Final Reminder to Register: ENGO Consultation on the Fisheries Act

Registration for the ENGO Consultation on the 2012 changes to the Fisheries Act is due Tuesday November 1st. Email completed registration forms to nlen.ed@gmail.com. Within a limited budget, there is assistance available through NLEN for those requiring travel and accommodations. See below for more information or download the registration form here now: Registration Form.

As key stakeholders and environmental representatives, Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) across Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) are being invited to participate as consultants in the review of the 2012 Fisheries Act being conducted by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. The ENGO consultation is being coordinated by NL Environmental Network (NLEN), with the support of the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation, at the request of Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). NLEN will be compiling comments and submissions from ENGOs within NL recommending specific amendments to the Fisheries Act to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards. This is in direct relation to the review of a number of environmental and regulatory processes launched by the Government of Canada on June 20, 2016.

The consultation will happen in two parts; November 3rd from 9am to 12pm will be a teleconference detailing background information on the 2012 changes to the Fisheries Act with the assistance of DFO personnel in preparation for the workshop on November 21st from 9am-3:30pm held at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Participants will take knowledge gathered from the initial teleconference back to the ENGO they represent and compile the organization’s recommendations in advance of the workshop . All ENGOs within the province are welcome to submit recommendations on the Fisheries Act to NLEN and are invited to send a representative to the workshop to further discuss and defend the organization’s position. Within a limited budget, there is assistance available through NLEN for those requiring travel and accommodations.

The registration form is available here and must be completed by November 1st, 2016.  Email completed forms nlen.ed@gmail.com.

ENGOs interested in participating can email NLEN at nlen.ed@gmail.com for more information.

NLEN will additionally be holding the Annual General Meeting and launching a provincial Oceans Caucus on November 21st, following the workshop. More information is available here.

NLEN would like to particularly thank our member organization the Quidi Vidi-Rennie’s River Development Foundation and their catering location the Suncor Energy Fluvarium for supporting the workshop portion of this consultation. Further information about their venue and catering services can be found here.

NLEN AGM and Oceans Caucus

NLEN AGM and Launch of Provincial Oceans Caucus

Monday, November 21st, 2016
2:30PM (CORRECTION, previously advertised at 3:30pm)

At The Suncor Energy Fluvarium, 5 Nagle’s Place, St. John’s

All members of the public and Environmental organizations are welcome to attend. For voting privileges please ensure your organization has recently renewed their membership. For more information on membership please visit our membership page here.

New steering committee nominees from member organizations are welcome. Please email nlen.ed@gmail.com with questions or nominations. Agenda will be published on the nlen website once available.

The AGM and Oceans Caucus is being launched in unison with the ENGO Consultation on the 2012 Changes to the Fisheries Act. All are welcome to attend the AGM, without reservation. However, to participate in the consultation, you must register. Please find more information on the consultation here.

NLEN would like to particularly thank our member organization the Quidi Vidi-Rennie’s River Development Foundation and their catering location the Suncor Energy Fluvarium for their support for these events. Further information about their venue and catering services can be found here.

ENGO Consultation on the 2012 Changes to the Fisheries Act

As key stakeholders and environmental representatives, Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations (ENGOs) across Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) are being invited to participate as consultants in the review of the 2012 Fisheries Act being conducted by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. The ENGO consultation is being coordinated by NL Environmental Network (NLEN), with the support of the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation, at the request of Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). NLEN will be compiling comments and submissions from ENGOs within NL recommending specific amendments to the Fisheries Act to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards. This is in direct relation to the review of a number of environmental and regulatory processes launched by the Government of Canada on June 20, 2016.

The consultation will happen in two parts; November 3rd from 9am to 12pm will be a teleconference detailing background information on the 2012 changes to the Fisheries Act with the assistance of DFO personnel in preparation for the workshop on November 21st from 9am-3:30pm held at the Suncor Energy Fluvarium. Participants will take knowledge gathered from the initial teleconference back to the ENGO they represent and compile the organization’s recommendations in advance of the workshop . All ENGOs within the province are welcome to submit recommendations on the Fisheries Act to NLEN and are invited to send a representative to the workshop to further discuss and defend the organization’s position. Within a limited budget, there is assistance available through NLEN for those requiring travel and accommodations.

The registration form is available here and must be completed by November 1st, 2016.  Email completed forms nlen.ed@gmail.com.

ENGOs interested in participating can email NLEN at nlen.ed@gmail.com for more information.

NLEN will additionally be holding the Annual General Meeting and launching a provincial Oceans Caucus on November 21st, following the workshop. More information is available here.

NLEN would like to particularly thank our member organization the Quidi Vidi-Rennie’s River Development Foundation and their catering location the Suncor Energy Fluvarium for supporting the workshop portion of this consultation. Further information about their venue and catering services can be found here.

 

Climate Change Town Hall

Nick Whalen, the Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, will be hosting a Climate Change town hall on Thursday, September 8th from 6-8pm at St. Thomas’ Anglican Church auditorium, located at 8 Military Rd.

As part of this event we are planning to have outside groups, involved in mitigating climate change in various ways, joining discussions at roundtables throughout the room. To make this event a success in harvesting ideas to provide to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change we would like to extend the invitation to anyone interested in joining our discussion and provide solutions. Tables include: International Cooperation, Food and Agriculture, Mitigation of Emissions, Preservation of Habitat, and Municipal Planning.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/NickWhalenMP

nick.whalen@parl.gc.ca

ANNUAL NATURENL LONG POND CLEAN-UP

ANNUAL NATURENL LONG POND CLEAN-UP
Nature Newfoundland and Labrador is holding our annual clean-up of Long Pond on Saturday, May 7, 2016, starting at 10:00 a.m. Meet  and other campus buildings). We anticipate that Clean St. John’s will supply garbage bags and collection. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and wear boots. For more information, email: naturenl@naturenl.ca

WEC News – NL climate change advisory group

Are you hearing the buzz? The world is changing. And it is changing fast.
First there was Paris – the world agreed to act on climate change
Then oil prices plummeted (and will likely stay low)
Now even large pro-oil lobby groups like UK Energy are calling for a shift towards renewables

During the first week of March Justin Trudeau will discuss climate change measures with the Premiers during the first ministers meeting.

A new climate change group has formed. The NL Climate Change Advisory Group. And they have sent an open letter in light of the first ministers meeting.
WEC is strongly supporting this initiative and encourages you to contact your MP (see list below) and MHA with a similar message.
This can be a pivotal moment.
Your WEC crew
Open Letter to Premier Ball and Ministers Trimper, Coady and Byrne

February 29, 2016

NL climate change advisory group

Corner Brook, NL

info@nlccag.ca

Dear Premier Ball, Minister Coady, Minister Trimper, and Minister Byrne,

The NL Climate Change Advisory Group is a newly formed independent citizens group focused on climate change policy and research specific to the NL context. We were pleased to see a number of climate-related actions in the mandate letter of the Department of Environment & Conservation, and we look forward to working with you in the coming months and years on this major issue.

As you are aware, this past December, the world’s governments negotiated a landmark agreement on climate change that puts the world on a cleaner energy path. The negotiations sent a strong signal to financial sectors and global markets that investments be redirected to low-carbon and climate resilient development. At the closing of the negotiations, Lord Nicholas Stern, the author of the influential Stern Review on the economics of climate change, stated: “A green race is going on [and] if we get this right, it will be more powerful than the industrial revolution.”

Even Energy UK, which represents the big six providers of energy in the UK, says it now supports phasing out coal-fired stations, after years of defending the use of fossil fuels. And they are even going as far as calling for the UK to develop their own version of the German “Energiewende” [Germany’s plan to move to a majority of renewable energy sources].1

Indeed, the green finance agenda is becoming mainstream, and over the last few years we have seen a growing international flight of investment capital from fossil fuels and other carbon-intensive industries combined with a shift to investment policies that increasingly prioritize socially and environmentally favourable development.

Your government has recently come to power under the banner of a “Stronger Tomorrow.” In early March, Prime Minister Trudeau will host a First Ministers Meeting to discuss what path this country will take as we move at both the national and global scales towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future. We trust your government will show leadership at this meeting to help move our province and country into a cleaner, greener economy.

There are many reasons to begin moving towards a green economy right now.

We are currently in a precarious position where thousands of skilled workers are out of work and are moving back to our province where there are not enough jobs for all.

This shift should of course be based on sound information and we recommend that a feasibility study assesses the right mix of green technologies for the NL context, which is then followed by a strong and bold move towards a green economy. This can help address our unemployment problem at the same time as moving us toward a low carbon future.

More specifically, the policies we need include:

  • net metering and feed-in tariffs with attractive rates guaranteed for a certain period of time to encourage rapid development for small scale energy producers
  • security measures for private and corporate investments in the green energy sector so that a growth in small scale energy production will benefit Canadian manufacturing
  • federal and provincial investments in green tech infrastructure
  • a tax on carbon that gets reinvested into the green economy

We know that we cannot expect a rebound in oil prices in the near future. Saudi Arabia recently announced in a press conference in Texas2 that they are not afraid to keep oil prices low and that high-cost producers, such as the oil sands, should get out of the market.

It is time for Newfoundland and Labrador to seriously focus on the urgent need to diversify its economy and move away from a crippling dependency on boom and bust industries. Transformational change and green economies are good for business and job creation. We want to work with your government to help make this change happen, for the good of our communities, our province and our world.

References:

  1. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/feb/28/top-lobbying-group-green-energy-u-turn
  2. http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/saudi-oil-minister-in-houston-1.3459539)
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