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Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Premier Kathleen Wynne, Glen Murray, Mayor French and Springwater Council, MPP Bill Mauro

Save our farms and rare wetland from mega-development

The Midhurst Secondary Plan proposes to turn a small, rural community of 3,500 people into a small city of almost 30,000! At stake are the local farms on prime agricultural land that will be sacrificed for development land (up to almost 1,900 acres). Moreover, the health of a small local creek and the nearby, internationally significant Minesing Wetlands are threatened by 10.6 million litres of effluent that will be pumped in daily from the proposed sewage treatment facility. These wetlands contain fragile ecosystems and in some parts, rare or sensitive species of flora and fauna.  Based on what we stand to lose or destroy, failure to stop this massive over-development is NOT an option.    In addition, the people of Midhurst have overwhelmingly shown their disapproval of such a massive development through several actions including a petition and high attendance during a recent township meeting. Still, this rural community, its farms and water are under threat. Also, the municipality has provided little factual evidence that this development will bring any benefit to the citizens (e.g. local jobs, lower taxes).   This fight is about ensuring that people of a community have a right to be heard by their government, that they have a right to choose to preserve their natural resources and farms and that even when faced against formidable opposition, small voices can be turned into thunderous roars.

Midhurst Ratepayers' Association
46,632 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Premier Stephen McNeil

Ban clear cutting on Crown land, favour selection management and cancel WestFor's license

Premier Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotians want clear cutting on our public lands to stop.  Our forests are disappearing, overharvested for the lowest possible end uses - chipped and burned in biomass plants, turned into pellets, biofuel, OSB strand board, and pulp.  Our forests are clear cut on ever shorter rotations, instead of being stewarded to generate jobs for current and future generations.  Major forest losses are seen in satellite images like the above, which depicts an area, mostly Crown land, northeast of Halifax Airport.  Tree cover loss between 2001 and 2014 is shown in pink while regrowth on older clear cuts is blue  (http://www.globalforestwatch.org).  The federal government's High Resolution Satellite Forest Monitoring shows that Nova Scotia has among the most intensive forest harvests in Canada (Wulder et al. 2016 DOI 10.13140; forests.fondryspatial.com).  In the 25 years prior to 2014, the last year for which forest data are available, 42% of the operable forest in Nova Scotia was clear cut.  Our Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is allowing our lands to be devastated.  Selection management that maintains a mixed, multi-aged Acadian forest must be practiced on the majority of forested lands.  Clear cuts and most “partial cuts” conducted by DNR promote even aged, short rotation forestry, ideal for harvesting pulp, but detrimental to forest diversity.  The resulting forests contrast with mixed multi-age Acadian forests (i.e. red spruce, hemlock, white pine, beech, sugar maple and yellow birch).  Following rare major disturbances (such as fire), Acadian forests develop as shade tolerant trees become dominant.  The forest becomes multi-aged as trees that fall in gaps are replaced.  By DNR’s figures, disturbance regimes that naturally support our Acadian forests characterize 51% of the land base (Mapping Nova Scotia's Natural Disturbance Regimes, 2008).  Non-DNR experts put this figure much higher (>80%). Selection management can maintain our Acadian forest.  However, in 2014, selection management was practiced on only 8.3% of working Crown forests (7.3% for the province), clearly contradicting DNR’s claim that “all harvest treatments are aligned with the nature-based requirements of Nova Scotia’s lands”.    DNR must stop misleading the public.  Public lands must be managed in the public interest.  On DNR’s watch, industrial interests reign supreme. The many benefits of intact forests to Nova Scotias are ignored. With the blessing of DNR, WestFor, a consortium of 13 mills, has become the manager of 1.4 million acres of public forest in western Nova Scotia. There is little doubt that clear cutting will be their method of choice. In 2014, statistics from the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers confirmed that 86% of Crown land harvests in Nova Scotia were clear cuts. Harvest locations are set through a complex, non-transparent process. Upcoming harvests are made public on DNR's online Harvest Viewer platform; only rarely has a large public outcry during the 20 day comment period altered their plans. Nova Scotia's taxpayers are not being allowed to plan the use of Crown land, instead we are providing large volumes of cheap subsidized wood to the mills. We must not allow this consortium of mills to manage our Crown lands. WestFor's license must be cancelled.     Government commitments to improving forestry practices must be honoured.  In 2011, after three years of engaging the public and numerous experts, the province adopted a 10 year policy called the Natural Resources Strategy that committed to limits on whole tree harvesting and “reducing the proportion of wood harvested by the clear cut method to no more than 50% of all harvests over a five year period”.  In a major about face, the 2016 update of the Natural Resources Strategy states that the DNR won't be limited to a specific percentage of clear cutting.  Although promised in 2011, no rules have been developed to limit whole tree harvesting. Even Nova Scotia’s Auditor General has chastised DNR for failing to steward endangered species. Government must recognize the crucial ecosystem services provided by intact forests and ban clear cutting. Clear cutting forests results in losses of wildlife habitat, increased flooding, depletion of soil nutrients, major losses of soil carbon and acidification of waterways.  Clear cutting is bad for Nova Scotia’s public image and dismays tourists. Clear cutting is like spending your savings; you use both the principal and the interest and are left with nothing for the future Sign below to ask Premier McNeil to: 1) Ban clear cutting on Nova Scotia Crown lands.  2) Practice selection management on the majority of Nova Scotia’s forested lands 3) Cancel WestFor’s license to manage 1.4 million acres of Crown land Then follow up by expressing your concerns to your political representatives, the Premier, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Environment.  Honourable Stephen McNeil                                                premier@gov.ns.ca Honourable Lloyd Hines                                                        mindnr@gov.ns.ca Honourable Margaret Miller                            Minister.Environment@gov.ns.ca        

Helga Guderley
2,081 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Jim Carr, Dwight Ball, Justin Trudeau

Free Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors James Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis

(Photo:  Marjorie Flowers, James Learning, and Eldred Davis, who have spent years seeking to protect the lands, waters, and people downstream from Muskrat Falls, are now behind bars for their peaceful protection actions because the colonial court system is acting as an agent for a project that will produce methylmercury poisoning and the very real threat of catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.)  Inuk Elder James Learning (aged 79) was jailed indefinitely on Friday, July 21 for refusing to stop his own efforts to protect Labrador residents from poisoning and drowning at the Muskrat Falls project. Also jailed for protecting the land and water July 21 were Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. Learning and Davis (NunatuKavut) and Flowers (Nunatsiavut) are part of a larger group (including a journalist) facing ongoing, serious court proceedings for their nonviolent actions. This new round of jailing Indigenous people and their allies comes on the heels of the incarceration in May of Inuk Grandmother Beatrice Hunter, another Labrador Land Protector thrown in jail for trying to save the future of her land and people from a Trudeau-backed mega hydro project at Muskrat Falls being led by the Newfoundland and Labrador Government and their crown corporation Nalcor. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/jim-learning-custody-breaching-injunction-muskrat-falls-1.4215759 The Muskrat Falls project will poison the water, land, and all life forms with methyl mercury for generations to come. It is built in part on quick clay, which moves, leaving open the possibility of a catastrophic dam collapse. Scores of Indigenous and non-Indigenous land protectors face serious charges for peacefully trying to stop this dangerous, unnecessary project. http://theindependent.ca/2017/03/18/land-protectors-face-criminal-charges-for-defending-water-food-culture/ We are calling on the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball, who is ALSO Minister of Labrador, Intergovernmental, and Indigenous Affairs, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett, to immediately intervene and meet the following demands: 1. Immediate release of James G. Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. 2. Dropping of all charges against Labrador Land Protectors and lifting of the anti-democratic injunction against land protectors brought by NALCOR Energy 3. Cancel the Muskrat Falls hydro project because it is too dangerous in the short and long term, whether from catastrophic collapse of the North Spur (which is built on quick clay, which moves) or from methyl mercury poisoning. #ShutMuskratDown

Matthew Behrens
4,090 supporters