I was recently in the Edmundston region and decided to go say hi to Resnet, an NBEN member group in the region. I was warmly welcomed by Resnet’s Executive Director Julie Lavoie.

I quickly realized that Resnet is not just any recycling operation. They are not only nationally (EPRA- Electronic Product Recycling Association) and internationally (IS0 14001) certified, but are the only recycling centre in New Brunswick to have these certifications. This allows Resnet to reuse electronic materials that could otherwise end up in landfills. Since 2004, they have recycled 1900 tons of electronic equipment. They also refurbish computers, computer systems and laptops that can be reused instead of being recycled for value.

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The warehouse full of electronic materials to be recycled. 

According to Julie, RESNET is the provincial core of electronic recycling: “The priority is to process all electronic waste brought to the different drop-off locations in New Brunswick.”
IMG 20170418 155912258Equipment used to compress the metals. 

Resnet is also unique in the sense that one of their main objectives is to help people in the region who have difficulty finding work or integrating in the workplace. Through a partnership with the provincial government, Resnet offers interns a chance to gain work experience, skills such as First Aid, electronic dismantling, computer assembly, nutrition classes, and much more, all in a positive work environmental that fosters personal growth and respect of a clean environment. The interns are an integral part of Resnet and its successes!

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The room where computer courses and other formations are given. 

For more information, visit Resnet’s Website or Facebook page! 

Stay tuned for more featured groups! 
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Check it out: Every Living Thing – Experiencing a bioblitz

Wednesday, 05 April 2017
by Raissa Marks
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The documentary film, Every Living Thing -­ experiencing a bioblitz, will take you on an amazing journey of what it's like to spend four weeks over two summers exploring all aspects of nature – fish, insects, plants, fungi, reptiles, amphibians and mammals - that live in NB’s own Grand Lake Protected Natural Area.

Celebrate the UN Decade of Biodiversity – host a film screening in your community!

Unlike reality TV, this documentary film features real scientists speaking about real issues affecting real people living in real communities.

Every Living Thing was produced by NB-based company, Flower Power Production, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Museum's BiotaNB program.  BiotaNB is a 20-year biodiversity research project to identify and catalogue as many species in the province of New Brunswick, before human encroachment and climate change intensifies.  The NBEN is partnering with Flower Power Production to promote community film screenings of this film across Canada. 

Sooooo many opportunities to have your say

Tuesday, 22 November 2016
by Raissa Marks
There are so many government consultations going on that it’s hard to keep track! We’re making it a bit easier by compiling a list of those of interest to environmental groups and their deadlines:

Pre-budget Provincial
New Brunswickers are invited to attend upcoming public meetings focused on priorities for the 2017-18 budget. November 16-December 5

Electoral Reform Provincial
The Commission on Electoral Reform is looking at alternative voting systems, voting age, and other election rules. Deadline: November 30

Navigable Waters Federal
Review of the previous government’s changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. Deadline: December 7

Environmental Protection Act Federal
Comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of theCanadian Environmental Protection Act. Deadline: December 1

Charities Federal
Modernization of the rules governing charities and their political activities. Deadline: December 9

Environmental Assessment Federal
Comprehensive review of Canada’s environmental assessment processes. Deadline: December 18

Fisheries Federal
Review of the 2012-13 changes to the Fisheries Act made by the previous government. Comments welcome on restoring habitat protections that were lost and also on incorporating modern safeguards. No deadline mentioned but the committee responsible is submitting its report in “early 2017”.

National Energy Board Federal
A targeted review of the NEB’s structure, role and mandate under the National Energy Board Act. Deadline: January 17

Clean Air Act Operating Approval – Irving Provincial
Renewal of the Approval to Operate for the Irving Pulp and Paper Limited Reversing Falls Complex in Saint John. Deadline: March 7

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,

Still Time to Submit Comments - Snowmobile Trail Development up Mount Carleton

Monday, 21 November 2016
by Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
You can still send in your comments until end of day Nov 21 (Monday) on the environmental assessment report about the proposed snowmobile trail at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. If you're not sure what to say, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - NB Chapter has summarized some of our key messages here: http://cpawsnb.org/images/upload/key_messages_EIA.pdf

Please send comments or questions to: lynn.white@gnb.ca or mail to: Lynn White, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1.

Green Jobs

The Conservation Council is now hiring summer students!

Thursday, 18 May 2017
by Corey Robichaud
Do you have a SEED voucher for the summer? Are you looking for a fun placement? The Conservation Council is now hiring summer students!

We’re looking for young people who are interested in engaging with the public, informing New Brunswickers about our work, blogging about events and workshops, helping out with the pollinator garden at Conserver House, organizing our seasonal BBQs, and more!

Interested applicants can apply by emailing a resume and cover letter to jon.macneill@conservationcouncil.ca.

Responsibilities include: Coordinating production and distribution of CCNB promotional materials (including informational leaflets, posters, videos, audio playlists and other innovative marketing resources) at public events and in the community; Supporting CCNB involvement with and presence at community events and summer festivals across N.B.; Developing social media marketing campaigns and content for our website; and conducting research on the history of CCNB and topics related to our program areas.

Find our job listing at www.nbjobs.ca by searching for “Conservation Council.”

Executive Director

Wednesday, 10 May 2017
by New Brunswick Community Land Trust
The New Brunswick Community Land Trust would like to hire an entrepreneurial-minded Executive Director for a one-year term, renewable upon availability of funding and good performance. The Executive Director will be responsible for:
  • Developing and implementing a revenue model for the organization, in collaboration with the Board of Directors;
  • Delivering on the 2017 Strategic Plan objectives;
  • Hiring and managing technical staff;
  • Fundraising and reporting to funders; and,
  • Communicating with the public and partners.

Essential Qualifications
Candidates are required to have a minimum of 7 years of post-secondary education and/or experience, of which at least 2 years must be from an executive or management role, with the following focus:
  • budgeting and financial tracking;
  • strategic planning;
  • marketing and fundraising;
  • business development; and,
  • working in resource-based or environmental sectors.

Essential Qualities
Candidates are required to be:
  • ambitious, goal-oriented, and mission-driven;
  • entrepreneurial-minded;
  • adept at speaking in public and writing clearly; and,
  • motivated to grow the organization’s impact.

Beneficial Qualifications and Skills

Exceptional candidates will also display the following:
  • multi-lingual capabilities; and,
  • experience running their own business, start-up, or organization.

Work Location and Salary

The ED will work from the NBCLT office in Sackville, NB. Remuneration is $35,000 – 45,000 CAN per year, based on qualifications, skills, and experience.


Application Deadline

Candidates are asked to submit their curricula vitae and a cover letter to nbclt@forestsinternational.org by May 29, 2017. Only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview, and interviews will be held in the latter half of May.

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