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
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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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-  Zones protégées: Leçons tirées des provinces et territoires du Canada – Perspectives de la Nouvelle-Écosse, du Québec, de l’Alberta et autres!
-  Accroître l'appui du public au Nouveau-Brunswick – Des experts locaux partagent leurs expériences et leur savoir-faire.
-  Établissement de zones côtières et marines protégées au Nouveau-Brunswick - Quels sont les défis et comment peut-on accroître du soutien?
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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.

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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
Attention: The New Brunswick Hydraulic Fracturing Commission

Ancient Voices

We are totally dependent on the Earth for life, and because of the arrogance of a superiority attitude, western society is headed in the wrong direction. As a consequence, climate change is here and people are in a panic. Grandchildren are asking, “What will happen to me?”

What 200 year old prophesies said has now come to pass. People have disobeyed the natural laws of the universe, and are stubbornly determined to ignore the voices of reason and truth. The Earth governs all life here, and she will have no mercy.

The Wolastokewinobk (Maliseet Grand Council) is the traditional decision-making structure of the Wolastokewiyik - the people of the beautiful river. We are the river people, indigenous to the entire St. John River watershed. Our Grand Council is made up of our clans, from the oldest to the youngest. We send these words to your commission on behalf of our extended families, as well as the deer, the moose, birds, fishes, and all other living things within our traditional territories. Our lands and waters have never been ceded or surrendered, therefore we are still the title holders.

Canada, New Brunswick and big business have and continue to exploit and expropriate our traditional lands and resources amounting to categorical infringement on our right to use our land and hunt, fish, and gather. Currently the following industries are infringing on our Aboriginal and Treaty Rights:
  • All attempts to further the industry of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in our territory must stop immediately.
First of all our people have not been adequately consulted, and in fact we have been abused and punished for taking a stand to protect our sacred lands and waters. Secondly, traditional stories in our language tell us of a time when there was great flooding on the river and the reversing falls was caused by an ancient earthquake. There is also historical evidence of major fault lines through the centre of our territory from earlier earth quakes which is what caused salt water lakes to form all the way up to central parts of the Province of New Brunswick. It is well known that ‘fracking’ causes earthquakes to happen, because of the lubricated, chemically laced cocktail that is pumped into the ground under extremely high pressure. There is too much of a risk to allow fracturing to take place here and we do not support this destructive industry. We request that you to put a stop to this detrimental activity in our homeland.
  • The Irving Forestry Companies have not only clear cut our forests, they are also spraying poisonous carcinogenic herbicides such as glyphosate all over ‘our land,’ to kill hardwood trees, and other green vegetation. Both human and animal health is at serious risk, not to mention leaving no food for the animals.
Streams, brooks and creeks are drying up, causing the dwindling of Atlantic salmon and trout. Places where our people gather medicines, hunt deer and moose are being contaminated with poison. We were not warned about the use of these dangerous herbicides, but then cancer rates have been on the rise in Maliseet communities, especially breast cancers in women and younger people are dying from cancer.
  • Open Pit Mining for tungsten and molybdenum is another infringement on the rights of our people – archeology shows that our people have been there around 7000 years – the oldest period found in the heart of New Brunswick.
This is Maliseet traditional territory and we have not been consulted. Open pit mines require tailing ponds, this one designated to be the largest in the world. It is well known that all tailing ponds have a high probability to breach their bounds, and definitely will seep out into the environment. A spill or leak from the Sisson Brook open pit mine will permanently contaminate the Nashwaak River, which is a tributary of the Wolastok (St. John River) and surrounding waterways. This is the only place left clean enough for the survival of the Atlantic salmon.
  • Oil pipelines and refineries are also among the current abominable schemes, bent on contaminating and destroying the very last inch of (Wblastokok) Maliseet territory.
The above mentioned industries are just another layer of infringements on the aboriginal and treaty rights of the Wolastokewiyik. Rivers, lakes, streams, and lands have been contaminated already to the point that we are unable to gather our annual supply of fiddleheads, and medicines. This territory has never been ceded or surrendered by our people – yet not an inch of our land has been spared for our traditional use. Government and industry blindly and carelessly proceed to exploit and misappropriate Indigenous lands and resources to the point of extreme damage and destruction, and continue to ignored the concerns and protests of Indigenous peoples in New Brunswick.

The Supreme Court of Canada has stated that all levels of government have a “duty to consult with aboriginal people” prior to the beginning of any project, or any other kind of land use, that would cause an infringement on the Indigenous rights of our people.

The Wolastokewiyik (Maliseet People) - the Title Holders - have not been consulted on any of the above projects. Therefore governments and/or companies do not have our consent to proceed with hydro-fracturing, open pit mining, or the building of pipelines for gas and oil bitumen, on or across our traditional lands and waters.

The duty to consult has become a meaningless process. Companies meet with INAC Chiefs, who’s jurisdiction is limited to within each of their respective reserves. Individuals are given a power point presentation, and then told the next step is accommodation. Question: then to the chief - What do you want?

The majority of the people do not go to these meetings due to the manipulation of the process, and the lack of regard for collective rights. Collective rights require collective discussion and collective decision-making. The closest interpretation of our treaty and aboriginal right to consultation is written in international law: Free, Prior and informed consent.

In conclusion, humans are supposed to be responsible and intelligent beings, who were given instruction on how to live on the earth.

One of the oldest teachings about how to live on the land – “ wihkwelan tehpo eli powalbkw wblam keti sepowsowipbn” itbm Kelowbskap.” Take only what you need in order to live. Maintaining the balance of nature is the way to live on the earth. Arrogance is why we are going in the wrong direction. If we do not follow the spiritual laws of the universe, nature will take over. There will be no mercy in nature, only law.

It is the Earth that governs life here – all life comes from the earth. You can have no value for resources that have been stolen. Greed, selfishness, and foolishness have taken over, and they have no value at all for life. Why else have become the enemy of the earth?

Business as usual is over. Oil and Carbon is over. We will pay for damages by what is coming. Economies will be wrecked. If we continue to disregard the laws of nature the Earth will bring about the balance herself, through diseases, crisis events – etc. We have to change the way of living.

Sincerely,

Alma H. Brooks
Grandmother, The Maliseet Grand Council

October 15, 2015
Pour diffusion immédiate
16 novembre 2015

Des prix environnementaux attribués à des citoyens néo-brunswickois

Samedi le 14 novembre 2015, deux prix environnementaux ont été attribués à des citoyens du Nouveau-Brunswick pour souligner leurs services exemplaires à leur collectivité. Ces prix, accordés par le Réseau environnemental du Nouveau-Brunswick (RENB), reconnaissent les efforts importants déployés par les citoyens et de groupes de citoyens pour protéger et restaurer l’environnement au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Jocelyne Gauvin, du Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne, a été honorée avec un Certificat d’accomplissement environnemental pour sa passion et son engagement pour la viabilité de l’environnement et des communautés du Pays de Cocagne. Selon Raissa Marks, directrice générale du RENB, « Pour plusieurs années, Jocelyne a dévoué son inépuisable énergie à l’environnement et aux enjeux liés au développement durable dans sa région avec le Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne. Comme elle s’enligne vers la semi-retraite, le temps était opportun afin d’honorer son travail et ses nombreux efforts.»

Le Prix Samaqan décerné à ceux qui se sont dévoués pour les eaux a été offert à Donald Killorn « pour son engagement inépuisable et ses approches innovatrices pour la conservation des écosystèmes d'eau douce. » Killorn est le directeur général de Eastern Charlotte Waterways, un groupe visant à promouvoir une gestion et un développement responsable de l'environnement par des actions de base communautaires.

Ces prix ont été présentés durant l’Assemblée générale annuelle du RENB qui a eu lieu à Saint-Jean le 14 novembre 2015.

Le Réseau environnemental du Nouveau-Brunswick est un réseau de communication sans but lucratif comprenant plus de 90 groupes environnementaux de citoyens et de citoyennes de toutes les régions de la province. Le but du Réseau est d’encourager les communications parmi les groupes et entre les groupes et le gouvernement et d’autres secteurs.

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Personne-contact:
Raissa Marks, 506-855-4144
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