Category Archives: Environment

Sackville gets funding to finish Lorne St. flood control project

The town of Sackville is getting $4 million from the federal and provincial governments to complete Phase III of the Lorne Street flood control project. The federal and provincial contributions represent almost 75% of the total cost of the $5.5 … Continue reading

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Expert calls recommendations to raise Fundy dykes ‘disheartening’

A scientist at Mount Allison says he’s disappointed that a $700,000 study has recommended raising dykes to protect the Chignecto Isthmus from flooding without including any nature-based solutions. “It’s a little disheartening to think that we’re going to use 20th … Continue reading

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NB & NS pledge to seek federal funding to raise dykes on Chignecto Isthmus

The governments of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are promising to push for federal funding to help them raise dykes about 2 metres to 10.6 metres and improve aboiteau drainage to protect the Chignecto Isthmus transportation corridor — a project … Continue reading

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New maps show Sackville faces worsening flood risks

The New Brunswick government released maps today confirming that large parts of downtown Sackville are at severe risk of flooding. The provincial maps show that, unless action is taken, the effects of climate change will increase the threat between now … Continue reading

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Sackville Town Council pushed to include more action on climate change in 2022 budget

Climate change was a key theme Monday night as Sackville Town Council met to discuss preliminary proposals for next year’s budget. “I know this is an emergency and not just a crisis,” said Councillor Sabine Dietz after suggesting that the … Continue reading

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Sackville Town Council approves fireworks display during Fall Fair

In a 7-1 vote, Sackville Town Council has approved a fireworks display during this year’s Fall Fair in spite of concerns about potentially adverse environmental effects. “It’s nearly impossible to assign a numerical value to the impact that the fireworks … Continue reading

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LSD leaders resign over province’s refusal to enforce blasting regulations in Westcock/British Settlement

Five local leaders in the Westcock, British Settlement area have resigned their elected positions over the provincial government’s failure to regulate rock blasting near rural homes. “The issues in our area have been ongoing for years,” writes Roger Gouchie, Chair … Continue reading

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Sackville may get full-time climate change co-ordinator after all

Sackville town staff have applied for a $63,500 provincial grant to hire a full-time climate-change co-ordinator for two years. “The idea is to pilot the position to test its value and effectiveness,” Kieran Miller, the new senior manager of corporate … Continue reading

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No money for climate change co-ordinator in 2021 Sackville budget

It appears that the Mayor’s Rountable on Climate Change will not be getting the $25,000 next year that it requested from Sackville Town Council to help hire a full-time, professional co-ordinator. During Monday’s council meeting, CAO Jamie Burke explained why … Continue reading

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Small nuclear reactors: Answer to energy needs & climate change or costly & dangerous turn in the wrong direction?

Both PC Premier Blaine Higgs and New Brunswick Liberal leader Kevin Vickers are touting the benefits of small modular nuclear reactors as they stump the province during the 2020 election campaign. The leaders of the province’s big political parties see the … Continue reading

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Sackville Roundtable on Climate Change seeking $125K annual budget

The Mayor’s Roundtable on Climate Change plans to seek an annual budget of $125,000 including money to hire a full-time co-ordinator. During Monday’s Sackville Town Council meeting, retired wildlife biologist Richard Elliot said the Roundtable has already benefited from the work … Continue reading

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