SSNB Sends Letters to Urge NB Political Parties to Table and Debate a Bill to Stop Spraying NB

In anticipation of the upcoming 60th NB Legislature, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday November 19, 2019, SSNB has just sent letters to each NB political party with elected MLAs, whereby we request a meeting as soon as possible to discuss drafting a bill to #StopSprayingNB. A year into this new government we need to see political parties willing to draft a bill to ban herbicide spraying on public forests and NB Power rights-of-ways. 

Supporters, this is a two-step process: after a bill is tabled, the party that tabled the bill needs to present it for debate. The legislature does not sit for many weeks as we all know, so time is of the essence. 

We encourage our supporters to spread the word, and we also URGE our supporters to contact and pressure their own MLA for action on this issue.
Please remember that they were elected by their constituents and should be held accountable. Even if you are sure that your MLA does not care, they NEED to hear from you, the electorate.

Samples from the Herbicide Spraying Map

Have you checked out your area using the 2019 Herbicide Spraying Map yet? Here are just a couple notable areas.

Note: You need to zoom in on the map before the spray areas will show and they may take a couple seconds to load.

Find your area, take a screenshot, and share it on social media with the hashtag #StopSprayingNB!

Bathurst, Chatham, and Rogersville Areas
Sussex, Petitcodiac, Salisbury, Moncton, Bouctouche, Richibucto Areas
Oromocto Area

The NB 2019 herbicide spray map is available on-line.

 The 2019 spray map (licenses issued for herbicide spraying on our NB forests) has been posted! Have fun trying to navigate this map, to see if forest spraying is planned near you!

LINK: http://geonb.snb.ca/herbicide/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0XTZxism3FaXGqoGBKaLwyELRx2Q_32FzW41B16u29nKxIs897cFccOEU

A few examples of what the patches with spray licenses look like. Over 15,000 hectares will be sprayed again this year, just like the past years, so any reductions mentioned by the current PC government are truly a drop in the bucket. 

NOTE: The dark green patches do not pop up until you have zoomed in, and have “turned on” all the layers. Type in your community and zoom in to check…and wait..it takes a while for every detail to upload.

Colours represent the following:

  • Very very light green patches are: Crown land
  • Pink patches are private (Industrial freehold) land.
  • Dark green patches: areas with spray licenses

LINK to our Facebook group discussion: https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopSprayinginNB/2065118933797304/?comment_id=2069351646707366&notif_id=1563896426525950&notif_t=group_comment_follow

SSNB Report Card Release to NB Political Parties – Press Conference in Fredericton July 15, 2019

SSNB Chair Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy and SSNB Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Dryer speak at SSNB’s press conference in Fredericton on July 15, 2019.
SSNB Report Card Release to NB Political Parties – Press Conference in Fredericton July 15, 2019

PRESS RELEASE (Report card attached)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 2019.

Fredericton, NB

Stop Spraying NB releases report card to members of 59th NB legislature

 Stop Spraying NB (SSNB) has released a “report card” on the performance of the four political parties in the 59th NB legislature on their record on the issue of herbicide spraying on public land to mark beginning of the annual herbicide spray season in the province.

 SSNB, which is calling for a ban on herbicide spraying on crown land in New Brunswick, has given all four political parties in the Legislature a failing grade when it comes to bringing about such a ban but better marks than last year for efforts made by the PC party and NB Green Party.

 The PC party, which formed government in November, 2018 with the support of the People’s Alliance Party (PANB) is in the position at this time to pass legislation to stop the spraying of herbicides on crown land and by NB Power, or to make the decision, as the province of Québec did in 2001, to stop issuing permits to spray. The PC government announced some minor reductions in herbicide spraying for the coming spray season: 30% less spraying by NB Power and no spraying in designated watersheds on Crown Land. It is important to keep in mind, that the PCs proposed a bill in November 2017, which would have involved a moratorium on spraying for 2018, while government would study this issue with stakeholder groups’ input. This bill was gutted by the then Liberal government. Why propose a moratorium when in opposition, but not follow through once in government?

 One of the prominent parts of PANB’s election campaign was a promise to stop spraying NB, but we have seen no visible action from PANB except one question during the spring legislative session by MLA Rick Desaulniers.

 The Green party made some efforts by tabling a motion, but they chose not to pursue this motion when the opportunity arose to select it for debate and a vote. Green MLAs David Coon and Kevin Arseneau also asked several questions inside the Legislature and an effort to have a last-minute debate on the last day before summer break failed.

 The New Brunswick Liberal party has shown no interest in dealing with this issue, which is no change from their position when they formed government in the 58th legislature under leadership of Brian Gallant.

 As it stands now, there has been very little political will to act on 35,000 handwritten petition signatures from constituents to stop spraying NB, which has been submitted in batches to the legislature since December 2015. The effects of forest herbicide spraying on New Brunswick’s deer herd and other wildlife, including the fact that taxpayers subsidize this practice by private forestry corporations continues to outrage SSNB supporters.

 Immediately after the election of September 2018, SSNB offered to help draft legislation to stop spraying on public land in NB, but after all four elected political parties attended our first public forum to discuss our draft motion in October, they failed to actually sit and draft legislation. No parties took us up on our offer.

Marks issued to the political parties in the 59th legislature of NB:

– ‘F’ for all political parties for failure to implement legislation for a ban on public land spraying (crown land, NB Power, CN Rail)

– Mixed marks for “Efforts towards changes in regulations or tabling a motion/bill”: ‘F’ for the Liberals, ‘B-‘ for the PC party, ‘ B+’ for NB Green Party, ‘D-‘ for PANB.

 Donald Bowser, SSNB Vice-Chair remarked, “The reductions announced by the PCs are a drop in the bucket: NB Power made the decision to spray less without direction from government, and although we received confirmation of no spraying this year in protected watersheds, we don’t know if this decision came from individual municipalities, or from government. The decision about Turtle Creek was made by Moncton for example, not government. Maybe we should add a “Pinocchio” award to the report card for the PCs, for fibbing a little bit?”. “We need to supply the four political parties with extra strength performance pills, since they all need strength and stamina to stop spraying in NB.”

 Bruce Dryer, SSNB’s secretary and treasurer remarked, “SSNB is pleased to see that some municipalities in NB, such as Greater Moncton Area, and Tracadie, have taken it upon themselves to not allow spraying within their jurisdictions, and commends NB Power for making an effort to spray 30% less this year”.

 SSNB ‘s Chair, Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy remarked, “SSNB is deeply disappointed that no action has been taken by the current minority government to stop spraying in NB. We expected more pressure and collaboration efforts from the 6 elected third-party MLAs on an issue that is very important to so many New Brunswickers. Our issue was a prominent issue during the election campaign, which gained the third parties votes”.

 Media Contact:

Dr. Caroline Lubbe D’Arcy, Chair, Stop Spraying NB Inc.         

email: stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com

Text Box:

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE (Bulletin de notes ci-joint)

POUR PUBLICATION IMMÉDIATE le 15 juillet 2019.

Fredericton, NB

Stop Spraying NB remet son bulletin de notes aux membres de la 59ième assemblée législative du N.-B.

 Stop Spraying NB (SSNB) a publié un “bulletin” sur le bilan des quatre partis politiques à la 59ième législature du N.-B. sur leur dossier concernant l’arrosage d’herbicides sur les terres publiques pour marquer le début de la saison de pulvérisation annuelle d’herbicides dans la province.

 SSNB, qui réclame l’interdiction de l’arrosage d’herbicides sur les terres de la Couronne au Nouveau-Brunswick, a donné une note d’échec aux quatre partis politiques représentés à l’Assemblée législative, mais de meilleures notes que l’année dernière pour les efforts déployés par le Parti Conservateur et Parti Vert NB.

 Le parti conservateur, qui a formé le gouvernement en novembre 2018 avec le soutien du Parti de l’Alliance des gens (PANB), est actuellement en position d’adopter un projet de loi visant à mettre fin à la pulvérisation d’herbicides sur les terres de la Couronne et par Énergie NB, ou, comme la province de Québec l’a fait en 2001, de ne plus délivrer de permis d’arrosage.  Le gouvernement conservateur a annoncé quelques réductions mineures de la pulvérisation d’herbicides pour la saison à venir: 30% d’arrosage en moins par Énergie NB et aucun arrosage dans les bassins versants désignés des terres de la Couronne.  Il est important de garder à l’esprit que les conservateurs ont proposé un projet de loi en novembre 2017, qui aurait entraîné un moratoire sur les arrosages pour 2018, alors que le gouvernement étudierait cette question avec la contribution des groupes concernés.  Ce projet de loi a été rejeté par le gouvernement libéral de l’époque.  Pourquoi proposer un moratoire dans l’opposition, mais ne pas suivre cette direction une fois au pouvoir?

 L’un des éléments marquants de la campagne électorale de PANB était la promesse d’arrêter l’arrosage au NB, mais nous n’avons constaté aucune action visible de la part de PANB, à l’exception d’une question du député Rick Desaulniers.

 Le Parti Vert a fait des efforts en déposant une motion, mais il a choisi de ne pas poursuivre avec cette motion  quand l’occasion se présentait de la choisir pour un débat et un vote.  Les députés verts David Coon et Kevin Arseneau ont également posé plusieurs questions au sein de l’Assemblée législative et ont tenté d’organiser un débat de dernière minute le dernier jour avant la pause estivale.

 Le Parti libéral du Nouveau-Brunswick n’a manifesté aucun intérêt à régler ce problème, ce qui ne change en rien leur position lorsqu’il a formé son gouvernement à la 58ième législature sous la direction de Brian Gallant.

 Dans l’état actuel des choses, la volonté politique de donner suite à 35,000 signatures de pétition émanant de leurs électeurs demandant l’arrêt de l’arrosage au NB, qui ont été soumises par lots à l’assemblée législative depuis décembre 2015, est très faible. Les effets de la pulvérisation d’herbicides forestiers sur le troupeau de chevreuils et d’autres espèces sauvages du Nouveau-Brunswick, y compris le fait que les contribuables subventionnent cette pratique de la part de sociétés forestières privées, continuent de scandaliser les partisans de la SSNB.

 Immédiatement après les élections de septembre 2018, SSNB a proposé d’aider à la rédaction d’un projet de loi visant à mettre un terme aux pulvérisations d’herbicides sur les terres publiques du Nouveau-Brunswick, mais les quatre partis politiques élus ont assisté à notre premier forum public pour discuter de notre projet de motion en octobre, au cours duquel nous avons clairement indiqué que nous proposions de nous asseoir avec tous les partis politiques pour rédiger un projet de loi, aucun parti n’a accepté notre offre.

Marques attribuées aux partis politiques à la 59ième assemblée législative du NB:

– «F» pour tous les partis pour avoir omis de mettre en œuvre une législation interdisant la pulvérisation sur les terres publiques (terres de la Couronne, Énergie NB, CN)

– Note mitigée pour “Efforts en faveur d’une modification de la réglementation ou pour dépôt d’une motion ou d’un projet de loi”: “F” pour les libéraux, “B-” pour le parti conservateur, “B +” pour le député du Parti Vert du Nouveau-Brunswick, “D-” pour le PANB.

 Donald Bowser, vice-président de SSNB, a déclaré: “Les réductions annoncées par les conservateurs sont une goutte dans le seau: Énergie NB a pris la décision de pulvériser moins sans directive du gouvernement. Nous ne savons pas si cette décision a été prise par des municipalités ou par le gouvernement. La décision concernant Turtle Creek a été prise par Moncton, par exemple, et non par le gouvernement. Peut-être devrions-nous ajouter une récompense “Pinocchio” au bulletin de rendement des PJ, pour avoir hésité un peu? “. ” Nous devons fournir aux quatre partis politiques des pilules extra performantes, car ils ont tous besoin de force et de résistance pour arrêter de pulvériser au NB. “

 Bruce Dryer, secrétaire et trésorier de SSNB, a déclaré: “SSNB est ravi de constater que certaines municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick, telles que la région du Grand Moncton et Tracadie, ont décidé de ne pas autoriser l’arrosage dans leurs régions respectives, et félicite Énergie NB d’avoir fait l’effort de pulvériser 30% de moins cette année “.

Dr Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, présidente de SSNB, a déclaré: “SSNB est profondément déçu que le gouvernement minoritaire actuel n’ait pris aucune mesure pour arrêter l’arrosage au Nouveau-Brunswick. Nous nous attendions à plus de pression et aux efforts de collaboration des 6 députés des tiers partis sur une question très importante pour tant de Néo-Brunswickois et néo-brunswickoises. Cette question a été au centre des débats de la campagne électorale, qui a recueilli les suffrages des tiers.

Contact pour les médias: Dr Caroline Lubbe D’Arcy, Président, Stop Spraying NB Inc.

email: stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com

October 17, 2018: SSNB’s Post-Election Public Forum with all 4 elected NB Political parties to Draft a Model Bill to #StopSprayingNB

On October 17, 2018 SSNB organized a public forum to draft a model bill to stop the spraying of glyphosate and other herbicides on public forests, by NB Power, Base Gagetown and CN Rail.

Youtube link to the entire event: https://youtu.be/qv12weUlXHA

The big news for us and our supporters was that ALL 4 elected political parties sent elected members to participate.

MLAs in attendance:
– NB Liberal Party: Andrew Harvey
– NB PC Party: Ross Wetmore and Mike Holland
– NB Green Party: David Coon
– People’s Alliance Party: Rick DeSaulniers and Michelle Conroy 

David Coon was the only party leader in attendance.

SSNB had invited Rod E. Cumberland and Charles Theriault to attend as resources to give input.

There were a few other groups, who were not invited present (not sure who invited them, because we only sent invitations to the leaders of the elected parties):
– Mike Leger from Forest Info
– Agricultural Aliance NB.
Thanks to Donald Bowser, SSNB vice-Chair for putting this together.

The only media outlet in attendance was the NB Media Coop, which was surprising, because this was one of the MAJOR election  issues in the NB General Election (held on September 24, 2018): http://nbmediacoop.org/2018/10/18/meeting-on-glyphosate-ban-brings-all-legislature-parties-together-for-the-first-time/

SSNB on CBC news about our issue becoming a major election issue in NB’s 2018 Election (of Billboard shenanigans and our election campaign! September 17, 2018)

SSNB made CBC Info am and the news today: #StopSprayingNB has become an election issue in NB’s general election that will take place on September 24, 2018.

ARTICLE (link and pdf) : https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/glyphosate-spray-election-issue-1.4824688

How herbicide spraying in NB became an election issue CBC News

AUDIO of the 7 minute CBC Info am piece: (will upload the cbc podcast when it’s out)

CBC RADIO – Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy is interviewed beside Rothesay highway exit by CBC’s Shane Fowler about glyphosate spraying Billboards being taken down (CBC Information Morning, September 17, 2018)

AUDIO of the news clip that is playing on CBC  Radio 1 until noon:

CBC RADIO – Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy is on 6-30am Newscast about glyphosate spraying Billboards being taken down (CBC Information Morning, September 17, 2018)(1)

UPDATE: PLATFORM COMMITMENTS to #StopSprayingNB for NB election 2018: (will be updated when we receive more information)

UPDATE: PLATFORM COMMITMENTS to #StopSprayingNB for NB election 2018: (will be updated when we receive more information)

– NB Green party: “Immediately end the spraying of herbicides (glyphosate) on forest lands and under powerlines, given the risks the chemical poses to natural ecosystems and wildlife” (pg 26)(see pg. 26 of election platform): http://www.greenpartynb.ca/2018_platform

– NBNDP: “. The NDP would end glyphosate spraying,..”. https://nbndp.ca/en-our-platform/

– PANB (Platform released Sept 11’18): “Cease herbicide (glyphosate) spraying on crown lands”
https://docs.wixstatic.com/…/dbb70e_2b8427a0014d4614a6f4e4b…

– PC party (platform released Sept 11’18): “forestry sector, we will be conducting our own objective, evidence-based study of the health implications for wildlife and humans exposed to Glyphosate”
https://www.pcnb.ca/…/uplo…/2018/09/PCNB-PLATFORM-2018-1.pdf

So far no promises from Liberal party.