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The New Brunswick Lung Association has lead a small committee* to review the New Brunswick Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation under the Clean Environment Act. We have identified the need for change, the benefits that could arise from stronger legislation, current weaknesses and areas where the Regulation is very out of date, and have made recommendations that will modernize the process.

We are now welcoming your review of our recommendations and your sign-on if you would like to support our campaign. Please see the attached full document here. The summary is below.

We have an excellent window of opportunity now for the Province of New Brunswick to modernize legislation that assesses and mitigates impacts from proposed industrial activities. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, New Brunswickers have become more aware of the importance of health protection and have been proud of the actions the multi-party government committee has taken. We want to see our government continue to be a national leader. Given that the New Brunswick Environmental Impact Assessment process is very out-of-date, now is an excellent time to develop new legislation that will be supported by New Brunswickers.

The current EIA process has inconsistencies that cause uncertainties and inefficiencies experienced by the proponent. These could discourage potential developers from choosing NB for their project. Developers need to be confident in a consistent and transparent assessment process.

The New Brunswick government has committed to responsible resource development and sound legislation is imperative to managing our natural resources on which all of us rely.

New Brunswick struggles with a declining economic situation. The cost of health care in the province is steadily increasing. Full cost-accounting of new enterprises is essential. Our government must take into account the health and social costs of new enterprises when going through the approval process for new initiatives. A strong modernized Impact Assessment Act can help to greatly reduce the negative health and social costs of new projects.

It is critically important that New Brunswick has a robust and modern Impact Assessment process especially as we grow forward into a new post-Covid world where New Brunswickers want to ensure that new developments will not compromise their health, their environment or the social fabric of their lives that make New Brunswick such a great place to live and raise a family. New Brunswickers now expect that their health will be protected, that Impact Assessments are undertaken with proactive consultation with First Nations and community stakeholders and that the process is transparent.

We can take action to join other Canadian leading jurisdictions that have modernized their Impact Assessment legislation to better protect the health of New Brunswickers and protect all aspects of our environment.

We are asking that the province create a new Impact Assessment Act that is modelled after updated Acts in the leading jurisdictions in Canada, notably the Federal Impact Assessment Act (2019) and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act (2018). Modern Impact Assessment processes include consideration of human health, community and social impacts and compounded impacts. Thus Impacts Assessment now go beyond environmental impacts, and responsibility will involve more than one government department. The new Impact Assessment legislation should therefore be a stand-alone Act.

Below are the recommendations developed by the Committee. The full Report provides the rationale and details.
  1. The NB Impact Assessment Act should be consistent with current and common IA methodology.
  2. The NB Impact Assessment Act requires a formal statement of guiding principles.
  3. The NB Impact Assessment Act needs to expand analysis of anticipated impacts.
  4. The NB Impact Assessment Act must include a stand-alone, transparent health impact assessment process that proactively engages stakeholders. The full cost of negative health and other social outcomes must be calculated and balanced with the financial benefits of the project.
  5. Schedule A needs to be either expanded or changed to show clear parameters without listing specific activities.
  6. The NB Impact Assessment Act needs more oversight and rigor for engagement with First Nations and the public (on reviews committees, through notification of standing lists of interested parties) and for any consultation.
  7. The NB Impact Assessment Act needs to more effectively and transparently incorporate scientific evidence into decision-making.
  8. Decision-making associated with The NB Impact Assessment Act needs to be transparent.
  9. Approved projects need regular standardized and publicly transparent monitoring, using best practices.
  10. Cases of non-compliance must be identified, made public and quickly remedied.
  11. A system to measure and report on the effectiveness of the The NB Impact Assessment Act needs to be developed and implemented.
  12. Regular reviews of the Act are needed.

*Committee Members:
  • William Anderson, PhD.
  • Chris Buse, PhD. University of British Columbia Postdoctoral Fellow and Affiliated Researcher with the Centre for Environmental Assessment Research
  • Gordon Dalzell, Saint John Citizen’s Coalition for Clean Air
  • Barbara MacKinnon, PhD. President and CEO New Brunswick Lung Association

Contact: barb.mackinnon@nb.lung.ca
Foundation for Resilient HealthCNHHE

The New Brunswick Lung Association has identified vulnerabilities of our health, environmental, and social systems, that have been exemplified by COVID-19 pandemic. These vulnerabilities are the result of many decades where economic growth has been more important than health, wellbeing, and environmental balance. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we see an historical opportunity to advocate for policy reform in key areas with a goal to reduce the inequities that underlie poor health.

We are welcoming you to review our recommendations in the attached white paper, and your sign on as a supporter of any recommendation, a whole pillar, or the whole document. If you would like to lead any one area of these recommendations we are completely open to collaboration and to following your lead.

This advocacy campaign is lead by our new Foundation for Resilient Health, which is built on the strong foundation of the Canadian Network for Human Health and the Environment (a subsidiary of the New Brunswick Lung Association). The Foundation for resilient health expands on our work with health professionals, health and environment organizations, and on our expertise in environmental health. The Foundation for Resilient Health springboards from this history, trust, and evidence-based expertise, into the realm of promoting the key pillars of resilient health.

The four pillars for action laid out in our attached White Paper include:
  • Our Natural Environment - protecting our natural support system
  • Climate Change - recognizing the existential threat posed by climate change and taking immediate action
  • Public Health and Wellness - shifting the health care focus to wellness and illness prevention
  • Economy - improving financial equity in Canada

Our pillars and recommendations were developed following consultation with many key experts across Canada and are founded in scientific evidence. We have engaged the services of a national lobbyist to help us bring these issues to the attention of our Members of Parliament and we will work with our elected officials to achieve change in these areas. Some recommendations can be achieved in the short term; others will take perhaps years of engagement.

We invite you to read our White Paper that forms the backbone of our advocacy plan. We are inviting you to let us know if some or all of our recommendations resonate with the broader goals of your organization. If you would like to add the name of your organization as a supporter of any recommendation, a whole pillar, or the whole document, please let us know. If you would like to lead any one area of these recommendations we are completely open to collaboration and to following your lead.

If you respond by signing-on we will collaborate with you as our work progresses.

To sign-on or for more information email mlangille@resilient-health.ca

Click here to see the invitation to sign-on and for more information on the Foundation for Resilient Health.
Le réchauffement climatique constitue une urgence planétaire qui a des effets sur la santé et des répercussions économiques et financières dévastatrices.

SEGPIC1En novembre 2018 dans un rapport spécial, le Groupe d'experts intergouvernemental sur l'évolution du climat de l'ONU lançait un défi à l'ensemble de l'humanité : si nous ne réduisons pas de moitié d'ici 2030 et de 100% d'ici 2050 notre utilisation des combustibles fossiles, le bouleversement climatique détruira les fondements de notre civilisation entre autres, notre système agricole et alimentaire, les communautés côtières, la productivité océanique et l'économie mondiale.

L'urgence climatique est l'affaire de tous sans égards à nos croyances ou à nos affiliations politiques


Les experts du climat nous disent que la température ne doit pas excéder 1, 5°C ( 2, 7 °F) au-dessus des niveaux préindustriels si nous voulons que la terre demeure habitable pour les humains. Nous sommes cependant toujours sur la voie d'atteindre entre 2 °C et 4 °C (3, 6 °F et 7 °F) d'ici la fin du siècle, ce qui serait catastrophique pour l'humanité.

SEGPIC2Nous sommes témoins d'un nombre croissant de phénomènes climatiques extrêmes tels que les vastes incendies de forêt et le dégel du pergélisol de l'Arctique qui émettent d'énormes quantités de CO2; le dégel des glaciers et des glaces polaires qui font monter le niveau des mers et épuisent l'eau potable; comme les espèces envahissantes qui nuisent à l'environnement; les averses torrentielles et les inondations; les sécheresses qui se prolongent; l'acidification des océans et des tempêtes violentes plus fréquentes partout dans le monde. Si nous n'agissons pas dès maintenant, l'impact de la crise climatique sur l'économie et sur les êtres humains sera drastique.

Malgré les avertissements de plus en plus graves lancés par les climatologues et autres scientifiques, la majorité des politiciens persistent à affirmer que tout est sous contrôle. Pour protéger le profit, ils font la promotion du statu quo et prétendent lutter contre les changements climatiques avec leur « approche équilibrée » et le «développement responsable des ressources».

Mark Carney, le gouverneur de la Banque d'Angleterre a indiqué que les entreprises qui ne s'adapteront pas aux changements climatiques feront faillite . «Les entreprises qui ne s'adaptent pas, y inclus celles du monde des finances, envisagent sans aucun doute la banqueroute...Le système capitaliste doit gérer les risques liés au changement climatique et doit être prêt à s'adapter aux rythmes différents des ajustements à faire». Et les gouvernements qui sont en retard dans les nouvelles tomberont eux aussi.

Les Canadiens et les Canadiennes ont l'occasion de faire de la crise climatique un enjeu électoral incontournable lors de l'élection fédérale du 21 octobre. Les Américains pourront faire de même le 3 novembre 2020.

Nous devons viser une décarbonisation rapide de l'économie mondiale. Le Nouveau-Brunswick, le Canada et l'ensemble du monde DOIT se mobiliser rapidement pour réduire substantiellement les émissions de gaz à effet de serre et pour adopter une économie à faible émission grâce à l'énergie renouvelable plus propre. Cela permettra de créer beaucoup plus d'emplois durables que ne peut le faire l'économie de combustibles fossiles obsolète.

L'avenir des nouvelles générations et possiblement l'existence même de l'espèce humaine sur la planète terre sont en jeu.


Face à l'urgence climatique, nous devons agir avec les mêmes détermination et empressement qui ont été mobilisés lors de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Que ferez-vous pour sauvegarder une planète habitable pour les générations futures?

Voici ce que vous pouvez faire:

  • SEGPIC3Partager cet appel à agir avec votre réseau, en particulier avec les enseignants, les membres du clergé et toute personne qui occupe un poste de pouvoir et d'influence.
  • Demander aux élus et aux candidats fédéraux et provinciaux de révéler leur position au sujet de l'urgence climatique. Les Américains peuvent demander la même chose des candidats aux élections des états et à l'élection nationale de 2020.
  • Voter seulement pour les candidats et candidates qui ont un plan clair et net pour confronter l'urgence climatique.
  • Continuer à chercher des moyens de réduire votre empreinte carbone personnelle.

Les générations présentes et futures vous en remercieront.

Chaque jour des citoyens et des groupes de citoyens agissent pour protéger et restaurer l’environnement du Nouveau-Brunswick et nous pouvons ensemble célébrer et reconnaitre leurs contributions importantes.

Durant l’année dernière, qui demeure dans votre mémoire?

Nous vous invitons à nommer un groupe ou des citoyens qui méritent l’un des prix accordés par le RENB et qui seront présentés avec éclat lors de l’Éco-confluence 2019. Faites-nous parvenir un courriel au nben@nben.ca en décrivant les travaux de votre candidat(e) et quel prix il(elle) mérite. Les nominé(e)s doivent être membres ou associés du RENB, et ne peuvent pas être membres actuels du Comité directeur du RENB.

Date limite pour les propositions de candidature : 11 octobre 2019


Stop Spraying NB NEWS:

- Stop Spraying NB has launched a NEW ACTION ITEM for supporters:

Please set up an appointment with your MLA in your local constituency office on a Constituency Monday and BRING SSNB's brand new pamphlet full of great facts to counter govt spin. Every MLA has a duty to be available to you on Mondays!

You can download and print the pdf of our pamphlet directly from our website (it prints well in black and white!):

http://www.stopsprayingnb.ca/?page_id=103

- SSNB has also started sending out a monthly email newsletter to our email list. here is our debut August Newsletter. Please join our email list if you want to be kept up-to-date. we promise not to fill your inbox.

Link to our SSNB Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/b773cbb8c314/welcome-to-ssnbs-first-newsletter?fbclid=IwAR1mNBSZ1ze7MVSJdzeIt_IrVJauKSmllN13EHlZfp5Ua_pEYuQZJsqmkwk

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