one in Cyprus. His notable appointments included Sergeant-Major of several Squadrons, in 12e RBC and at the Armoured School at the Combat Training Centre, CFB Gagetown. He was Regimental Sergeant-Major of 12e RBC, Chief Warrant Officer at Army Headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec, and Command Chief Warrant Officer of Canadian Forces in Europe and the Middle East. In the latter stages of his career, Ken took his commission to move back to NB and as a Captain was appointed Detachment Commander of all Cadets in NB and PEI. Ken received many awards for his accomplishments in the military. In 1977 he was appointed to the Order of Military Merit, the second highest order administered by the Governor-in-Council, at the grade of Member (MMM), for distinctive merit and exceptional service. He was later upgraded to the level of Officer of the Order of Military Merit (OMM), a rare occurrence. Both awards were presented by the Governor General at Rideau Hall. Ken Maybee retired from the Canadian Forces in 1993 and took up the position of Executive Director (later President and CEO) of the NB Lung Association, one week after his retirement from the Canadian Forces. In typical fashion, Ken took the Lung Association to new heights, re-defining its focus and direction. He put the NB Lung Association on the national map, with leading, high profile campaigns on clean air, anti-smoking and other environmental issues. As President and CEO of the NB Lung Association, Ken was a leader, innovator and tireless advocate for the Lung Association and the causes he championed. This is typical of the man he was.


Ken was named to the Order of Canada in July 2012. He was due to receive this prestigious award, as well as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, on 23 November from the Governor General at Government House in Ottawa. Ken was named to the Order of Canada in the category of Social Services, for his efforts to improve air quality and the health of Canadians. His efforts have been described as follows “Mr. Maybee’s personal crusade to make human health the driving force for air quality policies and legislation has been extraordinary”. He helped develop air quality standards, including the air quality health index used in many cities. He was instrumental in the introduction of the NB Clean Air Act and the Smoke-free Places Act, which, among other things, bans smoking in vehicles containing children under the age of 16. Locally, he helped the City of Fredericton organize the Canada Day parade and made the parade green by not allowing motorized vehicles to take part. Ken was an avid sportsman. In his younger years he enjoyed playing basketball, volleyball, tennis and curling at a competitive level, and he was a long-standing regular at the Fredericton YMCA. More recently, he enjoyed playing “Texas hold’em” poker with the boys twice a week. Ken was a long-time resident of New Maryland, a proud Frederictonian and a pillar of the local community. He was a fine New Brunswicker and an outstanding Canadian. He was charity-minded and always active in community organizations. In his earlier years, he was active in the Lions Club in Oromocto. Throughout his life he was very active in the Masonic Order, the Shriners and was a member of Royal Canadian Legion. Ken was a friend and mentor to many; he constantly looked to help those less-advantaged members of the community. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and the many people who admired and respected him.


Ken was cremated at McAdams Funeral Home. A memorial service to honour Ken’s memory will be announced at a later date. Donations in Ken’s memory may be made to a mental health charity, if so desired. On-line condolences may be made at www.mcadamsfh.com ADSUM 21 October 2012

http://www.inmemoriam.ca/view-announcement-327353-kenneth-maybee.html

October 16, 2012

(Fredericton)  The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, New Brunswick Chapter (CPAWS NB) is urging New Brunswickers to have their say on what New Brunswick’s protected areas future should look like.  Government recently released a map of proposed protected natural areas and is seeking public input until November 15.

Roberta Clowater, Executive Director of CPAWS NB, said, “New Brunswick citizens have a chance right now to show their support for permanent protection of wilderness areas that the New Brunswick government has identified for potential protection.  While this is a good step towards a protected areas network, much more is needed to truly protect New Brunswick’s wilderness heritage.”

“Near Fredericton, candidates include natural areas in the Nashwaak River watershed, which has recently faced an increase in pressure for industrialization.  Candidates in southeastern New Brunswick include forests that protect the Turtle Creek drinking water supply for Moncton.  Natural areas along the Magaguadavic River and the Piskahegan Stream are the largest candidates in the southwest.  In northern New Brunswick, large forested areas along the Dungarvon River, the Tabusintac River, the Portage River and the Restigouche River have been included in the list.  The candidate protected areas are important old forests, headwaters of significant fish streams, or sensitive wildlife habitats.

“Unfortunately, not all of the proposed areas will make the actual protection list, so it is important that people who have on-the-ground knowledge of any of the candidate protected areas provide that information to government.   Government will choose which areas will go forward for full protection as a result of these public consultations.”

Clowater said, “These potential protected areas will move us from having 3% of the province protected, to having about 4.7% protected.  New Brunswick would still be 2nd to last in Canada in the proportion of our land that is permanently protected from development, with only half the proportion that is, on average, protected in the other provinces and territories.  We’ll need to protect all of these areas, and many more, if we’re going to do our fair share to protect the wilderness and wildlife that is so important to our culture, tourism and regional economies.”

Five open houses are planned over the next two weeks, starting with one in Fredericton on Oct.16, 6:00 pm, Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre.  CPAWS NB is providing links to the maps, background information, the schedule of open houses, and more at www.cpawsnb.org.Restigouche canoeing small2

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For Immediate Release

 

LaPierre’s report is opinion, not science

Dr. Louis LaPierre’s report on public feedback about the New Brunswick government’s shale gas industry proposals was released on October 15th, and is already attracting comments and criticisms. A retired biologist, LaPierre was commissioned by the provincial government to hold public meetings and gather public reaction concerning the government’s 116 recommendations for regulating a potential shale gas industry. In his report, Dr. Lapierre wrote that there were few comments about the government’s regulations at those meetings. Instead, the public spoke mostly about matters concerning the environment, health, water, and so on. In the concluding remarks of his report, Dr. LaPierre makes recommendations about a moratorium, a phased-approach to development, and outlines a structure for managing gas distribution.

Today, 18 community groups supported a statement suggesting that LaPierre’s recommendations and conclusions were based on opinion, not science.

Dr. Jean Louis Deveau, a social scientist with the Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians, says that while LaPierre’s report appears to contain a fairly accurate representation of the concerns expressed at the public meetings, the report’s conclusions and recommendations are unfounded.

“Dr. LaPierre was directed to report on people’s concerns about the government’s recommendations for regulating the industry,” Deveau explains.

“People spoke and wrote to him. Those words and textual submissions were his data. In a proper scientific analysis, his conclusions should have been derived from the actual data he received and might have read something like this: ’New Brunswickers were faced with too many unknowns about the shale gas industry to be in a position to provide meaningful input on the government’s recommendations for regulating the industry. Therefore, they chose to voice their concerns about water, the environment, health, and so on.’ However, instead of linking his conclusions to those data, Dr. LaPierre chose to debate the pros and cons of a moratorium, a phased approach to industry development, and a management structure for a future shale gas industry in New Brunswick. In short, there is nothing in his data to support any of those concluding remarks.”

Deveau suggests that LaPierre has actually failed to follow the science-based approach advocated in his own report and that his report amounts to little more than an opinion piece.

Conservation Council of New Brunswick—Stephanie Merrill

Council of Canadians, Fredericton Chapter—Jean Louis Deveau

Council of Canadians, Saint John Chapter—Carol Ring

Darlings Island Fracking Intervention Naguwigewauk—Doug Foster

Friends of UNB Woodlot—Mark D’Arcy

Hampton Water First—Chris Rendell

Harvey Environmental Action—Terry Wishart

Memramcook Action—Patricia Leger

Maliseet Grand Council—Alma Brooks

New Brunswickers Against Fracking—Stan Donovan

Our Environment, Our Choice—Mike McKinley

Parents Against Everyday Poisons—Michael Stoneleigh

Penniac Anti-Shale Gas Organization--Eric Hadley

Quality of Life Initiative—Otty Forgrave

Tantramar Alliance—Marilyn Lerch

Upriver Environment Watch—Ann Pohl

Upper Miramichi Stewardship Alliance—Brad Wood

Water and Environmental Protection for Albert County—Deborah Carr

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Colleen Brown and her beautiful voice singing "Tumbleweed" with the nesting birds of Dick's Island in the background. 

You can see this, and many other NB Nature Session videos, at http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/?page_id=376

 

New Brunswick Citizens and Groups

Presented with Environmental Awards

This past weekend two 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.

Community Forests International, an organization based in Sackville with a mandate to promote community-based ecological forestry both in New Brunswick and internationally, was honoured with the the Gaia Award. According to Mary Ann Coleman, Executive Director of the NBEN, “Community Forests International received the award for their determined effort to maintain stewardship of Whaelghinbran Farm and to develop an on-site training centre to inspire youth and future generations to work towards achieving the health and diversity found within the Acadian Forest Eco-region prior to European settlement.” Recently, Community Forests International purchased Whaelghinbran Farm a unique 650-acre farm and Acadian forest woodlot in the Sussex area on which they will be farming organically and practicing ecological forestry. The multi-stakeholder community-based ecological forestry practiced at Whaelghinbran will be an example of alternative approaches to woodland management in the region.

The Phoenix Award, dedicated to those who have been “through the fire,” was presented to Mark D'Arcy, of the Friends of the UNB Woodlot. Coleman stated, “Mark received this award in recognition of his bold leadership, creative strategies, and tireless devotion to raising public awareness about and mounting resistance to shale gas exploration.”

The awards were presented during the Annual General Assembly of the New Brunswick Environmental Network, which was held in Sackville on October 13, 2012. During the assembly, member groups of the NBEN participanted in various workshops, discussions, and field trips in the area. As well, participants enjoyed the Soup Fest fundraiser hosted by local Sackville community groups in which Sackville-area potters donated bowls that Soup Fest participants took home as keepsakes. Soup Fest participants also enjoyed the music of two Sackville musicians, Michael Duguay and Steve Haley.

EOS Eco-Energy

Go Transpo: Connecting Southeastern New Brunswick

October 9, 2012

Transportation has been a long-standing issue in Southeastern New Brunswick for many people in our community. A regional initiative has been launched in response to this issue. Go Transpo is an initiative led by EOS Eco-Energy Inc. in partnership with the Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC) and the Westmorland Albert Community Inclusion Network Co-operative Ltd.. Its aim is to work with communities to create a model for accessible and sustainable transportation in Southeastern New Brunswick.

The first stage of the Go Transpo project is to develop a feasibility study. The feasibility study will help identify what sort of transportation is needed in our communities and how to efficiently meet those needs in a way that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. 

Go Transpo is well into its community engagement process and is looking for input from across the community. Surveys are available in both official languages at various organizations throughout the region and can also be found at most municipal offices. The survey can also be completed online at www.eocecoenergy.com

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to contact the project coordinator, Meggie, with transportation related concerns and inquiries:

 

EOS Eco-Energy / Éco-énergie Inc.

Phone: (506) 536-4487

Email: eos@nb.aibn.com

 www.eosecoenergy.com

EOS Éco-énergie

Option Transpo : Un choix pour les gens du Sud-Est du N.-B.

Le 9 octobre 2012

 

Pour de nombreux habitants de la région, le transport est un problème de longue date dans le sud-est du Nouveau-Brunswick. Une initiative régionale – Option Transpo – a été lancée pour trouver une solution à ce problème. Menée par EOS Éco-énergie, en association avec la Société de l’inclusion économique et sociale (SIÉS) et le Coopérative réseaux d'inclusion communautaire Westmorland Albert ltée, cette initiative a pour but de collaborer avec les collectivités concernées pour créer un modèle de système de transport durable et accessible à tous dans le sud-est du Nouveau-Brunswick.

La première étape du projet Option Transpo consiste à réaliser une étude de faisabilité. Celle-ci aidera à déterminer le ou les genres de transport dont on a besoin dans nos collectivités et comment répondre efficacement aux besoins définis, d’une  manière économiquement, socialement et écologiquement durable.

Le processus, entamé sur la base de la participation communautaire, en est au stade de la consultation des membres de la collectivité. Des questionnaires dans les deux langues officielles sont disponibles partout dans la région, dans divers organismes et dans la plupart des bureaux municipaux. Le questionnaire du sondage peut aussi se remplir en ligne à www.eosecoenergy.com.

Les organisations et les personnes intéressées qui auraient des questions ou des préoccupations au sujet du transport sont invitées à prendre contact avec Meggie, la coordonnatrice du projet :

EOS Eco-Energy / Éco-énergie Inc.

Téléphone : (506) 536-4487

Courriel : eos@nb.aibn.com

 www.eosecoenergy.com

NBCC Woodstock will be the site of the 2nd Richard Olmstead Sustainable Living Expo (ROSLE) on Saturday, October 13, 2012, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.The Expo will feature speakers, workshops, displays and booths to showcase goods and services that relate to living locally in a sustainable lifestyle. (See Attached)

The Expo is an opportunity for those who produce or provide goods and services that make the Woodstock Region more self-reliant and energy efficient to share their resources, knowledge, and expertise with the wider community. Exhibitors include individuals, businesses, and organizations that provide goods and services, including arts, recreational, and educational services, in the greater Woodstock region.

From crafts people to passive solar homebuilding, from local food to energy efficiency experts, from healthy eating to products for sustainable living, the Expo showcases the many ways businesses and community organizations are working to build a stronger, more resilient region.

Dr.Wayne Groszko (Ph.D.in Chemical Oceanography, Dalhousie University) is the Key note speaker. His topic is"Solar Energy: AWorldTour – Learn about exciting new developments in solar energy around the world, with connections to how you can use solarenergy here at home in New Brunswick."

Speakers and work shops include:

10:00 am  Dr. Donald Wood - Geothermalenergy

11:00 am  Peter Steeves - Heatpumpsoptions

12:00 pm  SimplyforLife-..Cookingdemonstration

1:00 pm    Dr.Wayne Groszko - Keynote address

2:00 pm    Sara Mudg - Efficiency New Brunswick Opportunities

3:00 pm    Garth Hood – Passive solar Houses Web: thoughtfuldwellings.ca

Breakfast with healthy local foods is being provided by Simply for Life for $7

from8:00 to 9:30 am

The local sponsor the Sustainable Energy Group will release its free new booklet at the Expo called ‘From Oil Dependency to Renewable Energy – An Energy Transition Guidebook, Assessment, Planning, and Resources’.

The guide book demonstrates many practical ways how people can reduce their own environmental footprint while living healthier lives, with numerous examples of local

people already doing this.

Richard Olmstead (1954 - 2010), one of the founding members of SEG in 2004, was passionate about educating people to consume less and to be mindful of our impact on the environment. The Expo was Richard's idea, and is in his memory.

Falls Brook Centre – Activities for all ages. Admission to the Expo is only $2, children under 12 free.

(Submitted on behalf of the Sustainable Energy Group)

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Hurray! New NB Nature Session video!

This one comes from Pickerel Pond Nature Preserve, a 78 hectare preserve adjacent to Maquapit Lake in Queen’s County, donated to the Nature Trust in 1993 by 9 anonymous donors! (learn more: http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/?p=478)

Enjoy LES HAY BABIES with their new song "My Love". 

http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/?p=415
 PRESS RELEASE
September 28, 2012
PENOBSQUIS - THE FIGHT CONTINUES!

“I just spent my 79th birthday spraying bleach under my house because the moving ground has caused the septic lines to sag and pull apart, allowing sewage to leak into the ground.”

- Georgia McCabe


Residents of Penobsquis, New Brunswick began seeing damages to their properties in 2004 caused by what residents believe are mining related ground movements. Since 2004, water wells went dry, walls developed cracks, roofs began to buckle, and septic and sewage lines have separated.

In July of 2010, a complaint was lodged with the New Brunswick Mining Commissioner against Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. This began a legal battle that has lasted more than two years. Twenty four residents were asking for Justice for their community. Most of the 24 residents withdrew their complaints on September 10, 2012, but Georgia McCabe, Heather McCabe and Beth Norrad are continuing with the Hearings.

“How can a company call itself a responsible citizen when a senior in the community where they operate is living in a home with a buckling roof, sagging walls, and leaking sewage? Potash Corporation experts admitted there has been almost a meter of sinking beneath our home in a 10 year period. How could it not cause damage?” says Heather McCabe.

On Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:30am, the Hearings, being held at the All Season’s Inn in Sussex, will come to a close when the three remaining complainants give their closing arguments.

Media Contact: Heather McCabe Tel. (506) 433-3390
Email h.mccabe@bellaliant.net

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The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is proud to present * New Brunswick Nature Sessions *! Musicians from across Canada were invited out to some of the Nature Trust's beautiful nature preserves this summer to participate in "take-away" shows. Take-away shows are performances that are recorded in one single take, no do-overs or editing. All the Nature Sessions were filmed by Joseph Crawford, a student from Renaissance College who helped the Nature Trust design our Youth in Nature Campaign with his classmates. Please enjoy this NB Nature Session video by Oh No, Theodore performing at Clark's Point Nature Preserve near St. Stephen, NB.

 

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(Personal Submission to Dr. Louis LaPierre and the Natural Gas Group, June 19 2012 Hillsborough, New Brunswick by Margo Sheppard)

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Dr. LaPierre and members of the Shale Gas Group, I would like to express my concern with shale gas development as informed by my experience assessing the environmental impacts of major infrastructure projects from both the proponent’s and regulator’s perspectives

 

After twelve years in environmental assessment and policy in the Ontario government, I moved here and since 1996 have worked for the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, fourteen of which as Executive Director. I currently chair the Canadian Land Trust Alliance, an umbrella group for conservation trusts across this country. I am on the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Protected Natural Areas in New Brunswick because I care about the future of this province’s wild spaces and species. I speak as an individual, not as a representative of any group.

 

“The waste of time, money and human energy that this shale gas misadventure has caused, when we should be focusing on clean, green, sustainable activities and business ventures to actually benefit New Brunswick and bring our children home”

 

As a fresh-faced environmental planner back in the early 1980s, I studied and consulted the public on new highways. Walking pastoral landscapes I made lists of flora and fauna, knowing that a four-lane expressway would soon flatten it all. I assured people that the effects would be small; the forests and farms soon to be bisected would heal or just cease to be. The need for the highway, the sustainability of the highway or the urban sprawl and loss of countryside it caused I never questioned.

 

How blithely my ministry paved over Class I agricultural land in the interest of cars and development; how irreverently we dismissed the public’s concerns-- about homes lost, villages split in two—mostly, as facilitators of this upheaval, in order to be able to sleep at night. To address the true impacts would have meant to listen to people and actually prevent the destruction before it started. From the perspective of today, how I wish I had questioned authority and challenged all we did. Alas I did not. I was a few years into an environmental planning career when I discovered my role was to simply minimize, or downplay the damage in the public’s eyes, not actually prevent it.

 

That was in 1984; global population was 4.8 billion and C02 levels in the atmosphere were 340ppm. Environmental concern worldwide was growing, but there was not the vast store of scientific fact, understanding of the threats or their causes that we have today.

 

“…but the lure of short-term profits, temporary jobs and delusions of budget surpluses militate that we proceed blindly down this path, unquestioning and uncritical of its folly”

 

Fast forward to 2012, global population is 7 billion according to the United Nations and the C02 concentration in the atmosphere is close to 400ppm. The cumulative effects of 160 years of industrial activity supercharged by fossil fuels and unconstrained consumption have caught up with us in the form of climatic changes that are going to eclipse any remediation that could, but likely won’t, be administered. At least we now know how to avoid causing further harm, don’t we?

 

Yet here we are tonight, discussing the merits of still another emissions-intensive fossil-fuel development: shale gas. Clearly we have learned nothing from our current predicament and past failures. Or perhaps we have learned, but the lure of short-term profits, temporary jobs and delusions of budget surpluses militate that we proceed blindly down this path, unquestioning and uncritical of its folly.

I do not criticize the shale gas group. I criticize its political masters who, encouraged by industry representatives and growth advocates, are willing, no, eager, to sacrifice the clean environment and landscapes of New Brunswick to further their careers and twisted ideas of what it is to have true prosperity. The waste of time, money and human energy that this shale gas misadventure has caused, when we should be focusing on clean, green, sustainable activities and business ventures to actually benefit New Brunswick and bring our children home, is so huge it makes my head spin and my heart break. […]

 [Please Note: Download attachment Hillsborough Shale Gas Presentation]

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The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is proud to present * New Brunswick Nature Sessions *! Musicians from across Canada were invited out to some of the Nature Trust's beautiful nature preserves this summer to participate in "take-away" shows. Take-away shows are performances that are recorded in one single take, no do-overs or editing. All the Nature Sessions were filmed by Joseph Crawford, a student from Renaissance College who helped the Nature Trust design our Youth in Nature Campaign with his classmates. Please enjoy this NB Nature Session video by Goshawk (aka Scott Mallory) performing "Play the Fool" at Minister's Face Nature Preserve on Long Island.

More NB Nature Session videos are available on the Nature Trust's website at: http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/?page_id=376 with new releases every week! Please write to naturetrust@ntnb.org with your comments. Enjoy!

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Including official preserve opening ceremony (outdoors) and

field tour by boat of Southern Wolf Island Nature Preserve (weather permitting)

Please join the Nature Trust of New Brunswick for their annual general meeting. Following the meeting there will be an official preserve opening ceremony on Pea Point and a tour, by boat, of nearby Southern Wolf Island Nature Preserve.

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Blacks Harbour School

800 Main St.

Blacks Harbour, NB

E5H 1E6

12:45pm – 1:20pm:

Annual General Meeting

1:30pm – 2:00pm:

Presentation: Official opening ceremony of Connors Bros. Nature Preserve at Pea Point (outdoors)

2:15pm – 5:00pm:

Field tour by boat of Southern Wolf Island Nature Preserve (weather permitting)

 

ALL ARE WELCOME

Please RSVP to naturetrust@ntnb.org or phone (506) 457-2398

Alan Weatherley passed away on September 1, 2012. Alan was a leader in environmental work in Cambridge Narrows for a number of years as a member of the Washademoak Environmentalists and a founder of the Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association. Alan authored two novels and a non-fiction book on conservation. Alan will be greatly missed by all those who knew him, particularly those working to protect Washademoak Lake. Our condolences go out to Robena, his wife and partner in environmental work, and his family and friends.

 

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Obituary

Alan Weatherley passed away on September 1, 2012 at  Everett Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton, NB, Canada after a brief illness.  He was born on March 28, 1928  in  Sydney, Australia, and was a third generation Australian. In his childhood Sydney was already a city of a million and a half, but with its warm temperate climate, its airy spaces, the proximity of its great Harbour and splendid ocean beaches it provided a uniquely open environment. Like many boys of his time, Alan roamed the spacious parklands and hills of its eastern suburbs. He loved the outdoors and developed an early fascination with nature and with sports. His career as a zoologist began when he attended Sydney University, from which he graduated in 1949 with a BSc. He received an MSc from the University of Tasmania in 1959 and a PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1961. He began his major scientific research in freshwater biology (especially on fish) in Tasmania (1951-57), continued in Scotland (1958-60) and subsequently at the Australian National University from 1961-73 where he became a Reader in Zoology. He continued fish investigations as Professor of Fishery Biology at University of Tromsø, Norway (1974-75) and as Professor of Zoology at the University of Toronto (1975-93). He was a co-founder of the Australian Society for Limnology (ASL) and its President in 1965. He was also Secretary of the Ecological Society of Australia and a member of the Executive Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Committee. He was active for many years in teaching and supervising students in numerous aspects of animal biology. He was awarded the Gold Medal of the ASL in Australia and the Publication Award of The Wildlife Society in North America for his scientific research and writings. He and his wife Robena Weatherley were active members of Science for Peace for ten years in Toronto. He also became involved in nature conservation problems beginning in 1961, and continued to work seriously in conservation with Robena, centred on the area where they lived in New Brunswick following his retirement from the University of Toronto. Alan and Robena were early members of Washademoak Environmentalists and later were co-founders of the Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association. Alan was keenly interested in the arts of writing and painting and during his retirement became a serious painter and published two novels as well as a nonfiction book on conservation. In all intellectual matters that interested him Alan maintained a critical and often skeptical approach and looked for strong, reliable evidence. During his life he was active in recreational sports, including cricket, tennis and squash, and remained very interested in participating as a spectator  when unable to participate actively.  His love of the outdoors, nature and scenery continued.

 Alan Weatherley is survived by his wife Robena of Cambridge-Narrows, NB, his stepdaughter Lisa Jeffrey  of Toronto (Robena's daughter) and his two children from his first marriage to Jacqueline Robin (Katherine of Canberra and Robert of Sydney, Australia) as well as his granddaughters Kylie of Canberra (Katherine's daughter) and  Eleanor (Lisa's daughter).

According to Alan's wishes, there will be no funeral service or formal visiting. A memorial will take place on Monday, September 17 at 7 pm at the  Cambridge-Narrows Municipal Building. No flowers by request. For those wishing to make donations in Alan's memory, we suggest that they  may be made to the following organizations:

1. Everett Chalmers Hospital Foundation, Fredericton, NB

 chalmers.foundation@horizonnb.ca">chalmers.foundation@horizonnb.ca

 2.  Conservation Council of New Brunswick

      180 St. John St

    Fredericton, NB E3B 4A9

3. Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association

    c/o 25 Colonial Heights, Fredericton, NB E3B 5M2

McAdam's Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.mcadamsfh.com.

(Posted on behalf of the Taymouth Community Association)

A Response to the New Brunswick Government’s White Paper on Recommendations

To Govern the Development of Shale Gas From The Taymouth Community Association

 

(Page 11 of 11)

Our Remaining Important Questions

 

The government’s position has been that it is okay to continue exploration, because if we find shale gas development to be unsafe for either the people or the environment, we can simply stop it at that point. SWN had a three-year license to explore during which it pledged to spend $47 million dollars. The government recently passed a new regulation to grant them extensions of that license.
"If a large portion of the medical profession in
the province… says it is not safe to continue…
can they be overridden by a political decision?"
It is hard for us to conceive that after allowing the company to explore for 5 years and spend $47 million dollars that the government would say, ‘Sorry SWN, we don’t think it’s safe, you’ll have to go.’ Even if the government did say that, we suspect the action would be followed by costly lawsuits and extreme damage to the province’s reputation.
The only sane approach is for a moratorium or ban to be started immediately before industry invests millions more. However, if the government wants to persist in what many consider a reckless policy, we want to know several things:

 

- First, what will be the legal instrument used to deny leases to companies who have lawfully fulfilled their license agreements?

- Secondly, who will decide on what is safe, what will be the decision-making process and who will provide the criteria to decide the standard of ‘safeness’?

- Will the entire decision making process by open to public comment?

- If a large portion of the medical profession in the province, backed by other medical societies around the world and supported by studies, says it is not safe to continue, given their commitment to the ethic of “first do no harm”, can they be overridden by a political decision?

- What percentage of leaking gas wells or water well contaminations will our ‘safety standards’ allow as ‘acceptable’? How will that be decided?

- If local communities have different conceptions of what is safe, what can they do?

We need answers to these basic questions before we can give any serious consideration to the government’s current position.

 

 

 

(Posted on behalf of the Taymouth Community Association)

A Response to the New Brunswick Government’s White Paper on Recommendations
To Govern the Development of Shale Gas From The Taymouth Community Association
(Page 1 of 11)

Forward
We wish to make it clear at the start that we do not believe any regulation or current technology can make shale gas and oil extraction safe enough to justify its presence in New Brunswick, or elsewhere. Public consultation on the issue of shale gas extraction is critical, as the risks to health and economic and political well being touch every New Brunswicker.
"We ask you to recognize us as the serious
and intelligent citizens we are"
Rural New Brunswickers who are careful observers of their surroundings provide useful perspectives on environmental health.Our proximity to Fredericton’s universities, government offices and scientific businesses means that we count among our residents highly qualified researchers in all the areas relevant to the issue of shale gas, including geologists, ecologists, hydrologists and more. Many, of course, have labored for us in anonymity, because of their fear that their jobs or businesses may suffer retribution.
Our views have sometimes been characterized as mere ‘emotional’ responses. It is not the word ‘emotional’ that offends us, since one would be a fool not to have an emotional response to threats to one’s health, family, and way of life. It is the ‘mere’ part that is troubling our multigenerational experience with local land and water issues and the countless hours spent researching this issue by those of us with academic training. We ask you to recognize us as the serious and intelligent citizens we are. [...]

 

The Nature Trust of New Brunswick is proud to release the first of many NB Nature Session music videos. Filmed throughout the summer at Nature Trust of New Brunswick nature preserves across the province, these videos feature some of Canada's talented musicians performing in take-away shows. A take-away show is a music video filmed in a single take (no cuts, edits or re-trys). These videos happened to be filmed in untraditional locations, like on top of a mountain, in an abandoned cabin, overlooking a lake or out in a canoe.

 

Check out these NB Nature Session videos by

1. Owen Steel, Mike Trask & the Park St. Elementary School Choir   2. Ingrid Gatin and   3. Pirate Soul

on the Nature Trust's newly updated website! http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/?page_id=376

 

More videos are being released all the time. Check back frequently, or stay in touch with us through our social media or by signing up to be a "Friend of the Nature Trust" (http://www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/?page_id=677)

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

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