20 YEARS LATER FRACKING REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN!! Thousands in NB protested then and succeeded in stopping the development. Will that happen today in 2023? Continue reading ISSUES – 20 YEARS LATER FRACKING REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AGAIN IN NEW BRUNSWICK!!
Marine debris, particularly plastic and abandoned, lost and discarded fishing gear, is ubiquitous in marine environments. This study provides the first quantitative and qualitative assessment of benthic debris using seafloor video collected from a drop camera system in the Bay … Continue reading POLLUTION – So how dirty is the bottom of the Bay of Fundy? Read all about it!!
Hurricanes, wind, snow, rain and more are causing destruction along the entire Atlantic coast. Look what it did to this lady’s umbrella!! (Art MacKay cartoon) Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: It’s Hard on Umbrellas!!
This is an older map. There’s a current interactive map that shows you how things have been going since 2001. You will be startled! FOLLOW THIS LINK TO EXPLORE THIS INTERACTIVE MAP. Continue reading FORESTRY: WE ARE LOSING OUR FORESTS GLOBALLY – Check out how bad it is in our area!! It’s bad!!
It’s not all about carbon and in the absence of knowledge this is what happens!! “A Canadian peer-reviewed study that came out last summer found the volume of waste from SMRs would be between double and 30 fold that from … Continue reading NUCLEAR – Some First Nation support in New Brunswick for small nuclear reactors (SMRs)
HOW MUCH WATER DOES POINT LEPREAU USE? In 1980 the New Brunswick Electric Power Commission described building a cooling system for the 600 MW nuclear generating station at Point Lepreau as follows: Of major consideration in the design of a … Continue reading The Impact of Point Lepreau Nuclear Plant on Plankton & Larval Fishes
Many years ago, I worked with the New Brunswick Conservation Council in publishing a book “A Quoddy Region Case Study: Two hundred years of change in the ecosystem and food web”. In addition to doing the graphics and layout, I … Continue reading LOOKING BACK – My Life & the “Odour of Life” in Passamaquoddy Bay
Be sure to read this from the beginning to the end to learn about the desecration of our Bay of Fundy and the outlook for the future. Continue reading ISSUES – Is the Bay of Fundy an Ecological Treasure or a Superport? You decide.
This was originally written regarding a severe 2015 storm called Patricia that missed the Bay of Fundy back in the day. We have updated it to express concern about hurricanes like IDA and FIONA which placed coastal nuclear plants in … Continue reading NUCLEAR ISSUES: What if Hurricane IDA or Hurricane FIONA had Struck the Fundy Area?
Well it seems that radioactive iodine has found it’s way into seaweeds on both coasts. Unfortunately there is little current information that I can find since it seems no testing is done along our Atlantic coast. But we do it … Continue reading RADIOACTIVITY: Jeez … is your dulse radioactive?
Apparently we have been breaking the laws we agreed to for many, many years!! Your Donation will help us continue developing this site. Thanks Continue reading ISSUES: By allowing forest spraying, does Canada breach its legal obligations under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?
Around the world thousands of tons of munitions lie rusting on the ocean floor. They consist of both explosives and chemical weapons. As the metal rusts away, the toxic chemicals are exposed causing an environmental wasteland around them. Continue reading ISSUES: The Silent Killers on the Ocean Floor
As fracking raises its ugly head again, this old article still begs the question. Continue reading ISSUES: Fracking in NB – Are there two sides to this story?
Marine Traffic around the world at the beginning of 2023. From marinetraffic.com. Bookmark this site to get daily versions. You can zoom in to see what’s happening in your area as well as the name and function of the ships. … Continue reading OCEAN POLLUTION: So You Want to Know Where the Ships Are Today?
So you don’t believe Sea Levels will rise and impact our coastal life. Here’s a review of the facts by Art MacKay Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: Don’t believe Sea Levels will rise and impact our coastal life? Read this!
Not strictly east coast, but an issue that should concern us all. Click on each for further details. Continue reading ISSUES: Nuclear Hotspots Great Lakes Watershed.
PART I | OCT. 25, 2015 Big changes are occurring in one of the fastest-warming spots on Earth – YARMOUTH BAR, NOVA SCOTIA Sandwiched on a narrow sandbar between Yarmouth’s harbor and the open Gulf of Maine, the fishermen of … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: Big changes are occurring in one of the fastest-warming spots on Earth
MEANWHILE IN 2022 – Many of these areas are currently closed and closures are to protect us all from eating contaminated shellfish which can lead to serious illness or even death. Presumably our heavy rains have contributed to this problem. … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD -DFO shuts down shellfish harvesting areas across Maritimes
The Cape Codder reports, “There have been many more right whales than usual this year,” noted Nathalie Jaquet, director of the Right Whale Aerial Survey at the Provincetown Center For Coastal Studies. “We’ve identified at least 120 whales. That’s out … Continue reading WHALES: Opinion – Right Whale Congregation – Is It Really a Mystery?
3/6/21 The article below was written many years ago when LNG developments in Passamaquoddy Bay were threatening the Northern Right Whale population that summered in this area. The effort to stop the LNG developments was successful but little has changed … Continue reading WHALES: Looking back at the LNG threat to the Northern Right Whale – 2007. Has anything changed?
It was obvious back in 1915 that actions like offshore drilling are no longer just local in scope and concern and Nova Scotia continues its offshore oil developments in 2022. But George’s Banks has been recognized as a vital resources … Continue reading ISSUES: Canada extends protection for Georges Banks, but continues massive oil exploration and development in Offshore Nova Scotia.
The following was published in 2008. Fourteen years later it doesn’t seem like sail will take over from fuel consuming ships at sea!! According to the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, a large ship … Continue reading ISSUES: Is the New Age of Sail Coming to Atlantica?
While many of us would prefer more sun in the evening, a Boston man wanted to adopt Atlantic time for public health reasons. Back in 2015, Tom Emswiler introduced Bill S-2040 that would study shifting away from eastern standard time. … Continue reading LOOKING BACK & FORWARD: Changing When the Sun Sets in Massachusets & Elsewhere
This was written in 2013 when the future of my hometown looked bleak. Today, properties have passed to the next generation and younger entrepreneurs are buying and fixing up old retail spaces and bringing the potential for new life to … Continue reading COMMUNITY: The painful death of my hometowns – St. Stephen, NB and Calais, ME
So can we change history? Dave Stephens Cartoon Once more, announcements are being made about the new oil pipelines, oil and gas infrastructure in Saint John, and the increased traffic and risks to the Bay of Fundy. Predictably, the environmentalists have … Continue reading ISSUES: History shows we won’t stop Superport Fundy….
During the 60’s and 70’s, woodlot owners fought hard for the establishment of marketing boards, realizing that without them, they had no hope of being paid a fair dollar for their wood, since the large forestry companies had all the … Continue reading ISSUES – Private Woodlot Owners: The Most Unfairly Treated Group in New Brunswick? – Has anything changed???
Everyone knows the Bay of Fundy … right? It is home to thousands of unusual and spectacular marine invertebrates as well as more beautiful birds than you can count and a dozen species of whales and seals including the endangered North … Continue reading ISSUES: Marine Protected Areas – Canada’s failure in the face of big business?
I’m in the process of scanning old documents and press clipping. This particular one appeared in the Telegraph Journal back in 2000, the same year I received the Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council. I’ve read it through … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: 21 years have passed and the Bay of Fundy isn’t getting better…
As reported below, the Sisson Mine project was given EIA approval to Northcliff Resources’s some years ago for an open pit mine project, near Fredericton,, subject to 40 conditions. But wait!!! The project is still alive it seems. See – Northcliff …
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Continue reading LOOKING BACK AND FORWARD: Sisson Mine project given EIA approval – New Brunswick
Fracking is being considered once more in New Brunswick and is already practiced elsewhere. But did you know about the radiation risks? Radionuclides associated with hydraulic fracturing are man-made radionuclides which are used in the hydraulic fracturing process as radioactive … Continue reading ISSUES – Fracking in NB? Consider this!
CANADA IS BOUND BY LAW OF THE SEA TO PROTECT ENDANGERED WHALES, THEIR HABITAT, AND THEIR FORAGE (Updated February 14, 2020) I’m currently researching once more the various treaties and laws that oblige the Government of Canada to protect Right … Continue reading ISSUES: Did you know that Canada is bound by the Law of the Sea to protect endangered whales, their habitat and feed?…
Seems this was brought up way back in 2002 when Miles Kehoe petitioned the Canadian government for answers. His concerns included: “Military personnel have told me that 28 sites have earned the Canadian Armed Forces designation of “Military Top Priority One Classification“. This designation is apparently Continue reading “ISSUES – OCEAN DRILLING: Concerned about drilling off Nova Scotia? Add military chemical, biological and weapons dumps to your concerns…”
What do you think??? Everyday trucks like this one roll into our municipalities across the northeast and remove the wealth that we as citizens have contributed that day. Wealth that we once owned and controlled by us now goes to … Continue reading ENERGY: EXPORTED WEALTH = EXPORTED POWER
Diabetes? Cancer? Autism? Obesity? Colitis? Asthma? You decide … Learn more – recommended by Dr. Vrain Continue reading ISSUES – IS GLYPHOSATE KILLING US?
Back in 2008 I ran a community non-profit with a mandate to promote a sustainable environment and community. But every time I am called an “environmentalist” I cringe. In 2008 a local newspaper was reporting on a bunch of protestors …
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Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Activists, Anarchists, Environmentalists and Whales
This article was written 20 years ago. During that time right whales have moved northward and the presence of Phalaropes has been “up and down” according to the few reports we have received. Is anyone aware of recent studies? ******************************************************** … Continue reading The Phalarope is Fundy’s “canary” … is it dead or dying.
From Web Talk – Newfoundland and Labrador. …why not support 4 new independent, provincially centered parties, in Atlantic Canada? Why shouldn’t there be a New Brunswick party, Nova Scotia Party, PEI party and a Newfoundland & Labrador party that the … Continue reading POLITICS: An Atlantica Party? An idea from Newfoundland that could give us more power in Ottawa!! What do you think?
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