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In light of Fredericton’s loudly publicised goal to be the first city in Canada to reach the Kyoto protocol, and its self-proclaimed title as a “Green City”, it seems ironic that Fredericton is participating in the destruction of the UNB Woodlot, that it continues to support development of sprawl, and that Lee Breen was jailed for riding his skateboard on city streets, to name just a few. Why has there been so little coming out of Fredericton’s City Council that really gets to the teeth of curbing climate change? Read more…

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July 25th, 2008. A Fredericton company charged with violating the Clean Water Act in March has been ordered to rehabilitate land it has filled in on Bishop Drive.

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July 24, 2008 at CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2008/07/24/nb-bog.html

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Join us every Sunday afternoon at 2pm to enjoy UNB’s Woodlot. Interested people can meet up at the parking area across from the Hugh John Fleming Forestry Complex. Just turn into the Forestry Complex street at the intersection of the Regent Mall, and you will see the gravel parking area to your right. This is one entrance into the UNB Woodlot.
This is a great way to discover this huge wildlife refuge. Bikers, hikers, and walkers are all welcome.
Visit the Facebook group site.


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July 18, 2008
Recently, Mayor Brad Woodside stated that he will not pressure the University of New Brunswick to conduct a comprehensive environmental assessment of its woodlot – 1,500 acres of which is slated for development over the coming years.
This was surprising to me in light of the city’s newly launched “Green Matters” campaign.

For a city aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by six per cent by 2010, where is the logic in ripping out over 1,500 acres of forests which absorb incredible amounts of carbon dioxide?

Recently, there have been warnings from environmental experts, insurance bureaus and urban planners from across Canada that city planners must make whatever efforts they can to try to minimise the effects of climate change.

If our best natural defense against greenhouse gases, flooding and water shortages is mowed down and paved over, the “Green Matters” campaign becomes nothing but a publicity stunt – or a cruel joke.

That the city has been recently criticized nationally for its environmental hypocrisy should make it more, not less, willing to make the UNB woodlot its business. If city council’s present development mindset is continued, Fredericton’s motto (Fredericton – noble daughter of the forest) will become a thing of the past.

Frances Campbell

Fredericton

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July 17th, 2008
As a UNB alumnus, I’m embarrassed.
In a time of environmental crisis and despite being a public institute in a province whose public believes environmental concerns trump economic ones, UNB’s board of governors has approved a plan to parcel off 50 per cent (over 1,500 acres) of the UNB woodlot.
This is so that an ecosystem which includes numerous wetlands and is home to threatened species, such as the blue heron, can be developed over the coming years.
For an institute of higher learning, one would think this would be shameful enough; however, upon further inspection of these plans, something even more insidious is revealed.
By disclosing development plans in a piecemeal fashion (so far for about 270 acres), UNB can take advantage of a government loophole and evade a comprehensive environmental impact assessment.
Such an assessment would be risky as it would likely reveal what any biologist can attest – an ecosystem’s individual elements are interdependent and cannot be understood or evaluated separately. If you destroy part of such a system, you run the risk of compromising it all.
So subjected to only limited environmental impact assessments, UNB, like a landlord who slaps a coat of paint over rotting wood, can effectively – at least in the short term – conceal any evidence there may be of a collapsing ecosystem.
Ironically, an institute which assesses thousands of people every year seemingly believes itself above assessment. It’s time for UNB’s administrators to conduct themselves in a manner that truly reflects UNB’s mission statement, code of conduct and slogan.
By hawking off the woodlot for non-sustainable, 1970s style development, without any regard for the health of an entire ecosystem, they are active participants in exactly what researchers in their own institute, and indeed universities across the world, are working so hard to put an end to.
Carla Gunn
Fredericton

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Conservation Council getting ready to march in Canada Day Parade

Conservation Council getting ready to march in Canada Day Parade

Conservation Council marching in Canada Day Parade

Conservation Council marching in Canada Day Parade

Caroline and Clover in Canada Day Parade

Caroline and Clover in Canada Day Parade

Beaver entry in Canada Day Parade

Beaver entry in Canada Day Parade

Conservation Council marching in Canada Day Parade

Conservation Council marching in Canada Day Parade

Cities and towns that say no to uranium! Why not Fredericton?

Cities and towns that say no to uranium! Why not Fredericton?

Photos by Charles LeBlanc.

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