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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…
Friday, 31 May 2013 12:13

Daily Glove Puppet

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Give your funny bone a lift and check out the new shale gas newsletter. Both in hard copy and online, this is one crazy publication!
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…
Thursday, 25 April 2013 21:10

Pipeline to Saint John

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Have you been wondering if the proposed bitumen pipeline passes by your door? Or perhaps your favourite wild haunts? Here’s a map of the route through New Brunswick to Saint John. The Pembina Institute has done an interesting analysis of the climate implications caused by increased tar sands production that would result from the Keystone pipeline. These climate implications would also apply to an eastern pipeline. According to David Coon, Leader of the Green Party, “It looks like the pipeline to the Port of Saint John would support a 27% increase in tar sands production which in upstream emissions alone…
Thursday, 07 February 2013 17:11

Democratically Challenged

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Have you checked out the changes to the provincial election ridings? The CBC has a link to a great map which will show you any riding in the province – as it is now and as it is proposed to be. The Electoral Boundaries and Representation Commission is currently holding public meetings and accepting comments on its proposal. There has been back-lash from some small communities across New Brunswick who feel that the new boundaries do not respect their community ties. From my point of view, it seems that our democratic institutions are being steadily eroded. Alex Himelfarb, a former…
Thursday, 31 January 2013 14:28

Hero Lynne!

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Here’s the scenario. The NBEN office is on the third floor of the tower in the Peace Centre in Moncton. Due to electrical problems resulting in no electricity (read: no lights or elevators), on Sunday afternoon the Peace Centre announces that they are closed. Meanwhile, on Monday, the NBEN is scheduled for a big meeting on climate change adaptation. Guess the venue? You guessed right - the Peace Centre. Lynne to the rescue! Not only does she find a new venue for 30 people on Sunday night, she climbs and re-climbs the dark stairwell of the Peace Centre, flashlight in…
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:05

Scott Vaughn resigns

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The federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughn, has resigned effective April 1, 2013. Mr. Vaughn has been the Commissioner since 2008 and his term does not end for another 2 years.  The Commissioner’s office is within the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. During his time as Commissioner, he has released numerous reports auditing the government’s effectiveness in achieving its environmental obligations and objectives. His portfolio includes environmental petitions, obligations under the Federal Sustainable Development Act and the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment Canada. At the NBEN, we have found…
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 15:02

Crown Lands – The Undercover Story

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There is a series of short videos currently under production that explores the under belly of what is happening on Crown lands in NB. Wondering about the pre-Christmas news item about clearcutting all around the scout camp in the north of the province? And the protected area proposed for the Irving family fishing camp? Charles Thériault, the producer of the video series, doesn’t pull any punches. His interviews also include viewpoints from academic experts and ideas on how to do things differently. There is also a petition calling for a revamped Crown Lands and Forests Act. The series is called…
Friday, 21 December 2012 09:04

At loooong last -– Annual Report and AGA Minutes!

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At long last, the minutes from the NBEN’s Annual General Assembly, which took place on October 13 in Sackville, are now available for members and associates.  The annual report, which outlines all the great accomplishments of environmental groups working together under the umbrella of the NBEN, is also available.  Only members of NBEN member and associate groups have access to these documents.  You must first log in to the Eco-Community, click on Member and Associate Section and go to the Minutes and Reports.   
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