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A TALE OF TWO NECESSITIES: Children and Resource Development

Annual Conference of the Children's Environmental Health Collaborative 

November 28, 2017

New Maryland Centre
754 New Maryland Hwy

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…”
- Charles Dickens

And so begins a classic piece of literature, one that is very relevant to modern-day New Brunswick.

Historically, New Brunswick’s economy has been based on the exploitation of natural resources – forestry, mining, agriculture, fisheries.  While these extractive industries are still central to our economy, they also have unintended consequences for our communities and the ecosystem in which we live.  For many years, in New Brunswick and around the world, environmentalists have raised alarm bells about intensive resource development. Recently, the narrative has shifted to focus on human health, not just ecosystem health.  In 2012, the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health released recommendations concerning shale gas development in New Brunswick, which informed the narrative that ultimately led to a moratorium on shale gas development in the province.

How can we move beyond the “jobs vs environment” dichotomy, to address what matters most – our children’s health?  How can we work together to ensure that the necessity of resource development is done in such a way that it does not put our water, air, and land at risk?  Is this even possible?

If you find that these questions pique your curiosity, do not miss this opportunity to attend the annual Children's Environmental Health Collaborative's conference!

As a participant, you will...
  • Hear about the latest evidence-based information about the impacts of resource development on children’s health.
  • Explore the importance of working across sectors when addressing issues related to resource development.
  • Explore watersheds as a lens through which to better understand the impacts of resource development.
  • Learn about the progress of the Collaborative and the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (“ECHO”) Network.
  • Create connections between the resource development sector and the health sector.

Who should attend?
Health practitioners, researchers, non-governmental agencies, loggers, farmers, miners, and fishermen, governmental representatives, parents, municipalities…


Draft Agenda

9:00am   Registration and Networking
9:30am   Welcome and Introductions
9:50am It was the best of times... Update from the New Brunswick Children’s Environmental Health Collaborative teams
10:05am It was the season of light...
Workshop: Framing children’s environmental health through the lens of our watersheds (ECHO Project)

Prof. Céline Surette, Faculty of Sciences, Université de Moncton
11:00am   Break
11:15am It was the age of wisdom...
The Precautionary Principle: Cumulative impacts of resource development on children’s health

Prof. Donald Cole, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Q/A and discussion
12:00pm   CEH Teams discussions
12:30pm   Lunch
1:20pm It was the epoch of belief... Panel: The role of policy and legislation

Gerald Gogan, Mayor of Petitcodiac

David Maquire, Department of Environment and Local Government NB, Environment impacts assessment branch (Invited)

Gordon Dalzell, Citizen’s Coalition for Clean Air

Q/A and discussion
2:00 We had everything before us, we had nothing before us...
Collateral Damage; how our actions of today affect the children of tomorrow

Marjorie McGibbon, RN BScN
Paediatric Oncology Patient Navigator, Horizon Network

2:30   Break
2:50 It was the spring of hope... Climate change and children’s health

Dr. Mariane Pâquet, Medical Officer of Health, North Region

Serge Larochelle, Groupe de développement durable du Pays de Cocagne

Q/A and discussion
3:20 I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people... Workshop: Communicating efficiently to trigger action!

Jon MacNeill, Communications director, Conservation Council NB
3:50   Wrapping up and moving ahead
4:00   End of conference


Thanks to our Funders!
Health Canada, Department of Health of New-Brunswick, Department of Intergovernmental Affairs of New-Brunswick, ECHO Network


Upcoming Events

Peace and Friendship Alliance Gathering
Fri, Nov 24th, 2017

A Tale of Two Necessities: Children and Resource Development
Tue, Nov 28th, 2017
New Maryland

Deadline for ETF submission
Thu, Nov 30th, 2017

Un conte de deux nécessités : Les enfants et le développement des ressources