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Kingston, N.-B. – Le Conseil des espèces envahissantes du Nouveau-Brunswick et la Coalition du bassin versant de Belleisle demandent aux plaisanciers, pêcheurs et propriétaires de chalet d'être à l'affût du myriophylle en épi dans la baie de Belleisle après que l'équipe de recherche du Dre Meghann Bruce de L’Institut canadien des rivières a observé le premier emplacement connu de cette plante aquatique très envahissante dans la région.
Les plantes ont été observées à l'embouchure de la baie près du ruisseau Kingston. "Non seulement la présence des plantes, mais aussi leur emplacement est préoccupant", déclare Kristin Elton, Directrice du CEENB. "La plante se propage par fragmentation et étant donné le nombre de bateaux qui passent par cette zone, il est très probable que des morceaux ont été cassés et transportés sur des hélices, des coques, etc. plus loin dans la baie elle-même où elle créera de nouvelles colonies".
L'équipe de recherche avait étudié cet endroit en 2018 et n'avait pas trouvé l'envahisseur, mais étant donné la rapidité qu’il s'est répandu dans d'autres parties du fleuve Saint-Jean, ce n'est pas surprenant.
La Coalition du bassin versant de Belleisle a surveillé les zones accessibles au public de la baie pour le myriophylle en épi tout au long de l'été, et bien qu'elle n'en ait pas trouvé à ce jour, la plupart des rives sont de propriété privée. "Les propriétaires riverains détiennent la clé qui nous permet de suivre et de prévenir la propagation du myriophylle en épi. Si vous pensez avoir vu cette plante dans vos eaux, contactez belleislewatershed@gmail.com" dit Melissa Rafuse, Responsable de projets avec la Coalition du bassin versant de Belleisle.
La bonne nouvelle, dit Elton, est qu'en identifiant cette nouvelle colonie relativement tôt, des mesures peuvent être prises pour arrêter la propagation dans la baie. "Les plaisanciers doivent éviter les zones où la plante pousse (si possible) afin de limiter la fragmentation des plantes en engendrant encore plus de plantes, et si vous arrivez à votre quai et remarquez que du matériel végétal se trouve sur votre bateau, ne le jetez PAS à l'eau ; jetez-le plutôt à la poubelle une fois sur terre ferme".
Le myriophylle en épi a le potentiel de se développer en un tapis épais et dense où il obstrue les cours d'eau, étouffe les autres espèces de plantes, modifie l'habitat des poissons et détruit les plages. "Il pousse de manière si dense dans certaines régions qu'il peut devenir très difficile de faire du bateau, de nager, de pêcher ou de faire du kayak dans ces endroits", explique Rafuse.

Contacts médias :
Kristin Elton, Directrice
Conseil des espèces envahissantes du Nouveau-Brunswick
coordinator@nbinvasives.ca
(506) 262-6247
Melissa Rafuse, Responsable de projets
Coalition du bassin versant de Belleisle
belleislewatershed@gmail.com
(902) 691-3162
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Take a break from Netflix, and watch this excellent video of a recent webinar with Dr. Janice Lawrence, a University of New Brunswick Professor of Biology. Learn about cyanobacteria and how genetic tools are being used to determine if cyanobacteria contain harmful cyanotoxins. Learn how harmful cyanotoxins arise from cyanobacteria, why they are increasing in surface freshwater bodies in Canada, and what we are doing about it in New Brunswick.

Be sure to watch the video to the end as Dr. Lawrence does a superb job of answering questions from the webinar attendees. The online, recorded version of the July 16, 2020 webinar is now available at
   https://youtu.be/VjRAT7FCwe8
Please share this description and online webinar with anyone you think might be interested.
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Le RENB est très excité de partager ce que nous espérons accomplir cette année ! Voici un bref aperçu de notre plan pour appuyer des groupes environnementaux au cours de l’année 2020-21. Jetez-y un coup d'oeil !

2020 Programplan FR
We are UnFrackable -#WetsuwetenStrong and the Ethics of LNG
 
NBASGA, along with other sponsors - NBMEdiaCoop, RAVEN, Council of Canadians Fredericton, and the Peace and Friendship Alliance - were set to bring a cross country tour to Fredricton, until the corona virus changed our plans.

However, under the sponsorship of a different "RAVEN" group ("Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs") - the tour has been redesigned as a 3-part webinar series.

"We are UnFrackable" – focuses on national resistance to LNG – aka fracked gas.  Its goals are to share strategic approaches – from supporting Indigenous legal challenges, to divestment and de-funding campaigns – and to build an unbreakable alliance of action.  The narrative peddled by government and industry is that LNG is “ethical”, “environmental”, and “economic”.  The webinars will bring together fantastic expert guests and frontline activists to debunk that myth, while connecting the dots of resistance from coast to coast to coast.

The first webinar is FRIDAY APRIL 3 at 8 pm AT and is entitled: #WetsuwetenStrong and the Ethics of LNG, with Hereditary Chief Adam Gagnon and Mike Sawyer, COGC.

It will be an amazing opportunity to hear directly from Wet’suwet’en hereditary leader Chief Dsta’Hyl – Adam Gagnon, in conversation with Mike Sawyer of the Citizen’s Oil and Gas Council.
  • Chief Gagnon is a member of the Likhts’amisyu clan who have launched legal challenges to protect their traditional territory from fracked gas pipelines. He will talk about the Constitutional and Charter challenge to Coastal Gas Link and other fossil projects on Wet’suwet’en territory, based on the equity rights of future generations in a time of climate crisis.
  • Micheal Sawyer brings 30 years of extensive experience in Canadian regulatory and energy policy matters. Sawyer is no stranger to the power of citizen-driven justice: he’s famous for winning a court challenge against an LNG plant proposed for Lelu Island in BC: three weeks after that victory, the project was cancelled.
  • Your host is Mary Lovell, a climate justice organizer that has been primarily organizing against tar sands, extreme oil, and the Trans Mountain project for eight years. Mary is a campaigner with RAVEN and Sierra Club BC.
The achievement of Indigenous Peoples, and of activists like Sawyer, are proof: people power works.  And, when we forge alliances across the country, we are un-frackable. The strategic legal approaches like those being used in B.C., Quebec, and Nova Scotia against fracked gas infrastructure can become a blueprint for fighting LNG projects across the country.

This first webinar will touch on projects that may affect New Brunswick, but have been flying under the radar.

To sign-up for the webinar and/or find more information:  https://raventrust.com/we-are-unfrackable-webinar-series/
We have also put up an event on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1269560153248578
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This is an open letter to the Members of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick of New Brunswick, the leadership of N.B. Power, the Energy and Utilities Board and various news agencies.
To all concerned;
Leap4wards as an organization is interested in sustainability. We understand from their website that N.B. Power has a goal to obtain 40% of NB electricity from renewable sources by December 2020. This is an effort we support, but have some concerns.
It has come to our attention that in New Brunswick there are a number of municipal power utilities and private entrepreneurs developing proposals to produce their own power from proven renewable energy sources. These parties are running into roadblocks extending from the N.B. Electricity Act. Concerns include:
-Who is allowed to produce the electricity used by N.B.Power
-Who decides the sources of power which are bought
-Compensation rates for independent producers
-where a community can produce their power
We expect there are more roadblocks.
Meanwhile N.B. Power and the Province of New Brunswick seem to be preoccupied with less practical projects. New Brunswick tax payers/ratepayers have had their money invested in a questionable electrolysis project in Florida. Now we are also investing in a small scale nuclear project which would not be able to produce power for at least 10 years. These timelines do not match the expectations presented by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. 
Leap4wards questions why we can’t work with New Brunswickers interested in renewable power generation who have projects ready to go. Simply by altering the legislation in the N. B. Electricity Act we could allow a range of proven renewable technologies to be brought forward fairly quickly. 
This is the path that Germany took in 1991 when Herman Scheer initiated their Electricity Feed In Act which required grid companies to connect all renewable power plants. The passing of this act paved the way for Germany to become the world leader in renewable energy it is today.
Localization, in all its forms is considered by many to be one of the most effective approaches to climate change. Allowing local municipalities and entrepreneurs to produce their own power from renewable sources would go a long way towards helping N. B. Power reach its admirable 40% renewable energy by December 2020 goal.
 
Kindest regards;
Norma MacKellar  180 Britain St, Saint John, E2L 1X6
Paula Tippett         4273 Loch Lomond Rd, Saint John, E2N 1C7
 
For Leap4wards, Saint John
 
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