Your fresh, new and phone-friendly EcoNews 2017!

In this March Econews, we give you articles on recommendations on how New Brunswick can better prepare for ice storms, an update on the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Fisheries and its report on how to move forward to protect fish habitat. We then follow up on progress made by a group of Mount Allison students who helped Sackville town council say no to the Energy East oil pipeline.

Lastly, we invite you to build local bird feeders this Saturday with our Learning Outside guru Nadine Ives, along with an invitation to the Smart Shift Summit in Moncton at the end of the month – one sure to inspire the green innovator in you!

NEWS

CCNB recommendations on how to respond to ice storms

Following the January ice storm that left over 130,000 New Brunswickers without power, the province has announced public meetings allowing participants to share their experiences and ideas on the response to the January ice storm will take place between April 3 to 6 in Bas-Caraquet, Lamèque, Miramichi, Richibucto, and Tracadie.

But did you know that the Conservation Council of New Brunswick is actively researching the effects of extreme weather events and New Brunswick’s capacity to adapt and respond to climate-change-induced extreme weather events?

Read our recommendations for ice storms as well as additional recommendations from the Post-tropical storm Arthur by clicking the link below!

UPDATE

Recover fish populations and protect fish habitat, recommends Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans

The Conservation Council is pleased that the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans has included restoring fish populations and protecting fish habitat in its recommendations of what to include in a new Fisheries Act. The recommendations were tabled to Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, on Feb. 24, 2017.

The three-party Standing Committee’s report is comprised of 32 recommendations, many of which propose restoring protections that were removed from the Fisheries Act in 2012. Addressing gaps in funding and enforcement capacity are also recommended in the report.

Mt. A. student victory, Sackville says no to Energy East pipeline

A group of Mount Allison students were all smiles on Feb. 14, 2017, after Sackville Town Council voted 5-3 to oppose the Energy East oil pipeline.

The students, who were enrolled last fall in an environmental activism course taught by Professor Brad Walters, asked councilors in November to take a stand against the proposed 4,600-kilometre pipeline that would carry up to 1.1 million barrels per day of diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to Irving Oil facilities in Saint John.

EVENTS

Free Bird Feeder Workshop for all ages!


Join the Conservation Council’s/our Learning Outside coordinator Nadine Ives on March 4th for a hands-on afternoon of creating your own bird feeder! Learn about common birds, how best to feed them, and provide habitat for them all while preparing dinner for your feathered backyard friends.

Spend this March 27th & 28th learning about green opportunities!

Spread the word! Connect with one of the many New Brunswick organizations working to inspire with new and innovative opportunities stemming from cost-effective reductions to greenhouse gasses, an electrified economy and a sustainable infrastructure that’s adapted for climate change.

The Conservation Council’s Lois Corbett and Louise Comeau will be presenting at the Summit. As Director of Climate Change and Energy Solutions at CCNB, Comeau will present on ways to talk about climate change with New Brunswickers, along with her extensive findings on the subject.

Learn how we’re building a smarter economy, using energy more efficiently and finding new ways to help us live in harmony with the land. Join us March 27th & 28th for your choice of over 60 presentations by professional environmentalists, forestry and energy specialists, researchers and business leaders.

Thank you for Reading!