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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Jim Quinn, HON. BENOÎT BOURQUE, Hon. Andrew Harvey, Don Darling, Wayne Long

Safer and Healthier Port Operations for Saint John Homeowners

For several years, residents have been subjected to routine explosions, plumes of dust, and smoke from the American Iron and Metal facility, located on the port, in the west side of Saint John. Meanwhile, when ships arrive to collect the scrap metal, the Saint John Port Authority continues the practice of 24/7 dumping of scrap metal into ships, making it impossible for many residents in the area to sleep at night.It is well understood that noise and air pollution of this nature can impact the health and safety of families living nearby. We are asking anyone who has been directly impacted to complete this 5 minute survey to help provide factual evidence of the impact the noise and pollution is having on residents in the area: only do these operations impact the well-being of the community, they have a direct impact on the local economy. Since the 2012 expansion of the AIM Scrap metal plant, over 2/3 of property owners near the facility have lost value on their homes, representing a loss of over $3 Million dollars in equity, and over $80,000 in lost property tax revenue each year. See detailed spreadsheet here: Other Ports in Canada have shown a willingness to work with the community to manage noise and pollution. The Port of Vancouver, for example, has adopted a comprehensive strategy to manage noise from the port: We are requesting that the Saint John Port Authority, the NB Department of Environment, the NB Department of Health, and the City of Saint John work together to develop a well-defined strategy to manage noise and air pollution from the AIM Scrap Metal facility, to ensure a better future for families and property owners living in the area.  

Raven Blue
136 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Subway, Suzanne Greco, Trevor Haynes, Cindy Eadie, Millie Shinn

Subway: Help End Plastic Pollution, Stop Using Plastic Straws

When I first saw the viral video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril and throat, I was speechless. I had known that plastic waste was a problem, but never so deeply understood the harm it causes to those around us. Inspired, I started a petition with my school's environmental club asking my state to adopt a “straw upon request” policy. But soon I realized that wasn’t enough: we need the restaurant industry to do its part in controlling the plastic waste that plagues our oceans. Marine experts say that if we don't curb plastic waste, the majority of which is made up up single-use straws, by 2050 there might be more plastic in our oceans than fish. That’s unacceptable. Restaurant's like Ted's Montana Grill and Bon Appetit have ended their use of plastic straws, and just this month shareholders at McDonald's considered a ban on plastic straws in their restaurants. It’s time that Subway Restaurants, one of the largest fast-food chains in the U.S. and an environmental leader in the fast-food industry, follow suit. With nearly 45,000 locations in the U.S. alone, their ability to make a dent in curbing plastic waste is tremendous. Please, Subway, step up and help end plastic straw waste. Subway has already taken steps to reduce their waste: their napkins are made with 100% recycled fiber, their salad bowls were redesigned to remove 711,000 pounds of plastic from their waste stream, and they have changed the design of their cup carriers to save thousands of trees per year. It's clear the restaurant chain wants to be known for its environmental sustainability ― but their use of plastic straws is still an issue. As one of the most influential restaurant chains in America, the number of plastic straws they use ― and the number that end up in our oceans, swallowed by sea turtles ― is concerning. Why not take a bold step and start using eco-friendly paper straws, which are 100% compostable, in their stores? Please urge Subway to replace their plastic straws with paper straws.

Chelsea Chan
82,352 supporters