SSNB held a press conference via Zoom on September 2, 2021, to issue the annual report card on action by elected political parties of the first session of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick:
SSNB was one of many groups invited to make a presentation to this committee:
Video of SSNB’s 20 minute presentation followed by a 40 minute Q&A with each political party represented on the Committee: https://youtu.be/0N8F3Prljf0
The Q&A portion with Natural resource Minister Mike Holland illustrated the defensiveness of the minister of forestry corporations’ practices on PUBLIC land: https://youtu.be/oRBfF1xjpFE
Full text of SSNB’s submission to the committtee:
The Standing Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship is holding HEARINGS on glyphosate and other pesticide use in NB. SSNB, amount other groups has been invited to make a presentation at these hearings. As soon as we have the finalized schedule of speakers we will publish this, and we will also publish the link to the STREAMING of the hearings, which will happen via the Legislative Assembly of NB’s website.
Here is the transcript of the debate that took place at the NB Legislature, which led to the formation of this Standing Committee:
In response to requests from our supporters, SSNB now has license plates for sale. We are working on getting French plates as well.
Please email us at: email@example.com for orders or check the announcement on our Facebook group for local SSNB merch volunteers.
SSNB Merch depots:
- SSNB HQ at 31 main Street in Petitcodiac (The new Petitcodiac Community Hub-The Vault))
- 104 Argyle Street, Fredericton
- Various volunteers, scattered all over NB!
We also sell 2″X2″ signs ($20) and bumper stickers ($10).
Signs are too large to mail.
CBC article about our event: https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.5702655
CBC NEWS at 6 COVERAGE (9 minute mark) https://www.cbc.ca/player/news/canada/nb
Report on the Efforts of Political Parties on the Issue – the Good, the Bad and the Failed Starts
The 2019/2020 Legislature Sessions (Second and Third of 59th Legislature) have seen some forward motion on the issue of banning spraying of herbicides on public lands but has come far short of actually banning or reducing spraying. Following the 2018 election, SSNB organised an event with all the Parties to discuss the formulation of legislation on the issue and much rhetoric was made about moving the issue forward but we are still waiting for its realisation.
Currently with the elected parties the Green Party has been the most active: Green tabled motion to ban glyphosate on Oct. 24, 2018 however they failed to pursue this motion for second reading and debate. They did however follow this up with tabling Bill #7 in November 2019 that includes a ban on spraying alongside other forestry issues. Sadly, the Greens did not pursue a second reading and debate on their own legislation.
This was followed by the Liberal Party motion tabled also in November 2019 to study glyphosate which was debated and voted on December 2019. During the process the Green Party proposed an amendment during this debate to band spraying on crown land and under NB Power lines which received votes by the Green and People’s Alliance of NB only and thus was defeated. The proposed committee by the Liberal Party was amended into a multi-party standing committee for Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship. First item on the agenda for this committee: Pesticides in general but the current pandemic has sidelined the work of the Committee and the expert testimony needed to seriously discuss the issue.
The current Progressive Conservative Government has also made statements about their support for curbing spraying of herbicides with an announcement in 2019 that 121 hectares reduction in spraying on watersheds. As yet, there has been no actual documentation that spray licenses were denied in watersheds nor if they were actually requested. The rhetoric was also increased with promises made that there would be:
- more transparent, DERD website (not yet released after 18 months)
- enforcement of buffer zones (no confirmation that this is happening)
- 5% more conservation of public land including 300,000 hectares of crown land.
This last point which has been claimed by the Province as a major conservancy effort came at the behest of local CSOs who have been advocating for more conservation and with $9.3 Million of Federal funding made available – half of which will go to purchasing private land to conserve. This commitment for conservation was actually made by the then Liberal Minister Rick Doucet in Fall 2018. While all conservation is good, the claims of the Province that this was and is a PC led initiative do not stand up to simple scrutiny of the facts. In the SSNB meetings with DERD, it was reported that there will actually be increased intensity of spraying on crown land to meet promised wood supply to industry.
While we are very pleased with the progress made towards stop spraying in NB, thanks to all the efforts made by our 15,000 members and the 35,000 plus that signed the petition, SSNB feels that all political parties need to step up their efforts to actually put in place a ban on herbicide spraying on public lands. The issue has grown from a non-issue in Provincial politics to being a major election issue but we are still waiting for an actual ban or significant reduction in herbicide use on public lands. The electorate want this to happen but we are only seeing small tangible results occurring. Our fight to stop spraying NB continues.
Stop Spraying New Brunswick Inc. (SSNB) to hold an ON-LINE media conference
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 1 p.m.
LOCATION: Petitcodiac Community Hub – The Vault, Petitcodiac (please note that the hub is not open for business yet, but we can allow a few reporters in). The media conference will be broadcast live on SSNB’s public Facebook group and we plan to send out a Zoom invite link for media to join on Thursday morning.
– Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, Chair, SSNB
– Donald Bowser, Vice-Chair, SSNB
– Joël MacIntosh, Director, SSNB
– Kimberly Copp, Director, SSNB
At the media conference, SSNB will issue a report card for the performance of the four political parties that were elected to the 59th NB Legislature in 2018, in response to a petition with 35,000 hand-written signatures to ban herbicide spraying on public land (crown forests, NB Power right of ways). SSNB will also report on progress of the SSNB pledge campaign, during which political candidates are asked to sign a pledge form to #StopSprayingNB.
Media will be invited to ask questions following presentations from the speakers.
Please send inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
AVIS AUX MÉDIAS
Stop Spraying New Brunswick Inc. (SSNB) tiendra une conférence de presse EN LIGNE
Jeudi 27 août 2020 à 13 h
Petitcodiac Community Hub – The Vault, Petitcodiac (veuillez noter que le hub n’est pas encore ouvert aux affaires, mais nous pouvons autoriser quelques journalistes à entrer). La conférence de presse sera diffusée en direct sur le groupe Facebook public de SSNB et nous prévoyons d’envoyer un lien d’invitation Zoom pour que les médias se joignent jeudi matin.
– Dre Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, présidente, SSNB
– Donald Bowser, vice-président, SSNB
– Joël MacIntosh, directeur, SSNB
– Kimberly Copp, directrice, SSNB
Lors de la conférence de presse, SSNB émettra un bulletin sur le rendement des quatre partis politiques élus à la 59e législature du Nouveau-Brunswick en 2018, en réponse à une pétition avec 35000 signatures manuscrites visant à interdire la pulvérisation d’herbicide sur les terres publiques (couronne forêts, emprises d’Énergie NB). SSNB rendra également compte des progrès de la campagne de promesses de dons de SSNB, au cours de laquelle les candidats politiques sont invités à signer un formulaire de promesse à StopSprayingNB.
Les médias seront invités à poser des questions après les présentations des orateurs.
The 2020 forest herbicide spray season is about to begin and the 2020 herbicide spray map has been published on the forestinfo website.
WE NEED YOU to participate in our new campaign:
We have a Covid-safe activity for our supporters who feel impatient about no action by our premier and ministers of DNRE and DOELG on forest herbicide spraying, as we approach another forest spray season.
Please join SSNB board members Donald Bowser, Bruce Dryer, Kim Copp, Joel MacIntosh and I if you are also wondering where Mike Holland, Blaine Higgs and Jeff Carr are on this issue, contact Don or I! We have signs (also of Jeff Carr), and are looking to have YOU, our supporters help us by taking selfie shots with our new signs in as many clearcuts as possible.
- We need you to pose in as many of your favourite clearcuts with our new signs.
- Choose which sign you would like to pose with (all three if you like or pose with 2 friends).
- Please REUSE the signs by passing them on to friends to do the same photo-op, or return to us if not too much trouble. Of course you can put the sign on your property AFTERWARDS.
- Too far away for a sign pickup? We can send you the pdf so you can print your own paper signs at home. Please don’t sell these though .
- As a thanks for your participation we won’t charge you for the signs, but please remember that they cost us $14 each (incl tax). So please don’t waste them. DONATIONS WELCOME of course so we can buy more! (e-transfer to email@example.com. EMAIL US YOUR PASSWORD! Or a cheque works too to our Petitcodiac mailing address 31 Main Street, Petitcodiac E4Z4L8)-
- EMAIL us if you want to participate in this campaign to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR SIGNS for this campaign:
For those passionate about SSNB’s campaign:
PLEASE READ our summary of the Feb.4-6, 2020 meetings attached in this post. (downloadable PDF and JPEGs at bottom of this post)
Thanks to a volunteer’s detailed notes, we are able to give you these details pertaining to SSNB’s mandate. The link to the audio webcasts has nothing available at this time: the webcasts were up on Friday, but now they have disappeared:
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PRESENTING TO THE COMMITTEE:
“FREDERICTON (GNB) – The standing committee on climate change and environmental stewardship, an all-party permanent committee of the legislative assembly, has finalized key areas of focus and is inviting New Brunswickers to comment on the use of pesticides and herbicides, including glyphosate, in the province.”
(SSNB has been invited to make a presentation and hopes that many citizen stake holder groups who support our mandate decide to do the same ( outdoor activity groups, affected communities, indigenous community groups).
“The committee is responsible for examining the province’s progress towards the objectives outlined in New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan by calling upon specific departments, agencies and key stakeholders to provide updates. The committee will also gather information on climate change, environmental stewardship and other related issues from stakeholders and subject-matter experts and prepare reports with recommendations to the legislative assembly.
“We believe as a committee that the issue of climate change is urgent and that action needs to be timely,” said Riverview MLA Bruce Fitch, committee chair. “We also want to be proactive about environmental concerns and look for long-term solutions to issues that impact us all.”
This week, the committee is receiving its first round of updates from the departments of Environment and Local Government; Natural Resources and Energy Development; Transportation and Infrastructure; Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries; Public Safety, as well as from Service New Brunswick and NB Power. The hearings are open to the public and take place at the legislative assembly building in Fredericton. The audio of the hearings is also available on the assembly’s website.
Public hearings on pesticide and herbicide use, including glyphosate, are scheduled for March 24 to 27 at the legislative assembly. Additional dates may be added if necessary.
“We want to be transparent about progress on environmental issues that matter to the public,” said Fitch.
Glyphosate is an herbicide used for a wide variety of purposes in forestry and agriculture, and for weed control in industrial, commercial and domestic settings. While certain studies have indicated that glyphosate may not pose a cancer risk to humans at current exposure rates, many New Brunswickers remain concerned about its use.
Individuals, organizations, subject-matter experts and stakeholders who wish to make a presentation to the committee on the use of pesticides and herbicides, including glyphosate, should notify the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly by phone (506-453-2506) or by sending an email to email@example.com by Friday, March 13. Those who are unable to make a presentation and prefer to submit a written brief on the subject should do so by Friday, March 20.
In addition to Fitch, members of the committee include vice-chair and Kent North MLA Kevin Arseneau; Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr; Natural Resources and Energy Development Minister Mike Holland; Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Minister Ross Wetmore; Moncton South MLA Cathy Rogers; Carleton-Victoria MLA Andrew Harvey; Victoria-La Vallée MLA Chuck Chiasson; Shediac-Beaubassin-Cap-Pelé MLA Jacques LeBlanc; and Fredericton York MLA Rick DeSaulniers.”
SSNB CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCEMENT:
SSNB is seeking signed STOP SPRAYING PLEDGES BY MLAs, PARTY LEADERS, POLITICAL CANDIDATES.Stop Spraying NB is urging supporters to collect SIGNED (with a witness signature) PLEDGE FORMS, on which we have detailed what needs to be done by politicians to achieve our goal.
SSNB SUPPPORTERS: If you want to help us out with this send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org please and thanks!
It is important that all MLAs, party leaders, political candidates are approached.
The pledge specifies clearly what we are after:”will take concrete action towards the banning of herbicide spraying on public lands in New Brunswick. This will include:· Working to raise awareness of the issue in the Legislature, the Executive, and my constituents;· Drafting a bill with the assistance of Stop Spraying New Brunswick (SSNB);· Tabling and debating this bill in the Legislature of NB;· Actively work towards gaining support for this bill together with SSNB among elected MLAs.”
Downloadable English and French PDFs (we need a witness signature, so we can hold those who sign accountable):
Please attend this great show: two awesome local NB bands will perform. You can learn more about SSNB’s campaign if you like while you are there!