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Canada’s pesticide regulator “captured by industry”

The Conservation Council’s Executive Director, Lois Corbett, was quoted in a July 26 National Observer article about Canada’s problematic pesticide management agency. In the article, investigative journalist Bruce Livesey (a Fredericton High School graduate in the 80s) takes an in-depth look at the failings of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) to protect people, …

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Tracadie-Sheila looking at by-law to ban glyphosate

Tracadie-Sheila town council is considering a by-law to ban the use of glyphosate within the municipality, Radio-Canada reports. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicides Vision, Vision Max and Forza, which are widely used by forestry companies on New Brunswick’s Crown forest. Radio-Canada reports that Tracadie-Sheila is looking at banning the chemical, prompting questions over …

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Eighth right whale death sparks call for “complete review” of shipping lanes

Updated on July 27 Another north Atlantic right whale has been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The CBC reports that the whale — now the eighth found dead in the gulf since June 6 — was spotted by a plane with the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. The plane also found …

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Conservation Council, Fundy Baykeeper deeply saddened by loss of whale rescuer and veteran fisher

The Conservation Council and Fundy Baykeeper are expressing their condolences following the tragic death of veteran lobster fisher and member of the Campobello Whale Rescue Team, Joe Howlett. Howlett died on Monday, July 10 while attempting to free a right whale entangled in fishing gear in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The whale was saved, …

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Water quality reporting could be in store for more provincial beaches

Our Executive Director, Lois Corbett, welcomed news reported by the CBC on June 29 that the provincial Department of Health is considering testing and reporting water quality at more provincial park beaches. Right now, water quality test results are only made public for Parlee and Murray beaches. “We do need to report some of the …

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Corbett talks the good and the bad from first-ever Canada Beach Report

The Conservation Council’s Lois Corbett discussed the good news and the bad news found in the first-ever Canada Beach Report with several media outlets this week. Lois spoke with Global News, appeared on CBC Information Morning Fredericton, CBC Information Morning Moncton, and was featured in a CBC web story. The Canada Beach Report was a …

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First-ever Canada Beach Report released

June 27, 2017, TORONTO — How much you know about water quality at your local beach depends on where you live in Canada, reveals the Canada Beach Report, a new report on the state of recreational water quality monitoring across the country released today. Government routinely tests beaches and compares results to recreational water quality guidelines …

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“A good challenge” to government: Corbett on AG climate change report

Our Executive Director, Lois Corbett, appeared in stories by several media outlets responding to the Auditor General’s report on climate change action in N.B. Corbett was quoted in articles by The Canadian Press, the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, a pair of CBC articles (Legislate reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions in N.B., says auditor general, and Conservation Council says …

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