Plants & Animals take on N.B. Gov't

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Mt. Carleton court case to resume this week

Right to information request from ACOA discredits government statements

In dealing with Aboriginal Peoples, the government must act with “honour and integrity, avoiding even the appearance of sharp dealing,” says the Supreme Court of Canada.  

But, that is not how the New Brunswick government is acting, says Grand Chief Ron Tremblay, one of the applicants seeking a judicial review of a decision made by the New Brunswick government to develop a snowmobile grooming hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. 

When first announced, the project consisted of groomers, transforming a hiking trail into a snowmobile trail up the side of Mount Carleton, and two new snowmobile bridges.

“The two new snowmobile bridges are the most essential elements of this project as they tie everything else together,” says Jean Louis Deveau, the other applicant in the judicial review. The project was registered for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in September 2016.  At that time, government argued the bridges weren’t being considered part of the project.

Yet information recently obtained from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency through the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act indicates that the proposal submitted by the applicants for funding from ACOA included a request for money to build the two bridges at the centre of this controversy. And in the contract made between the applicants and ACOA, bridge funding is included.

“We’re being told one thing, only to find out through Right to Information that the opposite is true. The government is clearly not acting with honour and integrity,” says Grand Chief Tremblay.

The court is scheduled to continue hearing this matter on June 13th in Woodstock. A crowdfunding campaign was started in June 2016 to help pay legal fees.

The Parks Act (2014) stipulates a management plan based on a zoning system must be completed prior to any development in Provincial Parks. Mt. Carleton has been zoned but doesn’t have a management plan.

Cour doit poursuivre des audiences dans l’affaire  du parc provincial Mont Carleton cette semaine

Renseignements obtenus de l’APECA déséquilibre les déclarations du gouvernement

Selon la Cour suprême du Canada, le gouvernement doit agir «avec honneur et intégrité, et éviter la moindre apparence de ‘manœuvres malhonnêtes’» dans ses rapports avec les peuples autochtones.

«Pourtant, ce n’est pas comme ça que le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick agit», affirme le Grand Chef Ron Tremblay, un des auteurs de la demande de révision judiciaire dans l’affaire de la décision prise par le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick d’aménager un centre de services pour motoneiges au parc provincial Mont Carleton.

Au moment où ce projet a été annoncé, on y mentionnait des dameuses, la transformation d'un sentier de randonnée en sentier de motoneige sur le mont Carleton et deux nouveaux ponts pour motoneiges.

«Les deux nouveaux ponts pour motoneiges sont les pièces maîtresses de ce projet; c’est ce qui fait le lien avec le reste du projet», affirme Jean Louis Deveau, l’autre demandeur de révision judiciaire.

Une demande d’Étude d’impact sur l’environnement (ÉIE) pour ce projet a été déposée en septembre 2016. A l’époque le gouvernement a soutenu que les ponts n’étaient pas considérés comme faisant partie du projet.

Cependant, des renseignements obtenus récemment de l’Agence de promotion économique du Canada atlantique (APÉCA) en vertu de la Loi sur le droit à l’information et la protection des renseignements personnels indiquent que la demande de financement faite à l’APÉCA par la partie requérante incluait des fonds pour construire les deux ponts qui sont au centre de la controverse. Et il est de fait que le financement pour les ponts figure dans le contrat conclu entre les requérants et l’APÉCA.

Le Grand Chef Tremblay conclut qu’ «à la lumière de ces nouveaux renseignements, c’est évident que le gouvernement n’agit pas avec honneur et intégrité».

La cour doit poursuivre les audiences dans cette affaire le 13 juin à Woodstock. Une campagne de financement participatif a été entreprise en juin 2016 pour aider à payer les frais juridiques.

La Loi sur les parcs (2014) stipule qu’avant que l’on puisse procéder à tout développement dans un parc provincial, celui-ci doit être doté d’un plan de gestion basé sur un plan de zonage. Or pour le parc Mont Carleton, il existe un plan de zonage mais pas de plan de gestion.



Funding appeal by the Plants, Swimmers, Flyers, Crawlers, and Four-legged creatures of Mount Carleton Provincial Park

 We are the plants, swimmers, flyers, crawlers, and four-legged creatures of the park, whose ancestors have lived in this part of Wolastokuk (Maliseet homeland) for thousands of years.  Our wish for now is to have a New Brunswick court of law designate this part of Wolastokuk—our homeland—as our sanctuary.

Members of our extended families, the Kci-Putuwosultihtit Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet Grand Council), will bring our case before the court later this month. The Wolastoqewiyik (Maliseet people) have been, and always will be, our protectors. The Grand Chief of the Kci-Putuwosultihtit Wolastoqiyik, Ron Tremblay, will be joined by Jean Louis Deveau, a co-founder of the Friends of Mount Carleton and former manager of the park, who will intervene on our behalf. Our lawyer is Gordon Allen from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. 

The struggle to preserve our home for All Our Relations by challenging in court the decision to turn our home into a snowmobile hub will take thousands of dollars of the plastic money used by two-legged creatures. The economy of the land, air, and water where we live, however, is based not on plastic money, but on sunlight. So, we don’t have plastic money used by two-leggeds and will need the help of friends like you to win this court challenge.

So, this a special appeal to those of you compassionate two-legged creatures, who understand that we are all interconnected in the circle of life and who are sympathetic to preserving our way of life, here and/or elsewhere in Wolastokuk homeland, to donate your kind of money to help pay for our legal fees in court.


Demande de fonds par les plantes, les créatures aquatiques, ailées, rampantes, et les créatures à quatre pattes du Parc provincial Mont-Carleton

Nous sommes les plantes, les créatures aquatiques, ailées, rampantes ainsi que les créatures à quatre pattes vivant dans ce parc et dont les ancêtres ont vécu dans cette partie du territoire Wolastokuk (malécite) pendant des milliers d’années. Ce que nous voulons, aujourd’hui, c’est qu’un tribunal du Nouveau-Brunswick désigne cette partie de Wolastokuk – notre territoire - comme notre sanctuaire.

Des membres de nos familles élargies, le Kci-Putuwosultihtit Wolastoqiyik (Grand Conseil malécite),  soumettront notre cause au tribunal plus tard ce mois-ci. De tout temps, les Wolastoqewiyik (le peuple malécite) ont été nos protecteurs et ils le seront toujours. Le grand chef du Kci-Putuwosultihtit Wolastoqiyik, Ron Tremblay, accompagné de Jean Louis Deveau, un co-fondateur des Amis du mont Carleton et ancien directeur du parc, interviendra en notre nom. Notre avocat est Gordon Allen de Dartmouth en Nouvelle-Écosse.

Notre lutte pour préserver notre territoire pour toutes nos relations en contestant en cour la décision de transformer nos terres en un centre d’entretien centralisé pour motoneiges va coûter des milliers de dollars de la monnaie qu’utilisent les humains. L’économie de la terre, de l’air et de l’eau où nous habitons ne reposant pas sur le système monétaire des humains mais plutôt sur la lumière du soleil, nous ne disposons pas d’argent.

C’est pourquoi nous avons besoin de l’aide d’amis comme vous pour gagner cette bataille juridique. Nous vous lançons donc un appel à vous, créatures à deux pattes compatissantes, qui comprenez que nous sommes tous étroitement reliés dans le cercle de la vie et qui êtes favorables à la préservation de notre mode de vie ici ou ailleurs sur le territoire Wolastokuk, pour que vous nous aidiez, par vos dons, à défrayer nos frais juridiques.
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Maliseet Grand Council wins an adjournment

The Maliseet Grand Council obtained an adjournment (postponement of proceedings) in Court earlier this week in its efforts to stop the Province from developing a snowmobile grooming hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park, an area sacred to the Maliseet.

“The first matter presented by our lawyer Gordon Allen was to adjourn the proceedings scheduled for the morning to give us for more time for a full hearing of the matter. We also needed an adjournment to amend our original application,” said Grand Chief Ron Tremblay, who was at the Woodstock courthouse on Tuesday.

“The amendments will define how the proposed snowmobile grooming hub would affect the spiritual connection our People have with this place and how that relates to the Promises that were made to us in the Treaty of 1725/26,” adds Tremblay.

The Province’s counsel opposed the proposed adjournment, but after hearing Allen, Judge Richard Petrie considered the submissions and agreed to the request. He also issued timelines for both parties to complete certain tasks so that the matter may proceed before the Court in a more efficient fashion.

Within the next 60 days, the parties will finalize amendments and deal with issues regarding evidence before the Court. A pre-hearing conference will also be scheduled to set a new date for the full hearing and all the important issues it raises.


Le Grand conseil malécite obtient un ajournement

Le Grand conseil malécite a obtenu un ajournement des audiences, cette semaine, en cour, dans sa tentative d’empêcher le gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick d’implanter un centre de services pour motoneiges au parc provincial Mont-Carleton, un lieu sacré pour les Malécites.

«La première chose que notre avocat, Gordon Allen, a faite, ça été de demander un ajournement des audiences prévues pour l’avant-midi pour nous allouer plus de temps pour une audition complète du cas. On avait aussi besoin d’un ajournement pour apporter des modifications à notre demande initiale», a dit le Grand Chef Ron Tremblay, qui se trouvait au palais de justice de Woodstock mardi de cette semaine.

«Ces modifications vont expliquer comment le centre proposé pour l’entretien de motoneiges va affecter le lien spirituel que notre peuple a avec cet endroit et le rapport avec les promesses qui nous ont été faites dans le Traité de 1725-26», précise Tremblay.

L’avocat de la province s’est opposé à l’ajournement demandé, mais le juge Richard Petrie a accepté la demande après avoir entendu les arguments de Me Allen. Il a aussi fixé des échéances pour certaines tâches dont les deux parties doivent s’acquitter pour s’assurer que l’audience se déroule plus rondement et efficacement.

Dans les 60 prochains jours, les parties devront mettre la touche finale aux modifications et régler certains problèmes quant à la preuve qui sera présentée en cour. Aussi, une conférence préparatoire à l’audience aura lieu pour fixer une nouvelle date pour l’audition complète et tous les points importants qui s’y rattachent.

Une campagne de sociofinancement pour appuyer la révision judiciaire a permis, jusqu’à maintenant, d’amasser plus de 20 000 $ provenant de 145 donateurs.
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The attached video shows the amount of forest cover loss (in pink) around Mount Carleton Provincial Park from 2001 to 2014.
Forest cover loss around Mt. Carleton
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Our Attorney goes back to court next Tuesday, June 13th, to explain to the judge our concerns about the proposed snowmobile grooming hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park including how the snowmobile bridges were suddenly and inexplicably removed from the snowmobile grooming hub project just weeks before it was registered for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

Below are a few of the reasons why we need your help now.

Since November 2016, when we were last in court, we have received new information through Requests for Information submitted to the Department of Tourism, the Department of Environment, the Department of Transportation, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), and the Village of St.-Quentin.

The Department of Transportation, which is responsible for building the snowmobile bridges, is the only Department which denied all our requests for information through the Right to Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

When the project was registered for an EIA in September 2016, Tourism people told Environment people that the snowmobile bridges were not part of the snowmobile grooming hub and would be replaced irrespective of whether or not the grooming hub project was approved by them. Environment people are the ones responsible for approving or rejecting all projects submitted for an EIA. Since then, we have discovered through our Requests for Information to ACOA that the snowmobile bridges were, in fact, part of the proposal for the grooming hub project that was submitted to ACOA for project funding. ACOA allocated $ 551,038 for bridges, signage, trail clearing and improvements. The tenders themselves obtained from Department of Transportation refer to the terms snowmobile bridges.

Even though the cost of building these snowmobile bridges was supposed to have been covered by an ACOA grant, as specified in this Agency’s contract with the project applicants, copy of which we now have in our possession, neither the NB Department of Transportation nor ACOA have agreed to surrender any documentation which might explain to the public how and why this half million dollars of your tax dollars was used to build new snowmobile bridges for an area in a wilderness park not zoned for snowmobile traffic, but for low-impact recreational activities, like hiking and backcountry camping.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 to pay our legal fees. We have already raised three-quarters of that amount. Our lawyer, who is as committed to this as we are, is only charging us 40 cents on the dollar. Can you help us reach our goal?
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As the end of 2016 approaches, the time has come to say thank you again to all those who supported our efforts to protect the extended members of our families, that is, the plants and animals at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. This park is part of Wolastokuk (Maliseet homeland) and I am a nutankeyutikecik ktahkomiq, meaning caretaker of the land.

In response to our application for a Judicial Review, made possible through your generous donations, the Province decided to register their proposed snowmobile grooming hub at the park for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Thanks to you, all construction related to this project is now on hold at least until the completion of the EIA. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the issue of whether or not Mount Carleton is the best place for a snowmobile grooming hub has not yet been resolved in court. Note that one of the proposed new snowmobile trails crosses a moose yard. Scientists have shown that to avoid snowmobile trails, moose are sometimes displaced into less favorable habitats that lower their chances of survival in the winter.

So, we need to raise more money to go back to court early in the New Year and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves—the plants and animals, land, water and air.

We have tried raising money by asking for it, and by not asking for it. We always get more by asking for it which is why I have been invited to write you this note.

Thank you again for donating to protect the extended members of our families.

Wolastoq Grand Chief spasaqsit possesom - Ron Tremblay
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Dallas McQuarrie
25 months ago

I think the technological term for this kind of process is 'corrupted.' But anyone in New Brunswick who doesn't realise the province's EIA process is a joke, and a poor one at that, hasn't been paying attention. The EIA process in New Brunswick has been designed by the greediest minds the corporate sector has to offer, and might better carry the acronym EUB - Environment Under the Bus!

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Debbie Hopper
27 months ago

Thank you for this important work. I will contribute re a cheque.

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Rene Cole
28 months ago

La nature a besoin de la voix de gens comme vous pour la défendre, à mes yeux vous êtes des héros. Merci et Bonne chance!

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Robert Poirier
28 months ago

The new Tourism, Culture and Heritage minister John Ames should be brought up to speed about this.

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Dallas McQuarrie
25 months ago

I think the technological term for this kind of process is 'corrupted.' But anyone in New Brunswick who doesn't realise the province's EIA process is a joke, and a poor one at that, hasn't been paying attention. The EIA process in New Brunswick has been designed by the greediest minds the corporate sector has to offer, and might better carry the acronym EUB - Environment Under the Bus!

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Debbie Hopper
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Thank you for this important work. I will contribute re a cheque.

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Rene Cole
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La nature a besoin de la voix de gens comme vous pour la défendre, à mes yeux vous êtes des héros. Merci et Bonne chance!

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Robert Poirier
28 months ago

The new Tourism, Culture and Heritage minister John Ames should be brought up to speed about this.

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