In about a month, people in New Brunswick will be electing a new provincial government.

Council of Canadians chapter members like us have been hard at work, knocking on doors and speaking with people in our communities about the important issues facing our province.

We wanted to share this handbill, which includes important ballot box issues such as a just transition to jobs in sustainable economies, Indigenous rights, forestry and glyphosate spraying, water, health care, and shale gas. There are also some questions you can ask your candidates.

Election periods are short. In order to get these issues on the radar we need people to be informed, to be talking to each other, and asking tough questions to their local candidates.

Will you help? Can you share this handout with your friends, family members and neighbours? We’ll be producing more online tools and information as the election period carries on, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter.

The Council of Canadians is non-partisan and won’t be supporting any specific candidates or parties. What we do want is a government that won’t undermine our most fundamental democratic rights, and will act in the best interest for the future of our communities and our global climate. This election is our collective opportunity to change the political landscape for the better.

Elections New Brunswick reported voter turnout was 64.7% in the 2014 provincial election, dropping from 69.5% in 2010. Voter turnout has been declining, and we know that it’s not about apathy, it’s about issues. Many potential voters are tuning out of electoral politics because they don’t see the issues that matter to them reflected in the political discussions. Others want to vote, but they face systemic barriers that deter, or even prevent, them from doing so. We must work together to get more people to the ballot boxes and overcome these barriers.

Our volunteer chapter members and people like you who are committed to progressive values can make a difference in the upcoming election. Learn more about the issues, talk to others and most importantly, vote on Election Day!

We can all have a say in a better future for New Brunswick.

In solidarity,

Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians
Do you know an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in land conservation in our province? Nominations for the 2018 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation are open until Monday, October 1, 2018.

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 any 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.

Click here to download the nomination form!

 

For more information, visit: www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/blog/2018-lg-award-nominations or contact Danielle Andrus, Communications Manager, at danielle.andrus@ntnb.org or (506) 457-2398.

2018 LG
 
1) DOWNLOAD this Quiz with 6 questions for your political candidates, to test and mark them on their knowledge of the #StopSprayingNB campaign and the issue:

QUIZ: SSNB’s Questions for Political Candidates 2018 and Quiz Marking tool
(version française ici)

2) Purchase: an Election Sign Topper ($7) for your existing SSNB sign, or buy a SIGN & Topper ($15) to place on your property so that political candidates and other voters are reminded about this campaign that is supported by a hand written petition drive with 35,000 signatories but was ignored by NB Govt.

Payment: email caroline@stopsprayingnb.ca to make payment and pick up arrangements. We have sign-selling volunteers all over NB!

For more information, check out www.stopsprayingnb.ca

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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 2018. 

Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN, not including current Steering Committee members.

Nomination deadline is Friday, October 26, 2018.
For generations, families from Napadogan to Stanley, Taymouth to Marysville, and many points in between and beyond, have flocked to the banks of the Nashwaak River and its beautiful tributaries to swim, fish, paddle and — of course — forage for fresh fiddleheads.

This legacy is threatened by a proposal to build a large open-pit mine and tailings waste facility at the headwaters of the pristine watershed.
Act today to help protect the waters we love from the Sisson Mine

The Sisson Partnership is currently applying for permission to dump mining waste into portions of the Nashwaak watershed. The federal government, through Environment and Climate Change Canada, is accepting comments from the public until May 3, 2018.

We’ve partnered with our friends at the Nashwaak Watershed Association and other concerned groups to make it easy for you to speak up for the Nashwaak watershed, the people and families who live along and downstream of its banks, and the wildlife, including brook trout and Atlantic salmon, who depend upon the health of these waters.

Use our pre-written letter (that you can edit/add with your concerns and story) to have your say today. 

Want to know more about the proposed Sisson Mine and the risk it poses to the Nashwaak and downstream communities like Napadogan, Stanley, Taymouth, Marysville and Fredericton?
Check out our blog, Sisson Mine Proposal: An open-pit mine in the heart of upper Nashwaak River valley Learn about the latest news with the project.
Read our article, What the Mount Polley tailings disaster has to teach us to protect the Nashwaak from the Sisson mine
Read our op-ed about building an economy that puts water protection at the forefront.
Learn more from our friends at the Nashwaak Watershed Association.
Photo credit for image of deer on the Nashwaak River: Michiko Nishijima, who lives in the Nashwaak watershed.

For countless generations, people in New Brunswick have cherished the wildlife and beauty of their natural surroundings. We have adopted many deeply rooted outdoor traditions that take us to the rivers, lakes, wetlands, forests, and coastlines of our beautiful province in all seasons of the year. Help protect the wild places that you love so that your family, children, and grandchildren will be able to enjoy them forever.

Over 95% of New Brunswick is currently unprotected and open to exploitation that could harm wildlife and damage the natural beauty of our province, and we need to act now to change that.

 © 2018 NBEN / RENB