A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.
 The Wolastoq Grand Council supports our YOUTH GROUPS on their proposal for changing the name of the Saint John River, back to it’s original and proper name; Wolastoq (the beautiful & bountiful river ). We see this as a good place to begin the process of implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; which was strongly recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  

Proposed Name Restoration: 
  • The name Saint John River back to it’s original indigenous name -  Wolastoq
Purpose: 
  • Wolastoq; (the beautiful river) is the original Indigenous name of the River.
  • Wolastoq is the name sake for the real identity and unique nationality of our People; the Wolastoqiyik.  Respecting the rights of Wolastoqiyik.
  • Scientific studies have now confirmed, what our people have always known; “that water has memory”.    This river will remember its original name.   
  • This deed would begin a process for reconciliation with a show of goodwill on the part of the Government of New Brunswick, and would;
  • Create opportunities for discussions and engagement around indigenous issues.
  • Wolastoqiyik have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons. 

The Wolastoq Grand Council is requesting support letters from our Allies; as individuals, organizations, and/or Groups.  For more information, contact Alma Brooks, 506-478-1256, almabrooks.26@outlook.com

Please send support letters to the following addresses:

The Wolastoq Grand Council,
Grand Chief; Ron Tremblay
50 Maliseet Drive
Fredericton, NB, E3A 2V9


David Coon
Office of the Green Party Leader
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1

Additional Information

  1. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
Carolyn Bennett; Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada; has assured the Wolastoq Grand Council in writing that; - “Canada is committed to a renewed nation to nation relationship with indigenous peoples based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.”   Carolyn Bennett also stated that ; - “Achieving full reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada is at the heart of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s mandate, and that the government of “Canada will engage with Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories, and Canadians on how to implement the Declaration in accordance with Canada’s Constitution”.

  1. Andrea Bear-Nicholas
As described in a 2011 article by Andrea Bear-Nicholas, Maliseet historian:  
  1. The first step in the dispossession for the indigenous peoples in the Maritimes began in earnest immediately after the British capture of the French fort at Louisbourg in 1758.   Where place names and names of First Nations in the entire region had been inscribed on earlier maps; both would soon be erased by colonial cartographers in a process described by J. B. Harley as cartographic colonialism.  The justifications for these erasures was found in the doctrine of discovery.   
  2. The second step in the dispossession of indigenous peoples in Nova Scotia began immediately after signing of the Treaty of 1760 by Passamaquoddy and Maliseet Leaders, and later the signing of the Mascarene Treaty.   Although there was no surrender of any lands in either of these Treaties; 1.5 million acres of Maliseet land which outlawed the surveying and expropriation of lands not yet ceded by the indigenous inhabitants or purchased by the Crown.    


  3. United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:   Articles 1, 2, 6, & 13   support and provide a guide for the implementation leading to reconciliation.

As a distinct ‘people,’ we have a right to our accurate identity and nationality.
  • Indigenous Peoples have the right to the full enjoyment as a collective or as individuals of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as recognized in the Charter of the United Nations, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international human rights law. 
  • Indigenous peoples and individuals are free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin and identity. 
  • Every indigenous individual has the right to their own nationality. 
  • Indigenous people have a right to retain their own names for communities, places and persons.  “States shall take effective measures to ensure that this right is protected”.
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,
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.
Attention All New Brunswickers!

There are two bridges being built in Mount Carleton Park.  One of the bridges ( Moose Brook Bridge) is being built in a major moose yard and through a significant wetland.  The other bridge ( Bathurst Lake Thoroughfare), which once was a footbridge, is being built through a wildlife habitat and stream. 

The Department of Environment have given an exemption to the Department of Tourism to build these two new bridges.  They do have a Watercourse Alteration Permit.

The Friends of Mount Carleton Park believe that a full EIA is required. We want the construction to stop and we want the Department of Environment to conduct a full EIA on this construction project.

We are asking everyone to call Minister Serge Rouselle at 453-2690 or send an email at:  serge.rousselle@gnb.ca to voice their concern and to call for an EIA on the 2 bridges construction sites.

Please see CBC article below regarding this issue.

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 8 , 2016  Contact: Mary –  369-1995/mdelav45@gmail.com





STOP SPRAYING OUR FORESTS





  The long delayed Report on Glyphosate from the NB CMOH, has been released, and its bland conclusions are that human health risks can be reduced if label restrictions are properly followed.   This is in startling contrast to the World Health Organization, WHO, that has named it a “probable carcinogen”.   Who to believe  ?  



Several countries , such as France, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands argue for a complete ban on its use in forestry and agriculture.  Closer to home, both Quebec and Vermont have banned herbicide use in their Crown Forests.   This has created hundreds of jobs using man-crews for thinning.



On August 10, You can hear firsthand how glyphosate is affecting our forests, our wildlife - and us.   Please join us.



The evening program includes:



-      a film - THE TAINTED FOREST

-       ROD CUMBERLAND, retired DNR Wildlife Biologist

-       PETER GILBERT, co-organizer, STOP SPRAYING NB campaign





SALMON MUSEUM, DOAKTOWN

WED. August 10, 7 PM  -  doors open 6.30 PM.





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Call for Nominations





Beth McLaughlin Environmental Journalism Award

Background:

This award for outstanding reporting will be presented annually, beginning in 2016, to recognize and promote in-depth and thoughtful coverage of environmental issues in New Brunswick.

By recognizing the best environmental reporting, this award seeks to inspire journalists in all media and to showcase reporting that best addresses important environmental issues in New Brunswick. We invite journalists from traditional news media, independents, and non-profits, citizen journalists and students to submit their finest work.

Beth McLaughlin, the founder of the Southeast Chapter of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, was a teacher, writer, social activist, and active citizen. The CCNB Southeast Chapter presents this award in her memory.

Criteria and eligibility:

Entries must be predominantly about an environmental subject occurring in or affecting New Brunswick, and must have been published, broadcast, or posted during the calendar year preceding the current prize year. Series that begin in one year and end in another are eligible but may be entered only once.

Stories, articles, documentaries, or series, in English or French, published in any publication, broadcast by any radio or television station, or posted online, including blogs and personal websites, as long as they are accessible to the general public, are eligible. (If access is contingent on subscription, registration, fees, or other limits, permission must be granted to CCNB SE to make the work available to the public.)

The CCNB Southeast Chapter Award Committee is the final authority for determining whether an entered story meets the eligibility criteria. Entries by current CCNB employees are not eligible.

A panel of judges made up of experienced journalists, educators or other qualified individuals appointed by the Award Committee will judge qualified entries and pick the winner. Judges may select no winner if they decide there are no deserving entries.







Entries which address the following issues are particularly encouraged:

  •   investigative reporting that uncovers an important environmental issue in New Brunswick or is

    about an important issue not covered elsewhere

  •   stories alerting readers/listeners to an important emerging issue in New Brunswick

  •   stories that help clarify complex environmental issues or events of significance in New

    Brunswick

  •   stories that uphold the journalistic principle of protecting the public interest

  •   stories that resulted in improvements or positive change in the community

    Judges may consider factors such as the quality of the writing, the difficulty of obtaining the information for the story, relevance and importance of the subject, and other factors.

    How to Apply:

    Nominations may be made by environmental groups, media organizations, teachers, or any other interested parties. Applicants may be self-nominating.

    Submission deadline:
    All entries must be received by
    July 31st, 2016. Submit entries to: Conservation Council of New Brunswick, Southeast Chapter Environmental Journalism Award Committee at ccnbsoutheast@gmail.com

    Information to include:
    1. Nominator’s name, email, and phone number.
    2. Journalist’s name, email, phone and/or other contact information.
    3. Provide links to broadcast and online entries (broadcasts must include a complete transcript). Print entries can be provided as a pdf or html attachment or via web links where the entry is published or posted and publicly accessible. All links must be to the same version of the entry as originally aired, published or posted, with all the same graphics, headlines, photos, etc. and not modified after the contest year.
    4. If the entry is not publicly accessible, permission must be obtained from the publisher for CCNB SE to link to it or repost it for public access.
    5. Background information on the piece for the judges may be added, but is not required.


    The award is worth $300.00 and two tickets to our annual fall event. The winner will be announced and the award presented in the fall 2016.


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Appel à candidatures





Le prix de journalisme environnemental Beth McLaughlin





Ce prix soulignant un reportage remarquable sera attribué annuellement à compter de 2016 afin de souligner et promouvoir la couverture des problèmes environnementaux au NB. Nouveau-Brunswick.

En reconnaissant ce genre de reportage, le prix vise à inspirer les journalistes de tous les médias et à mettre en évidence les meilleurs reportages concernant les problèmes environnementaux au Nouveau- Brunswick. Nous invitons donc les journalistes des médias traditionnels et indépendants, les organisations à but- lucratif, ainsi que les étudiant(e)s et les citoyens journalistes à présenter leurs meilleurs reportages.

Beth McLaughlin, fondatrice du Chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick était enseignante, écrivaine, activiste sociale et citoyenne active. Le CCNB chapitre sud-est offre ce prix en sa mémoire.

Critères d’admissibilité :

Les candidatures doivent aborder un sujet environnemental existant ou qui affecte le Nouveau- Brunswick. Ils doivent avoir été publiés, diffusés ou affichés durant l’année civile précédant l’année du prix. Les séries qui commencent une année et se prolongent jusqu’à l’année suivante, sont éligibles mais ne peuvent être présentées qu’une seule fois.

Les histoires, articles, documentaires ou séries, en français ou en anglais, publiés en écrit ou diffusés à la radio ou à la télévision, ou transmis en ligne, incluant les blogues ou sites personnels en ligne, en autant qu’ils soient accessibles par le public en général, sont éligibles. Si l’accès est limité par souscription, par inscription, frais, ou autre restriction, le Chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau- Brunswick doit obtenir l’autorisation de rendre ces travaux accessibles au public.

La décision du Comité du chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick est finale à savoir si un projet respecte les critères d’admissibilité. Les employés actuels du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick ne sont pas admissibles.

Un panel de juges composé de journalistes expérimentés, d’éducatrices et éducateurs ou autres personnes qualifiées choisies par le Comité du prix Beth McLaughlin, évaluera les candidatures et choisira un lauréat. Les juges se réservent le droit de ne pas attribuer le prix s’ils estiment qu’aucune des candidatures ne leur semble valable.







Les sujets suivants sont particulièrement recherchés :

  •   Les reportages d’enquête révélant un important problème environnemental au Nouveau-Brunswick ou un problème important qui n’a reçu aucune couverture ailleurs.

  •   Histoires informant les lectrices et lecteurs, auditrices et auditeurs d’un problème émergeant au Nouveau-Brunswick.

  •   Histoires aidant à clarifier des problèmes environnementaux complexes ou des évènements importants au Nouveau-Brunswick.

  •   Histoires qui soutiennent le principe journalistique de protection des intérêts du public.

  •   Histoires qui ont apportées une amélioration ou des changements positifs auprès de la

    communauté.

    Les juges pourraient considérer la qualité de l’écriture, les difficultés à obtenir l’information, la pertinence et l’importance du sujet ainsi que d’autres aspects.

    Comment soumettre les candidatures :

    Les candidats peuvent être présentés par des groupes environnementalistes, des organismes médiatiques, des enseignants ou toute autre personne ou organisme. Les candidats peuvent aussi se présenter eux-mêmes. La date limite pour poser sa candidature est le 31 juillet 2016.

    Soumettre les candidatures au Comité du prix de journalisme environnemental du Chapitre sud-est du Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick à l’adresse suivante : ccnbsoutheast@gmail.com

    Les dossiers de candidature doivent inclure :
    1 – Nom du présentateur, adresse courriel et numéro de téléphone.
    2 –Nom du candidat, son adresse courriel et son numéro de téléphone.


    3 –Le lien pour les soumissions télévisées et en ligne (les soumissions télévisées doivent inclure une transcription complète de l’émission). Les soumissions écrites peuvent être en format PDF ou html ou via le lien web où le texte a été publié ou affiché et est accessible au public. Tous les liens doivent être de la même version originellement émise, publiée ou affiché, avec les mêmes graphiques, titre, photos, etc., et ne pas être modifiés après l’année du concours.

    4 –Si le texte soumis n’est pas accessible au public, l’autorisation doit être donnée par l’éditeur au Conseil de conservation du sud-est du Nouveau-Brunswick pour établir un lien ou bien le publier en ligne pour le rendre accessible au public.

    5 –Des renseignements additionnels concernant la candidature peuvent être ajoutés mais ne sont pas nécessaires.

    Le nom du gagnant sera publié et le prix sera remis à l’automne 2016.
    Le montant du prix est de
    300.00 $ et deux billets pour l'événement d’automne. 







Please let Jean Louis Deveau (deveaujl@gmail.com) know  if your organization is willing to co-sign this letter.  


Dear Chief [_________________]:




We, the undersigned, are requesting that the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq chiefs not support a proposal to develop a snowmobile hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park.  The snowmobile hub is a decoy for a much bigger issue which is that public officials appear not be adhering to Mount Carleton’s previously established and adopted zoning system and the 2014 Parks Act. In 1980, a zoning plan was developed for the park, defining what could and could not be done based on the level of protection needed for each of the five zones attributed to this park.  


The bridge refurbishment work and new snowmobile trail at Moose Brook and Bathurst Lake area are in zones defined as “recreation-utilization”, “historical”, and “natural environment”.  These zones have been designated as only being suitable for low-intensity activities like back-country camping and hiking, not snowmobiling. This is because the habitats in these zones are amongst the most ecologically sensitive areas in the park.  Areas deemed more resilient to snowmobile traffic were zoned either as development or access zones.


The 1980 Master Plan developed for the park, containing a description of the park’s five zones, provided strict guidance on where snowmobiles could go.  Considering that the geography of the park has not changed since the zoning plan for the park was first developed, that is, given that the wetlands, streams, and lakes have not been re-located so as to provide the needed justification for opening this area for snowmobile traffic, the recommendations outlined in that 1980 Master Plan have clearly not been adhered to by the Province. And since there currently is no mechanism in place to determine the feasibility of any proposed developmental project, like the snowmobile hub, the decision was, as in this case, arbitrarily made by the Minister, and in disregard of existing zoning plans for the park.


It is safe to argue that without the bridges, there cannot be a snowmobile hub at Mount Carleton and that conversely, without the snowmobile hub, the snowmobile association has no need for the bridges. So, in approving the bridge restoration work which is what you and the other Chiefs have allegedly done, you have, by default, also approved the snowmobile hub.  This is most disappointing.


Since the snowmobile hub is being proposed prior to an approved park management plan, that, too, appears to be in violation of the Parks Act.  In 2009, and despite public opposition, the same Government department involved in the snowmobile hub project approved the cutting of old growth cedars in a cedar grove for the installation of a zip-line at Mactaquac Provincial Park. Following that fiasco, and to prevent future destruction of wildlife habitat in provincial parks, the Friends of Mactaquac recommended the development and implementation of park management plans for all of our provincial parks.  That was seven years ago.   Yet, this Department has failed to become proactive in developing a management plan for any of its parks, including Mount Carleton.  During a recent meeting with the Province, on May 13, 2016, the Friends of Mount Carleton were advised that it would likely be 10 years before we see a management plan for any of our parks in New Brunswick.  Meanwhile, Nova Scotia has developed thirteen in the past eight years.

  
In closing, we would urge you to reconsider lending support to any aspect of this project and would recommend instead that you formally request that the Department develop a park management plan before this or any other tourism product may be vetted by the Chiefs and others stakeholders.  We believe this to be a better use of everyone’s time and effort.  That is, rather than being summoned to the “consultation” table every time someone comes up with a new tourism product for Mount Carleton, a park management plan based on an already established zoning plan and with input from all stakeholders, including Maliseet and Mi’kmaq chiefs, would provide the means with which to make sound decisions on what, where, when, and how things should be done to ensure a proper balance in meeting the four objectives of our parks: 1) conservation and preservation, 2) recreational and outdoor educational activities, 3) educational experience, and 4) quality vacation destination.




Sincerely,





Non-governmental organization A

Non-governmental organization B

Non-governmental organization C
Etc.



Please let Jean Louis Deveau (deveaujl@gmail.com) know by Friday, June 17th  if your organization is willing to co-sign this letter.   
SSNB needs your support us as we step forward to let our voices be heard. Join us at the Legislature for the submission of the SSNB petition signatories. Bring your loud voice and all the signs, noisemakers and conviction you can muster.

SSNB petitions will be delivered to the Legislature May 18 at noon with over 10,000 signatures from people across the province. MLA's David Coon and Gilles LePage will accept the petitions. We need anyone who is able to come down and support the petition submission to join us in solidarity.

It is time to act. 
Please spread the word and thank you for your support..
https://www.facebook.com/events/850055331766330/


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Le groupe nommé Stop Spraying New-Brunswick - Arrêter l'épandage d'herbicides au NB, a besoin de votre soutien pour faire entendre les 10,000 voix de citoyens à travers la province qui ont signé une pétition demandant au gouvernement de cesser cet épandage.

Joignez nous à l'Assemblée législative le 18 mai à midi. La pétition sera présentée aux députés David Coon et Gilles LePage. Apportez votre voix forte, vos affiches et tous les gens que vous pouvez.

Venez montrer votre appui et solidarité lors de la soumission de cette pétition.

Il est temps d'agir.
S'il vous plaît passer le mot et nous vous remercions pour votre soutien https://www.facebook.com/events/1373955082630042/




Stop Spraying in New Brunswick (SSNB) is a group focused on stopping the spraying of Glyphosate and other herbicides on public land, which includes forest spraying and NB Power spraying in New Brunswick. This includes raising awareness of the harmful effects of Glyphosate on eco-systems and animals in New Brunswick. ( TWITTER: @StopSprayingNB )

Stop Spraying Petition DEADLINE EXTENDED:

Because of the change in the schedule of the Legislative Assembly we have decided to break the petition campaign into THREE BATCHES because we have found that the petition is a great tool for engaging people in the spraying issue so it should continue:

FIRST BATCH (let it be a HUGE one!) deadline: APRIL 10,2016 will be delivered during the third week of April, when the Legislature sits.

SECOND BATCH tentative deadline MAY 7, 2016 (for those who need more time/want to continue collecting) will be delivered during the one week in May when The Legislature will be in session again. (there is NO schedule posted for the Legislative Assembly)

THIRD BATCH: deadline August 31,2016 (The Legislature will not sit again until early Fall)

Petition PDFs are here in English and French.

Filled petitions (please make sure that people give their full name and mailing address including the postal code) can be mailed to:

SSNB
PO Box 20313 King's Place PO
Fredericton, E3B 0N7

Petitions will be photocopied, tallied and forwarded to MLA David Coon so that he can table them at the Legislature.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopSprayinginNB/

SSNB will have a website up soon.

Climate Action Alert is encouraging provincial groups to write/meet with their premiers in advance of the upcoming Climate Summit in Quebec in April. This letter was sent to Premier Gallant. You can use the letter they used as a template for your own letters.

TEMPLATE:

February 16, 2015

Honourable Brian Gallant

Premier of New Brunswick
Centennial Building
PO Box 6000
Fredericton NB, E3B 5H1
premier@gnb.ca


Dear Premier Gallant:

As you prepare to attend the April 14, 2015 Climate Summit in Quebec City, Climate Action Network Canada would like to meet with you to talk about how a strong commitment to greenhouse gas emissions reductions can accelerate the transition to a clean energy system in New Brunswick.

There is now an overwhelming consensus that climate protection is affordable and achievable with already-available technology and modest lifestyle changes. To get there, we must transform our energy system, change the way we build our communities, manufacture equipment and appliances, and develop our natural resources. The key to unlocking this climate-protection potential is to respect that there are limits to how much carbon pollution we can put into the air, commit to help by doing our fair share and saying “YES” to clean energy fueled by the sun, water and wind.

The next ten years are critical. We must break our addiction to dirty energy – coal, oil and gas because that is where most of the carbon pollution comes from that is changing the climate. Growth in dirty energy supply and pipelines must be halted now because climate disruption puts the health and well-being of families and communities – here at home and around the world – at risk by making weather more extreme and varied. Climate disruption makes it more difficult to be safe from flooding or to keep the lights or heat on in an intense rain or ice storm; it can affect how we grow food, manage our forests, and sustain our economy. We also need to reform agriculture, forestry and mining so that less carbon pollution is created from the way we use fertilizers, raise animals, and disrupt the soil and landscape.

The good news is that we know how to manufacture our homes, buildings, vehicles and equipment so that they perform the way we want them to while using less energy. We know how to build, at increasingly affordable rates, renewable energy technologies that can generate the electricity we need to run our electronics, lights, equipment and vehicles, and to heat our water and homes using the power of the wind, sun and water. We know how to develop our cities and towns so that they are less car-dependent and give us more options for walking, cycling and using public transit. We know how to grow food closer to home using fewer or no chemicals. What we need now is to accelerate these trends. We need the moral commitment of premiers to say yes to the changes that we need to make to keep our children, communities and the environment that sustains us safe – here at home and around the world.

Climate disruption is happening now, the need for a response is urgent, and the opportunities to phase out oil, coal and gas and phase in clean energy are plentiful. We look to you for ongoing leadership in protecting the climate. Your commitment to climate protection is critical to advancing a national climate action strategy in Canada. As you prepare to discuss climate protection and the Canadian energy strategy at the upcoming Council of the Federation meetings, Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada believes that New Brunswick can:

1.      Meet the 2020 target of 10 percent below 1990 levels by taking actions that make up the 2 million tonne shortfall (to meet 2020 target) and that eliminates all projected greenhouse gas associated with the Energy East Pipeline (50,000 additional tonnes).

2.      Set a legally binding 2025 target that is reviewed and increased in five-year increments to set the province on course to exceeding its 75 to 85% reduction below 2001 levels by 2050.

3.      Phase out fossil fuels from the electricity sector while meeting the goal of over 600 MW of reduce and shift demand savings in part by:

a.       Establishing time of use rates and net metering that compensates rate payers for their net contribution to the grid on an annual basis.

b.      Phasing out Belledune and Coleson Cove thermal plants if conversion to biomass is not practical. This measure alone could generate almost 2.7 million tonnes in greenhouse gas reductions.

4.      Meet the 40% renewable energy portfolio standard by 2020 in New Brunswick by increasing the commitment to community-scale renewable energy in the Integrated Resource Plan from 75 MW and expanding and maintaining cost-effective and environmentally responsible sources of hydroelectricity (i.e., Grand Falls; Mactaquac or equivalent replacement).

5.      Commit to carbon pricing through setting a carbon levy. Even a levy of $10/tonne could generate more than $160 million a year that could be directed to a Climate Care Fund that invests in:

a.       province-wide investments in conservation and efficiency in buildings and homes;

b.      infrastructure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase capacity for adaptation;

c.       public transit/intercity transit/rail;

d.      renewable energy deployment and clean energy research and development;

e.       protection of low-income/fixed income households; and

f.       deficit reduction.

We believe that a commitment to an ambitious climate plan is consistent with stimulating a vibrant economy with jobs for all New Brunswickers. Premier, we look forward to working with you to advance effective climate protection efforts here at home, throughout the Atlantic region through the New England Governors and Eastern Premiers Conference, and across Canada through the Council of the Federation. We urge you to consider our plan of action as the minimum required for New Brunswick as it heads to the Climate Summit in April 2015. The province could commit to a provincial process at or in advance of the April Summit that would have a mandate to analyze these options as part of the province’s efforts to update its climate plan. The analysis should be complete in time for New Brunswick to present its plan to the next meeting of the New England Governors and Eastern Premiers as directed in NEG-ECP Resolution 37-4 (attached). We look forward to scheduling a time to discuss these opportunities with you in advance of the Quebec meeting.

Sincerely,



Louise Comeau

Executive Director

Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada)



cc.        Hon. Brian Kenney, Minister Environment and Local Government

            Hon. Donald Arseneault, Minister Energy and Mines

Darwin Curtis, Climate Change Secretariat


Who we are

Climate Action Network Canada – Réseau action climat Canada (CAN-Rac Canada) is a non-partisan coalitionof morethan 100 organizationsfromacrossthecountry that cares about how a changing climate affects people, plants and wildlife. Our Network believes that it is reckless not to invest now to keep our families and communities safe, especially when solutions are affordable. We are workingtogetherto advance solutions to managing our carbon pollution through sustainableandequitable development.
The Conservation Council has launched a petition and made it easy for you to send a letter to your MLA and Premier Brian Gallant on protecting our Acadian forest. Action Alert Deadline: April 2, 2015

The petition and the letter asks our MLAs to support four actions for our forest:

1. Modernized forest legislation that protects our waters and wildlife, ensures transparent forest management and creates a wider range of forest-based jobs;

2. Giving back the primary source of supply to our mills to our woodlot owners who are struggling;

3. Abandonment of the 2014 forest plan that New Brunswickers from diverse backgrounds, including conservationists, scientists, economists, woodlot owners and diverse forest users, oppose;

4. Debate in the Legislature on the forest plan by supporting the second reading of MLA David Coon's forestry bill, An Act to Return to the Crown Certain Rights Related to Wood Supply and Forest Management.

Please write a letter to your MLA and help us collect many signatures to our petition. Letters and petitions (hard copy originals only, no copies) must be returned to 180 Saint John St., Fredericton, NB E3B 4A9 by April 2.

Thank you for taking action for our forest. Share this action alert.

Tracy

Conservation Council of New Brunswick /
Conseil de conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick
180 Saint John St.,
Fredericton, NB
E3B 4A9
Tel: 506 458-8747
Email: forest@conservationcouncil.ca

www.conservationcouncil.ca
www.acadianforest.ca

Facebook: Save the Acadian Forest
Twitter: @acadianforest
Jeudi dernier, deux membres du Conseil de la conservation du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) sont venus rencontrer les gens de la région pour faire suite à la session d’information de novembre dernier sur le projet de l’oléoduc Énergie Est.

La soirée s’est concentrée sur l’importance de l’engagement des citoyens dans le processus des audiences publiques de l’Office national de l’énergie sur le projet proposé par TransCanada PipeLines Limited.

l’ONÉ ne doit pas ignorer notre région et nous souhaitons qu’elle y vienne pour tenir des audiences publiques, car les préoccupations pour notre région face à ce projet sont grandes.

Si vous êtes propriétaire d’un lot, d’un chalet, d’une sucrerie, un utilisateur des cours d’eau et des forêts pour la pêche, la chasse, la cueillette de fougère ou de petits fruits, ça vous concerne!

Si vous êtes entrepreneur dans l’industrie du tourisme, la restauration, le domaine hôtelier, l’agriculture ou forestier, ça vous concerne!

Comme individu ou un entrepreneur, la qualité de l’eau potable est primordiale.

Nous avons tous le droit de faire entendre nos inquiétudes et nos questions. C’est pour cela que nous vous encourageons à faire une demande de participation aux audiences.

Le lien suivant vous permettra de mieux comprendre les étapes que l’on doit remplir pour être entendus par l’Office national de l’énergie. La complexité de leur processus peut nous décourager de vouloir y participer, mais nous devons prendre les 20 à 30 minutes pour faire cette application.

Le CCNB a développé un outil pour assister les citoyens du N.-B. pour compléter la demande de participation en tant que particulier ou organisme au processus complexe de l’ONÉ qui se termine le 2 mars 2015.

Le guide est au lien suivant: http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fr/guide-pour-remplir-une-demande-de-participation/

Si vous êtes intéressée à faire cette application, nous proposons de tenir une soirée « Application à l’ONÉ ». Vous avez simplement à m’écrire et nous allons se donner un rendez-vous pour compléter l’application ensemble.

Pour en savoir plus sur les critères de participation, vous pouvez consulter le lien suivant: Des http://www.conservationcouncil.ca/fr/info-dates-importantes-annoncees-au-sujet-denergie-est/
Slogging through the National Energy Board’s process can feel about as thick and gooped-up as the bitumen that TransCanada is proposing to push through its Energy East pipeline. The Conservation Council has put together a Step by Step Guide for getting through the application process to have a say on the proposed Energy East oil pipeline. 

New Brunswickers who will be affected by this project and those with specialized knowledge about how the oil pipeline could affect our lands, drinking water, rivers, the Bay of Fundy, Right Whale, public health and safety have a say in this process. However, you must apply and describe in fewer than 500 words how you will be directly affected or what specialized knowledge that you have in order for the National Energy Board to accept a letter from you or hear comments from you at a hearing in the future. More information here.

Join or host an application party! In Fredericton, the Conservation Council, Council of Canadians Fredericton Chapter and 350.org are hosting an application party on Monday, Feb. 16 at 6:00pm at Conserver House, 180 Saint John St. There will be pizza!

Watch/share our video on applying to be heard on Energy East. You can also share this update.

The deadline to apply to participate is March 3, 2015. Apply to the NEB today!

If you have any questions, contact us. We can walk you through it.
CCNB Action needs your help to distribute our “Vote for Our Forest” cards. The cards, available in English or French, include 4 questions that you can ask the candidates seeking election in the next provincial election on Sept. 22. The cards can also be displayed in your window or door to show your support for our forest.

To get copies of the cards, email Tracy at forest@ccnbaction.ca.
To view the English card, click here.
Check out this letter campaign on the hearings for the Energy East pipeline - organized by Leadnow, Council of Canadians and 350.org.

Canada’s National Energy Board is about to review TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline to send toxic tar sands bitumen from Alberta to Saint John – and your help is needed to make sure the government can’t use a sham review process to pass this pipeline.

Energy East would become the biggest pipeline in North America. It would carry 1.1 million barrels of toxic bitumen to the coast every day, threaten communities and waterways in 6 provinces, and pump 32 million tonnes of global warming pollution into the atmosphere every year – that’s more than the total emissions from some provinces.

The rules have been changed so that the National Energy Board hearings exclude climate impacts and many community groups from across Canada. This letter writing campaign calls on the new chair of the National Energy Board, Peter Watson, to choose: either include climate impacts and community voices in his review, or lose all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the Canadian people.

Click here to sign a letter. Help stop their plan to use a sham review process to pass the Energy East pipeline.
Groups and First Nations in five provinces demand a stop oil and gas activities in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Oceans’ Week starts with call for Gulf-wide moratorium and arms-length review panel

Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada, June 9, 2014
– Fishermen, environmentalists, First Nations, and others kicked off International Oceans’ Week with a demand to the federal, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick and Quebec governments to immediately place a moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration and development in the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence. They followed up with a call for an independent Gulf-wide review panel with thorough public consultations on whether offshore oil and gas activities should ever be allowed to proceed in the Gulf.

“Since time immemorial, the waters and shores of the Gulf of St. Lawrence have been used and occupied by the Innu to the north and the Mi'gmaq to the south, for purposes including fishing, hunting, and travel. Because of these facts, we have rights that are recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 and that the federal and provincial governments are obliged to consult and accommodate us in order to avoid any irreparable harm to the exercise of our rights” declared Troy Jerome on behalf of the Innu-Mi'gmaq Alliance for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“Today, the St. Lawrence Coalition is publishing a report on the issue of oil and gas development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which highlights the fact that the conditions are not in place to allow such activities in this precious and fragile ecosystem. Consequently, a Gulf-wide moratorium seems essential” added Jean-Patrick Toussaint from the St. Lawrence Coalition. “The Gulf is one of the last standing places on earth where no offshore oil/gas activities are underway. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to protect this beautiful ecosystem and try to restore its ecological integrity” concluded Toussaint.

The Gulf of St. Lawrence shores draw millions of visitors a year to the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park and that of the Magdalen Islands; the majestic vistas of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail; iconic symbols like Rocher Percé in Gaspé, and the spectacular fjords of western Newfoundland. Fisheries like lobster, eel, and snow crab support thousands of families in all five provinces. Endangered blue whales, bluefin tuna, belugas, the remaining northern cod and many other valued species feed, spawn, mate, and rear young in the waters of the Gulf. All could be at risk from oil and gas exploration and exploitation.

“As recently reported in the May issue of National Geographic, the Gulf is still a bountiful, diverse ecosystem, teeming with life. It could remain so if only we took the time and effort to better understand its complexities, and see it as a whole instead of artificially dividing it into provincial jurisdictions” said Ellie Reddin from the PEI Chapter of Save Our Seas and Shores. “The offshore oil industry already has access to 85% of Canada’s east coast waters. Enough is enough. We must declare a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas activities" concluded Reddin.

“Marine resources have been under various pressures, such as industrial pollution, acidification, hypoxia and climate change over the past decades. Our fishing efforts have been greatly affected and we have been forced to adapt to this reality. Fishermen and fishing associations have made tremendous efforts to sustain this renewable resource and therefore we are saying no to opening the gulf to the oil/gas industry, which would undoubtedly add yet another pressure to this sensitive ecosystem” said Greg Egilsson, Chairman of the Gulf Nova Scotia Herring Federation.

The groups also insist that a review panel and thorough public consultations on this important issue be held across the five provinces to consult with the communities and First Nations about the future of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“Every year, thousands of residents and visitors to the surrounding communities spend over one billion dollars on recreational and tourism activities focused on the natural and cultural heritage of the Gulf and its scenic shores. Are we willing to risk such national treasures for unproven revenues that aren’t sustainable? That is why it is of utmost importance to us that all communities around the Gulf be consulted on what is a stake here…their future” said John Jacobs from Nature Newfoundland and Labrador.

“We must keep in mind that the proposed oil exploration in the Gulf is not happening in a vacuum” commented Matthew Abbott, Marine Program Coordinator with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. “Canada’s Atlantic coastal waters already face significant stress from climate change, especially due to temperature increases and ocean acidification not to mention existing tanker traffic, offshore drilling in other areas, and a host of other threats. In order to foster resilient ecosystems and maintain critical habitats it is essential that relatively intact regions like the Gulf be left to flourish” concluded Abbott.

The groups are also calling into action communities and citizens from all around the Gulf Provinces and across Canada to ask the federal and provincial governments to establish a Gulf-wide moratorium on oil and gas activities, as well as an independent, arms-length review panel on this issue.

Sign up onto the call to action at: http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/gulf

Download the St. Lawrence Coalition report at: http://bit.ly/1nT5eMT

PROPOSAL: Community-organized 'All Candidates Meetings'

in ridings around the province prior to the election


Proposal from: Council of Canadians – Fredericton Chapter


To: All NBEN member and associate groups and all interested individuals

We are asking groups and individuals to host all-candidates meetings in their ridings. This is easy to do!

Citizen engagement is the key to these meetings, where the citizens in the audience ask the questions. The public meetings provide constituents with an opportunity to publicly ask questions of their MLA candidates on issues which concern them. These meetings will be citizen-led and non-partisan.

These meetings are extremely easy to organize. We simply need an individual, a community group, or a union to book a venue in their riding for the first week of September.  Invitations would then be delivered or e-mailed to all the candidates [see sample letter below that was used in Fredericton South] at least two to three [2-3] months in advance of the meeting.

For the meeting, only one moderator is necessary to introduce the candidates, and also to keep track of the time limit that candidates have to answer each question from the audience. A donation jar can be circulated at the meeting to pay for the cost of the venue plus advertising posters.

Here is the simple outline of the meeting:

• At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience.

• Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor.

• After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond.

• At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.


The best time for the meeting in each riding would be the 1st week in September, after people return from vacation, and before the advance polling starts. According to the Elections New Brunswick website - FAQ Information, it says that "The first advance polling day is 9 days prior to the election. The second advance polling day is the Monday, 7 days prior to the election." This means that the advance polling for the Sept. 22nd election will start sometime in the 2nd week of September.


Where possible, we would like to have All Candidates meetings broadcast live [live streamed] on the Internet. Each meeting would be saved and archived on YouTube for future viewing, to allow as many people as possible an opportunity to view proceedings and hear the candidates’ positions on the issues.


SAMPLE INVITATION ONLY


April 30, 2014 

                                                                           

To [MLA Candidates in Fredericton South]:



RE:  INVITATION TO ‘MEET THE CANDIDATES Q&A’, THURSDAY, SEPT. 04, 2014


As citizen organizers of the Voice Of The People tour, we are pleased to offer a valuable opportunity for all candidates in the upcoming provincial election to engage and interact with their constituents.  Meet the Candidates Q&A town hall meetings will be organized for a number of ridings around New Brunswick, where candidates from each political party will have the opportunity to present their positions prior to the elections.  These citizen-led meetings will be non-partisan and described as a “Meet the Candidates Q&A – A Town Hall Meeting”.


For Fredericton South, the Meet the Candidates Q&A will be held on September 4, 2014 at Christ Church Memorial Hall, 168 Church Street from 7:00-9:00 pm.  This event will be well advertised in advance as a chance for the public to clarify each candidate’s perspective on a variety of issues, to better inform their decision later that month in the provincial election.


This is a formal invitation for you, as the announced candidates for Fredericton South, to attend and participate in this debate.  Invitations will go out to all other candidates for Fredericton South when they are announced.


At the start of the meeting each candidate will have 3 minutes to introduce himself/herself to the audience.  Following these introductions, the main portion of the meeting will give an opportunity for constituents to ask questions directly from the floor.  After each question, each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond.  At the end of the meeting, each candidate will have 2 minutes to address the public with closing remarks.


All candidates are asked to confirm attendance at this event by May 15, 2014 by sending a reply to [Email Address].  We trust that you will appreciate the generous lead time to prepare for this event.



Respectfully,

____________

Fredericton NB
Member Council of Canadians-Fredericton Chapter
Constituent Fredericton South


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‪Online Petition: Give Energy East a People's Intervention‬ - Follow the link and share it widely
http://act.350.org/letter/energy_east/

Stephen Harper and Big Oil have gutted Canada’s environmental review process -- cutting people's voices and climate change out of the National Energy Board review of the largest tar sands pipeline ever proposed.

Harper and Big Oil know they can only build this pipeline if they ignore the facts and ignore the people. It's time for a People's Intervention... Read more
THE 'VOICE OF THE PEOPLE TOUR'

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The rights of farmers and other Canadians to save, reuse, exchange, and sell seeds are under attack again.

On November 13, 2013, Canada’s Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz, announced that Canada plans to sign on to UPOV ’91 by August 1 2014. On December 9, 2013 he introduced an omnibus agriculture bill in Parliament, called the "Agricultural Growth Act" which contains the required amendments to the Plant Breeders Rights Act to conform with UPOV '91 among other measures.

Read more here.

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All shale gas opponents: Please take steps to sign this letter demanding that Environment Canada include fracking  chemicals in the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). EC originally included them but is backtracking (what else is new?)

 
Canadians need to know about what chemicals are being used in fracking. EC’s position that hydraulic fracturing is not covered by NPRI is not acceptable. 
 
Click here
to use the WCELA online form letter or email EC at inrp-npri@ec.gc.ca">inrp-npri@ec.gc.ca by SATURDAY February 8, 2014 to tell them what you think.
 
DO IT PLEASE!

Nous avons attendu plus d'un an depuis des supporters de la SNAP ont fait part au gouvernement provincial de leurs commentaires sur une proposition pour de nouvelles aires naturelles protégées, qui représentent des forêts anciennes, des habitats sauvages vulnérables et des rivières sauvages situés dans tous les coins de la Nouveau-Brunswick.

Plus d’une année s’est écoulée et la province n’a pas encore fait l’annonce de ce qui se produira avec ces aires proposées et pendant que nous attendons qu’une décision soit prise, les approbations de développement industriel avancent à grands pas.

Nous avons besoin de votre aide pour nous aider à alimenter le feu, de façon à ce que ces aires protégées proposées ne soient pas éliminées du programme de la province. Veuillez prendre un moment immédiatement pour envoyer une lettre au ministre des Ressources naturelles, lui demandant l’état de ces demandes d’aires protégées proposées.

Envoyer une lettre mainteant, ici: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14747

À l’heure actuelle, seulement 3 % de la superficie du Nouveau-Brunswick bénéficie d’une forme permanente de protection. Grâce à votre aide, nous pouvons remédier à cette situation. Agissez dès aujourd’hui !

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Photo: R. Clowater/CPAWS NB - la rivière Restigouche

We've been waiting over a year since many hundreds of people who care about New Brunswick's wilderness submitted comments to the provincial government on a proposal for new protected natural areas. The candidate areas included old forests, sensitive wildlife habitats, and wild rivers located in all corners of New Brunswick. More than a year later, the province still hasn’t announced what will happen with those candidate areas and while we wait for them to decide, industrial development approvals are proceeding at a rapid pace.

We need your help to keep the pot boiling so these proposed protected areas don’t drop off the province’s agenda. Please take a moment right now to send a simple letter to the Minister of Natural Resources, asking about the status of these candidate protected areas.

Take Action Now - Go to this link to write a letter: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2463/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14746kedgwick river small

Currently, only 3% of New Brunswick is under any form of permanent protection. With your help, we can change that. Take action today!

 UNITY AND SOLIDARITY RALLY

Poster and Feather Cut-out Worksheet

 

Nov 05 at 07:30 AM - Nov 05 at 01:00 PM

 

 

Vist the Facebook page: PEACE & FRIENDSHIP GATHERING:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1416688618553850/

http://www.nben.ca/en/get-involved/eco-event-calendar/viewevent/822-unity-a-solidarity-rally

We encourage people and groups from throughout New Brunswick to share this link and download the attached Event Poster for prominent  display in your community.

 

Also attached is a Feather Worksheet to create your own cut-out paper feathers which we encourage everyone to bring to the rally and gathering.  These sheets can be printed in a variety of coloured paper stock, as indicated in the instructions on the sheet.

 

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Photo: Mount Carleton Provincial Park - LeeAnn Haggerty

For the first time in decades, the province is asking for your input on the New Brunswick Parks Act, the law that decides what happens in our provincial parks.

Despite all of our parks’ stunning scenery, wildlife watching and beautiful beaches, the current Parks Act doesn’t even refer to nature or conservation! CPAWS' calls for a review of the Act have been successful, so now it's important that the government hears from people like you who care about our provincial parks.

Please take a moment right now to write a letter to let them know what you think is important to include in our Parks Act. Comments are due on September 13th.

We need a strong law that will forever protect the wilds of Mount Carleton Provincial Park, the seashore of New River Beach and all our other provincial park treasures. With your help, we can secure a better future for our provincial parks.

Yours in conservation,

Roberta Clowater
Executive Director, CPAWS-NB

Photo: Mount Carleton Provincial Park - LeeAnn Haggerty


Pour la première fois depuis des décennies, la province demande votre opinion à propos de la Loi sur les parcs du Nouveau-Brunswick, la loi qui décide ce qui va se passer dans nos parcs provinciaux.

 

En dépit des paysages éblouissants, de l’observation de la faune et des belles plages, la présente Loi sur les parcs ne fait même pas allusion à la nature, ni à la conservation ! Nos demandes pour une révision ont réussi et il est important que le gouvernement entende de gens comme vous qui sont préoccupés par nos parcs provinciaux.

Veuillez prendre un moment dès maintenant pour écrire une lettre pour les informer de ce que vous croyez être important d’inclure dans notre Loi sur les parcs. Les commentaires doivent être soumis avant le 13 septembre.

Envoyer une lettre maintenant!

Il nous faut une loi stricte qui va protéger les régions sauvages du Parc provincial du Mont Carleton, les plages de New River Beach, ainsi que tous nos autres trésors de parcs provinciaux. Grâce à votre aide, nous pouvons assurer un meilleur avenir pour nos parcs provinciaux.

En solidarité pour la conservation,

Roberta Clowater
Directrice Générale, SNAP Nouveau-Brunswick

 

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LG Award 2012

In 2012, the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award of Excellence in Land Conservation was established to mark the 25th anniversary of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick. Mary Majka, one of Canada’s great pioneering conservationists, was the recipient of the inaugural award.

Call for nominations for 2013!

As Honorary Patron of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick will present the award in recognition of an individual or organization’s significant contributions to the protection of natural heritage through land conservation in New Brunswick.

Do you know an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in land conservation in our province?

Successful nominees will have a significant impact on land conservation in New Brunswick through leadership, direct action, and long-term involvement as well as other significant contributions. Eligible nominees may include those individuals or organizations involved in stewardship, volunteerism, donation of lands, or building effective partnerships, and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • - An individual or entity who has contributed in a sustained manner over a significant period of time.
  • - An individual or entity who has contributed significantly in a relatively short amount of time.
  • - A donor of funds or property.
  • - A volunteer, steward and/or member of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.
  • - A corporate or community partner of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick.
  • - An individual who contributed significantly in the past and should be recognized posthumously.

The nomination deadline for this year’s award is Sept. 15, 2013. Nominations may be submitted by mail or email (naturetrust@ntnb.org).

The Selection Committee shall have five members, as chosen by:

  • - The Atlantic Regional Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • - The New Brunswick Minister of Natural Resources
  • - The Regional Director of the federal Department of Environment
  • - The Board of Nature NB
  • - A Chairperson named by the Board of Trustees of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick

Nominating and Selection Process

Nominations may be in French or English, typewritten, and submitted with the following components:

  • - Nomination letter – a cover letter including the name, address, telephone number and organization of both the nominee and nominator(s).
  • - Accomplishments – a narrative based on the selection criteria for the Award (not exceeding three pages) explaining the basis for the nomination that, in the opinion of the nominator(s), qualifies the nominee for the award, with such supporting evidence as may be appropriate for the Selection Committee to consider.
  • - References.

The Selection Committee will make the judgment solely on the basis of the information received and will not seek additional information about any of the nominees.

Please note that, in making its decision, the Selection Committee attaches considerable importance to the nature and the quality of the documentation submitted by the nominators.

Nominations received for the Award in any given year will be considered automatically for the next two years after receipt of a renewal of nomination letter by nominator(s).

In any given year, the Selection Committee may decide not to give an award.

The names of the nominees and the ranking of the nominees by the Selection Committee shall be treated confidentially.

Click here to download the Nomination Form!


2 Août 2013

Noel Augustine, Geptin

Grand conseil des Mi’kmaq

District de Signigtog,

Nouveau-Brunswick

 

Cher Geptin Augustine,

Nous, les groupes communautaires soussignés, appuyons votre présentation d’un avis d’expulsion à SWN Resources Canada et à toutes ses compagnies subsidiaires ou entrepreneurs impliqués dans l’exploration ou l’extraction des gaz de schiste dans le territoire Signigtog.

Le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick a agi d’une façon unilatérale et antidémocratique. Il n’a fait aucun effort pour consulter votre peuple. Il n’a pas tenu compte de vos déclarations, de vos droits et de vos titres fonciers.

Il a refusé d’écouter le mouvement populaire qui prend de l’ampleur chaque jour. Il a refusé d’entreprendre une évaluation des risques pour la santé même si le médecin hygiéniste en chef l’avait fortement suggéré. Il ignore les preuves accablantes que l’extraction non conventionnelle des gaz de schiste menace notre santé, notre environnement et le bienêtre des futures générations.

Mais, bien que le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick agisse comme si nous n’existions pas, il travaille main dans la main avec la Southwestern Energy Company (SWN). Son dernier geste de bonne volonté a consisté à accorder la permission de forer dans nos terres humides et dans les zones tampons de nos cours d’eau dans huit comtés.

Compte tenu de ces circonstances où les processus démocratiques sont carrément mis à l’écart et que nous nous voyons forcés de choisir entre l’extraction des gaz et du pétrole par fracturation hydraulique ou notre santé, c’est pour nous un honneur de vous appuyer personnellement et soutenir les revendications de votre peuple.

Solidaires avec vous :

Conservation Council of NB

Council of Canadians, Fredericton

Council of Canadians, Saint John

Darlings Island Nauwigewauk Fracking Intervention

New Brunswickers Against Fracking

Friends of Mt. Carelton

Friends of the UNB Woodlot

Memramcook Action

New Brunswickers Against Fracking

Tantramar Alliance Against Hydro-Fracking

Upriver Environment Watch

Water and Environmental Protection for Albert County

August 2, 2013

Noel Augustine, Geptin

Mi’kmaq Grand Council

Signigtog District,

New Brunswick

Dear Geptin Augustine:

We the undersigned community groups stand with you in serving this Notice of Eviction to SWN Resources Canada and any subsidiary company or contractor engaged in shale gas exploration or development in the Territory of Signigtog.

The government of New Brunswick has acted all along in a unilateral, undemocratic manner. It has made no attempt to consult with your people. It has ignored your declarations, your rights and titles.

It has refused to listen to the grassroots movement which gains ground every day. It has refused to make a health risk assessment even though its Chief Medical Officer has strongly suggested one. It ignores the compelling evidence that unconventional shale gas mining threatens our health, our environment and the well being of future generations.

But though the government of New Brunswick acts as if we do not exist, it works hand in glove with Southwestern Energy Company (SWN). Its latest gesture of goodwill gave this company permission to test across our wetlands and watercourse buffers in eight counties.

Under these circumstances when democratic processes are cast aside, when we are being forced to choose between hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas and health, it is an honour to stand with you and your people.

In Solidarity we are:

Conservation Council of NB

Council of Canadians, Fredericton

Council of Canadians, Saint John

Darlings Island Nauwigewauk Fracking Intervention

New Brunswickers Against Fracking

Friends of Mt. Carelton

Friends of the UNB Woodlot

Memramcook Action

New Brunswickers Against Fracking

Tantramar Alliance Against Hydro-Fracking

Upriver Environment Watch

Water and Environmental Protection for Albert County

Dear NB ENGOs: URGENT NEED TO CONTACT MINISTER FITCH AND YOUR MLA

Minister of Environment and Local Government Bruce Fitch has indicated on CBC radio this morning that he is under pressure to release Environmental Trust Fund monies which have accumulated over the years to create the new Energy Institute (which Louis Lapierre will lead). 

This may be a trial balloon to gauge public response.  So NGOs need to respond!

The ETF contains funds intended to enable environmental needs to be addressed, NOT institutes which study the shale gas industry. Please contact Minister Fitch TODAY to indicate your disapproval of this idea: bruce.fitch@gnb.ca. Also your MLA!

If groups who have received ETF funds in the past fail to object to this proposal it will likely proceed.

Please let your Minister and MLA know that ETF Funds are to be spent on worthwhile community environmental initiatives which generate employment in rural areas and contribute to the quality of life in New Brunswick.

Thank you!
Céline Délacroix, Executive Director
CCNB Action

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY - NOW.
 
All are asked to call or email both the Prime Minister and the Governor General to ask them to meet together with Chief Spence who's health is declining.

From a press release we know that today in Ottawa at 11 am, Ellen Gabriel, Kanien'kehá:ka Nation of Kanehsatà:ke, her elder and other “Indigenous Women of Turtle Island” in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence will deliver a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, at 80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON to respectfully request the Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnson, together to meet with Chief Theresa Spence as soon as possible. Members of the Indigenous Women of Turtle Island will address the media on the women’s commitment to see the meeting Chief Spence is seeking.
 
BACKGROUND ARTICLE BELOW
 
Hunger Strike – Day 38
 
Pleas to Top Canadian Officials Urged on Chief Spence's Behalf
 
Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Challenges.
 
VICTORIA ISLAND, OTTAWA, CANADA – In what may be the beginning to a tragic end of life for Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence, information coming from an unnamed source tells Native News Network that Chief Spence is experiencing low blood sugar, dizziness, a slow heart beat and chest pains.
 
Chief Spence has been on a sacrificial hunger strike since December 11, 2012. Today marks Day 38 of her hunger strike.
 
People across Canada – and elsewhere – are being asked to send prayers for Chief Spence and to write or call Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston's offices to plea with these two top Canadian officials to grant Chief Spence her wishes for a meeting with both of them and First Nations chiefs.
 
“Since the beginning of my journey in this hunger strike, I've remained consistent in my request for a meeting between all parties to Treaty. This would include Chiefs, the Governor General and the Prime Minister,” commented Chief Spence in a news release earlier this week issued by the Attawapiskat First Nation.
 
“Chief Spence is physically not doing too well so we must united as First Nations people and keep the momentum of the movement going strong… Time is precious. We CANNOT let her die,” stated Angela Bercier, Ojibwe.
 
“Chief Theresa Spence is getting weaker every day and time is running out,” said Claudia Julien, Metis-Wabanaki Confederacy.
 
“Please take a moment to send a letter to the prime minister and governor general. This is the future of our children and grandchildren.”
Contact information for Prime Minister Stephen Harper is:
 
Stephen Harper
Office of Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OA2
Fax 613.941.6900
pm@pm.gc.ca
 
Contact information for Governor General David Johnston is:
 
Governor General David Johnston
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1
info@gg.ca

For Immediate Release             PRESS RELEASE                November 26, 2011

Walk for a ban on fracking – stop ”fracking“ with our water and air

FREDERICTON NB ---- A citizen march through downtown Fredericton, culminating with a rally at the Provincial Legislature, will take place on Tuesday November 27th to demand a stop to unconventional natural gas development in NB.

On Legislature Opening Day, Tuesday November 27th, about 40 groups and hundreds of individuals will commemorate last year’s rally against shale gas, and show solidarity with the 20,000 people who signed the 2011 petition, with “a walk for a ban on fracking” through Fredericton.

The peaceful walk will begin at 11am at the Old Burial grounds and will finish with a rally between noon and 1 pm in front of the Legislature Building with a number of brief speaker presentations.

“The goal of Tuesday’s walk and rally is to demand an immediate stop to unconventional natural gas exploration and permitting”, says Julia Linke (PhD) of the Fredericton chapter of The Council of Canadians.

The groups and organizations that have already joined or endorsed this event are a real cross-section of both rural and urban New Brunswick and include 24 community groups, 6 NGOs, 3 union organizations, 2 political parties, and 4 student groups.

Jim Emberger of the Taymouth Community Association states “The opposition to shale gas fracking is only increasing in this province, as the government fails to produce any business case supporting their claims about jobs and royalties, while it continues to relax environmental protection of our wetlands, watersheds, and air to make way for this industry”. 

See: Walk For A Ban On Fracking – Stop Fracking With Our Water and Air

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Pour publication immédiate      COMMUNIQUÉ                    26 novembre 2012

Marche pour interdire la fracturation – Cessez de spéculer avec notre eau et notre air

FREDERICTON NB ---- Une marche à Fredericton qui se terminera par un rassemblement à l’Assemblée législative aura lieu le mardi 27 novembre pour demander de mettre fin à l’exploitation non traditionnelle du gaz naturel au NB.

À l’ouverture de l’Assemblée législative, le mardi 27 novembre, environ 40 groupes et des centaines de personnes vont se rappeler le rassemblement de l’an dernier et démontrer leur solidarité avec les 20 000 personnes qui ont signé la pétition, en participant à une marche à Fredericton pour interdire la fracturation hydraulique. 

Cette marche pacifique va commencer à 11 h au vieux cimetière et se terminera avec un rassemblement entre midi et 13 heures devant l’édifice de l’Assemblée législative.  De brèves discours seront présentés.

« Le but de la marche et du rassemblement de mardi est d'exiger un arrêt immédiate de l’exploration et de l’exploitation par méthode non traditionnelle du gaz naturel, » affirme Julia Linke (PhD) du chapitre de Fredericton du Conseil des Canadiens.

Les groupes et les organisations qui se sont déjà joints à cette manifestation ou qui l’ont endossée constituent un véritable échantillon des populations rurales et urbaines du Nouveau-Brunswick, et ils incluent 24 groupes des collectivités, 6 ONG, 3 organisations professionnelles/syndicats, 2 partis politiques, et 4 groupes d’ étudiants.

Jim Emberger de l’Association communautaire de Taymouth dit « L’opposition à la fracturation ne peut que s’accroitre dans la province, parce que ce gouvernement ne réussit pas à présenter une analyse de rentabilité pour appuyer ses prétentions concernant les emplois et les redevances tout en continuant à affaiblir la protection environnementale de nos zones humides, de nos bassins versants et de notre atmosphère pour faire place à cette industrie. »

Voir « Marche pour interdire la fracturation – Cessez de spéculer avec notre eau et notre air »

The Nashwaak Watershed Assocation has recently submitted the formal application to classifiy the Nashwaak River and tributaries under the Water Classifciation Regulation of the Clean Water Act. This program has not moved forward from provisionally classifying NB's rivers and streams to legal implementation that would provide standards for maintaining the quality of our waters. 

We are seeking your sign on in support of the submission by the Nashawaak Watershed and the Water Classification program in New Brunswick. Please see the official submission and the press release issued by the Naswaak Watershed Assocation and others on June 19th.

Sign ons to this letter will be accepted until Monday July 23rd at 12 noon.  Please send your name, organization and contact to Stephanie Merrill at water@ccnbaction.ca

Bruce Fitch

Minister of Environment and Local Government

PO Box 6000

Fredericton, NB

Dear Minister Fitch,

We, the undersigned community groups, are writing to you to show our support for the 5 community-based organizations in the Nashwaak River Watershed in their co-request to finalize the water classification of the Nashwaak River and its tributaries. We applaud their efforts to secure their right to due process by filing this official request under Section 8.2 of Classification Regulation 2002-13 of the Clean Water Act 2002-56.

As you are well aware, the Water Classifications program has been an ongoing and currently funded program, of the Department of Environment and Local Government. Over the past 12 years, the waters of 22 watersheds have been comprehensively assessed, and all 21 have been given provisional classification status from the Department. We are now in limbo, with no clear indication of if, when, or how these classifications will be implemented into the Clean Water Act as intended.

The Water Classification program and subsequent Regulation has been, in theory, the 'gold standard' piece of policy for watershed management and protection across Canada. However, it is progressive only in theory because its full intent has never been realized as promised. It's follow through is key to establishing water quality standards for our surface waters which will help us to protect our most precious resource in the face of new developments slated for our watersheds.

We, the signatories to this letter represent organizations who understand the value of the Water Classification program and the urgency to legislatively protect the quality and quantity of the rivers, lakes and streams that we have all worked so diligently to enhance, protect and restore. We thank the watershed organizations for their efforts across the province who have collectively spent millions of Environmental Trust Fund dollars over the past 10 years building a program which we were all lead to believe would provide legal protection for our water.

All of us live and work and play in these watersheds and want to preserve their integrity and the clean clear water that underpins our daily lives, our economy and our heritage as New Brunswickers.

We the undersigned are awaiting your approval to classify the Nashwaak River.

Yours in water stewardship,

Save the Sunset Strawberry U-Pick & Forest!

The City of Fredericton will be voting soon on a citizen-led proposal to rezone the Sunset Strawberry U-Pick and adjacent forest area as open space soon. Forest paths and trails are used by residents for hiking, biking, dog walking, cross-country skiing and enjoyment of nature. Contact your city councillor and Mayor Brad Woodside and tell them you want the area rezoned to open space. Find your city councillor's contact information here:
http://www.fredericton.ca/en/citygovernment/CityCouncil.asp

You can sign/pick up petitions at Conserver House, 180 Saint John St. during the week's office hours. About 2,000 people have already signed this petition. Be part of another drive to get more petition signatures before the matter is brought before council, which is expected to occur in September. For more info, contact forest@ccnbaction.ca

Bellow are two letters explaining the very serious concerns created by the allowance of illegal deer farming in New Brunswick. We could really use the support of our environmental friends to make sure New Brunswick’s indigenous white-tailed deer are not continued to be exploited at the expense of environmental health and safety. Please write our Minister of Natural Resources, Bruce Northrup at bruce.northrup@gnb.ca and let him know that you want these farms shut down now!

June 7, 2012


Dear Minister Northrup,

It was reported on Monday that your department has decided to halt the closing of illegal deer farms in this province. I hope you will understand how surprising and frustrating this is to many of us who work in fields related to wildlife.

As you are aware, we established the Atlantic Wildlife Institute in New Brunswick in 1995, at a time when the province was in the early stages of reviewing and adjusting many of its policies and protocols for handling wildlife. At the time there was a concerted effort by the wildlife staff of the then Department of Natural Resources and Energy to bring the province into harmony with other North American jurisdictions. A series of incidents, both within and outside the province, motivated the department to take action.

Primary concerns focused on:


·
the mixing of indigenous wildlife with captive exotic populations;
·
the lack of a standardized methodology for handling nuisance wildlife;
·
the lack of a regulated system for the handling of distressed wildlife; and
·
the illegal raising of native species in farming environments.

At the same time, a series of incidents across North America involving the epizootic movement of new diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease, Rabies and Chronic Wasting Disease, instilled concern about regional wildlife and general public health and safety.


The end results of this review were:

·
closure of provincial zoos and nature parks and/or adoption of new standards of operations which included not taking in animals from indigenous wildlife populations;
·
establishment of privatized, fee-for-service, wildlife control agents to handle nuisance wildlife concerns;
·
establishment of AWI under appropriate rehabilitation standards, to deal with injured, sick or orphaned wildlife; and
·
elimination of wildlife farms that were operating illegally and without provincial regulatory guidelines.

All these actions were taken with the supposed intent of minimizing human/wildlife conflict and protecting both human and animal welfare.

As years passed and administrations changed, decision makers in government seem to have lost their focus on these important initiatives and forgotten the lessons learned from the years past.

Over the last five years, your department has imposed a policy restriction on the Atlantic Wildlife Institute that has prohibited us from rehabilitating deer and moose in New Brunswick. It specifically states that,
"Due to federal regulations restricting the movement of ungulates as a means to minimize the spread of disease, New Brunswick will not allow wildlife rehabilitators to rehabilitate moose and white-tailed deer in the province." Ever since it was imposed, AWI has adhered scrupulously to this restriction, despite the urgings of dozens of New Brunswickers, including officers of the RCMP and of your own department, who have implored us to ignore the ban. Sadly, when confronted with injured and orphaned deer and moose in their communities these people have been left to fend for themselves, with no humane option to turn to.

Federal and provincial regulators justify this policy because of concerns over the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease and Tuberculosis from captive animals to wild ones and vice-versa. It is interesting to note that the origins of this policy do not reflect a local concern, but rather are linked directly to the practice of commercial deer farming in Western Canada and the United States.

Surely you see the disconnect here. Why does your department, on the one hand, prohibit AWI from acting as the sole safe buffer against members of our communities interacting with these wild species while, on the other hand, turning a blind eye to the very activity - namely deer farming - that is considered one of the primary vectors for bringing new diseases into regional wildlife populations?

We implore you and your department to act swiftly in enforcing the existing law to keep these farms illegal. At the same time we urge you to reconsider the restriction on our wildlife rehabilitation permit so we may once again offer a safe and effective alternative to reckless public interactions with our wild deer and moose population.

Sincerely,
Barry Rothfuss
Executive Director
Atlantic Wildlife Institute


9 June 2012

Hon. Bruce Northrup
Minister
Natural Resources & Energy
PO Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1

Dear Minister Northrup:

I was dismayed to learn that you "flip-flopped" on your previously
wise decision to close down the 15+ illegal white-tail deer pens in New Brunswick. My "gut" reaction was that you are indeed supportive of closing these operations, but have been pressured to reverse this decision by your Caucus and/or colleagues. This is an unfortunate "turn of events" for wildlife management in this Province.

Mr. Northrup, as a representative of the Crown and Minister of Natural Resources, you took an oath to uphold the laws of New Brunswick. No citizen [or legislator] can "cherry-pick" the laws that he or she wishes to follow or uphold. If you and your colleagues feel that private ownership of native wildlife is an acceptable and desirable practice and should be permitted then you should announce publicly of your government's intent and begin the process of drafting amendments to the Fish & Wildlife Act and Regulations. If this is your chosen course of action then you should include a consultative process for public comment and discussion as part of the process and decision. If you are not prepared to change the legislation then you should immediately instruct your Conservation Officers to seize the 200+ white-tailed deer illegally held in private ownership and arrange either euthanization or export/sale to a jurisdiction that permits this practice.

I urge you to reconsider your decision for the following reasons:

1. By allowing private ownership of "native" wildlife you open up a "Pandora's Box" of problems with respect to wildlife management, conservation enforcement, human health, and public safety. I am sure you have not forgotten the unfortunate goring death a few months ago of one of the illegal owners of white-tailed deer. No matter how long they have been confined behind fences, these animals are wild and unpredictable. Since these white-tails are being confined as "so-called pets", what happens next time if a child or visitor gets injured or killed while inside one of the poorly fabricated pens? The origin of these deer are unknown, but supposedly they were imported [illegally?] from Quebec. Who validated the status of their health for inter-provincial movement? Where are the Agriculture-Canada export permits for inter-provincial transport? If they were issued, then who authorized this paperwork?

My sources tell me that some of the deer in confinement came from the wilds of New Brunswick; a number of them donated by Department of Natural Resources staff when they encountered injured/orphaned white-tail fawns during their regular duties. This is a serious situation, but somewhat understandable, since DNR does not have a coherent policy and program for handling injured/orphaned wildlife that are regularly encountered by field staff. If DNR field staff had a "legal" and feasible option [other than euthanization] to provide rehabilitation for these animals, then they wouldn't be tempted to hand them over to illegal deer owners. The largest wildlife rehabilitation centre in the Province, Atlantic Wildlife Institute, in Sackville has been specifically ordered as part of their permitting by your Department to never accept or treat or handle deer or moose because of wildlife disease concerns. This is a hypocritical position by your Department, given that illegal deer owners have no such restrictions or training in handling wildlife.

If you allow white-tailed deer to be kept as pets, what stops a resident from having a raccoon, skunk, crow, wood turtle, garter snake, moose, or bear cub as a pet? Can you imagine the human health and safety issues that this will promote? Wildlife are vectors for parasites and diseases that cause human sickness and death. How will your wildlife and conservation staff be able to monitor these individuals and ensure that these animals are not taken from the wild for private pet ownership? Your staff are hard-pressed enough now to ensure compliance with current [legal] regulations under the Fish & Wildlife Act, let alone attempting to monitor and regulate private pet ownership of wildlife. This would be a disaster!

2, In spite of what the illegal deer owners have stated, you and I both know that these 200+ deer are not being confined behind fences solely as pets. The owners have created markets for trophy shooting within pens, and sale of venison, antlers, antler velvet and urine; all currently illegal activities under the Act and Regulations. Are you planning on amending laws to permit these activities? How is the venison being processed and inspected for human consumption when it is sold? Has the Canadian Food Inspection Agency been consulted to allow sale of venison? The reason why most jurisdictions in North America do not allow personal ownership or farming of native wildlife is because of the significant problems and threats that affect conservation efforts, human health and human safety. New Brunswick would be wise to avoid going down this path.

3. If you investigate the issues and problems surrounding the deer farming industry in North America [or Canada, alone] since the early 1990's, you will find that animal and human health concerns and their impact on domestic animal production have resulted in billions of dollars in compensation having to be paid to deer farmers when disease has been detected and herds quarantined and destroyed. Deer, and other wildlife farming initiatives are
not growing industries, but have resulted in significant threats to our domestic animal production industries. Wild boar farming, in particular, poses significant threats to native wildlife populations and the forest resource industry. You should be concerned that New Brunswick has allowed these operations with limited or no monitoring or regulations. I would like to discuss this with you, once the white-tail deer issue is resolved.

4. Allowing private ownership and creating markets for native wildlife disrupts the key pillars of our North American Model for Wildlife Conservation. Both the Northeast Deer Technical Committee [of which NB is a member] and The Wildlife Society of Canada and the United States do not condone or support private ownership or markets for wildlife. The wildlife resources of New Brunswick are significant to our history and culture, and a sacred trust that you and your Government have been given to manage for the benefit of all New Brunswicker's, not a special interest group of 15+ illegal deer owners. The path you are taking will jeopardize wildlife management and our precious wildlife resources that the naturalists, hunters, and outfitters of this Province enjoy today. Please reconsider and reverse your decision to allow white-tail deer ownership in NB.

I would be happy to further elaborate and discuss with you and your colleagues, the concerns that I have raised in this rather lengthy correspondence.

Please carefully consider the points above and do the right thing: Keep the "wild" in wildlife?

Respectfully yours,

Gerry Redmond
Certified Wildlife Biologist
60 Colwell Drive, Unit 8
Fredericton, NB
E3A 6R3

Speak out today for nature and democracy

As our Parliament considers an omnibus bill that would gut environmental protection with little or no public discussion, Earth Threadz is joining with colleagues across the country to say Silence Is Not an Option.

Together with 500 organizations representing millions of Canadians, we will Black Out and Speak Out. We’re asking you, a champion for healthy communities and a healthy environment, to join us.

What We’re Doing

Today with our allies, we’re darkening our website and sounding a single, unified message to decision-makers: Stand up for our Canadian values. Our land, water, and climate. Our communities. Our human rights and democracy.

In Vancouver, Yellowknife, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and St. John’s, environmental leaders and high-profile supporters will gather and speak publicly about what is at stake with Bill C-38. And we’ll call on our elected representatives to defend the values Canadians believe in. 

What You Can Do: Join Black Out Speak Out and act today

Join with us and leaders across the country:


In this historic Canadian moment, your voice has never been more important. Thank you for speaking out and standing up for Canada.

A memo leaked to a Canadian scientist described the removal of habitat protection from Canada's Fisheries Act. The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) is asking you to sign a petition in support of maintaining habitat protection as part of the Fisheries Act.

The petition can be found by clicking on this link:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/124/389/037/keep-protection-of-habitat-in-the-canada-fisheries-act/?cid=FB_TAF

This is important to all, as without habitat protection, all watersheds and coastal waters are placed in jeopardy.

University of Guelph students decided it was time to take action and bring climate change back into the media and back onto the political agenda.

The students want you to join them in robocalling Steven Harper on April 4th, 2012, to show you care about climate change. Just call 613-992-4211 (it’s FREE!) and leaving this message:

Hi Steve, this is [insert your name], and I’m calling from [insert your location].
And I have a message for you.
I’m calling to talk about climate change.
It’s real and it’s happening.
And it’s negatively impacting Canadians everywhere.
Something needs to be done, Steve.
There is no Planet B,
We have to live with the decisions you make, Steve.
Make Canada a Climate Leader, not a Climate Loser.
Do it for us.

For more information: www.callsteveday.wordpress.com and spread the word.

Canadians want strong environmental laws to protect our communities, ecosystems, health, and economy.

This site is a gathering, resource, and action centre for organizations and individuals who want to ensure that Canada works towards enacting and enforcing strong environmental laws.

Our focus starts with environmental assessment, which, because it assesses the potential impacts of proposed projects and plans before harm is done, is an essential tool to maintain a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada.

If you are interested in more information, please see the Connections page, consider having your group sign on as an Endorser, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Endorsers

As of March 12, 2012, almost 50 groups have formally endorsed 10 principles that serve as the foundation of environmental assessment for a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada. See our February 29, 2012 media release here.

The full Endorsement Statement with endorsers listed (alphabetically) is available for download here - please note that the pdf does not include a full list of current endorsers, which is available below.

If your organization, group, association or company is interested in becoming an endorser, please contact rforbes [at] wcel.org

Environmental Assessment for a Healthy, Secure and Sustainable Canada


Rachel S. Forbes, Staff Counsel,  West Coast Environmental Law

New Brunswick’s rich Acadian Forest, from the old growth coastal Bay of Fundy rainforests to the misty mountaintop Restigouche wildwoods, is at risk.  These forests are home to a many elusive wildlife, including flying squirrels, lynx and barred owls.  If we don’t act now, much of New Brunswick’s remaining old forest habitat will be on the chopping block.  The provincial government is deciding now whether they will open up old forests and other specially managed habitats to clearcutting.  You can help protect this precious wilderness.  Please send a letter to the Minister of Natural Resources before February 29.

CPAWS is recommending that at least 17% of Crown land, including the largest patches of old forest, be designated as permanently protected areas, where no logging or mining can happen, by 2015.  CPAWS is also recommending the province  immediately take action to keep all of the Crown land they are already conserving as old forests, wildlife habitat and riverbank buffers. The currently conserved area is below the bare minimum required to conserve all the wildlife that need old forests, so any reduction in conservation is unacceptable.

You can find more here about New Brunswick's old growth forests and how you can help. http://cpawsnb.org/campaigns/public_forest

And you can take action now by clicking here.

Acadian forest NB

As you know, the United States and Canada, along with other developed economies, have experienced a terrible epidemic of asbestos disease.  Currently, over 10,000 Americans and 1,000 Canadians die annually from asbestos-caused diseases such as, asbestosis, cancer, and mesothelioma (a rare cancer of the lung lining).  

On Thursday, December 8, 2011, American and Canadian asbestos victims and families (see media release at http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8493), exposed occupationally or environmentally, have come together by issuing a North American Declaration.  The Declaration calls for Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Canada, and President Barack Obama for the United States to end the support for asbestos mining, use and exports and for the development of safe alternatives.  

A decision from the Quebec government is expected soon on a loan guarantee which would allow investor Baljit Chadha and his partners to reopen the Jeffrey asbestos mine and export asbestos developing countries in Asia.  

On November 24, 2011, it was announced that mining of asbestos in Quebec was suspended temporarily.   With broad support for the Declaration, we hope that asbestos mining, its use in consumer products and exports of asbestos will be stopped permanently in Canada.

We are encouraging asbestos victims, family members, concerned individuals, unions, organizations and institutes to step forward and express your support, by endorsing the North American Declaration.  It’s vital to do this as soon as you can, so that we can maximize influence on the Quebec and federal government’s decision making.   

To endorse the Declaration, go to the following links:
1)      as an individual - http://bit.ly/vgtBeX
2)      organizations, institutions, labor, and NGOs supporters  - http://bit.ly/u13Igz

Background resources:
Press Release by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and the Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims (EN & FR): http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8493
North American Declaration (EN & FR): http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8523
      
 
WHEN YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION ENDORSE THE NORTH AMERICAN DECLARATION, PLEASE ALSO CONSIDER SENDING A LETTER TO:
1)      Prime Minister STEPHEN Harper (Stephen.Harper@parl.gc.ca); and
2)      Premier Jean Charest of Quebec (http://www.premier-ministre.gouv.qc.ca/premier-ministre/joindre-pm/courriel-en.asp).  

Please send a copy of your letters to your Member of Parliament and to the Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims (e-mail address needed).

All organizations and individuals who have endorsed the Declaration will be listed when it is formally delivered to Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in February 2012.

For more information, please contact:
Alec Farquhar, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (tel.: 416-510-8713; email: AFarquhar@ohcow.on.ca)

Stacy Cattran, Canadian Voices of Asbestos Victims  (email: scattran@gmail.com)
Fe de Leon. Canadian Environmental Law Association (Tel.: 416-960-2284 ext 223; email: deleonf@cela.ca)
Sarah Miller, Canadian Environmental Law Association (Tel.: 416-960-2284 ext 213; email: millers@lao.on.ca)

North American Declaration
Petition: http://bit.ly/vgtBeX
Press Release: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/8493
North American Declaration for the elimination of asbestos - related diseases
 
Whereas asbestos is a known human carcinogen and has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a Group 1 human carcinogen;  
Whereas asbestos is deemed toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the US Toxic Substances Control Act;
Whereas inhalation of airborne asbestos fibers of all types can cause cancer such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other health problems;
Whereas no safe minimum level of exposure has been identified for any type of asbestos;
Whereas asbestos-related diseases can take 10 to 50 years to present themselves;
Whereas the usual expected survival time for those diagnosed with mesothelioma is between 6 and 24 months;
Whereas the World Health Organization estimates that 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace and
              107,000 workers die annually from asbestos exposure;
Whereas these deaths involve enormous human suffering, especially in the case of mesothelioma, made worse because little is known about late stage treatment of these diseases;
Whereas many victims suffering from asbestos related diseases have never received compensation and millions are spent on compensation claims for others;
Whereas workers’ family and community members are also at risk of disease from asbestos fibers brought into their homes or otherwise released into the environment;
Whereas asbestos remains a serious hazard in North America where it was used extensively for insulation and as a fire retardant in the construction of many office buildings and public facilities such as schools and hospitals built up until the 1990s;
Whereas an estimated 35 million American homes and businesses are insulated with asbestos-tainted vermiculite;
Whereas the United States and Canada have not prohibited the use of asbestos in the production of domestic products;
Whereas Canada continues to allow the production and export of asbestos;
Whereasin 2010 the United States imported 90% of its chrysotile asbestos from Canada;
Whereas in 2010 Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Brazil, and Canada were the biggest asbestos producers and exporters in the world;
Whereas the majority of asbestos is exported to developing countries, which may not have the legislative or policy framework in place to practice safe use, handling and disposal of asbestos;
Acknowledging thatfive of the six known forms of asbestos with the exception of chrysotile asbestos are listed in Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade;
Acknowledging that the Rotterdam Convention provides mechanisms for Parties to exchange information on toxic substances and seek prior informed consent from importing states before exports of toxic substances are permitted;
Whereas in 2011, there was still a lack of agreement by a handful of countries, including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Viet Nam and Canada, to add chrysotile asbestos to Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention and whereas this failure will deprive workers and consumers in importing states, particularly for developing countries of information on health and safety protections and on proper handling for others who use products containing asbestos; and
Whereas the Province of Quebec in Canada has imminent plans to reopen and expand their asbestos mining operations.
 
 
Therefore be it urgently resolved, that Prime Minister Stephen Harper for Canada and President Barack Obama for the United States, immediately endorse a plan of action for North America for the elimination and prevention of asbestos-related diseases by:
• stopping the North American production and use of all types of asbestos;
• ending the North American export of asbestos to the developing world;
• replacing asbestos use with safe substitutes;
• developing economic and technological mechanisms to stimulate the swift  replacement of asbestos and its use in products throughout North America and the developing world;
• supporting asbestos producing communities and workers in just transition to sustainable alternative industries;
• taking measures to prevent exposure to asbestos still in place and during asbestos removal and disposal;
• supporting and improving early diagnosis, treatment, social and medical rehabilitation of asbestos victims;
• establishing North American registries of exposure locations and of people with past and/or current exposures to asbestos; and
• calling upon United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN to promote a global declaration embracing these same goals.

 

To arrange for an interview, please contact:
Fe de Leon, 416-960-2284 ext. 223
 
On-line:
Support the petition as an organization or an individual by visiting: http://bit.ly/vgtBeX (individuals) and http://bit.ly/u13Igz (organizations)
 
About the Canadian Environmental Law Association:  CELA is a non-profit, public interest organization established in 1970 to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate environmental law reforms. It is also a free legal advisory clinic for the public, and will act at hearings and in courts on behalf of citizens or citizens’ groups who are otherwise unable to afford legal assistance.  CELA is funded by Legal Aid Ontario.


--
Fe de Leon,
Researcher,
Canadian Environmental Law Association,
130 Spadina Ave., Ste. 301,
Toronto, ON   M5V 2L4
Tel.: 416-960-2284 ext. 223,
Fax: 416-960-9392,
E-mail: deleonf@cela.ca

Visit our web sites:
on CELA at www.cela.ca

on our Resource Library at www.ecolawinfo.org

on Pollution at www.PollutionWatch.org

on Source Water Protection at www.thewaterhole.ca

on Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment at
www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca

Join the Boreal Forest Network, the Boreal Action Project and the Winnipeg Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement in calling for a complete boycott of all Weyerhaeuser forest products until the company ceases all logging and sourcing in the contested traditional territories of Grassy Narrows First Nation, or as long as there is community opposition to those operations.

Sign the petition at:

http://borealforestnetwork.com/boycott-weyerhaueser-petition


The following notice has been served to Weyerhaeuser Canada/U.S. and the Province of Ontario:

 

Stop Logging in the Traditional Territory of Grassy Narrows First Nation


Take notice that until such time as you cease all logging and sourcing in these contested territories, or as long as there is community opposition to your operation in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinaabek traditional territory (Grassy Narrows First Nation) we will be calling for a complete boycott of all Weyerhaeuser products.

According to the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Plan, 324,000 cubic meters of poplar and birch is allocated from the Whiskey Jack Forest Management Unit each year to supply the Weyerhaeuser Timberstrand/Trus Joist Kenora mill. This is 42 percent of the total allocated timber harvest from the Whiskey Jack and a full 50 percent of the wood supply for the mill.

Your withdrawal from this territory will be a significant step in preserving what remains of the intact forest which is crucial to the Anishinaabe way of life, estimated to be only 30 percent of what it was before mismanagement by logging companies.

 

As you know, The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently released a lengthy decision in Keewatin v. Minister of Natural Resources (Keewatin), which held that the Province of Ontario lacked authority to “take up” lands for forestry, or other activities that may significantly infringe upon First Nations’ hunting and fishing rights, with respect to certain lands under Treaty 3 (the Keewatin Lands). This supports the position of Grassy community members who have been engaged in the longest standing blockade in Canada, at Slant Lake near their reserve, since 2002, when they stood in front of logging trucks to protect their traditional lands from further logging.

 

Grassy Narrows is trying to rebuild an economy and way of life that have been devastated by decades of severe environmental contamination and destruction. The people of Grassy Narrows have already made it clear that multinational logging companies like Weyerhaeuser are incompatible with their vision for the preservation and use of their territory.

A recent unfavourable independent audit contains a staggering 21 recommendations to address material “non-conformances to a law and/or policy” and “a significant lack of effectiveness in forest management activities.” The report concludes that, “forest sustainability...will not be achieved unless corrective measures are immediately taken.” This independent audit of logging in the, 964,000 hectare, Whiskey Jack Forest, from 2004-2009, clearly indicates that the forest has been mismanaged and is in decline.

 

We call on you to join forest products companies; Boise, Abitibowater, Domtar and Ainsworth, who have already agreed not to source conflict wood from Grassy Narrows territory.

 

We maintain that it is not only unsupportable, but unethical for Weyerhaeuser to resume sourcing from the Whiskey Jack, for the Kenora, Ontario, mill, that makes Weyerhaeuser iLevel Trus Joist Timberstrand Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL), or any other forest products.

Use of Public Land against the Public’s Wishes

The provincial government will be deciding this month whether to go ahead with the previous government’s plan for public forest use and conservation.  The plan that was on the table would decrease the amount of forest that is managed specifically to conserve deer wintering habitat, old forests and stream bank buffer zones.

Based upon what we have learned from DNR, this could mean a reduction of as much as 25% (one quarter) of some of these habitats.  At the same time, the amount of plantations on public land would be more than doubled to 28% of Crown forest.

The Hon. Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, announced he will re-examine the previous plan, and will announce a new forest plan In February.


New Brunswickers have Rejected this Before

The majority of the public told the Select Committee on Wood Supply in 2004 that they do not want fish and wildlife habitat to be sacrificed to increase wood supply.  The Select Committee rejected industry’s request to put a cap on conservation zones, and instead recommended that the amount of clear-cutting be reduced.

A 2007 survey of the New Brunswick public showed that the overwhelming majority of people surveyed place highest priority on the forest’s protection of fresh water, air and wildlife habitat (Public views on forest management in New Brunswick: Report from a provincial survey).

Both the Select Committee hearings and the survey of New Brunswickers showed that our citizens expect government to stand up for what the people want, and to work with the natural forest we have.

The public also expressed they want more say in how forests are managed.  Government has still not implemented any real public consultation strategy to involve the public in the public’s forest.


Will The Government Listen This Time?  We Think Yes.

We believe there is a real opening for New Brunswickers to speak up on behalf of our forests once again.  This is a new government, and the Minister said he wants to hear more from conservationists and First Nations.

  • -Please write a letter that tells government what is important to you about our forest, and what you expect government to do.
  • -Send your letter to: Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, and a copy to your MLA.   We can provide a list of MLAs if you are not sure.
  • -Make a short version of your letter and send it as a letter to the editor to your local newspaper, or one of the daily newspapers.


More detailed information can be found on the following web sites: www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Prepared by Crown Lands Network Steering Committee (CCNB Action, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NB Chapter, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Public for the Protection of the Forests of NB)

** English follows**
Bonjour à tous, 
 
Comme certain d'entre vous le savent, la compagnie Castle Resourses est en train de décider s'ils vont continuer le processus d'évaluation environnementale ou encore retirer leur projet de mine d'or à ciel ouvert à Dauversière, dans le Nord-Est du Nouveau-Brunswick. 
 
On reçoit de bonnes nouvelles, comme quoi la compagnie songe sérieusement à retirer son projet (voir par exemple http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2012/01/10/001-incertitude-mine-dauversiere-nouveau-brunswick.shtml). On veut cependant s'assurer que le projet n'aille pas de l'avant, et c'est pourquoi nous lançons une campagne d'envoie de courriels à Castle Resources.
 
C'est simple et facile! Vous n'avez qu'à cliquer sur le lien ci-dessous:
http://www.soselmtree.org/ac.html, à entrer votre adresse courriel, et à mettre votre nom et adresse à la fin de la lettre. Un exemple de lettre vous est fourni, mais vous pouvez l'éditer pour y inclure un message plus personnel si vous le voulez.  
 
Si vous voulez plus d'information sur le projet, vous pouvez aussi parcourir le site www.soselmtree.org
 
N'hésitez pas à partager avec votre famille, vos amis, vos voisins, etc.!


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Hi all, 
 
As  some of you may know, Castle Resources will decide shortly if they follow with the environmental assesment process or if they withdraw their open pit gold mine projet in Dauversière, in northern New-Brunswick.
 
We've been getting good news, stating that the company is seriously considering to withdraw their project (see for example, *only in French* http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/atlantique/2012/01/10/001-incertitude-mine-dauversiere-nouveau-brunswick.shtml). We, however, want to make sure they don't go forward with the project, which is why we are starting a campaign of email-sending to Castle Resources. 
 
It's simple and easy! Just click on this link http://www.soselmtree.org/home.html, enter your email adress, and add your name and adress at the bottom of the letter! An example of a letter is provided, and you can edit it if you wish to send a more personal message.
 
If you need more information on the project, you can browse the www.soselmtree.org website.
 
Don't hesitate to share this with your family, friends, neighbours, etc.!

An important call of support for the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs around hydraulic fracturing is outlined below.

_______________________________________________________________________________

The Assembly of First Nation Chiefs is calling for the federal government to investigate and take action to place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Canada until adequate information is obtained for free and informed consent from First Nations peoples.

Groups and individuals are bieng asked to either write a support letter or use the below form letter to support the Chiefs as well as send a carbon copy to the National Chief and the Premier of New Brunswick ( mailing address enclosed)
 
thank you
alma brooks
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December 11, 2011

Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca

Attention: Prime Minister Stephen Harper

I am writing this letter in support of the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs of Canada in their request for a moratorium on hydraulic –fracturing for oil and gas,

On December 07, 2011; a special Assembly of First Nations Chiefs passed a resolution #24 that calls for the Federal government to investigate and take immediate action concerning the hydraulic fracturing by oil and gas companies in Canada.

 

Resolution #24

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Chiefs-in-Assembly:

1. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to call upon federal government to conduct, starting immediately, comprehensive and objective research, with guidance and oversight by First Nations, on the short and long-term impacts of hydraulic fracturing, including:

          a. The impacts on water resources with respect to the amount of water that is required for fracturing operations;

          b. The impacts to ground and surface water with respect to the chemicals used in fracturing operations, the contaminated water that is produced in fracturing operations and how the contaminated water is treated and stored;

          c. The impacts of fracturing operations on human health.

2. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to require the federal government to consult with First Nations across Canada on hydraulic fracturing operations, including providing First Nations with comprehensive information on hydraulic fracturing so First Nations are in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.

3. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to seek resources from the federal government directly to First Nations and supportive organizations in Canada so they may educate their constituents on and consult with their constituents on hydraulic fracturing in order to be in a position to provide free, prior and informed consent to these operations.

4. Direct the Assembly of First Nations to request the federal government implement an immediate moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas until First Nations have the proper information on these operations, including the aforementioned research, and have given free, prior and informed consent to hydraulic fracturing operations.

Signature:

Date:

CC:

 

National Chief Shawn Atleo

Assembly of First Nations

Trebla Building
473 Albert Street
Suite 900
Ottawa, ON K1R 5B4

Premier David Alward

Province of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 6000
Fredericton, N.B.
Canada E3B 5H1

The Canadian Environmental Network is calling for action from the public. In order to keep it’s doors open, it is requesting help by donations.

Campagne de conservation des forêts publiques – automne 2011

Cet automne, le gouvernement provincial va décider s’il va poursuivre les plans d’utilisation et de conservation des terres publiques de l’ancien gouvernement. Le plan prévu réduisait la superficie de forêt gérée spécifiquement pour conserver les aires d’hivernage des chevreuils, les vieux peuplements et les zones tampons le long des cours d’eau.

Si l’on se fonde sur ce que nous avons appris du MRN, cela signifierait des réductions atteignant autant jusqu’à 25 % (un quart) de certains de ces habitats. Et en même temps, la superficie des plantations sur les terres publiques serait presque triplée, à 28 %.

Le nouveau ministre des Richesses naturelles a annoncé qu’il examinerait à nouveau l’ancien plan cet automne, et qu’il annoncerait un nouveau plan forestier après décembre.

Les Néobrunswickois ont déjà rejeté ce plan

Dès 2004, la majorité de la population a exprimé au comité spécial sur l’approvisionnement en bois qu’elle ne voulait pas que les habitats des poissons et de la faune soient sacrifiés pour accroitre l’approvisionnement en bois. Le comité spécial avait rejeté les demandes des entreprises et placé un plafond aux zones de conservation, et il avait recommandé plutôt que la superficie des coupes à blanc soit réduite.

En 2007, une enquête auprès de la population du Nouveau-Brunswick a démontré qu’une majorité écrasante des résidents accordait la priorité la plus élevée à la protection par les forêts des eaux potables, de l’atmosphère et des habitats de la faune (Opinions du public sur la gestion des forêts au Nouveau-Brunswick : rapport d’une enquête provinciale).

À la fois les audiences du comité spécial et l’enquête auprès des Néobrunswickois ont démontré que les citoyens et les citoyennes s’attendent que leur gouvernement se tienne debout pour ce que la population désire et qu’il travaille avec la forêt naturelle que nous avons.

La population a aussi exprimé qu’elle voudrait avoir plus de pouvoir sur la façon de gérer ses forêts. Le gouvernement n’a toujours pas mis en place une réelle stratégie de consultation de la population qui impliquerait le public dans la gestion des forêts publiques.

Est-ce que cette fois le gouvernement nous écoutera? Nous pensons que oui.

Nous croyons qu’il existe une véritable ouverture qui permettrait encore une fois aux Néobrunswickois de parler au nom des forêts. Nous avons un nouveau gouvernement et le ministre a dit qu’il souhaitait entendre encore les environnementalistes et les Premières nations.

Veuillez donc écrire une lettre pour dire au gouvernement ce qui vous importe dans nos forêts et ce que vous voulez que le gouvernement fasse.

Faites parvenir votre lettre à Bruce Northrup, ministre des Ressources naturelles, C. P. 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, et faites en une copie pour votre député. Nous pouvons vous fournir une liste des députés si vous n’êtes pas certain de son adresse.

Préparez une courte version de votre lettre et faites-la parvenir au rédacteur de votre journal local, ou à celui d’un autre quotidien.

Si vous faites partie d’un groupe communautaire ou d’une ONG qui souhaiterait que quelqu’un d’entre nous parle à votre groupe concernant les forêts publiques ou réponde à vos questions (informez-nous des questions en nous fournissant les détails), veuillez nous contacter par les moyens décrits ci-dessous.

Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter forest@ccnbaction.ca D’autres informations détaillées peuvent être trouvées aux sites Web suivants : www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Préparé par le comité directeur du Réseau des terres de la Couronne composé de représentants des organisations suivantes (CCNB Action, Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada – section NB, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Citoyens pour la protection des forêts du NB).

Public Forest Conservation Campaign – Fall 2011

The provincial government will be deciding this fall whether to go ahead with the previous government’s plan for public forest use and conservation. The plan that was on the table would decrease the amount of forest that is managed specifically to conserve deer wintering habitat, old forests and stream bank buffer zones.

Based upon what we have learned from the Department of Natural Resources, this could mean a reduction of as much as 25% (one quarter) of some of these habitats. At the same time, the amount of plantations on public land would be increased to 28% of Crown forest.

The new Minister of Natural Resources has announced he will re-examine the previous plan this fall, and will announce a new forest plan after December.

New Brunswickers have rejected this before

The majority of the public told the Select Committee on Wood Supply in 2004 that they do not want fish and wildlife habitat to be sacrificed to increase wood supply. The Select Committee rejected industry’s request to put a cap on conservation zones, and instead recommended that the amount of clear-cutting be reduced.

A 2007 survey of the New Brunswick public showed that the overwhelming majority of people surveyed place highest priority on the forest’s protection of fresh water, air and wildlife habitat (Public views on forest management in New Brunswick: Report from a provincial survey).

Both the Select Committee hearings and the survey of New Brunswickers showed that our citizens expect government to stand up for what the people want, and to work with the natural forest we have.

The public also expressed they want more say in how forests are managed. Government has still not implemented any real public consultation strategy to involve the public in the public’s forest.

Will the government listen this time? We think yes.

We believe there is a real opening for New Brunswickers to speak up on behalf of our forests once again. This is a new government, and the Minister said he wants to hear more from conservationists and First Nations.

Please write a letter that tells government what is important to you about our forest, and what you expect government to do.

Send your letter to: Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, and a copy to your MLA. We can provide a list of MLAs if you are not sure.

Make a short version of your letter and send it as a letter to the editor to your local newspaper, or one of the daily newspapers.

If you are part of a community group or NGO that would like to invite one of us to speak to your group on this topic (to answer questions, provide more detail), please contact us, as below.

For more information, please contact forest@ccnbaction.ca. More detailed information can be found on the following web sites: www.acadianforest.ca; www.cpawsnb.org.

Prepared by Crown Lands Network steering committee (CCNB Action, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society-NB Chapter, Meduxnekeag River Society, Nature NB, Public for the Protection of the Forests of NB), a caucus of the NB Environmental Network.

Hi everyone,
As you know, I'm very involved in raising awareness of shale gas exploration/drilling and the consequences to health, the environment and our rural way of life. (I know that I don't want to live in or near an industrial pit that pours chemicals into the ground and air).
My own awareness has been raised by meeting the people of Penobsquis and hearing their stories first hand. They live in Gasland and will give tours so people can see what they will soon be facing. They do not want other communities to suffer what they have. I am circulating this email in hopes to raise awareness for Penobsquis. They are and have been fracking wells in Penobsquis, so when the government says it is proceeding slowly and cautiously what about Penobsquis (and Elgin).

If you haven't yet read "The Story of Water and Penobsquis," please do so at your earliest opportunity. It is a cautionary tale for all citizens of N.B. illustrating clearly where we will be if industry damages our private property. The government will side with industry as it has done with Potash Corporation. The Story of water is up on the main page of www.penobsquis.ca

The shale gas industry has been granted leases over vast sections of our province. Its record in the U.S. and parts of Canada shows that air, water and quality of life all suffer.

In 2004 in Penobaquis, Potash Corporation conducted seismic testing which included the detonation of dynamite charges. At this time there were reports of homes shaking and muddy water from taps. Then the mines flooded and people lost wells and springs. The connection was made between these events by the residents as well as officials in the Dept. of Environment and local government. The onus was on the residents to prove it which is what they are still trying to do 7 years later. They have been blocked time and time again from gaining access to information they need to prove their case. They were finally given the information they had been requesting for MANY years this July, 2011. Public pressure may have been a factor. It is the classic David vs Goliath senario only Goliath is now a thousand times larger and the government has taken away David's slingshot and won't let him use any rocks.

Penobsquis is us and the outcome at the hearing is our outcome. If the affected people of Penobsquis are not fairly compensated for the damages to their property (which have rendered their homes unsaleable) then look into your own future should industry negatively impact your property.

The one thing that most of us here in NB have and hope to someday leave to our children is our home. Right now, this has been denied to the people of Penobsquis who are living in an unhealthy industralized area on land that has been rendered worthless by industry.


You can support Penobsquis in the following ways:

- if you can, attend the hearings with the Mining Commissioner. They resume Oct, 12, 13 and 14 October 2011 at the All Seasons Inn in Sussex, NB. It shows the mining commissioner, the government and the press that people are paying close attention to what is happening in this hearing. If you can't attend, please talk about the hearings and let others know what is going on.

- contribute to the Support Penobsquis fund. Donations can be made through the following site: http://canaryinstitute.ca/ with charitable tax receipts issued. (Clarify that your donation is for Penobsquis) or through the Support Penobsquis website directly: http://www.penobsquis.ca/support-us/ (no tax receipts can be issued from this site).


- write to Premier Alward letting him know that you are concerned about the way the people of Penobsquis are being treated, that you will be watching closely the outcome of the Mining Commission Hearing

- write a letter to the editor expressing your concern about Penobsquis and how it has been treated by industry and government

-share this email with your friends via email, facebook, twitter


If you made it this far, thanks for read

Based on a report out of Hampton, seimic 'thumper' trucks were spotted on Highway #1 past marker 143 earlier this afternoon. They were last seen traveling in an eastwardly direction. Local residents and leaders from the region met later to discuss the presence of the vehicles. They ask friends and other citizens to be aware of the current situation on the highway outside of town and to begin building support against the intrusion of the shale and natural gas industries into their community and throughout our province.

On Tuesday October 11 at 3:30 pm there will be a peaceful demonstration at the Hampton sign "It's Our Nature" one km before the Hampton exit on the Saint John side.  No cars will be blocked and all actions will keep within the law.  Everyone who can make it is invited to join us in solidarity.  PLEASE let any media connections know.

The proposed Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper mine near Stanley, New Brunswick, has the potential to create significant negative impact on and catastrophic risk for:

•    Atlantic salmon habitat vulnerable to changes in the hydrologic regime and heavy metal deposition.
•    The Nashwaak Watershed, a valuable economic and ecological resource, currently one of the post pristine watersheds in New Brunswick.
•    Wetland habitats.
•    Extensive areas of economically valuable hardwood and mixedwood Acadian Forest, a forest type under stress.
•    Human health and safety in the Nashwaak Watershed, and in the open-pit itself, due to an unacceptable level of risk of failure of the extensive and high tailing dams.
•    Human and ecological health due to air emissions of dust with elevated levels of arsenic and lead in an extensive area of the projected dust plume of this mine.

Take Action!


Action 1:


Join CCNB, Mining Watch Canada and the Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Chapter in requesting a review panel for the Sisson Tungsten/Molybdenum/Copper Open-Pit Mine. A petition asking for a review panel has also been drafted in case you want to circulate to your contacts.

You can send a letter requesting a review panel -- the highest level of Environmental Assessment -- to:

Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of Environment
kent.p@parl.gc.ca

Tara Oak, Project Manager, Sisson Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Sisson@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney
NB Minister of Environment
margaret-ann.blaney@gnb.ca

Hon. Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
keith.ashfield@parl.gc.ca

cc - Mike Allen
MP for Tobique-Mactaquac
mike.allen@parl.gc.ca

* If you would like to have your comments posted on this page, please cc your letters to us at forest@ccnbaction.ca You can find submissions in the bottom section of this page.


Action 2:



Concerns with the Draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Sisson Project Environmental Impact Statement are being accepted until October 3, 2011.

Please find 16 points of concern with the Draft Terms of Reference below. For those interested in finding out more about each concern and commenting, each concern is discussed in further detail here.

Comments can be sent to:

Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of Environment
kent.p@parl.gc.ca

Cc: Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney
NB Minister of Environment
margaret-ann.blaney@gnb.ca

Hon. Keith Ashfield
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
keith.ashfield@parl.gc.ca

Tara Oak, Project Manager, Sisson Project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Sisson@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

16 points of concern:

1.       Totally unacceptable level of project definition and scope at this stage of the EA/EIA, leaving the public and government at a severe disadvantage in commenting on the TOR.

2.       Inaccurate and incomplete articulation of proponent responsibilities with regard to cost/benefit analysis of all VECs.

3.       Unconstitutional articulation of proponent responsibilities to First Nations as defined in existing Treaties and the U.N. Declaration of Indigenous Rights.

4.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to address the issues related to water quality under the Province of New Brunswick’s Water Classification Regulations.

5.       Inadequate requirements for proponent bonding to mitigate impacts of unexpected catastrophic events for which known risk factors are calculable based on historical performance of similar projects.

6.       Unacceptable requirements for proponent engagement and scrutiny in public consultation

7.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to consider alternative ways of completing the project.

8.       Inadequate acceptance of proponent responsibility to consider the “do nothing” alternative to the project.

9.       Inadequate guidance on determining the project footprint at the Local Assessment Area (LAA) level.

10.   Inadequate guidance for a proper and effective HHERA(Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment).

11.   Inadequate requirement for peer review of scientific aspects of the TOR.

12.   Inadequate guidance on considering the historical record of mining in Canada, including its record of social irresponsibility, and its impacts on the integrity of rural communities.

13.   Unacceptable level of guidance on considering impacts of the environment on the project.

14.   Unacceptable level of guidance on considering reasonably predictable future combined impacts, either those of the current proponent or in combination with other projects.

15.  Unacceptable specification of the possible tailing facility.

16.   Unacceptable assumptions at this point in the process.
The Youth Environmental Action Network shale gas action group has been working very hard on a shale gas decleration. Click hereread the No Means No document or download the pdf below. We state our concerns in regards to hydraulic fracturing and declare that: "We the undersigned NB Youth groups call for a ban on shale gas exploration in NB because we are not willing to sacrifice the quality of OUR water, OUR air, OUR land and OUR health for some quick cash."
 
 
 
If your school youth group or community group, want to supports the deleration for a ban please by clicking here to add your group name to the document.

We thank you all for your support.
 
YEAN Shale Gas Action Group: Fredericton High School Environmental Committee, École Saint Anne comité environmental, Polyvalente W.A.Losier comité environnemental
 
 
If you are in support of the Nature Trust's work, please Vote here! to support one of our initiatives on Boars Head Nature Preserve. You can do it every day for next five days.
Nature Trust of New Brunswick (NTNB) is an incorporated, charitable land trust, founded in 1987. Since its early days the Nature Trust’s main goals have been to protect those areas in New Brunswick that are ecologically significant, and to educate New Brunswickers on the importance of land conservation and the province’s natural heritage. Boar’s Head Nature Preserve is a 27 hectare property located on Ragged Point Road, Saint John. In 2010, the Nature Trust developed a trail plan that would provide citizens with access to this natural area, however, this trail is not fully developed at the moment. This proposal seeks support for completion of the trail which would allow improved community access to Boar’s Head Nature Preserve. This in turn will increase recreational and educational opportunities for citizens and visitors of Saint John. The Nature Trust regularly leads nature hikes and guided walks on our Nature Preserves. A completed trail would mean we could better facilitate exploration of this natural area and educate the public on important ecological issues. The project would include trail layout and maintenance, installation of educational interpretive signs throughout the preserve that highlight the history and ecological significance of the area, and placement of an entrance sign that would welcome visitors and give trail information.
Paul Tukey of Safelawns is working with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment to proclaim May 6th 2011, which is the 20th anniversary of Hudson Quebec’s cosmetic pesticide bylaw, as Dr. June Irwin Lawn Pesticide Awareness Day. The wording of the proclamation is below.

"We, the undersigned members of the North American health, environmental, landscape and farming communities, hereby proclaim Friday, May 6, 2011 as Dr. June Irwin Lawn Pesticide Awareness Day in honor of the pioneering doctor's leading role in passage of North America's lawn first pesticide ban in Hudson, Quebec, on May 6, 1991."

Signatories as of noon Tuesday, April 26
Advocate Precautionary Principle, Sarasota, Fla.
Alaska Community Action on Toxics, Anchorage, Alaska
BC Pathways, Victoria, BC
Beyond Pesticides, Washington, D.C.
Canadian Cancer Society, Vancouver, Ca.
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Toronto, Ont.
Citizens for a Green Camden, Camden, Maine
The Coalition of Organic Land Care Professionals, Seattle
EcoJustice, Toronto, Ca.
The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Paonia, Co.
Environmental Health Fund, Jamaica Plain, Boston
Friends of Casco Bay, Portland, Maine
Farmworker Association of Florida, Apopka, Fla.
Galveston Baykeeper, Seabrook, Texas
Groundswell Stratford, Stratford, Ontario
Institute of the Environment, Ottawa, Ont.
Lawn Reform Coalition, Washington, D.C.
Leah Collective, Concord, N.H.
Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association, Unity, Maine
Manitoba Eco-Network, Winnipeg
Natural Resources Defense Council, New York
Ontario College of Family Physicians, Toronto
People’s Action for Threatened Habitats, Vancouver
Pesticide Action Network North America, San Francisco
Pesticide Free Zone, Kentfield, California
Pesticide Watch, Sacramento, California
Protect All Children’s Environment, Marion, N.C.
Rainfrog Amphibian Sanctuary, Roberts Creek, BC
Rachel Carson Council, Washington, D.C.
Safer Pest Control Project, Chicago, Ill.
The Sierra Club, Washington,D.C.

The SafeLawns Foundation, Newport, R.I.
Saskatchewan Environmental Society, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Stop Targeting Overuse of Pesticides, Victoria, BC
Toxics Action Center, Boston
Toxics Information Project, Providence, RI
Wildsight, Kimberley, BC

Paul J. Tukey, www.PaulTukey.com
Executive Producer, A Chemical Reaction, www.chemicalreactionmovie.com
National Spokesperson, www.safelawns.org
Associate Editor, MovieMaker magazine
The provincial Energy Commission just released its proposed energy policy for New Brunswick and the government now wants to hear from you!

There are many great recommendations, most notably with relation to energy efficiency. But the Energy Commission just does not seem to understand the urgency of climate change and developing renewable energy now. They are recommending that we abandon our renewable energy and climate change targets.

We are at a historic fork in the road. The end of cheap oil and climate change impacts, from floods to rising food prices, are forcing us to rethink and redesign how we get and use energy.

Like us, you’re probably tired of aggressive and risky ways of producing energy and I think the Earth is as well. We’re actually pumping tens of millions liters of chemical-laced water underground for shale gas that has a carbon footprint greater than oil. We’re smashing atoms together simply to boil water while producing radioactive waste for future generations. All of this is leaving us asking: when will it be enough? What do you think?

Our team at CCNB thinks there’s a better way. Like we showed you in our Action Flick “Our Energy Future”, efficiency and renewables CAN meet our needs. Prince Edward Island made $3million last year from its publicly owned wind farms and Halifax is installing hundreds of solar domestic hot water systems.

That’s why we are asking you to write to the Energy Minister Craig Leonard. We’re going to write to him as well but we really need you to tell him “Enough is enough, it’s time to make the right choice for our energy future”. His e-mail is Craig.Leonard@gnb.ca and his mail address is P.O. Box 6000; Fredericton, NB; E3B 5H1.

Tell him it’s time to:
1. Increase our targets for producing electricity from new renewable sources to 25%, not gut them.
2. Strengthen our 2020 target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, not abandon it.

To learn more about CCNB Action's Roadmap for our Energy Future, click here.

thank you,

Raphael Shay
Climate & Energy Coordinator

Speak up for wildlife now!

 Please write, phone or e-mail your MLA to tell them you don't want our habitat protection zones clearcut, instead they should be expanded to help restore our populations of native plants and animals to healthy levels.

 Members of the Legislative Assembly contact information: http://app.infoaa.7700.gnb.ca/gnb/pub/ListMLA1.asp

Action Alert - Elmtree Property Gold Mine

Action Alert Deadline: Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

The Elmtree Property Gold Mine is a proposed open-pit gold mine in an
environmentally sensitive area near Beresford, NB. The mine, which plans
to operate for 1.5 to 2 years, carries the potential for significant
negative environmental impacts including destroying the headwaters of an
Atlantic salmon stream and impacting the river downstream. The mine
carries the potential for acid mine drainage and could affect the water
supply for the town of Petit Rocher and the water quality and quantity
for nearby residents on wells. Mining could also harm wetland habitats
including uncommon white cedar swamp and culturally important black ash
stands which host several rare plant species.

CCNB Action, Mining Watch Canada, the Belledune Citizens' Committee,
Bathurst Sustainable Development, Sierra Club of Canada-Atlantic, Grand
Lake Watershed Guardians have requested that the Environmental Impact
Assessment for the Elmtree Property Gold Mine be bumped up to a Joint
Panel Review, which would mean greater public participation at both the
federal and provincial levels.

What can you do?

1. Request that the Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed
Elmtree Property Gold Mine be given Joint Panel Review status. This
request must be sent to the federal and provincial Environment Ministers
and copied to the project manager at the Canadian Environmental
Assessment Agency.

Sample Letter

Given the limited economic benefits and potential for significant
impacts to sensitive environmental features including salmon streams,
municipal and private water supplies, and important wetland communities
I support the request by CCNB Action, Mining Watch Canada, the Belledune
Citizens' Committee, Bathurst Sustainable Development, Sierra Club of
Canada-Atlantic, Grand Lake Watershed Guardians to have the project
undergo a joint panel review.

Send to:

Hon. Peter Kent
Minister of the Environment
401 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A6
Tel: 613 992-0253
Email: kentp@parl.gc.ca

Hon. Margaret-Ann Blaney
NB Minister of Environment
Marysville Place
P. O. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5H1
Tel: 506 444-5136
Email: margaret-ann.blaney@gnb.ca

Hon. Gail Shea
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons
Parliament Buildings, Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6
Email: Min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Vanessa Rodrigues, Project Manager
Elmtree Property Gold Mine project
Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
1801 Hollis Street, Suite 200
Halifax NS B3J 3N4
Tel.: 902 426-0564
Email: ElmtreeGoldMine@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

2. Make comments to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
Guidelines found here:
http://www.acee-ceaa.gc.ca/050/document-eng.cfm?document=48759

Deadline for comments: Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Concerns with the Draft Environmental Impact Statement:

1. Sustainable development. Contribution to sustainable development is
highly dubious considering the potential for serious environmental
impacts for a project that will involve only 1.5 to 2 years of
employment and potential economic benefits.

2. Alternative Closure Options. In the section regarding alternative
means of carrying out the project (Sec. 4.4.6), the list of requirements
should include alternatives for mine closure and decommissioning.

3. Uncertainty of Success of Mitigation Measures. Realistic estimates of
the likelihood and frequency of malfunctions should be given (Sec.
4.6.1). Factors which contribute to the uncertainty of detecting and
mitigating impacts associated with accidents and malfunctions should be
assessed. An assessment of the degree of uncertainty associated with
proposed mitigation measures (Sec. 4.7) for routine operations and
habitat compensation should be provided.

4. Cumulative Effects. Existing and potential future effects of broader
environmental changes (e.g. climate change) and regional population
trends to important species such as Atlantic Salmon and Black Ash must
be considered.

5. Follow Up and Monitoring. Costs of short-term monitoring should be
estimated as should any requirements and costs for post-closure
monitoring (Sec. 4.10). The responsibility for long-term monitoring and
if necessary mitigation should be clearly identified.

6. Air Quality. While the guidelines indicate that ore processing is
part of the scope of the project, air emissions from ore processing also
need to be considered within the EIS (Sec. 4.13).

7. Water Quality. In describing the potential impacts of acid rock
drainage and metal leaching on ground and surface water (Sec. 4.14.3,
4.14.4 and 4.14.5) the proponent should be required to describe
variability of the results from tests and modelling conducted, and a
review of the relative success of predicting acid rock drainage and
metal leaching from similar ore bodies.

8. Species at Risk and of Conservation Concern. Evaluation of potential
effects on any of the categories of species described in Section 4.15.4
should consider the relative importance of the Elmtree River for
regional populations and population dynamics, and the diversity of those
populations.

9. Mine Closure. We are concerned by the reference to a “conceptual
reclamation and closure plan” in Section 4.15.1. Given the demands
throughout the guidelines to evaluate potential effects and mitigation
measures during and after closure, a conceptual plan is clearly
insufficient. While detailed engineering could be left to a later stage
of permitting, regulators and the public need to know about the closure
plans to a sufficient level of detail to properly review the proposal.
The guidelines should include a higher degree of precision and be
consistent in the requirements for information about closure, namely:
detailed description of activities and timing for mine closure;
rationale for the selection of preferred closure option compared with
other alternatives; cost estimates for closure activities; analysis of
uncertainty associated with closure options including variability in
modelling of key parameters, technological failures etc. and an
explanation of long-term responsibility and stewardship of the site.

Action Alerts

Have your say on Draft Water Strategy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
by Conservation Council of New Brunswick
A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.

Call for nominations for the NBEN Awards - 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017
by Annika Chiasson
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.
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