Big news: I’m having a baby!

I will be taking a break from the NBEN for a year-long maternity leave.  My last day in the office will be June 30.

My husband and I are very excited to welcome our new family member into the world.  I am looking forward to spending a year at home with the little one. 

Never fear, I will still keep in touch with the NBEN and all the environmental goings-on in the province, via the NBEN’s new website of course!  I look forward to returning to work next summer.
The government’s position on asbestos is creating a lot of controversy.  There is a poll on CBC  where you can register your opinion. There is a an online petition and a crazy video which shows the lighter side.  The Globe and Mail has a comprehensive column on the issue.
Plan, Do, Check, Improve - Check out Environment Canada's first
Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Progress Report

Environment Canada has just released its first Progress Report on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS). The Report describes actions taken to implement the requirements under the Federal Sustainable Development Act since the tabling of the FSDS. It outlines the 'plan, do, check, and improve' approach to reporting on sustainable development by focusing on progress made on setting up the systems needed to implement the FSDS. The Report also lays the foundation for future reporting by outlining how results will be measured and shared.

Some of the key accomplishments to date include:
  • Establishing a Sustainable Development Office;
  • Putting in place a management framework for the FSDS;
  • Putting in place a way to integrate Departmental Sustainable Development Strategies into the expenditure management system for the first time;
  • Developing greening government operations targets, implementation strategies, and guidance;
  • Revising the guidelines for strategic environmental assessment requiring consideration of, and public reporting on, FSDS goals and targets; and,
  • Establishing a performance measurement system for the FSDS to effectively monitor and report on progress. This includes a suite of environmental indicators and performance measures for Themes I-III, and common performance measures for Theme IV.

The FSDS, tabled in Parliament in October, 2010, sets out sustainable development goals, targets, and implementation strategies organized under four priority themes:
I. Addressing climate change and air quality;
II. Maintaining water quality and availability;
III. Protecting nature; and
IV. Shrinking the environmental footprint - beginning with government
For more information, check out the 2011 FSDS Progress Report here!

Atlantic Salmon Federation

 

 

 

First of Its Kind Study on Value of Wild Atlantic Salmon Underway

 For immediate release                                                                                           

June 15, 2011                                                                                   

St. Andrews…. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) has engaged Gardner Pinfold Consulting Economists Ltd. to carry out the most comprehensive study of the economic benefits of wild Atlantic salmon to eastern Canada ever undertaken.  The results are expected by mid summer with a September media launch.

ASF has long-term plans to share the study’s findings with the general public, anglers, First Nations, community leaders, elected officials and politicians, government officials, Legislative Committees, fisheries critics, and internationally, through the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO).

The study is a past, present, and future analysis, the scope of which includes the worth of wild Atlantic salmon to recreational fishing, First Nations, tourism, conservation and education, and the existence and other non-use values of the species.

Bill Taylor, President of ASF, said, “Federal funding for the restoration of wild Atlantic salmon has collapsed.  Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s priority appears to be towards developing commercial ventures, such as the salmon aquaculture industry, rather than to restore wild Atlantic salmon. This is driven by the view that the aquaculture industry has measurable contributions that appeal to elected officials and communities.  Government needs to understand that the recreational and First Nations food fisheries for salmon are important industries that provide economic benefits, jobs, and have significant cultural importance.  We hope that the data that Gardner Pinfold provides will convince government to put more money into conservation and restoration of this species, and we will embark on a long-term plan to convince government leaders to do so.”

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) publishes economic surveys on the value of all recreational fishing in Canada, including Atlantic salmon, every five years.  “The Gardner Pinfold study may provide additional data that gives a fuller picture, resulting in a higher value for the recreational salmon fishery than is reported by DFO, ” continued Mr. Taylor, “but the trend that the DFO reports portray, regarding a loss of benefits from the recreational salmon fishing industry since 1995, is alarming and cannot be ignored.”

The 1995 DFO survey indicated that the revenues from recreational salmon fishing in Quebec and Atlantic Canada at that time was $191 million.  That value had decreased to only $62 million by 2005, according to the DFO survey.  This is a 68% drop in the value of the recreational salmon fishery in terms of today’s dollars. 

According to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), recreational salmon catches in Canada were about 30% higher in 1995 than in 2005.  “It is reasonable to conclude that even restoring salmon runs to 1995 abundance will help restore about $100 million in annual revenues through recreational fishing alone,” said Mr. Taylor.  He continued, “Other benefits to First Nations and the general public reinforce the need for attention to wild salmon.”

The study components are a review of existing data and literature, two surveys (one of anglers and one of the general public), and interviews with key informants such as First Nations, private camps, and non government organizations.  It also includes case studies of the local salmon economies of four rivers: the Grand CascapediaQC, the Miramichi NB, the Margaree NS, and the Exploits NL.  The study will take into account the value of the conservation movement and restoration activity by volunteers and the corporate sector, and provide a value for salmon fisheries when salmon populations are restored.

Mr. Taylor concluded, “ASF expects the study to provide valuable information on the true worth of the species now and when restored, information that should help strengthen government policy and actions to conserve wild Atlantic salmon.”

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

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

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

                       

 

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is raising concerns with Bill 44, An Act to Amend the Crown Lands and Forest Act. The bill, which got Royal Assent today, June 10, amends the Act so that the government "shall compensate the licensee for other expenses of forest management in accordance with the regulations (Paragraph 38.2.b). The Act currently states that it "may reimburse the licensee for other expenses of forest management as may be provided for by regulation or by agreement."

"We are concerned that changing the law to require the Minister to compensate forest companies opens the door wide open to pay pulp and paper companies for reductions in their wood allocations. Would this mean that we would be forced to pay companies for loss of revenue for environmental protection measures? Would this mean that the forest management requirement for wildlife habitat zones in which only selection cutting is permitted would make the licensee eligible to be compensated for the difference in cost between clearcutting and selection cutting? Would it mean that forestry companies could be compensated for the value of wood fibre unavailable to it?" stated David Coon, CCNB's Executive Director.

The Department of Natural Resources will be reducing the annual allowable cut for softwoods and hardwoods on Crown lands in 2012 as the amount of softwood plantations were supposed to yield by now has not materialized, while hardwoods have been overcut.

"It is rare that legislation actually removes the discretion of a Minister in New Brunswick, but that is what replacing the word 'may' with 'shall' accomplishes," stated Tracy Glynn, CCNB's Forest Campaigner.  "What is the justification for this?" Glynn asked. "We need to know what regulations are being contemplated."

"Compensation is the holy grail that the Irving's have been seeking since they and other licensee's wrote the Minister demanding compensation back in 2001, which we obtained and leaked to the media. The resulting public outcry was deafening," added Coon. "Now we see compensation being written into the Crown Lands And Forest Act itself."

Half of New Brunswick's forest is Crown land. The right to manage New Brunswick's 3.4 million hectares of publicly-held forests has been transferred to mostly multinational companies including J.D. Irving Ltd., Fornebu Lumber Company, Twin Rivers (formerly Fraser Papers) and AV Group (AV Nackawic/AV Cell).

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David Coon, 458-8747
Tracy Glynn, 458-8747
CCNB Action - Jim Irving, President of J.D. Irving Ltd., has been travelling the province seeking support from business audiences for keeping the wood allocations to mills at 2007 levels.  The problem, according to CCNB Action’s Executive Director David Coon, is the forest on Crown land has been overcut and can no longer sustain such high quotas.


“The amount of wood cut from Crown land in 2006-2007 was double what was cut in 1966-1967.  We have seen the amount of wood cut from Crown lands on a five-year average increase by roughly 80%  over the past 40 years from 2.7 million cubic metres per year in the late 1960’s to almost 5 million cubic metres in the past decade ,” said Coon.    “The bottom line is we have overcut the public forest so wood quotas have got to be reduced in 2012,” he said.  “The good news is private woodlot owners across this province have plenty of wood to sell that can make up the difference and create work at the same time,” said Coon.

Half of New Brunswick’s forest is found on Crown land, while 30% of the forest is owned by private woodlot owners.

Five Year Average    //    Volume of Wood Cut from Crown Land (millions of cubic metres)*
1967-1972                      2.7 million cubic metres
1972-1977                      3.7 million cubic metres
1977-1982                      3.1 million cubic metres
1982-1987                      3.5 million cubic metres
1987-1992                      4.4 million cubic metres
1992-1997                      4.4 million cubic metres
1997-2002                      4.9 million cubic metres
2002-2007                      8.0 million cubic metres

*Data from DNR’s Timber Utilization Survey

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Contact:  David Coon, 458-8747

New Brunswickers are invited to comment on a proposed Species at Risk Act intended to provide an improved approach to conserving plants and animals in danger of disappearing from the province.  New Brunswickers have until Friday, July 15, to comment on the proposed act.


When we pray for water, we are praying for life

INVITATION

“Water is a gift of life”

The Maliseet Grand Council is calling people together from throughout the territory, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal alike, to council with one another; to honour the sacred gift of water, and give voice to growing concerns.  You are asked to bring water from the area where you live, and speak on behalf of that which has no voice of its own.   We are responsible today for what we leave to our children and grandchildren.

WHERE: At the old Burial Grounds next door to the Government House on the Woodstock Road, in Fredericton, NB

WHEN: July 09, 2011

HOW: Ceremony

  • First Light; Sunrise ceremony
  • Breakfast
  • 10:30 am Gather around the sacred fire at the old burial ground (next door to Gov. House)
  • 11:00 am - Introductions & Opening Ceremony
  • 12:00 Noon - Luncheon & refreshments
  • 1:00 pm Talking Circle( people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to sit on)
  • 4:30 pm Supper ( pot luck – bring your own plate, cup, & utensils )
  • Talking circle
  • Elders: lighting of the sacred pipes

Elders: Closing statements

  • Water is returned to the River, Land & Sea

WHY:

Water is a gift of life.  Our rivers, lakes, brooks, streams, and clean fresh water supplies are at risk.

The health and well being of our children, & grandchildren; (including those yet unborn) is not for sale or short term gains to benefit a few.   

Canadian Wildlife Federation – Water Worth It! Video Contest

Rivers to Oceans Week, beginning World Oceans Day June 8 and encompassing Canadian Rivers Day June 12, is fast approaching and the Canadian Wildlife Federation is celebrating with the Water's Worth It! video contest. The contest is your opportunity to celebrate the water that makes Canada special and to make a real difference in the health of your local water body.

Send us a one-minute video telling us what’s so special about your local body of water and why it’s worth conserving. If you win, CWF will contribute $2,000 in funding towards a water-conservation project in your area. Our contest has been extended and we are now accepting entries until June 20, 2011, with online voting to choose the winner at RiverstoOceans.ca, from Canada Day until July 7.

You can also visit RiverstoOceans.ca for a variety of water-related resources including lesson plans, water ecology videos and information about Canadian aquatic species. Does your group or organization have a Rivers to Oceans Week event you want to promote? Email RiverstoOceans@cwf-fcf.org to list it on our Rivers to Oceans Week Event Map. Check back often to find out about water-related events and activities happening across the country.

Together, we can make water conservation mainstream.

I’ve been reading the April issue of New Internationalist – it’s all about labour in China and it’s mind boggling.  I can’t distinguish the difference between that situation and slavery.  Often workers live in dormitories at their workplace, away from their family and friends, they are not allowed to strike, wages are low and conditions are arduous.  Some people resort to suicide as a form of labour protest.  

When Canada speaks up for you at the Earth Summit next year, what will they say?  “We Canada” is about action, about telling our leaders that they must take a stand for sustainability, leading up to and during the Earth Summit.  See http://earthsummit.ca/ to get involved.

For immediate release                                                                                 May 26, 2011             

 Editor’s Note: For a backgrounder to this press release click document below:

http://asf.ca/docs/media/2011backgrounder-may15.pdf

St. Andrews, NB ….. At an international treaty conference in Ilulissat, Greenland from June 4 to 6, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will fight to save thousands of large Atlantic salmon from being killed in Greenland and Canadian fisheries.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), in its recently-released scientific advice to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), states there should not be any harvest of wild Atlantic salmon in the ocean at Greenland and in the Labrador Sea. Mostly large egg-bearing females, these salmon are of prime importance to the seeding of the rivers of Labrador, the Maritimes, Quebec, and Maine.

These two-sea-winter (2SW) salmon are threatened with harvest throughout their long migration, not only at Greenland, but also along the coast of Labrador and in various Canadian rivers.   Bill Taylor, President of ASF, said “Despite advice provided by ICES every year for the past ten, that the total number of 2SW salmon in the ocean is well below the number required to meet minimum North American conservation requirements, they continue to be killed in gill net fisheries in Greenland, Canada, and St. Pierre and Miquelon.”

NASCO has been successful since 2003 in reaching agreement with Greenland to limit its salmon fishery to internal consumption only, but the number of salmon this fishery killed ballooned from 12 tonnes in 2003 to 43 tonnes in 2010. ICES states that 80% or 10,000 of the large salmon killed at Greenland in 2010 were of North American origin.

In addition, ICES estimates an unreported harvest at Greenland of 10 tonnes (another 2,500 salmon).   Some of these salmon are from endangered populations, protected under national legislation in the United States and populations that have been recently designated as endangered, threatened or of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

Canada continues to allow the kill of large salmon in recreational fisheries in Quebec and First Nations fisheries in all provinces and a resident food fishery in Labrador. “Measures taken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to stop the retention of large salmon in the recreational fishery in Labrador and allow one less tag for salmon caught as by-catch in the resident food net fishery in Labrador are welcome, but do not go far enough”, said Mr. Taylor.  

DFO reported a kill of 7,800 large salmon in Aboriginal and 3,200 in recreational fisheries in 2010.   “This significant harvest weakens Canada’s negotiations at NASCO to reduce the Greenland harvest,” continued Mr. Taylor.   In addition, significant numbers of Atlantic salmon are taken illegally in Canada, and this unreported catch has been estimated by Canada to be at least 18.4 tonnes and would include many large salmon.

Returns of 2SW salmon in 2010 decreased from 2009 by 65% in Labrador, 51% in Newfoundland, and 14% in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Decreases in populations in Canada that are designated as endangered amounted to 11% along the coast of Nova Scotia and in the Bay of Fundy and 2% in the United States, where all remaining wild Atlantic salmon are listed as endangered. There was an increase of large salmon in Quebec of 7%. The estimated abundance of 2SW salmon in North American rivers was 12% lower than the estimated average abundance of the previous ten years, and was the second lowest of the last 40 years.

Mr. Taylor concluded, “In view of these sobering numbers, it is astonishing that Canada still allows the kill of large Atlantic salmon. It is of paramount importance for international negotiations that Greenlanders see that Canada is doing its utmost to conserve its salmon in home waters.”

ASF urges Canada to comply with the NASCO-agreed precautionary approach in fisheries management, and to implement management plans for all salmon fisheries that end the killing of large spawners, especially in rivers that are not even meeting minimum conservation targets.   ICES estimates that, last year, only 62,470 2SW salmon returned to North American rivers, and this was before further harvests took place by in-river fisheries.   Canada’s leadership is required at NASCO to strengthen negotiations with Greenland towards maintaining a zero commercial quota and reducing Greenland’s internal consumption harvest of wild Atlantic salmon.

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Contact: Muriel Ferguson, St. Andrews, NB:: 506-529-1033 (direct); 505-529-4581 (switchboard) and e-mail mferguson@asf.ca 

 

NASCO is similar to a United Nations of wild Atlantic salmon, comprised of countries that have a population of the species spawning in their rivers and/or migrating through their jurisdictions. These signatory nations are Canada, the United States, Norway, Denmark representing Greenland and Faroe Islands, the European Union, and the Russian Federation. At the annual NASCO conferences, these nations are represented by their federal governments for agreement negotiations and resolutions to conserve and restore wild salmon populations across the North Atlantic.

The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is dedicated to the conservation, protection and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon and the ecosystems on which their well being and survival depend. ASF is an international, non-profit organization with headquarters in St. Andrews, NB and regional offices in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland and Maine. It has a network of Regional Councils in the five eastern provinces and in Maine and Western New England and 125 affiliated river organizations. ASF is represented at NASCO as one of 34 accredited non governmental organizations from North America and Europe and on the Canadian and US delegations. 

Concours de poésie et chanson

2011 est l`année internationale de la forêt et CCNB Action organise un concours de poésie et chanson avec thème « Dans les Bois ». Les poèmes et chansons peuvent être en français, anglais ou malécite. Cette compétition est pour les étudiants des écoles élémentaires, secondaires et pour les adultes de tous les âges. CCNB Action planifie de publier un rapport des meilleurs poèmes et chansons après que les prix seront distribués en Septembre. Il y aura un tarif pour participer que couvera les coûts d`imprimante et quelques uns des prix.

La date limite est le 21 Juin et tous les détails et formulaires d`inscriptions se retrouvent sur notre site web : www.ccnbaction.ca

Pour plus d`information par rapport à l`année internationale des forêts, rendez-vous sur Youtube et visionner le vidéo de Yann Arthus Bertrand sur les forêts de la terre.

Français : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOUsOoTqx_U

 

Poetry and song lyric competition

2011 is « The International Year of Forests », and CCNB Action is organising a song lyric and poetry competition with the theme «  Into the Woods » . Entries can be made in English , French and Maliseet.

This competition is for participants from elementary schools, high schools and adults, and we plan to publish an anthology of the best poems and lyrics in the fall after the prize giving in September . There is a small entry fee for hig schools tudetns and adults  which will cover printing costs, and some of the prizes.

Closing date is June 21st , and all details and entry forms are on our website : www.cccnbaction.ca.or contact Alison at 506 - 458 8747 . 

For more about the International Year of Forests – go to YouTube and watch Yann Arthus Betrand’s captivating short film on the world’s forests, commissioned by the United Nations.

English : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYVml6iZYxU

France to ban fracking!  According to Sierra Club Canada.

 

Fredericton – CCNB Action has identified 16 wetlands where it believes the Minister of Environment has failed to carry out her ministerial responsibilities to protect the environment by relieving developers of their legal obligations under the Clean Water Act and the Clean Environment Act.
 
According to New Brunswick law, any infringement on a wetland, or its buffer, that is greater than one hectare in area is required to have a permit as per the Watercourse and Wetlands Alteration Regulation. If a wetland is greater than two hectares in area, developers must also register their proposed development under the Clean Environment Act’s Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation so it can be reviewed by environment department staff.
 
However, in March, Environment Minister, Margaret-Ann Blaney suspended permitting processes and environmental reviews for all wetlands which do not to appear on the “Regulated Wetlands” map posted on the GeoNB website (http://geonb.snb.ca/geonb/). The Regulated Wetlands map was created through aerial photography by the Department of Natural Resources and is in no way complete. There are significantly sized wetlands that exist on the ground that are not included in the GeoNB map.
 
CCNB Action has acquired evidence of 16 wetlands that are not included on the Regulated Wetlands map that the Minister is now using to regulate developments in wetlands or their buffers that Department of Environment staff had previously confirmed as wetlands according to the legal definition set out in the Clean Water Act. As they do not appear on the map, Minister Blaney has informed the developers that they need not comply with the laws governing wetland protection in the Clean Environment Act and the Clean Water act – cancelling Environmental Impact Assessments that had already been in initiated in many cases.
 
“The Minister says these wetlands do not exist even though they are clearly there for all to see”, said Stephanie Merrill, CCNB Action’s Freshwater Protection Program Coordinator. "Roughly 50% of our wetlands are not on her map, so we have one big problem”, said Merrill.
 
“The Minister of Environment has a duty to uphold the laws enacted by the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly to protect our wetlands," said David Coon, Executive Director for CCNB Action. "To wish them away for half our wetlands because they have been expunged from a map on the internet is magical thinking. The Minister is bound to uphold the regulations she is in charge of administering and enforcing - to not do so is wrong”, said Coon.
 
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Media Contacts:
David Coon, Executive Director: 458.8747
Stephanie Merrill, Freshwater Protection Program: 458.8747
Raphael Shay, French media contact: 458.8747
Wow - what you miss during the election battle. Alberta Oil Spill

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

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

100_5789   Dear NBEN members and associates,

The NBEN is organizing a briefing with the Department of Natural Resources for member and associate groups. The goal of the briefing will be to fully understand the proposed changes for the 2012-2017 Crown lands management plans.  These changes will reduce the existing level of conservation forest (30.4%) to either 23% or 25%.  The new level of conservation forest, slated to begin in 2012, was a decision taken by the last government, but the current government is considering whether to proceed with these changes or not.  There is strong opposition to the changes as the conservation forest includes stream buffer zones, deer wintering areas and old growth forest habitat.

The briefing will take place on Tuesday, May 10, 9-11 a.m. in Fredericton. Mike Sullivan and Steve Gordon will represent the Department of Natural Resources.  If you are interested in participating, please advise the NBEN by Thursday, May 5.  Thank you, Mary Ann

Nominations are now open for the 2011 Environmental Leadership Awards. The deadline is Friday, May 27.

There are six award categories this year:

●    Lifetime achievement: any individual with at least 15 years of outstanding contribution to protecting the environment;
●    Individual youth: any youth younger than 18;
●    Youth group: any group, class or school whose members are younger than 18;
●    Individual: any individual 18 or older;
●    Business: any private-sector enterprise; and
●    Communities, groups and organizations: any city, town, village, local service district, not-for-profit organization or group whose members are 18 or older.

For more info.

Interesting news from California!

Check out this article: "California faces future risk with carbon gold rush"

 
Mary Ann
We asked all the candidates in Atlantic Canada to respond to 7 questions that are of concern to Sierra Club members ... and the responses are now compiled!
 
We believe we have made some headway in educating candidates on many of these issues, and are very grateful for the time they took to answer us during what is a very grueling and stressful time.
What remains is for them to keep their commitments, once they are elected.
We were disappointed that more candidates did not respond to our questionnaire: two candidates from the Liberals and Conservatives answered our questions. The NDP Party took the time to summarize their responses, and we received individual answers from a total 9 Green and 12 NDP candidates.
Key points of agreement in the answers we received:
  • the need to encourage renewables and green jobs in our region (but we need to tell folks WHAT renewables to support and HOW MUCH to support them);
  • the need to fix our fisheries by reforming Department of Fisheries and Oceans;
  • support for cleaning up Boat Harbour was across the board, except in Peter MacKay's response (somewhat ironic because the site is located in his riding!);
  • the need for better regulation of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas ("fracking"), with many Green Party candidates calling for a ban; and
  • support to repeal the change in the Fisheries Act that would allow Sandy Pond (and lakes and rivers across the country) from becoming waste dumps.
Areas where we need to get to work on are:
  • Conservative received an "F" in our Sierra national grading on climate change, and their lack of support for renewables and green jobs hurts our region. Their support for the Lower Churchill mega-project while wiping out support for renewables (wind, solar, etc.) will leave many communities unable to participate in our green energy future;
  • Individual Liberals said they would protect Sandy Pond from becoming a waste dump for mines, but their party's commitment to do so was vague;
  • shutting down Point Lepreau nuclear power plant (Conservatives, Liberals did not agree to do so) while the NDP want reforms and no more subsidies to nuclear and fixing regulations but made no commitment to shut down the plant; and
  • protecting the Gulf of St. Lawrence for oil and gas development (only the Green Party agreed to protect the Gulf from oil), while the Liberals and NDP want better regulation and thorough review.
On May 2nd, we will begin he 41st Parliament of Canada. Some of the candidates who answered these questionnaires will be in Ottawa, representing you. Let's use these commitments to help us achieve a healthier and sustainable Atlantic Canada. 
 
Summary of Candidate's responses

1. Support for Renewables
2. Protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence fro Oil and Gas
3. Point Lepreau Nuclear Power Plant Decommisssioning
4. Save Sandy Pond
5. Fix Our Fisheries
6. Take Action on Fracking
7. Clean Up Boat Harbour

 

If you would like to see what candidates in your riding or province answered, please go here.

Please circulate ! And for goodness sake VOTE.

CCNB will present its annual Milton F. Gregg Conservation Awards in Fredericton Saturday night at the Spring into Action fundraiser.

The award for lifelong achievement will be presented to Robena Weatherley from Cambridge-Narrows.  Elizabeth McLaughlin of Moncton will receive the award for environmental activism.  Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis will be recognized for its organizational achievement and Hampton-based Dave’s Produce Packs will receive the business achievement award.

The recipients will be honoured on the evening of Saturday April 30th at the Conservation Council’s annual Spring into Action fundraiser to be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Fredericton.

http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/Aboutus/miltonfgregg_awards.aspx.

Tickets to the event are available from the Conservation Council at 180 St. John St, Fredericton, 458-8747, info@conservationcouncil.ca or can be purchased at Westminster Books and True Food Organics.

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CCNB’s 2011 Milton F. Gregg Conservation Award Recipient Biographies

 

Lifetime Achievement - Robena Weatherley, Cambridge-Narrows

 

Robena is a forest ecologist by training, one of the first women in that field.  Robena and her husband Alan are the driving forces behind the Washademoak Environmentalists, a group committed to preserving the Lake, and the Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association.   Robena has undertaken scientific studies of the watershed , and successfully tackled  siltation caused by bad forestry practices and shoreline erosion from home and cottage developments.

 

Environmental Activism – Elizabeth (Beth) McLaughlin, Moncton

Elizabeth McLaughlin, who worked as a teacher for years, is an effective environmental organizer and motivator.  She organized opposition to the Jaakko Poyry forestry recommendations and has worked tirelessly to make people aware of the dangers of nuclear power.  Beth is passionate about building sustainable communities and operates a business with this focus.

Organizational Achievement - Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis

The 60-plus member Concerned Citizens of Penobsquis have been fighting for justice in their community where 40 families lost their drinking water and many have suffered property as a result of industrial activity in the area.  Potash mining and natural gas production both occur within the community.   The group has conducted research, media interviews, public outreach, meetings with government officials, tours for politicians, and intervened in public tribunals on behalf of their community. 

Business Achievement - Dave’s Produce Packs, Hampton area

 

Situated on the outskirts of Hampton,  along the Kennebecasis River,  Dave’s Produce Packs provides one hundred plus families in the greater Saint John area with fresh, local, organic produce on a weekly basis.  Dave Wolpin, Sydney Bliss, Dan Aurell and Alex Thomas are the team of eco-conscious market gardeners  who operate this business enterprise which also provides local fruits, free range eggs, and locally baked bread to their customers.

Oui pour plus d'habitats de la faune! Non à plus de coupe à blanc!

Quand : mardi le 10 mai à midi
Ou : L’Assemblée législative à Fredericton

Le plan de 50 ans pour la gestion forestière du gouvernement du
Nouveau-Brunswick déterminera le sort de notre faune.

S'il vous plaît, joignez vous à nous le mardi 10 mai à Fredericton pour
envoyer un message clair que nous ne voulons pas que nos zones de
protection des habitats coupées à blanc. Au lieu, nous voulons un plan
de 50 ans qui protège et restaure la riche diversité d'animaux, plantes,
arbres, rivières et cours d'eau dans notre forêt.

De la partie, des orateurs et une bannière 318 pieds de long appelant à
la fin de la coupe à blanc de nos forêts signées par des milliers de
personnes à travers les Amériques. La bannière a visité de nombreux
endroits d'Hawaï à Ottawa et est maintenant au Nouveau-Brunswick.

La Nouvelle-Écosse s'est engagée à ne plus financer l'épandage
d’herbicides sur leurs forêts. Ils vont également réduire de moitié la
superficie de coupe à blanc. Le Québec a interdit les épandages
d’herbicide il y a plus de 10 ans. Le Nouveau-Brunswick devrait suivre
l’exemple de ses voisins et abandonner la foresterie destructive.

Si vous souhaitez faire du covoiturage, contactez Tracy au
forest@ccnbaction.ca

Pour plus d'informations sur les habitats fauniques, visitez le site:
http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fr/Acadian-Forest-Action/Wildlife_Habitat_Alert.aspx
Yes to More Wildlife Habitat! No to More Clearcutting!

When: 12 noon on Tuesday, May 10
Where: New Brunswick Legislature, Fredericton, NB

The government of New Brunswick's 50 year forest management plan will
determine the fate of our wildlife.

Please join us on Tuesday, May 10 in Fredericton to send a strong
message that we don't want our habitat protection zones clearcut,
instead we want a 50 year plan that protects and restores the rich
diversity of animals, plants, trees, rivers and streams in our forest.

The rally will include speakers and a 318 foot long banner calling for
an end to the clearcutting of our forest signed by thousands of people
from across the Americas. The banner has visited many locations from
Hawaii to Ottawa and is now in New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia is committed to reducing the area of clearcutting by half
and no longer funding the herbicide spraying of their forest. Quebec
banned herbicide spraying of their public forest a decade ago in 2001.
New Brunswick should follow our neighbours into the 21st century and
abandon destructive forestry.

Interested in carpooling? Contact Tracy at forest@ccnbaction.ca

For more information on wildlife habitat, visit:
http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/Acadian-Forest-Action/Wildlife_Habitat_Alert.aspx
So the way I see it, the most important part of a network is the members and associates who form it.  That’s why I dedicated most of this week to identifying and calling potential groups that would fit in well with the NBEN.  Chatting with people gave me insights on what they value most, and where they dedicate their time.  This allowed me to make several connections with other groups who are working on the same issues.  That’s when it hit me: let’s not re-invent the wheel! Let’s work together to strengthen our capacities and our province’s environment.  The more we connect, the more we succeed.

If you know a group who has the environment at heart, don’t hesitate to invite them to become a member or associate of the NBEN.

 

Happy Earth Day!  There are many environmental events going on around the province in the next couple of weeks, both in celebration of Earth Day and otherwise.  Read more on our website.

On the election front, many environmental groups are trying to bring attention to environmental issues.  The Sierra Club of Canada just released its election report card, which grades the five major parties based on their platforms.  Closer to home, the Petitcodiac Riverkeeper surveyed candidates in ridings surrounding the river and was delighted by the support from most parties.

Renee Beaulieu will be finishing her contract with the NBEN this week.  We would like to thank her for the great work she’s done for the NBEN and we wish her the best in her future endeavours!

Back in March, the NBEN hosted a province-wide conference on education focused on sustainability.  The final report from the conference is now available.

The ETF award list for this year has been announced.  See http://www.gnb.ca/0009/0373/0002/ETFAwards.pdf.
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MONCTON, April 20, 2011 - Like for every federal election, Petitcodiac Riverkeeper submitted a
survey to candidates of ridings surrounding the river, which are Beauséjour, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe
and Fundy Royal. The Riverkeeper is delighted by the support received, despite the lack of understanding
that seems to exist with the conservative candidates over the issue.

The first question was about their support for the Petitcodiac River Restoration Project. All candidates
support the Petitcodiac River Restoration with the exception of conservative candidates, Rob Moore of
Fundy Royal and Evelyn Chapman of Beauséjour. Without a clear answer, Robert Goguen, Conservative
Party candidate in Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, wants to wait until the monitoring phase is over " to
evaluate when and how to proceed with the next phase."

The second question concerned the candidates' commitment to ensure that the federal government
financially contributes at least half the cost of the Petitcodiac River Restoration Project. Candidates of the
Liberal Party, NDP and Green Party have responded positively to this question. While the liberal Dominic
LeBlanc believes that “the restoration project of the Petitcodiac River must be completed", conservative
Robert Goguen will ensure federal funding only "if it is the wish of the residents of Moncton-Riverview-
Dieppe and the other levels of government."

According to the Riverkeeper, the Conservative candidates’ position is disappointing. "The federal
government has been a partner in the restoration project since the beginning. Its continued participation is
expected; almost all candidates recognize that” says Marco Morency, executive director of Petitcodiac
Riverkeeper. "We're at the end of a long process that involved the most comprehensive environmental
impact assessment ever conducted in New Brunswick. The federal government is engaged in this process
and it has to remain engaged until the project is completed "he adds.

As for the positions taken by the Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe Conservative candidate, Robert Goguen,
Marco Morency highlights that since the causeway gates were open in April 2010, preliminary results
exceed expectations of all observers and restoration receives the support of four out of five voters in the
region. Petitcodiac Riverkeeper carries out a survey for each federal election since 2000.

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INFORMATION:
Marco Morency | Tel. 388-5337 | Cel. 863-5114 | marco.morency@petitcodiac.org

 

BACKGROUND

The Petitcodiac River causeway was built between 1966 and 1968. Since then, it has altered the river’s
tidal bore, the socio-economic activities that existed along the waterway, and the ecosystem. This
includes negatively affecting aquatic species native to the river, most notably the now endangered inner
Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon.

The Petitcodiac River causeway was declared illegal in March 2001 by former federal Minister of
Fisheries and Oceans, Herb Dhaliwal, following the tabling of the Niles Report. This triggered a
comprehensive joint federal-provincial environmental impact assessment in 2002, completed in 2005,
which recommended the construction of a partial bridge to completely restore fish passage and comply
with the Federal Fisheries Act. The federal-provincial agreement of 2002 stipulated that the federal and
provincial governments would share the costs of the Petitcodiac River Restoration Project equally.

The Petitcodiac River Restoration Project, valued at approximately $70 million, was initiated in July 2008
and comprises of three phases: preparation (Phase 1, completed in March 2010), the opening of the
causeway gates and monitoring (Phase 2, which will continue until 2012) and the construction of a partial
bridge, which should normally start in spring 2012. You can read the project description at
www.petitcodiac.com for further details.

RESULTS SUMMARY - see attachment

MONCTON, APRIL10, 2011 – One year after the opening of the causeway gates on April 14,
2010, the federal government still has to confirm its intentions in regards to the Petitcodiac River
Restoration Project. In the context of the federal elections, Petitcodiac Riverkeeper sent a
questionnaire to each regional candidate to know their positions.

The Petitcodiac River causeway was declared illegal in March 2001 by former federal Minister
of Fisheries and Oceans, Herb Dhaliwal, following the tabling of the Niles Report. This
triggered a comprehensive joint federal-provincial environmental impact assessment in 2002,
completed in 2006, which recommended the construction of a partial bridge to restore the river’s
ecosystem and allow fish passage to comply with the Federal Fisheries Act. The federalprovincial
agreement of 2002 stipulated that the federal and provincial governments would share
the costs of the Petitcodiac River Restoration Project equally.

“The Petitcodiac River Restoration Project, valued at approximately $70 million in total, was
initiated in July 2008 and comprises of three phases: the last phase, the construction of a partial
bridge, should normally be completed in 2013 or 2014. Our federal representatives’ must
commit to do their share” insists Marco Morency, the Petitcodiac Riverkeeper.

The organisation sent the short questionnaire to all candidates of riding covering the Petitcodiac
watershed. The results will be released publicly in the coming weeks. In the last
elections, almost all applicants argued that the federal government should contribute at least 50%
towards the cost of the restoration project.
Interested in the impacts that shale gas and fracking could have on your community?  A number of groups have expressed an interest in forming a caucus to address this issue.  If your group is interested in participating, please let us know by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 19.

Does your group have resources that you’d like to get out to teachers?  The Sustainability Education Alliance will have a booth at the Anglophone high school teachers’ council day on May 6.  If you have English-language resources appropriate for high school teachers that you would like to display, please let Raissa know before the end of the month.
A number of environmental groups met with the Minister of Energy and his staff recently.  Word on the street is that the Minister is interested in moving toward a diverse array of energy options for the province.  But, he still holds firms in his support for the Point Lepreau refurbishment.  If you are interested in reading Mary Ann’s full report from the meeting, please let us know.

Liz Smith, long-standing delegate to the NB Pesticides Working Group, has submitted a report of the Working Group’s recent meeting.  Of note: the provincial pesticide act is now open for revision.  If you want to read Liz’s full report, please let us know.

Are you wondering how groups across Canada can better harness their collective work on water protection?  Well, the Canada Rivers Network is wondering this, and they’re asking you to fill out a survey to help them help you!
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