EcoNews — Strong water protection & a glyphosate-free forest

In this edition of EcoNews, we make it easy for you to have your say on a strong, comprehensive water protection strategy for New Brunswick just before the upcoming deadline for public comments; we share an interview with a retired government research scientist who is raising concern about the long term health risks of glyphosate, and we invite you to join the more than 1,800 New Brunswickers who have already written their MLA to ask for the spraying to stop; we bring you the full text of the debate over a motion introduced earlier this month in the New Brunswick Legislative Assembly about glyphosate spraying in our Crown forest; and more.


Submit your comments for strong #nbwater protection! 

New Brunswickers have until Monday, Nov. 20 to weigh in on the development of a water strategy for New Brunswick that will replace our old, outdated way of protecting water in our wet province. We’ve done a lot of research into what a strong, comprehensive, enforceable water strategy should look like in New Brunswick, and we’ve made it easy for you to have your say. Click the link below to sign and send our pre-written submission, which, of course, you are encouraged to edit with your thoughts and comments. Take 30 seconds and submit your comment for strong #nbwater protection now! [Note: the letter is also available in French]


Dr. Vrain on the long term health impacts of glyphosate

Listen to an interview with Dr. Thierry Vrain, a molecular biologist and retired federal government research scientist, who recently presented to several N.B. communities about the health risks of glyphosate, the main ingredient in herbicides used in our Crown forest, during a tour organized by Stop Spraying in New Brunswick. We’ve already helped more than 1,800 New Brunswickers write their MLA to ask for the spraying of glyphosate-based herbicides in our Crown forest to end. If you haven’t got your letter in yet, click the link below to send it now! [Note: the letter is also available in French]

Read the debate over the motion about glyphosate spraying in New Brunswick

Earlier this month, elected officials in New Brunswick’s Legislative Assembly debated a motion about the spraying of glyphosate-based herbicides in the province’s Crown forest. The motion called on the government to create a working group made up of government departments and outside stakeholders to look at the use of glyphosate in our Crown forest, and to suspend the spraying of glyphosate in the Crown forest until the working group reported back to government with its recommendations. You can read the Hansard of the full debate by clicking the link below.

Chronicling the Upper Miramichi’s dream of a community forest

“Deep in the heart of the New Brunswick forest in a place where a mighty river flows is a dream of a community forest,” opens the chapter by the Conservation Council’s Tracy Glynn about the efforts by Upper Miramichi residents in a new book on community forests in Canada. Growing Community Forests brings together Canada’s leading community forest researchers, practitioners and advocates to share experiences and analysis with a forest management model that involves local control over forests for the greater benefit of local communities.


Join us for a Buy Local Celebration this weekend!

Everything tastes better with friends, family and fresh local ingredients! That’s why we’re inviting you to join us for the Conservation Council of New Brunswick Southeast Chapter’s Buy Local Celebration, coming up on Sunday, Nov. 19 in Moncton. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres in the new Dolma Food Restaurant, with guest speakers, a silent auction, water tasting, prizes, and the presentation of the 2nd annual Beth McLaughlin Environmental Journalism Award. All proceeds go toward the Conservation Council of New Brunswick! Click the link below to learn more and buy your tickets now!