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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Conservation Council of New Brunswick applauds Premier-designate Brian Gallant for recent announcement on job creation

FREDERICTON – Premier-designate Brian Gallant has pledged to grow the provincial economy by focusing on innovation-based entrepreneurship and making it easier to get the research currently underway at our universities and tech incubators out into the world.

“We applaud this approach and support Mr. Gallant in his drive toward creating new jobs and supporting innovation. Innovation-based job creation strategies open the door to green technology, and our province and its citizens will benefit,” said Lois Corbett, Executive Director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

“We agree with Mr. Gallant’s priorities, and we’re eager to see what our universities and research centres can accomplish when we together focus in on our opportunities to grow a clean economy,” said Corbett. “And what’s more innovative than pursuing one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global market — renewable energy, energy efficiency, and clean jobs.”

“Projects like retrofitting old building stock and encouraging renewable energy projects would have a meaningful - and lasting - effect on our economy. We know the members of the New Brunswick Jobs Board will seize these opportunities and position our province as a leader.”

New Brunswick has some of the oldest housing in the country — a retrofit, rebuild and renew program focused on this sector has the possibility to create thousands of construction and trades jobs, said Corbett. 

Media contact:
Jon MacNeill, Communications Officer
jon.macneilll@conservationcouncil.ca; 506-458-8747

Conservation Council of New Brunswick
180 St. John Street, Fredericton NB E3B 4A9
506.458.8747 ::  www.conservationcouncil.ca

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Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

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

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

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

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

This is where you come in!

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

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

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

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

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

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

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

Sincerely,

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

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

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