EVENT MEDIA ADVISORY: Stop Spraying New Brunswick Inc. (SSNB) to hold an media conference

MEDIA ADVISORY

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.

Speakers:

– 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: stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com

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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.


Haut-parleurs:
– 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.


courriel: stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com

SSNB CALL to ACTION (the 2020 spray season is about to start)

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:

#WheresJeff? #WheresBlaine? #WheresMike?

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 stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.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: stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com.
Off route 780 on a plantation that has been previously sprayed with glyphosate.
Twin Rivers off the 107
Off 114 near South Branch. This plantation was sprayed 5 years ago.

OUR SIGNS for this campaign:

The NB Govt’s 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.”

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:
https://www1.gnb.ca/legis/webcasts/archive/index-e.asp

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 leg-consultations@gnb.ca 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.”

https://www2.gnb.ca/…/en/news/news_release.2020.02.0046.html

SSNB is seeking signed STOP SPRAYING PLEDGES BY MLAs, PARTY LEADERS, POLITICAL CANDIDATES.

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 stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com 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):


Thanks from SSNB board members Donald Bowser, Bruce Dryer, Teri McMackin and Caroline Lubbedarcy

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