ISSUES: By allowing forest spraying, does Canada breach its legal obligations under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?

Click to read. Click below to purchase printed copies for distribution. ISSUES: By allowing forest spraying, does Canada breach its legal obligations under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)? By Art MacKay in OCEAN LIFE 4 pages, published 4/15/2020 This … Continue reading ISSUES: By allowing forest spraying, does Canada breach its legal obligations under the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?

POLLUTION – The truth about Boat Harbour Mill Effluent in Nova Scotia

And the battle continues in 2022!! An extremely powerful video about Northern Pulp’s Boat Harbour and Mill. The killing of aquatic life began immediately on startup in 1960. Reminds me of the death of the St. Croix River and Estuary … Continue reading POLLUTION – The truth about Boat Harbour Mill Effluent in Nova Scotia

LOOKING BACK: Saint John’s Energy Hub Hype – 2008

February, 2008. It’s been fascinating watching the fever building in Saint John around “The Great Energy Hub”. Certainly everyone is doing a great job in building the hype that seems to be necessary to move these developments forward. The Telegraph … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Saint John’s Energy Hub Hype – 2008

ISSUES: Are the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy threatened by this?

As more and more goods are transported around the globe, ocean traffic continues to rise. As this chart shows, here in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy, traffic records show the phenomenal activity along our shores. Should we … Continue reading ISSUES: Are the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy threatened by this?

ISSUES: If A Tree Falls – Rod Cumberland Interview at Wilderness Obsession

With elections looming in New Brunswick, it is disheartening to see how little progress has been made in the 5 years since this was published. As Rod Cumberland enters the political arena, we can only hope that things change for … Continue reading ISSUES: If A Tree Falls – Rod Cumberland Interview at Wilderness Obsession

NUCLEAR QUESTION: Was radioactive heavy water removed from Point Lepreau reactor 8 years ago?

NUCLEAR QUESTION FOR TODAY In February 9, 2012, two environmental groups, the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, called on nuclear authorities to  drain radioactively contaminated heavy water from the core of the … Continue reading NUCLEAR QUESTION: Was radioactive heavy water removed from Point Lepreau reactor 8 years ago?

ISSUES: Looking back on high coliform levels in the St. Croix River. Has anything changed?

In 2003, levels at some drainages into the river were thousands of times higher than acceptable levels!19 years later … has anything changed? TAKE NOTE: THE MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE LEVEL IS ≤ 200 E. coli /100 mL LEARN MORE AT: https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/canada/health-canada/migration/healthy-canadians/publications/healthy-living-vie-saine/water-recreational-recreative-eau/alt/pdf/water-recreational-recreative-eau-eng.pdf Continue reading ISSUES: Looking back on high coliform levels in the St. Croix River. Has anything changed?

ISSUES – How deforestation of the Amazon has led to issues that threaten our global future. Meanwhile here at home ….

Anyone who has visited a true rain forest, whether in the Amazon, British Columbia, or Asia, must be struck by the dampness below the massive canopy of ancient trees, a canopy that holds and maintains water that is vital to … Continue reading ISSUES – How deforestation of the Amazon has led to issues that threaten our global future. Meanwhile here at home ….

ISSUES – The Man Who Went to War With Canada – Atlas Obscura

It’s an old and ongoing story. Who really owns Machias Seal Island … Canada or the United States? This long detailed article tells some of the fascinating tales that originated from this tiny disputed island that floats out there in … Continue reading ISSUES – The Man Who Went to War With Canada – Atlas Obscura

ISSUES – LNG is good for the environment you say … really?

LNG presents fire risks, pollution risks, transport risks, marine fauna risk and greenhouse gas emissions. Spending 10 years helping to protect Passamaquoddy Bay from several proposed LNG terminals, led to the accumulation of a lot of information on LNG and … Continue reading ISSUES – LNG is good for the environment you say … really?

ISSUES: Rod Cumberland on Deer, Forests, Towns, and Forest Management

Rod Cumberland Interview on John Higgins Live John Higgins interviews wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland on Charlotte County Television while taking calls live on TV from viewers watching at home. Cumberland, a former professor at the Maritime College of Forest Technology … Continue reading ISSUES: Rod Cumberland on Deer, Forests, Towns, and Forest Management

CLIMATE CHANGE – Go east, young woman – A letter from New Brunswick’s future

In the optimistic spirit of the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Message from the Future, this letter is a speculative and fictional look back from the future to imagine what New Brunswick could be like if we could meet our climate change obligations. … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE – Go east, young woman – A letter from New Brunswick’s future

FISHERIES – FISH-NL calls for independent investigation of ‘epic’ mismanagement of northern cod stock by DFO – Has anything changed?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23rd, 2018 The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) says a dramatic decline in northern cod below 1992’s moratorium level reflects “epic” mismanagement that isn’t characteristic of the federal Department of Fisheries … Continue reading FISHERIES – FISH-NL calls for independent investigation of ‘epic’ mismanagement of northern cod stock by DFO – Has anything changed?

LOOKING BACK: The truth about Boat Harbour mill pollution and the Northumberland Strait

POLLUTION: This is an extremely powerful video about Nova Scotia’s Northern Pulp’s Boat Harbour and Mill. The killing of aquatic life began immediately on startup in 1960. Reminds me of the death of the St. Croix River and Estuary starting … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: The truth about Boat Harbour mill pollution and the Northumberland Strait

WHALES: Are they starving, having fewer young and wandering for food? If so, where did their food go?

THE ISSUE: Some believe whales are starving, wandering far afield and producing fewer young. If it’s true, then it’s a complex of answers that includes impacts from new chemicals dumped by municipal and business sewage, acidification, temperature changes, forest and … Continue reading WHALES: Are they starving, having fewer young and wandering for food? If so, where did their food go?

ENERGY – Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust – Jan 2, 2022

Source: Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust | CBC News A first post for 2022 indicates fossil fuel extraction offshore is not working out. Good News for the ocean!! Art MacKay, Jan 2, 2022 *************************** Click … Continue reading ENERGY – Why Nova Scotia’s fossil fuel energy megaprojects are going bust – Jan 2, 2022

LOOKING BACK: When LePage tried to divert land conservation money to timber harvesting on Maine lands. What’s the Story Today?

I’ve lived in New Brunswick alongside Maine for most of my life. Apart from really serious problems related to its historical use of natural resources, the state has remained famous for its environment and its smart governance of its natural … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: When LePage tried to divert land conservation money to timber harvesting on Maine lands. What’s the Story Today?

FORESTRY: Facts about Irving subsidies and the Canada US tariff battle – Cheryl Urquhart Tait – 2018

The battle between forestry interests in Canada and the United States just never seems to end and generally the issue is about real or perceived subsidies given to Canadian companies, particularly the forestry giant JD Irving, Limited (JDI). With major … Continue reading FORESTRY: Facts about Irving subsidies and the Canada US tariff battle – Cheryl Urquhart Tait – 2018

ISSUES: 9 Links to Articles About the House of Irving by Investigative Reporter Bruce Livesy.

Special Report House of Irving   A series by investigative reporter Bruce Livesey examines the powerful role the Irving family plays in the business, politics and media of New Brunswick and beyond.  https://www.nationalobserver.com/u/bruce-livesey National Observer 8 Articles ****************************************** The Irvings’ … Continue reading ISSUES: 9 Links to Articles About the House of Irving by Investigative Reporter Bruce Livesy.

FORESTRY: Private woodlot owners come last – How it all happened.

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 FORESTRY: Private woodlot owners come last – How it all happened.

ISSUES – N.B. PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE – access to fishery has international implications

Fishing rights are one of the big prizes for the tiny Passamaquoddy First Nation in southern New Brunswick as it negotiates status recognition with the government of Canada. (Steve Bruce/CBC) Reporter Paul Withers Another Indigenous fishery is in the works … Continue reading ISSUES – N.B. PASSAMAQUODDY TRIBE – access to fishery has international implications

OPINION – New Brunswick, the Irving company’s province – Pine Tree Watch

Lance Tapley  ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2015   Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series investigating the Irving corporate presence in Maine and New Brunswick and its implications for the state’s future. SAINT JOHN, NEW … Continue reading OPINION – New Brunswick, the Irving company’s province – Pine Tree Watch

IDEAS: Community Economic Zones – Let’s Do Business! Could this ever happen?

  Under the United National Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), we have established Zones of influence over our oceans. They are less than perfect, but there are legal mechanisms for settling disputes, although ultimately “power”, financial or … Continue reading IDEAS: Community Economic Zones – Let’s Do Business! Could this ever happen?

EXPLORE: For those who didn’t move to Cape Breton when Donald Trump Won – Here’s what you missed!!

Back in the day all you Yanks were told by CNN that Cape Breton would welcome you IF DONALD TRUMP WINS. For those who didn’t follow through, here’s what you missed !!! Welcome. I am humbled.  I am just a … Continue reading EXPLORE: For those who didn’t move to Cape Breton when Donald Trump Won – Here’s what you missed!!

LOOKING BACK: Efforts to Protect the Quoddy Area Didn’t Happen!

Passamaquoddy Bay is known to have the highest biodiversity along the Northeast Atlantic coast. Does it need protection from continuing attempts to turn it into an industrial port? Marine Protected Areas (MPA) are created to protect special areas in our … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Efforts to Protect the Quoddy Area Didn’t Happen!

LOOKING BACK: What would a proposed tar sands pipeline to the Bay of Fundy mean for the area?

The following was posted back in 2016 when concerns about the proposed pipeline were being expressed. We are publishing it here again since it speaks to the impacts such a pipeline would have on Atlantica in general and, in particular, … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: What would a proposed tar sands pipeline to the Bay of Fundy mean for the area?

ISSUES: Did FAA regulations unduly restrict important uses for small drones?

The following was written in 2015 when the government was introducing regulations for the operation of drones.  How has that impacted the use of these devices in 2021? *************  It’s been many. many years ago now, but one of the … Continue reading ISSUES: Did FAA regulations unduly restrict important uses for small drones?

PLAYING GOD? They are saying 57,000 satellites will be swarming the earth in 9 year!!

It seems we never stop. What will the impact of this be? Check this out … Click to access mainecoalitiontostopsmartmeters.org-this-amazing-animation-shows-57000-future-satellites-swarming-the-earth-in-the-next-9-years.pdf Continue reading PLAYING GOD? They are saying 57,000 satellites will be swarming the earth in 9 year!!

ISSUES: Remembering how Steven Harper Muzzled Canadian scientists regarding critical issues in our oceans. IS THIS STILL HAPPENING NOW?

Many Canadians were fully aware of Harper’s media “KGB” and the muzzles they placed on our scientists back in 2015 when this was first written.
Continue reading “ISSUES: Remembering how Steven Harper Muzzled Canadian scientists regarding critical issues in our oceans. IS THIS STILL HAPPENING NOW?”

WHALES: DFO Responds to our Concerns about the “firing” of the Right Whale Recovery Team – 2008

We have received 2 calls from DFO about the article on the Right Whale Recovery Implementation Team. Our interpretation is supplied as a comment to the original article. We might not have gotten it right so we are reserving this … Continue reading WHALES: DFO Responds to our Concerns about the “firing” of the Right Whale Recovery Team – 2008

WHALES: Bill restricting speed limits passed in 2008 – Is it still good news?

Snowe/Kerry ship strike legislation passes Senate committee The Ship Strike Reduction Act of 2008 Whale bill passes Senate committee WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate committee has passed a bipartisan bill introduced by Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Massachusetts’ John Kerry that … Continue reading WHALES: Bill restricting speed limits passed in 2008 – Is it still good news?

ISSUES: Did you know that Canada is bound by the Law of the Sea to protect endangered whales, their habitat and feed?…

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?…

LOOKING BACK: Changing When the Sun Sets in Massachusets – 2015

Did you know a Boston man wants to adopt Atlantic time for public health reasons. If he succeeds, does this mean Maine will be still be backwards. Tom Emswiler has introduced Bill S-2040 that would study shift away from eastern standard … Continue reading LOOKING BACK: Changing When the Sun Sets in Massachusets – 2015