Blue Beach Bash: Back To The Future

BBBash 2018 B

The Toonie Derby


People aren’t taking the lack of action to protect the Maritime watersheds and coasts any more! We are increasingly united through the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and through events like Eco Connects NS and this one at the geologically important Blue Beach, where activists live and fight for the fish species in the Avon River which are prevented from spawning because of the Windsor Causeway, which the local politicians, Ottawa, and DFO will not address.

Blue Beach Bash has grown to include all water, air, soil, forest and energy-centred issues of the region. Activists want people passionate about all issues to come and broadcast their concerns on live radio. There are plans to form a giant circle which will be photographed from a drone and then the footage sent to media and politicians all over the region. There’s camping space or motels in Windsor, Grand Pre, Evangeline Beach, and the surrounding area. Let’s get stronger through the solidarity of meeting together for music, comradeship and speaking our truth to power. Hope to see you there!

Bring your nuclear family unit, your organization, come as one or with friends. Let’s form the United Community of Citizens for Environmental Protection.

If you’re not in the Maritimes, please share this with those you know who are.

Check out the event on Facebook here: Blue Beach Facebook Event


Goffs Quarry Expansion Project Environmental Assessment

This is to advise that on August 7, 2018 Scotian Materials Limited registered the Goffs Quarry Expansion Project for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act.

The purpose of the proposed undertaking is to expand the existing Goffs quarry located on private land owned by Scotian Materials (PID: 00505941). The expansion would extend the life of the existing quarry by an estimated 25 to 50 years. The anticipated average production rate is 150,000 to 300,000 tonnes per year. Project activities (including construction and operation) are anticipated to begin in 2019. The total area of the proposed project is 41 ha.

All project information is available the NS gov website at:

Public comments on the Registration will be accepted until September 6, 2018.

On or before September 26, 2018, the Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval.

Comments can be submitted via E-mail:

Or in writing to:

Environmental Assessment Branch
Nova Scotia Environment
P.O. Box 442
Halifax, NS, B3J 2P8

NSEN 2018 Survey Analysis

During this past April and May, NSEN conducted a survey to gauge the perceptions and opinions of the current state and future of the organization using online software Survey Monkey. This data was analysed by an outside volunteer, Samantha Burns, who now sits on our board of directors.

The survey was sent out to Eco-Connections subscribers, posted on NSEN social media, shared with member groups and their contact lists, and sent to other NSEN contacts. In total, 100 people responded to the survey.  You can find the full, unedited analysis here: NSEN Survey Feedback

If you have any questions or other feedback, please be sure to email us and let us know what you think!

Public Comment Period: Amendments to Schedule 1 of Species at Risk Act

On Saturday, June 16th, 2018, a proposal to amend Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) for 31 terrestrial wildlife species has been published in part I of the Canada Gazette

This marks the beginning of a 30-day public comment period during which you can share your comments on the proposal either by writing to  or calling 1 800 668-6767. The public comment period will end on Wednesday, July 16th, 2018.

 The Minister of the Environment will take into consideration comments and any additional information received following this publication and make a listing recommendation for each species to the Governor in Council. After species are listed, recovery strategies must be published within one year for endangered species and within two years for extirpated and threatened species.

Email Your MP: Bill C-69, federal legislation that makes sweeping changes to Canada’s water, energy and environmental laws – and not for the better

From the Council of Canadians:

This is let you know the window to have your say on Bill C-69 is closing quickly. The third reading vote on the Bill could happen as early as tonight.

The Liberal government has shut down debate on Bill C-69 four times, leaving us with a complex and lengthy Bill that lacks adequate scrutiny and democratic debate as the Trudeau government rushes to ram this legislation through.

Use our new tool to send an email to your MP to vote Bill C-69 down and commit to developing a national action plan on water.Take it one step further by forwarding this message to three friends so they can take action to protect water too!

The final vote on Bill C-69 will happen ASAP before it gets sent to the Senate, where there will be little chance to change it.

That’s why it’s urgent that you contact your MP today. Thank you for all that you do.