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Fredericton – Groups in New Brunswick concerned about groundwater and air protection intend to bring the discussion surrounding the Alward Government and the shale gas industry’s intentions to move forward with development to public debates by panelists presenting each side of the issue. In October 2011 Premier David Alward publicly stated that Members of the Legislature would be organizing town hall and information meetings later that month, “to hear directly from their constituents on this important issue.” In the spirit of Premier Alward’s suggestion, the group Friends of the UNB Woodlot will host the first of these debates this Thursday, May 10, starting at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral Memorial Hall, 168 Church St. in Fredericton. (more…)

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Thursday, April 14 at 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Wu Conference Centre (on UNB Campus across the street from St. Thomas University)

We have lots of extra signs for everyone. We want to make it clear to the UNB Board of Governors that the Costco development plan violates the guarantee of 80m buffers that was made to the Board of Governors. As documented by UNB, Corbett Brook Marsh and Larch Swale are “Ecologically Sensitive areas”, and the Costco building and parking lot must be built outside this 80m buffer.

If the UNB Woodlot continues to be developed as planned, we are going to see the loss of this valuable teaching and research resource, increased taxes, increased insurance costs, increased flood risk, and decreased quality of life for our community and children.

Don’t pave over our woodlot. Don’t pave over our future.

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Saturday, April 9, 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Learn about the history, ecology and threats facing the UNB Woodlot. Present will be Friends of the UNB Woodlot and the UNB Environmental Law Society. Meet at 4pm in the back of Home Depot. If taking the bus from campus, meet at the SUB to grab the 3:22pm bus to Regent Mall, across from the Woodlot.

Contact: stusustainability@gmail.com

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Thursday, April 7, 12:15pm to 12:45pm

Beside the future Costco site (at the lights in front of Home Depot, Corbett Place, along new Maryland Hwy).

A group of concerned citizens in Fredericton, N.B. is calling on the University of New Brunswick to stop the development of its teaching forest and to conduct a flood risk study and economic study of its forested wetlands.

Contact: woodlowatch@gmail.com

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The latest development in the UNB Woodlot will undergoing first and second reading this coming Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm at Fredericton City Hall. Read the Planning Advisory Committee report.

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Please join us next Monday at noon hour at the site of the proposed Costco and gas bar,  directly beside the New Maryland Highway in Corbett Place.   Let’s take a stand and make sure UNB and Costco do not build the Costco gas bar and respect the 80metre buffers for Larch Swale and Corbett Brook Marsh.  We will extra signs available and will have the wood stakes already in place where we will mark the 80metre buffer with flagging tape.

DATE:  Monday, April 26, 2010
TIME:  12:15 – 12:45
LOCATION:   Corbett Place, with parking in front of Home Depot
DIRECTIONS:  At top of Regent Street just past Regent Mall.  Corbett Place is directly across the highway from the RCMP building and the City of Fredericton maintenance depot.
CITY:  Fredericton, New Brunswick

The timing is important because of growing pressure on UNB Administration to stop the destruction of wetlands in the UNB Woodlot.   Also significant is the April 14, 2010 news release by Environment Minister Rick Miles in which he states, “The mistreatment of wetlands will not be tolerated.” “They provide flood control, ground water re-charge, shore line stabilization, storm protection, and some wetlands store carbon, helping to offset the effects of climate change.”  (http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/env/2010e0532ev.htm)
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FRIENDS OF THE UNB WOODLOT PRESENT BEAVERS.

Join a special screening of Beavers on Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Charlotte St. Arts Centre. 2:00pm: Doors open. 2:30pm: Show starts. Prizes to be awarded. For more info, contact: clutter [at] nbnet.nb.ca

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