“Strengthen, not weaken, the protection of our rivers, bays and drinking water”, says New Brunswick groups questioning the government’s Water Strategy

FREDERICTON, N.B. –  On World Water Day, March 22nd,  several citizen groups joined the Wolastoq Grand Council and held a Press Conference today in Fredericton to call on the Gallant government for the immediate halt to the hastily-planned review process for the New Brunswick’s new Water Strategy.  

“The process is a sham.”, says Mark D’Arcy, New Brunswick Energy East Campaigner for the Council of Canadians.  “The Gallant Government is proposing a new strategy to manage our drinking water and waterways with industry and to replace our current water classification regulation.  The process is not democratic.  The process would weaken, not strengthen, our protection of water.  And the process ignores the reality of climate change, that peoples’ lives and communities are at stake.” 

The process is not democratic. 

Brian Kenny, NB Minister of Environment and Local Government, released the Discussion Paper entitled ‘Working Together to Build a Water Strategy for New Brunswick” on March 6th.  Less than two weeks later, six Open Houses in rapid succession have been scheduled to gather people’s input with written feedback welcome until April 29th (see link below to government website).

“Why has there been limited advertising for these Open House consultations and why is the lead time for this input so rushed?,” asks Mark D’Arcy. “Why is the government conducting secret stakeholder meetings with watershed groups and municipalities that excludes the public? And why is there a third tier of secret stakeholder meetings only with industry. You can’t have a democracy with secret meetings. Is this to pave the way for large-scale projects such as Energy East, Sisson Brook, and shale gas fracking? Premier Brian Gallant needs to halt this process now and start an open and meaningful public process.” 

Ann Pohl, Chair of the Council of Canadians – Kent County Chapter says, “We endorse this call for an open, transparent, engaged and valid process to determine water protection policy and regulations.”

Sharlene Paul, Clanmother speaking on behalf of the Wolastoq Grand Council, says, “It is wrong of Premier Brian Gallant to release any Water Strategy without first initiating discussions with our people.  Our recent declarations here in our non-ceded Wolastoq Homeland – the ‘Water Declaration’ last May 2015 in Red Head, and our ‘Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth’ in February 2016 - are very clear about the importance of water:  The inherent right to water as a source of life.”

The process is going to weaken, not strengthen, our protection of water.

Lawrence Wuest, a retired scientist who lives in the Nashwaak River watershed, asked, “Why is the government disempowering and dismantling at least six (6) current volunteer watershed organizations along the Saint John River?  The new water strategy proposes to exclude from provincial legislation almost all the individual watersheds directly impacted by the Energy East Pipeline, the Sisson Tungsten Mine, the Minco PLC Woodstock Manganese Project, and shale gas development in the great swath of New Brunswick currently under gas and oil exploration license and lease."

Mr. Wuest emphasizes, "This would remove local community control, monitoring and advocacy in the Nashwaak Watershed, the Meduxnekeag Watershed, the Cannan River/Washademoak Lake Watershed, the Belleisle Bay Watershed, the Kennebecasis Watershed, the Hammond River Watershed, and all other existing sub-watersheds of the Saint John River.”

“Why won’t they implement the Watershed Classification System? “, asks Bill Ayer. “This is the same system successfully used by the State of Maine, which would allow NB and ME to easily exchange data on their shared Transboundary watersheds in the St. Croix and St. John River Basins.”

“We must listen to our Ombudsman,” says Margo Sheppard, member of Council of Canadians – Fredericton chapter. “Ombudsman Charles Murray ruled in 2014 that the province’s Water Classification Regulation was legal and that it was reckless not to put it into practice. Ombudsman Murray stressed that this Water Classification was made a strong legal tool by an amendment of the Clean Water Act on December 19, 2008.”

 “The language in the discussion paper with respect to the management and control of water by industry, including ‘water management partnerships’, is too vague and is also very troubling”, says Susan Linkletter, Vice President of the Organic Crop improvement Association, and former Executive Director of the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance, “The Water Strategy is proposing a triple bottom line, that is, of managing water for people, nature, and business.  Why, when we know the value of clean drinking water, is the Province laying a foundation that would allow for the bulk transport of water between watersheds in New Brunswick, as well as the export of water out of New Brunswick?”, says Jean Louis Deveau, Chair of the Council of Canadians – Fredericton chapter. 

The process ignores the reality of climate change.

“The new Water Strategy ignores the focus on water in the recent NB report of the Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing”, says Maggie Connell, past Co-chair Council of Canadians – Fredericton chapter.  “The Commissioner detailed steps to protect surface water and groundwater, including the “comprehensive mapping and monitoring of New Brunswick’s groundwater aquifers” and “to mitigate the impacts of climate change-related effects, such as extreme weather, on New Brunswick’s watersheds, coasts and land base”.

Our group has consistently warned Premier Gallant and his Ministers of the need to stop the unsustainable forest clear cutting and the destruction of our wetlands,” says Connell. “The environmental protection of our forests and watersheds must be an urgent priority in order to protect downstream communities.”

Marilyn Merritt-Gray a resident of Kars, one of the Belleisle Bay communities hardest hit by the Fall 2015 rain storm, says “We know all about bad roads down here, spring flooding and washouts, but the September storm was overwhelming. The government says they have already spent $15 million on bridge and road reconstruction, but even with that in our roads in places remain barely passable and other roads remain closed. For weeks the river in front of my house ran brown.”

Halt the current Water Strategy process and start over.  

“It’s important that we halt this current process and start over with a more evidence-based document and with an open and transparent process, a process which includes all Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in New Brunswick and the Chief Medical Officer of Health,” says Russ Letica, First Nation Consultation Coordinator from the Wolastoqiyik Nation.

The last planned meeting for ‘invitation-only stakeholders’ is in Fredericton on Wednesday, March 23rd from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Fredericton Inn.  The Open House follows at 4:30pm-6:30pm, also at the Fredericton Inn.  We encourage the general public to attend these meetings, ask these important questions and your local concerns about the protection of our water, and ask the Gallant government to halt the current Water Strategy process.  The process should start only after Premier Gallant properly answers these questions.  


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References: 



Managing Water Resources, 3pp - Released March 1, 2016

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/env/pdf/Water-Eau/WaterStrategy-StrategieSurLeau/ManagingWaterResources.pdf



Working Towards a Water Strategy for New Brunswick, 24pp – Released March 6, 2016

http://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/elg/environment/content/water/content/water_strategy.html
Gallant government watering down the protection of our rivers, streams and lakes
by Jean Louis Deveau

At the Peace and Friendship Alliance (PAFA) meeting of March 19th, Lawrence Wuest introduced us to the Gallant government’s proposed new water strategy which is meant to replace our current Water Classification Regulation, NB Regulation 2002-13.

The following is an attempt to explain the differences between the two.

The proposed new water strategy may be found on all of two pages, that is, on pages 17 and 18 of a discussion paper called Working Together to Build a Water Strategy for New Brunswick. It consists of four main goals.

Goal no. 2 of this new water strategy, as quoted from page 17, is: “to manage and use water responsibly by protecting drinking water and eco-system [sic] health while allowing economic opportunities (my emphasis).”

Of concern is that, compared to our current water policy, water will be used for economic development, “now and in the future.” An example of this would be to use water for fracking. In short, the use of water for economic development is now entrenched in the draft water strategy and so on equal footing with the traditional use of water which is to maintain the health of our environments. These two objectives are diametrically opposed. Plus, there is no indication on how water allocations would be made and who would be making those decisions other than that it would be a shared responsibility amongst the consumers, be it corporations or people, large or small.

On page 6 of the new water strategy, the Government stated that it is committed to engage First Nations communities in the discussion and that information will be sent to those communities. According to discussions held at the PAFA meeting, on March 19th, First Nations were not involved in drafting this new water strategy before it was released to the public. And since the provisions of the Government’s own policy on the Duty to Consult Indigenous Peoples requires that First Nations be consulted at the outset, as opposed to after such a policy has been drafted, the government is already in contravention of its own rules and regulations, not to mention Supreme Court of Canada rulings from which their consultation policy is a derivation of.

Our current water classification system as specified in A Guide to New Brunswick’s Water Classification Regulation, and albeit never implemented, has been in existence since 2002. It is designed to protect aquatic life. This is accomplished by way of engaging with community members to collect data on the quality of water in the streams, rivers, and lakes of their respective communities. This data is then used to classify these bodies of water according to three different classes of water: A, B, or C, where class A consists of the highest quality water. Each body of water would then be managed according to its classification. Nobody is permitted to do anything to change a body of water’s classification without receiving permission from members of the local community, thereby making local communities responsible and accountable for the care and use of their water. This is by far one of the most progressive policies in North America yet risks being dismantled by the Gallant government in exchange for their watered-down policy which is the subject of this notification.

There has been a great deal of interest demonstrated from New Brunswick’s communities in classifying bodies of water. Since 2000, more than a million dollars has been dispensed by the Environmental Trust Fund to non-governmental organizations, such as the Nashwaak Watershed Association and the Groupe du bassin versant de la region du Cap Pele, to collect data needed for the classification of some 19 rivers in New Brunswick.

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Whereas our current water classification system is focused on a single bottom line of ensuring that the conditions necessary to maintain aquatic life are being met, as illustrated in Table 1 above, the triple bottom line of the new water strategy, that is, of managing water for people, nature, and industry is problematic for at least three reasons. First, the incorporation of water as a means for economic growth ultimately leads to the commodification of water.

The commodification of water means that water could be traded on the free market like oil, gas, and other commodities. Should our water become entangled in free trade agreements, this would undoubtedly lead to conflicts on who should have priority over its use: people, nature, or industry. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, corporations trump all else. Second, the transferring of the responsibility for the care of our water from communities into the hands of consumers, be it people or corporations, means that not only have local communities lost control over their water but that whoever has the most power and influence, in terms of corporations and or other consumers, gets to decide who uses our water. Third, this way of managing our water is not in keeping with the government’s obligations of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples who view water as sacred and who would never accept water being used for economic development.

My second point is about the lack of transparency over this issue. Despite the importance and gravity of this major policy change in water use, public consultations on this new water strategy have been occurring with little to no advertisement, thus making it nearly impossible for interested citizens to become engaged. Appearing in the Gallant Government’s last throne speech, and in a press release which was not picked up by the media, public notifications have not been widely distributed. To date, four open houses have occurred, with only two left to happen this week: Monday in Saint John and Wednesday in Fredericton. The meetings are also happening during supper time, that is, between 4:30 pm and 6:30, making it difficult for many people to attend, particularly those who finish work at 5:00 pm and those with young children in daycare. By way of comparison, the 2012 Citizen Engagement tour for the new oil and natural gas standards were well advertised and took place between 6:30 and 8:30 pm.

And finally, I wish to refer to a comment on page 13 of the new water strategy made in reference to the deficiencies of the current water classification system.

[Department of Environment and Local Government] was advised that deficiencies within this regulation prevented its use to classify surface waters and the program was put on hold. Furthermore DELG received legal advice that suggested attempting to fix this regulation would equate to an entire rewrite of that part of the legislation.

Charles Murray, our Ombudsman did not agree with the concerns expressed above by the Department of Environment and Local Government as stated on pages 5-6 of his report:

At this point, it should be noted that no court has ruled upon the Regulation. Accordingly, the suggestions that the Regulation is void or unenforceable are thus far opinion— perhaps correct, but not having the force of law...The suggestion that there continues to be unaddressed issues about the legality of Regulation 2002-13 12 years after its coming into force strains credulity.

To conclude, the Government is now developing policy that would transform water into a vehicle for economic development. Consultations with Indigenous peoples have not yet occurred and public open houses will have been completed by the time most New Brunswickers will have heard anything about this, leaving the majority of us with few options to make our voices heard on what is undoubtedly our most important and precious resource—water. The closing date for comments on the new water strategy is April 29th and so the time to act is now.

 
Creating a regenerative economy in N.B.

KEiTH HELMUTH


What kind of economy will New Brunswick have in the new energy future? A renewable energy platform is clearly coming and new energy platforms create new economies. The extraction and refining of hydrocarbons launched a new energy platform, which has created the modern economy and its many benefits. However, the growth of the hydrocarbon economy has now developed to such a scale that it has burst through the safe operating limits of earth’s geochemical and ecological boundaries, with increasingly negative effects. This is an unwelcome thought. We used to think that hydrocarbon energy paved the road to a better life. Up to a point, this idea made sense, but a threshold of reversal has been crossed.

Crossing this threshold means that, from a certain point on, the negative effects of burning hydrocarbons will be greater than the benefits. The danger of these negative effects is now so serious that it has brought almost all national governments on earth into agreement on reducing and limiting carbon emissions.

The message from the Paris climate agreement is clear: the energy platform of the economy must shift from reliance on carbon releasing fuels to a diversity of non-carbon emitting, renewable energy sources.

Fortunately, renewable energy innovators have been at bat, and it now looks like the most important public policy question is how fast this transition can be made without upsetting the apple cart of the economy.

In N.B., we are fortunate that the government has recently announced an excellent program to facilitate this transition -- Locally-Owned Renewable Energy that is Small Scale (LORESS). It’s a small start, but it’s heading in the right direction.

This transition is enormously attractive. We have the tools, materials, and knowledge to create a clean, rapidly growing, and sustainable energy platform. And the clincher is this: the renewable energy platform has the potential to help create a regenerative economy that builds up steady-state prosperity.

What might this mean for N.B.? Currently, the government seems to have one foot firmly on the hydrocarbon dock and the other stepping gingerly into the renewable energy boat. Will government grasp the economic potential of renewable energy and get fully on board?

What comes after the last use of the Energy East pipeline (if built)? What comes after fracked-out shale gas wells (if drilled)? When these projects have faded, and the jobs they created have vanished, what will they have contributed to a sustainable, self-regenerating economy?

The renewable energy industry, on the other hand, is creating a fast growing sector of sustainable, community-based employment.

Statistical analysis shows that for every $1 million invested in the oil and gas industry two jobs are created. For every $1 million invested in renewable energy 15 jobs are created. For every $1 million invested in upgrading the energy efficiency of buildings 14 jobs are created.

(See www.bluegreencanada.ca/more-bang-for-our-buck)

One of the key factors about the shift to renewable energy is that it triggers a new way of thinking about security and prosperity. It shifts thinking about the economy from the extraction of resources to the cultivation and regenerating of resources.

For example, policies that support the expansion of local food production and marketing will help build up a regenerative economy. Can we imagine a N.B. that produces at least 50 per cent of the food it needs?

Likewise, policies for woodlot and Crown land management that improve biodiversity and insure the longterm harvesting of high quality timber would move the forest industry from extraction to regeneration, and help build up a steady-state prosperity for forest-based livelihoods.

Will government catch the opportunity to facilitate a regenerative economy? This depends on whether the smart, renewable energy platform is placed at the centre of the province’s economic development future.



Keith Helmuth is a member of the Woodstock Sustainable energy Group
Bien que l’atteinte d’un accord sur un plan national sur le climat entre les premiers ministres puisse prendre du temps, il existe déjà des collaborations provinciales-fédérales. Les vérificateurs provinciaux et le vérificateur fédéral joignent leurs forces pour créer le premier audit national sur les mesures prises pour contrer les changements climatiques. Julie Gelfand, commissaire à l’environnement et au développement durable, est à la tête de cette initiative nationale qui sera complétée en 2017.

Mme Gelfand a été nommée commissaire à l’environnement et au développement durable en mars 2014. Avant cela, elle a occupé le poste de présidente pour Nature Canada et a travaillé dans le secteur minier.

Pour en liser plus : http://www.ledevoir.com/environnement/actualites-sur-l-environnement/463404/les-verificateurs-du-federal-et-des-provinces-feront-un-audit-national-des-ges
Le RENB a organisé une réunion hier avec 15 groupes environnementaux, le Ministre de l'Environnement et Gouvernement locaux et son personnel. Ce fut une réunion formidable durant laquelle nous avons exploré des moyens qui permettraient de coopérer davantage sur les enjeux liés à l'eau, les changements climatiques, la planification régionale et autres. Merci à tous ceux qui sont venues!

mtg Minister Kenny 2016 Mar 2
Photo: Ann Pohl
KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – The Council of Canadians and its four New Brunswick chapters are calling on the Gallant government to recognize it has no choice but to extend the fracking moratorium, after the report it commissioned demonstrated that its five conditions for lifting the moratorium have not been met.

“Based on the Commission’s report, the government of New Brunswick must commit to a legislated moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the province. All five conditions, including social licence, have not been met and will require a lot of work,” says Denise Melanson, Council of Canadians’ Kent County chapter media spokesperson. “To give the people of this province some peace of mind and some security, the government should close the book on this industry.”

“We stand with our Indigenous allies including Ron Tremblay, Grand Chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council. This report clearly recognizes the constitutional duty to consult Indigenous peoples, highlighting a critical reason a legislated moratorium is needed,” says Maggie Connell, co-chair of the Council of Canadians’ Fredericton chapter.

Angela Giles, the Council’s Atlantic Regional Organizer based in Halifax, added “The Commission report highlights the need for a transition to clean energy for New Brunswick’s future energy mix. Given the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, shale gas cannot be part of the future. We need to focus on real solutions to the climate crisis in New Brunswick and beyond.”

Representatives from the Council of Canadians’ Fredericton and Kent County chapters attended the private briefing as well as the public release of the Commission’s report this morning in Fredericton.

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The report is available on the NB Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing website.

Commission’s Fracking Report Shows Moratorium Remains Smartest Policy And That Time Is Right To Begin New Brunswick’s Transition to Low-Carbon Economy

FREDERICTON — The report released today from the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing provides more evidence that the provincial government made the smart policy decision by putting a moratorium in place and throws down the gauntlet for N.B. to start the transition to a thriving low-carbon economy.

Consider what the Commissioners say in their report:

  • The challenge and opportunity for economic development today is in clean and low-carbon technologies as governments across the world — including New Brunswick — prepare to deal with the opportunities and challenges of climate change. The Commissioners say New Brunswick must transition away from the old-world economies of resource extraction into a new value-added and knowledge-based era driven by new forms of energy, stating: “The world is shifting towards integrated energy systems that will be supported by a variety of advanced technologies, most of which will not require fossil fuels.”

  • The environmental protection and energy regulatory system in New Brunswick is prone to conflicts of interest. The Commissioners highlight significant gaps in the current framework, such as the lack of understanding and mapping of our groundwater system, and highlight pieces that are broken entirely, such as the failure of the Water Classification regulation for protecting rivers and streams. The current approach means a government department has to have two heads, meaning ministers serve two masters — one that promotes energy projects and another that regulates them. This system leads not only to confusion, anger and distrust but also creates too many unanswered questions, especially with respect to the cumulative effects of energy projects on water, air and public health.

  • Nation-to-Nation communication with First Nation communities is sorely lacking and needs years of repair and capacity-building for all involved.

“The Commissioners rightly point out that the world shifted with the signing of the first universal climate agreement and that the real opportunities for jobs and economic growth comes from clean energy and energy efficiency,” says Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. “The economic case for renewables grows stronger every month and energy efficiency has long been recognized as a tool for creating jobs and keeping electricity affordable.”

Corbett continued: “It’s clear from the Commissioners’ report that New Brunswick’s regulatory and oversight system is prone to conflicts of interest and is at best years away from being ready to handle shale gas. If we spend 90% of our effort and New Brunswickers’ ingenuity focused on building the clean energy transition then we’d all be much better off than continuing an endless conversation about fracking.”

Corbett concluded: “The moratorium was the smart public policy decision in 2014 and it remains the right public policy well into the future. The Commissioners outline the crossroads our province — and the world at large — is facing, and it’s hard to imagine a future for new shale gas development in a world committed to protecting our families from climate change. Our best bet for creating jobs right now in New Brunswick is through energy efficiency and clean power technology. That’s the road we need to take, and it’s the road that doesn’t put our drinking water or communities’ health at risk.”
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The report will be available on the Commission's website.

Read the submissions the commission received from groups and individuals here.

Read the commissioners’ blog here.

To arrange an interview, contact: Jon MacNeill, Communications Director. Office: 458-8747; Cell: 261-1353; Email: jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca
Vidéos et plans de leçons gratuits sur les changements climatiques

(Adaptés au curriculum des écoles secondaires du Nouveau-Brunswick.)

Les élèves apprennent sur les changements climatiques par le biais d’observations de la nature faites par des experts et citoyens locaux ayant beaucoup de connaissances sur le climat local (apiculteurs, agriculteurs, conducteurs de chasse-neige, pêcheurs, jardiniers et aînés des Premières Nations). 

Accédez au matériel pédagogique ici : http://www.fundy-biosphere.ca/fr/projets/sensibilisation.html

Les écoles peuvent demander une présentation et session de formation gratuite pour leurs enseignants offerte par le personnel de Réserve de biosphère de Fundy, afin d’apprendre comment utiliser ces ressources dans leurs salles de classe.  

Veuillez contacter Megan de Graaf par courriel à info@fundy-biosphere.ca.

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Wolastoq Grand Council Addresses the Energy East Pipeline
Ottawa January 29, 2016

The Wolastoq Grand Council represents the non-ceded homeland of the Wolastoqewiyik who occupy the homeland and waterways as follows: North - Wolastoq River (aka St.John River which flows from Maine to the Bay of Fundy), South - Kenepek River (aka Kennebec), East - Supeq (aka Atlantic Ocean), and West – Wahsipekuk (aka St. Lawrence River).

As members of the Wolastoq Grand Council we unanimously oppose the Energy East Pipeline Project in order to protect our non-ceded homeland and waterways, our traditional and cultural connection to our lands, waterways, and air. The Wolastoq Grand Council has serious concerns for the safety and protection of the animals, fish, birds, insects, plants and tree life that sustains our Wolastoq Nation.

The Wolastoq Grand Council recognizes and values the statements made by the Federal Government on January 27, 2016 to consult with Indigenous Nations with respect to the project of our Ancestral Homeland. The Wolastoq Grand Council is willing to meet with the Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr and other senior personnel in critical discussions that are consistent with our Peace and Friendship Treaties in a Nation-to-Nation relationship. There is a legal duty of the Crown to address and support our concerns due to the inadequacy of the National Energy Board process.

The Wolastoq Grand Council will expect from the appropriate Crown delegate and provincial representative, a written acceptance of our traditional philosophy, and our rejection of the Energy East tar sands pipeline as soon as possible.

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Ottawa, le 29 janvier 2016

Le Grand conseil de la communauté Wolastoq représente la patrie non cédée des Wolastoqewiyik. Ces derniers occupent les terres et les cours d’eau suivant : Nord – Wolastoq River (maintenant connu sous le nom de fleuve Saint-Jean et qui coule de l’état du Maine à la Baie de Fundy), Sud – Kenepek River (aussi connu sous le nom de la Kennebec), Est – Supeq (également appelé l’Océan Atlantique) et Ouest – Wahsipekuk (appelé également le fleuve Saint-Laurent).


En tant que membres du Grand conseil Wolastoq, nous sommes unanimement contre le projet de l’Oléoduc Énergie Est afin de protéger notre patrie non cédée et nos cours d’eau, nos rapports traditionnels et culturels avec nos terres, nos cours d’eau et nos espaces aériens. Le Grand conseil Wolastoq entretient de vives inquiétudes à l’égard de la santé et la sécurité des animaux, des poissons, des oiseaux, des insectes, des plantes et de la vie des arbres qui soutiennent notre peuple Wolastoq. 


Le Grand conseil Wolastoq reconnait et valorise les déclarations faites par le gouvernement fédéral le 27 janvier 2016. Ce dernier avait dit qu’il consultera les peuples autochtones par rapport au projet de notre territoire ancestral. Le Grand conseil Wolastoq est disposé à rencontrer le ministre des Ressources naturelles, Jim Carr, et d’autres fonctionnaires de rang supérieur, pour entamer des discussions critiques qui sont conformes à nos traités de paix et d’amitié dans une relation de nation à nation. La Couronne a une obligation légale d’adresser et de soutenir nos préoccupations en raison de l’inefficacité du processus de l’Office national de l’énergie.

Le Grand conseil Wolastoq attend du délégué approprié de la Couronne une confirmation écrite de notre philosophie traditionnelle et de notre rejet du projet de l’Oléoduc Énergie Est, de la pipeline et de ses sables bitumineux, et ce, le plus rapidement possible.

Ron Tremblay,
Wolastoq Grand Chief / Grand chef de la nation Wolastoq
OBITUARY OF THE ACADIAN FOREST - With great sadness we mourn the sudden, tragic death of more than 12,600 acres/year of Acadian Forest which, until this year, had been placed in the care of its Trustee, the Province of New Brunswick, for heritage conservation purposes. The death was caused by a routine case of what the Province of New Brunswick calls “carefully managed clear cutting." The amount cut is equivalent to cutting Mactaquac Provincial Park 10 times every year and for the next 25 years.

This part of New Brunswick's forest had been entrusted to the Province for perpetual care by rural and urban residents alike for the benefit of all generations. Felled by the tens of thousands, primarily along rivers and streams, the premature and suspicious death means this forest will no longer be able to provide much needed water flow, temperature and flood control.

Along with more severe soil erosion and increased flooding in its communities, this tragic 'death by clear cutting' will further reduce fish populations, notably that of the pride of New Brunswick rivers, the Atlantic Salmon. As well, thousands of deer and countless other species of animals and plants associated with Old Growth Forests will now die because the shelter and food they need to survive that had been provided by the forest was, of course, also destroyed by the clear cut.

The Acadian Forest is survived by a very distant relative, the Tree Plantation, unable to provide the same type of life-giving function of its now dead relative. Meanwhile, yet another 'unnatural death by clear cut' in New Brunswick is prompting calls for an inquest into what has been called the reckless endangerment of all the New Brunswick Forests by their Trustee, the Province. In a stunning admission, the Province of New Brunswick has admitted to openly colluding with serial clear cutters. Adding to the concern is the fact that the Forest estate was stripped of assets by 'serial clear cutters' before its death and so left nothing to the residents of New Brunswick.

The dead forest, more than 10,000 years old and now gone forever, was predeceased by northern cod stocks off the Atlantic coast who also fell victim to "careful management" by their Trustees.

In lieu of flowers and other tokens of mourning for this beloved member of New Brunswick's Natural Family, letters, e-mails, tweets and other expressions of outrage directed to Premier Brian Gallant, Natural Resources Minister Denis Landry, and your MLA are requested.

Rest in peace Acadian Forest.
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  • Que pouvons-nous apprendre des autres provinces et territoires canadiens?
  • Qu’est-ce qui résonne avec le public au Nouveau-Brunswick? Avec les décideurs?
  • Qu’est-ce qui fonctionne bien? Et qu’est-ce qui ne fonctionne pas bien?
  • Comment peut-on concilier la conservation récréative avec les opportunités éducatives? 
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Présenté par l'Effort en commun pour la biodiversité au Nouveau-Brunswick. Préparé par le comité de planification:
-          Al Hanson, Service canadien de la faune
-          Barb Brown
-          David MacKinnon, Ministère de l’environnement de la Nouvelle-Écosse
-          Eric Tremblay, Parc National Kouchibouguac
-          Paula Noel, Conservation de la nature Canada
-          Peter McLaughlin, Ministère de l'Environnement et des Gouvernements locaux du Nouveau-Brunswick
-          Renata Woodward, Fondation pour la protection des sites naturels du Nouveau-Brunswick
-          Roberta Clowater, Societé pour la nature et les parcs du Canada, Chapitre du Nouveau-Brunswick
-          Steve Gordon, Ministère des ressources naturelles du Nouveau-Brunswick

Un gros merci aux Fonds de Fiducie de la Faune du Nouveau-Brunswick, le Ministère des ressources naturelles du Nouveau-Brunswick et le Service canadien de la faune.
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Jan. 27, 2016

Statement on critical changes to pipeline/energy project assessment

FREDERICTON — Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, issued this statement following the announcement today from Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr and Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna:

“We want to congratulate Ministers Carr and McKenna for using both common sense and a comprehensive understanding of the urgency we need to tackle carbon pollution by requiring major oil production projects, like TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline, to undergo a science-based assessment, including First Nations' traditional knowledge, as well as direct and upstream greenhouse gas pollution linked to the project.   

It was naive and foolhardy not to include greenhouse gas analysis in oil pipeline projects but in its sheer stubborn determination to rush tarsands oil to export markets and damn the climate consequences, the former government did exactly that. One take-away lesson for decision makers everywhere today is that short cuts in environmental assessments are usually anything but.

We also welcome the Ministers' intention to ensure the public’s right to participate in project reviews. That means the input of people from Edmundston, to the Tobique, all along the St. John River through to communities along our Bay of Fundy must be respected, instead of ignored. We look forward to working with this government in the near future to ensure that the climate analysis and other new requirements are robust.”
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For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Jon MacNeill, Communications: 458-8747 | 261-1353 | jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca
$100 DISCOUNT UNTIL DEC 31 

On March 7th, 8th and 9th there will be an opportunity for hands-on training into the planning and application of climate change considerations for forest managers. This training is designed for all natural resource managers across the Maritimes who are interested in actively enhancing the ability of forests to cope with changing climate conditions. individuals and small teams can participate in this training. The training enables participants to incorporate applicable adaptations into a current or developing forest management plan. The workshop will take place in Fredericton. Space is limited to 40 participants.

Registration:

Registration cost includes lunch, refreshments, dinner on Monday evening, evening activities and a complete set of digital resourcesVisit our website at ARPFNB | AFANB – Fees and Payments to reserve your space now with a credit card. Cash/cheque will also be accepted by Lori Curtis 506-452-6933 info@arpfnb at the ARPFNB office; please contact her to make arrangements.

ARPFNB member                         $175

Non-member before Dec. 31         $175

Non-member after Dec. 31            $275


Durant les dernières six semaines, le RENB a joué le rôle d'animateur avec plusieurs groupes du Nouveau-Brunswick afin de développer une soumission conjointe au Secrétariat du Plan d'éducation qui vise à intégrer l’éducation à la viabilité dans le système d’éducation M à 12 au Nouveau-Brunswick.  Nous sommes super-excités par le document qui est sorti de ces discussions, qui nous donne un cadre pour transformer notre système d'éducation pour un futur viable.

Cette idée est sortie de la dernière conférence de l'Alliance pour l'éducation à la viabilité à la fin d'octobre.

Cliquez ici pour lire la soumission.

The following letter was sent to the Minister today....

Hon. Denis Landry 
Minister of Natural Resources


As a resident of the Province of New Brunswick, I am deeply concerned that the spraying of our forests is a very dangerous practice that is irresponsible, reckless and potentially affecting the health of its residents. 


As the President of the Moncton Fish & Game Association, I am also concerned that spraying is also killing our wildlife. Animals in the forest and fish in our waterways are allegedly suffering the negative effects of the spraying of our woodlands. We know that the practice is legal and permissible in our province however we need to ask ourselves should it continue? Should companies be allowed to spray to prevent hardwood growth? Should they be allowed to spray to prevent the spread of berries and other nutrients that wildlife eat? 


As a province that relies very heavily on its natural resources, (which by the way include generations of hunters and fishermen all of which bring in tens of millions to our NB economy), we all should be deeply concerned. There is a fine line that we have to respect when dealing with Mother Nature. She is not very forgiving at times and it may take many many years to correct the wrongs of previous generations. While current forestry practices permit vast clear cuts and the related spraying of these chemicals, all of these activities must be analysed. 


Potentially, a moratorium on spraying could be put into place until more scientific information is available. We know that this government is not opposed to moratoriums as is evident by the current one on fracking. Rather than point fingers at companies which will garner the whole cause no credibility at all, we as residents and people who enjoy the outdoors, people concerned for our own health and the health of our children, we all need to band together and question the government in a relentless, credible yet organized public campaign to end this practice once and for all. 


Forestry activities will continue and as a manageable resource they rightfully should continue; however, neighbouring Provinces of Nova Scotia and Quebec are doing very well with their forestry practices, both enjoying great revenues which belong to the taxpayers and they are NOT spraying. If they can do it then why are we not able to continue forestry operations without spraying and potentially harming people, wildlife and fish? 


The Moncton Fish & Game Association has taken an official stance that we do not support the spraying of our woodlands. 


Thank you and I look forward to a response.


Robert Snider, 

President

Moncton Fish & Game Association
OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF N.B.



Our Chief Medical Officer of Health has been fired.   No cause given.   No reason given.



Dr Eilish Cleary is an ethical, courageous, hard-working, award-winning doctor and perhaps the best CMOH this province has ever been fortunate to have.   She has worked tirelessly to protect the health of the people of N.B..   She has been a wonderful ambassador for Canada in her selfless service in West Africa during the Ebola Crisis.   She has brought decent health care for the first time to First Nations.       Why, then, was she fired ?



Liberal officials are refusing to talk.   Do they even understand the meaning of Public Service ?



Was her error to put the health of the people of N.B. first  ?   Was her commitment to researching the issues more information than our government wanted ?   Was her bravery in speaking the truth on health matters too much for our “bought-and-paid-for” government  ?   Did Industry pull the strings ?  



Are politicians once again showing their true colours?   If so, they have opened a can of worms.   The outrage is growing.   Something is rotten in New Brunswick.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

FREDERICTON —
 Stephanie Merrill, Director of Freshwater Protection with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Environment’s approval of the Sisson Mine Environmental Impact Assessment:

“I’m surprised by today’s announcement considering it’s been made in a vacuum. Final approval of this project is a joint process between the provincial and federal government — but we’re still waiting on the review from the feds, and there are outstanding parts of that review that we’re committed to participating in.

The province also has not released the summary of the Independent Review Panel to the public, as it’s required to do by law. The summary needs to be released right away for the sake of transparency, otherwise our government is playing fast and loose with the rules that let people participate in this process.

The company behind the mine proposal, Sisson Mines Ltd, is still far from securing the financing needed to move forward with the project, and no public financing accounts have been released. At best, today’s announcement is a signal that the province is open to business, but in reality, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

The conditions of approval are vague when it comes to critical issues like emergency planning, the security of the tailings dam, and liability. Most striking, we’re letting the fox guard the henhouse by leaving the responsibility to protect the Nashwaak River and watershed directly in the hands of the company. Even the International Council on Mining —  composed of the world’s largest companies — said yesterday that the control standards for tailing facilities are inadequate and the council would be reviewing and revising its standards.

We’ve seen at least three major tailings disasters in the past year and a half — at Mount Polley in B.C., the Buenavista del Cobre mine in Mexico, and most recently in Brazil,  where 16 people died and the Brazilian government announced yesterday a $5.2 (billion) USD billion lawsuit against the company responsible.

First and foremost at this point, we call on the province to release the summary report of the Independent Review Panel so New Brunswickers know what the experts in the scientific community have to say about this project proposal.”
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For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Jon MacNeill, Conservation Council of New Brunswick: 458-8747 | 261-1353 |jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick has released a new special edition of its membership magazine,
EcoAlert: <2° — Making it Happen at COP21 in Paris.


This special edition will help you cut through the jargon and technicalities of international climate negotiations to understand: What the heck is COP21 in Paris? What’s it all about? What does the fight against climate change mean for me, our province, and Canada as a whole?


  • In this issue: • the road to locally-made clean energy in NB • charting the course toward a low-carbon economy • a brief history of international climate negotiations • best and the rest: countries’ climate plans heading into COP21 • how you can live greener and cleaner at home and work • and more


Click here to download a PDF version of this issue, or head to our archives for past editions.

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Ce logo pour la biodiversité a été créé à l’initiative de l’équipe communication du collectif pour la biodiversité au Nouveau-Brunswick afin de contribuer à créer une sensibilisation envers l’importance de la biodiversité pour le Nouveau-Brunswick et de stimuler l’intérêt de la population à la préserver. Ce logo peut être utilisé par toutes les organisations partenaires afin de démontrer leur solidarité et relier leurs divers efforts pour faire progresser la conservation, la surveillance et l’éducation relative à la biodiversité.
Le but de ce logo est de supplémenter l’image des organisations en démontrant son esprit de collaboration.

Tous sont invités à utiliser ce logo!

  • Insérez-le sur votre site Web et faites valoir vos travaux pour la biodiversité;
  • Sensibilisez vos interlocuteurs par l’entremise des médias sociaux et améliorez votre image;
  • Utilisez-le dans votre matériel pédagogique et célébrez la nature.
Bravo à tous les gens impliqués dans le développement de ce logo!

Jetez-y un coup d’oeil à toutes les versions - et ensuite engagez vous à établir une marque pour la biodiversité de N.-B.!
FREDERICTON — Des groupes d’intérêts publics et d’experts au Nouveau-Brunswick affirme qu’une nouvelle loi est nécessaire pour garantir que nos forêts publiques soient gérées pour satisfaire les besoins de tous les Néobrunswickois.

Ce groupe qui inclut des représentants des organisations de la faune, de la communauté scientifique, des propriétaires de lots boisés, et des organisations environnementales et de conservation demande que l’on prépare en toute urgence une nouvelle loi sur les terres et forêts de la Couronne.

Dans une déclaration expédiée au gouvernement provinciale aujourd’hui, la coalition affirme que la loi actuelle, qui a été promulguée en 1982, met de l’avant une approche de gestion forestière désuète et qui ne tient pas compte des préférences de toute la province.  La gestion forestière est devenue très complexe et les Néobrunswickois s’attendent maintenant que les forêts soient gérées pour leur eau et leur faune, pour la récréation et pour d’autres usages ainsi que pour des emplois et des revenus.

La déclaration fait référence au rapport du juin 2015 de la vérificatrice générale, Kim MacPherson, sur la gestion des forêts qui propose que nos forêts publiques soient gérées pour ses valeurs économiques, environnementales et sociales, et qui souligne que la province a perdu des revenus avec sa gestion des forêts publiques durant les cinq dernières années.

Le groupe affirme qu’une nouvelle loi devrait :

  1. Établir des principes clairs pour la gestion des forêts publiques afin de protéger la vie dans les forêts, les bénéfices de la nature, les occasions pour des entreprises forestières ainsi que les valeurs récréatives et le tout dans le contexte des changements climatiques;
  1. Clarifier et rétablir le gouvernement comme fiduciaire responsable de la surveillance des terres et des forêts de la Couronne dans l’intérêt de la population;
  1. Assurer la transparence lors de l’établissement de buts et objectifs liés à la foresterie et de la réalisation de ces buts et inclure un système robuste d’engagement et de consultation publique pour l’ensemble du processus;
  1. Respecter les traits de paix et d’amitié et établir des mécanismes pour la consultation par l’entremise de consentement libre, préalable et informé avec les populations autochtones;
  1. Appuyer la diversification et la transformation avec valeur ajoutée dans le secteur des produits forestiers du Nouveau-Brunswick; et
  1. Garantir que les lots boisés privés fournissent une partie proportionnelle de l’approvisionnement en bois et fassent la promotion de la productivité des lots boisés privés grâce à leur gestion, leur prix et leurs mesures de mise en marché.
Lisez la déclaration des groupes et les informations de base ici http://forestsfornb.org/?page_id=296&lang=fr

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« Nos membres sont convaincues que de permettre plus de coupes dans les zones de conservation pour récolter des arbres dans des endroits sensibles, comme les zones tampons le long des cours d’eau, pourrait mettre en péril les populations de saumon de l’Atlantique en endommageant les habitats dont ils dépendent, fait remarquer Debbie Norton, présidente du Conseil du saumon du Nouveau-Brunswick.  C’est horrifiant de constater l’ampleur des changements au régime de gestion forestière qui ont été imposés sans tenir compte des inquiétudes des groupes de conservation et des bassins versants.  Nous avons approfondi notre engagement à travailler en coopération avec le gouvernement provincial, les Premières Nations, l’industrie forestière, les scientifiques, les organismes de conservations et autres groupes intéressés afin de mieux gérer nos ressources de la Couronne. »

« Ce qui est particulièrement remarquable ici, c’est la large gamme de personnes qui se sont réunie et qui affirment que : Cette loi ne fonctionne plus pour nous – elle ne contribue pas à la richesse de la province, constate Lois Corbett, directrice générale du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick. « Nos forêts tiennent une place très spéciale dans le cœur des Néobrunswickois et des groupes très variés s’entendent pour dire que quelque chose ne fonctionne plus; il est temps d’y voir. »

« Des naturalistes de toutes les régions du Nouveau-Brunswick sont très inquiets concernant le manque d’attention portée par la province à la nature et aux habitats dans nos forêts publiques. On peut en constater les conséquences chaque jour, et nous sommes prêts à travailler avec le gouvernement pour préparer une nouvelle loi qui protègerait mieux la nature au Nouveau-Brunswick, » affirme Vanessa Roy-McDougall, directrice générale de Nature Nouveau-Brunswick.

« Le Nouveau-Brunswick traine en arrière de toutes les provinces canadiennes sauf l’IPÉ en matière de protection de zones naturelles sur les terres de la Couronne. Une nouvelle loi devrait rédiger de nouvelles directives sur comment conserver les forêts résilientes et la biodiversité indigène, compte tenu des changements climatiques et appuyer un plus grand éventail d’entreprises forestières, » entrevoit Roberta Clowater, directrice générale de la Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada – Nouveau-Brunswick.

« La principale lacune de la loi de 1982 est que les utilisateurs industriels sont devenus les gérants des terres de la Couronne au lieu d’en être des clients; ceci crée des conflits d’intérêts qui ne peuvent seulement être résolus en créant une nouvelle loi sur les terres et forêts de la Couronne. Les propriétaires de lots boisés sont d’avis que les gens qui récoltent le bois sur les terres de la Couronne devraient partager le même intérêt commun de payer la juste valeur marchande pour le bois et les autres produits de la forêt. Il est temps de corriger les erreurs du passé à l’avantage de tout le Nouveau-Brunswick, » préconise Andrew Clark de la Fédération des propriétaires de lots boisés du Nouveau-Brunswick.

« La Fédération de la faune du Nouveau-Brunswick appuie l’utilisation des forêts publiques de la province dans le but de fournir une variété d’avantages économiques et sociaux. Toutefois, ces utilisations ne doivent pas compromettre l’intégrité des habitats naturels et de la biodiversité, » selon Charles Leblanc, président de le Fédération de la faune du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Pour plus de renseignements ou pour organiser une entrevue, contactez :

Sabine Dietz, Nature NB: 536-1260 | 536-7560 | sabine.dietz@bellaliant.net (bilingue)

Jon MacNeill, Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick : 458-8747 | 261-1353 | jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca

Andrew Clark, Fédération des propriétaires de lots boisés du Nouveau-Brunswick: 459-2990 | 324-3380 |andrewclark@xplornet.com

Peter J Cronin, Conseil du saumon du Nouveau-Brunswick: 444-9012 | 238-4616 | pjcronin18@gmail.com

Roberta Clowater, Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada – Nouveau-Brunswick: 452-9902 | rclowater@cpaws.org

Rod Currie, Fédération de la faune du Nouveau-Brunswick: 458-5643 | racurrie@nb.sympatico.ca
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