Sheila Cole, NSEN Environmental Policy Advisor shares her update on Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan. The report from meetings in Ottawa in November 2018, is written to brief members who want an overview on this subject and includes Cole’s opinions on where Canada can and should lead in the global arena of chemicals management and also where improvement is needed.
We need strategies to apply the new Canada’s Food Guide with its 50% vegetables and fruits at every meal. How else can most segments of the population begin to attain this standard if we don’t sometimes shift our thinking away from prioritizing a monetary tax base of “condos for the rich” to the basic needs of the majority? This requires politicians to be far-thinking in the service of survival for the many, instead of short-sighted in the service of covering our common lands with private enterprises for the recreational and pecunious obsession for power and luxury of the few. This part of the common should be available to all citizens who need to grow and supply food to themselves and the neediest. Otherwise, the new Canada’s Food Guide will only be for the few who can afford its platform.
By Joanne Light
Environment and Climate Change Canada is inviting you to comment on the proposed amendment to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA): the List of Wildlife Species at Risk.
Of the 21 terrestrial species that are eligible to be added to Schedule 1 or to have their current status on Schedule 1 changed, four are known to occur in Atlantic Canada:
|Taxon||Proposed Schedule 1 status||Species||Range||Consultation path|
|Reptiles||Special Concern||Eastern Painted Turtle||QC NB NS||Normal|
|Taxon||Proposed change to Schedule 1 status||Species||Range||Consultation path|
|Birds||From Threatened to Special Concern||Common Nighthawk||YT NT NU BC AS SK MB ON QC NB PEI NS NL||Extended|
|Birds||From Threatened to Special Concern||Olive-sided Flycatcher||YT NT NU BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PEI NS NL||Extended|
|Birds||From Special Concern to Not at Risk||Peregrine Falcon anatum/tundruis||YT NT NU BC AS SK MB ON QC NB NS NL||Extended|
For further details about this consultation opportunity, please see the document “Consultation on Amending the List of Species under the Species at Risk Act – Terrestrial Species: January 2019″ which is posted on the SARA Public Registry at: https://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/document/default_e.cfm?documentID=3378.
Please submit your comments by May 13, 2019, for terrestrial species undergoing normal consultations and by October 14, 2019, for terrestrial species undergoing extended consultations.
“Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) members, the 900 signatories to our petition opposing gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the population of Tatamagouche are shocked by the news that the Ministry of Energy and Mines has withheld information about a leaking exploration drill hole contaminating the French River Watershed area with arsenic and iron” says SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins.
“The government has been in conversation with Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia (SuNNS) many times since the polluting leak was discovered but not once has the leaking well been mentioned, risks explored or remediation efforts discussed. As I understand it the government has taken a hush- hush and wait and see approach” says Perkins. “It makes me wonder if the current governments open for business approach means open for business whatever the human or environmental cost” notes Perkins.
Nova Scotia already is known as a most mining – friendly place given its lax regulatory requirements and enforcement and it is this lax approach that has heightened the concerns of Tatamagouche area citizens. Minister Derek Mombourquette’s Op-Ed in January 2019 Tatamagouche Light assured residents that “ Communities have an opportunity to be involved in all stages of the exploration process” but SuNNS is now asking “how does Energy and Mines not telling Colchester County about a failed, leaking exploration drill site meet the Ministers promise?
Perkins also notes “this purposeful withholding of information – especially from the municipal water authority –about an ongoing leak adds to a complete lack of faith in the Ministry of Energy and Mines and the Provincial Regulatory and enforcement frameworks”.
SuNNS demands the proper authority act to cap the contaminating drill hole!
SuNNS once again calls on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to withhold any issuing of a Request for Proposals for gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the six other watersheds in the current Enclosure Area. “ It never made sense before and less now; the Request for Proposals should be abandoned” says
SuNNS further supports the efforts of the Municipality of Colchester as it seeks “Protected “status for the French River Watershed under the Environmental Act given that the French River is the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche.
SuNNS will make a formal request to meet the Premier regarding this serious threat to the Tatamagouche water
SuNNS spokesperson John Perkins concludes “I think it is fair to say that the government and any interested mining companies should expect a monumental increase in local citizen opposition to gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed.
Media Contact: John Perkins, Phone, 902-657-0406 or
The Parish of Blandford is busy with lots of green projects. Read on to find out more and how to get involved!
Pens, Markers and highlighter project.
Bic alone makes over 8 billion units of writing instruments a year. Until
recently everyone threw away their dry pens and markers. Staples supports
a project by Teracycle that turns those pens and markers into bench ends
and clipboards. So far since we started last year on Earth Day, we have
collected 2200 pens. Maybe that sounds nice but what I am proud of is that
we have, as of this week, EIGHT collector stations in a 30km radius. A new
bin goes into a day care on Monday. It’s a small thing but has really got
Bottle cap project
Knowing how bottlecaps are killing hundreds of seabirds and mammals
yearly, two years ago we started collecting bottlecaps but had no place to
really pass them to until Matt’s Bottle Exchange started accepting them
for a project. We just passed in our first few gallons of caps. What I am
proud of here is a partnership I am trying to foster between Mathew and a
large company with a thousand employees in Dartmouth. I will brag when it
Just a tiny project as we are a collector point for the Lion’s Club
For seven years we held a planting night on the Friday closest to Earth
Day. It was a great time to teach how to grow in all sorts of containers,
make bird feeders and have a multi generational night together. This year
we are changing a bit and passing out planting kits. See our Facebook page
or www.grandmasgoingreen.com for updates
There are garden boxes back of the community centre. I just got this job
half way through last summer, so I topped up the gardens and are ready to
give away plots. I’ll brag as the season goes on
If any of these projects interest anyone I can get them started. If anyone
needs help or needs us for a collector spot for their project, we are here
John Perkins spokesperson for Sustainable Northern Nova Scotia says “SuNNS membership and Tatamagouche area residents are pleased to hear the Ministry of Energy and Mines is committed to capping a leaking exploration drill hole in the French River Watershed”.
Perkins notes “this is a big change in the Ministry of Energy and Mines
approach to this contaminating drill hole.” Frances Willick reported in a January 25 CBC article that Don James, Ministry of Energy and Mines, had stated “the responsibility for the hole now rests with the landowner”. “Mines and Energy’s reversal indicates the power of a Free Press, the effectiveness of local community advocacy groups like SuNNS and the power of municipal governments to bring pressure on the provincial government” says Perkins.
“The contaminating drill hole sits in the French River watershed, the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche, so I think the Municipality of Colchester and area Councilor Michael Gregory were very upset when Mines and Energy failed to contact them regarding their plans to not address the polluting drill hole” says SuNNS member Paul Jenkinson.
“The discovery of one uncapped contaminating drill hole on Warwick Mountain and the possibility of more leaking drill holes has raised the spectre of 780 other unmonitored mining exploration drill holes across the province”, Perkins notes.
SuNNS is asking the Ministry of Energy and Mines to immediately instruct staff to visit all drill hole sites and return in 6 months with a report on their condition.
SuNNS is asking Minister Mombourquette to issue an order that any polluting drill holes be immediately capped by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, upon discovery of their “leaking” status.
SuNNS is asking Minister Mombourquette to remove new regulatory language that allows landowners to request wells remain uncapped.
SuNNS once again calls on the Ministry of Energy and Mines to abandon plans to issue a Request for Proposals for gold mining exploration or development in the French River Watershed and the six other watersheds in the current Enclosure Area.
SuNNS further supports the efforts of the Municipality of Colchester as it seeks “Protected“ status for the French River Watershed under the Environmental Act given that the French River is the sole source of water for the Village of Tatamagouche.