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Friday, 13 September 2013 10:06

A Hard Look at Sisson Brook

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Groups are reviewing the Sisson Brook mine environmental study and say that the scale of this project is hard to imagine. First, the project itself is an open pit tungsten and molybdenum mine that will create a pit 300-375 metres deep over 145 hectares. The tailings pond will cover 750 hectares. Secondly, with the process itself, the public has only 45 days to respond to an environmental assessment report that took years to prepare and is over 5000 pages in length. One issue of significant concern noted by one environmental group is the potential for widespread arsenic contamination due to…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:01

Raissa’s New Baby!

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I am happy to let everyone know about the arrival of Abigail Virginia, who was born on the morning of August 15 (la Fête nationale de l’Acadie!). Chris, Lianna, and I are very excited to welcome Abby into our family!
Check out this show on Global News "What it's like when oil runs through your backyard!" It's a rude awakening about the effects of oil and pipelines.
Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:24

Update from NBEN Interns in Costa Rica

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¡Buenos días! I am writing to you all from beautiful Costa Rica, where Anne-Marie and I are starting work at the secretariat of the International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN), the organization we will be interning with for 6 months. We are happy to be settling in to our routines here in San Jose, after a couple of hectic weeks since arriving. The IAFN recently decided to move from their previous home near the Pacific coast, in a small town called Londres, to the bustling capital of San Jose. What a change! When we first arrived we were whisked off to…
Check out Charles Thériault’s new video. The power that an intense look and intelligent rhymes can have is truly impressive! The arts sure have their role to play in the environmental movement. Thanks to Charles Thériault for this interesting perspective on forest issues. Click here to watch the video.
Friday, 09 August 2013 09:52

Elsipogtog Photos

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Check out this set of front line photos and a song from Elsipogtog. Powerful stuff and lots of food for thought - over thirty people have been willing to stand up and be arrested for the protection of our environment. Click here to view the photos and song from Elispogtog. And even more photos with the old tune "See you in September".
Friday, 26 July 2013 14:50

Raissa on Maternity Leave

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I am happy to announce that our 2-year-old daughter will soon have a baby brother or sister!  I am due on August 29th and I will be going on maternity leave as of the end of July.  I will keep everyone posted with news about the baby. I look forward to re-joining the NBEN team upon my return at the beginning of September 2014.
A little "sustainable" humour to lighten your day!
Friday, 12 July 2013 12:59

NBEN Blast from the Past!

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The NBEN is dabbling in the art of video creation! The video was shot a while ago, but check it out and let us know what you think.
Friday, 28 June 2013 15:51

NBEN Interns leaving for Costa Rica

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Maya and I are the new interns at the NBEN as part of CIDA’s international youth internship program. During the past 3 weeks at the NBEN, we had the chance to participate in different interesting projects, one of them is the “Branch Out, Make Waves” challenge that will soon be launched! We are now getting ready to leave for Costa Rica. For the next 6 months we will have the opportunity to develop new skills and to put what we learned at the NBEN into practice while working for the International Analog Forestry Network. You can follow our adventures on…
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 14:34

New Faces at the NBEN

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Today’s the second day of training at the NBEN office! There are lots of new people to get to know and lots to learn. My fellow co-workers, Annie, Lisa, Sidney, Anne-Marie, Maya, and I have a lot on our plates, but it will certainly be a fun and rewarding experience! Annika Chiasson - Health and education programs assistant Annie Guérard – Programs coordinator Lisa J. Griffin – Programs coordinator Anne-Marie Dufour– Intern Maya Irwin – Intern Sydney Wood – Communications and special projects
The UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) comes to an end next year. What have we accomplished in Canada to support the Decade? What challenges did we face? And where do we go from here? It was these questions that shaped the discussion at a national ESD workshop I attended at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO annual meeting recently. In general, the workshop provided an interesting discussion, although it was a bit too much of listening to ourselves talk and not quite enough of concrete action items for my liking. Perhaps one of the most thought-provoking comments included…
Did you know that the middle class will grow from 25% of the world’s population to 50% of the world’s population between now and 2030? This stat was put forward by one of the keynote speakers at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO’s AGM that I recently attended. If true, the implications are quite amazing. Many national governments that now represent mostly poor people will soon represent mostly middle class people – people whose basic needs are met and who can focus on broader issues such as environmental sustainability and social justice. Is our world about to change for the better?…
Thursday, 23 May 2013 14:46

Climate Changes Coming to NB

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A recent UNB study found that, given climate predictions, we can expect lots of changes across the New Brunswick landscape. The researchers interviewed more than 40 New Brunswick climatologists, biologists and other scientists on ecological changes they expect to see in the province by 2050 and 2100. “Terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems will be vastly affected as climate change influences, both directly and indirectly, the ecological parameters that present limitations or favourable conditions for specific organisms.” states the report. Expected changes include decline of balsam fir and white spruce and increased red oak and red spruce. Similarly, lynx will be out-competed…
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