Friday, May 31, 2013

Now here's a senior who tells a politician where to stick it! Wish it was me! "Captain Bullshit" even! And moron, idiot and leach!!

From an email, maybe widely circulated.
Actual names have been changed. ( Legal reasons )
I don't think pissed really covers it!!!!
Jeff Smith, the Senator from Québec calls senior citizens the 
Greediest Generation as he compared "Social Security " to a Milk Cow 
with over a million teats.
Here's a response in a letter from PATTY JOHNSTONE in Ontario ... I think 
she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!
Oh sooo true!
"Hey Jeff, let's get a few things straight!!!!!
1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole (tit) 
2. I have been paying CPP & OHIP for 48 YEARS (since I 
was 15 years old. I am now 63).
3. My Canada Pension payments, and those of millions of other 
Canadians, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for 
decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give 
OUR money to a bunch of zero losers in return for votes, thus 
bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme 
that would make Bernie Madoff proud.
4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and "your ilk" 
pulled the proverbial football away from millions of Canadian seniors 
nearing retirement and moved the 
goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age, 67. NOW, you and your 
"shill commission" are proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.
5. I, and millions of other Canadians, have been paying into 
OHIP & CPP from Day One, and now "you morons" propose to change the rules 
of the game. Why? Because "you idiots" mismanaged other parts of the 
economy to such an extent that you need to steal our money from 
OHIP & CCP to pay the bills.
6. I, and millions of other Canadians, have been paying income taxes 
our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. 
Why? Because you "incompetent bastards" spent our money so profligately 
that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, 
you come to the Canadian taxpayers and say you need more to pay off 
YOUR debt.
To add insult to injury, you label us "greedy" for calling "bullshit" 
to your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions 
for YOU:
1. How much money have you earned from the Canadian taxpayers during 
your pathetic 50-year political career?
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, 
and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the 
Canadian taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you 
proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or as usual, 
have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?
It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called 
Parliament who are the "greedy" ones. It is you and your fellow nutcase 
thieves who have bankrupted the Canadian Pension, OHIP and stolen the Canadian 
dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers.
And for what? Votes and your job and retirement security at our 
expense, you lunk-headed, leech.
That's right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted our benefits for the sole 
purpose of advancing your pathetic, political careers. You know it, we 
know it, and you know that we know it.
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch. NO, I 
didn't stutter. 
P.S. And stop calling CPP & OHIP "entitlements". WHAT 
I have been paying in to the CPP system for 45 years "It's my 
money"-give it back to me the way the system was designed and stop 
patting yourself on the back like you are being generous by doling out 
these monthly check
If you like the way things are in Canada delete this.
If you agree with what an Ontario citizen, says, please 

St. Andrews-by-the-sea continues to oppose LNG development in Passamaquoddy Bay.

English: The Algonquin hotel, St. Andrews, New...
English: The Algonquin hotel, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
May 15, 2013
Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426

Dear Ms. Bose:
Re: Downcast LNG CP07-52-000. CP07-53-000. CP07-53-001

The Council of the Town of Saint Andrews, New Brunswick would like to submit this letter to reiterate our concerns and opposition to the establishment of a Liquefied Natural Gas plant as proposed by Down East LNG at Robbinston, Maine.

Figure 25 of the Marine Transit Route M50, international breech scenario, clearly
indicates that much of the Town of Saint Andrews would be affected, should a natural
gas spill or fire occur. None of our emergency planning has included such a scenario.
The medical, fire and policing services required to properly address the explosion risk is
beyond Town financial capacities.

Since our last submissions to your agency in 2009, significant financial resources have
been made to our tourism and infrastructure. To accommodate our developing cruise
ship initiatives, $900,000 (CAD) was invested in the Town Market Wharf. We had two
large cruise ships and several smaller ships use the wharf in 2012 and expect that this
initiative will be successful in the continuing years. The exclusion zones and transit
schedules proposed by the LNG traffic would affect our cruise ship plans. The Town
wharf also supports a multimillion dollar aquaculture industry. Again exclusion zones
and transit schedules would impact that industry. Our signature hotel, the Algonquin is
nearing a $30,000,000 renovation in a joint venture by Marriott Hotels, New Castle
Properties and the Province of New Brunswick. The hotel is the cornerstone of Saint
Andrews tourism and is establishing a worldwide marketing program through the
Marriott Hotel Autograph designation. The development of the Downcast LNG is seen
as a significant roadblock to the viability of the Algonquin Hotel initiative and the
negative economic impacts of the LNG terminal to the hotel is seen as dramatic.

It is impossible to market a vacation in an identified risk zone. The Huntsman Marine
Science Centre has just completed a $4,000,000 construction of a world class marine
aquarium. It sits exactly opposite the proposed site for the Downcast Project and in the
high risk international breach scenario. The iinpacts to its viability are as significant as
those of the Algonquin Hotel.

[With] all of the current usage of the bay, it is impossible to add the proposed tanker
traffic and carry on with the vital economic activity of this area. No scheduling can solve
this problem; many users have to use the waterway when the conditions are appropriate
for their needs.

The government of New Brunswick and the State of Maine have worked together on the
"Two Nation Vacation" marketing initiatives in the last several years. This collaboration
works to stimulate tourism on both sides of the border. The Downcast LNG facility is
seen as a threat to this tourism strategy.

We wish to bring these new investments to our tourism and infrastructure facilities to
your attention. The Council of the Town of Saint Andrews continues to strongly oppose
the development of an LNG terminal in Robbinston, Maine. The Downeast LNG project
would put the viability of our tourism and commercial economy at risk.

Stan Choptiany
Mayor, Town of Saint Andrews

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

LNG in Passamaquoddy - 9 Filings to FERC Opposing Downeast LNG Proposal

Zodiac Boot auf Passamaquoddy Bay (Whale-Watching)
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Latest Update to the Save Passamaquoddy Bay website:

FERC > LNG Project Review Process > eLibrary Dockets > Formal Filing Docket Comment Submissions >Downeast LNG — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55 > 2013 May

May 20
Save Passamaquoddy Bay [Sarah and Paul Strickland] — The Stricklands oppose Downeast LNG due to negative impacts it would have on health, safety, environmental, and lifestyle.

Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Dr. James Venart's report on thermal radiation demonstrating DeLNG would violate the thermal radiation Exclusion Zone regulation may be delayed until after May 20, due to health and scheduling problems. Since FERC "deadlines" have been flexible throughout this permitting process, FERC should accept and fully consider the report filing.

Save Passamaquoddy Bay — Save Passamaquoddy Bay enumerates a long list of Downeast LNG regulation-compliance failings. Downeast LNG cannot meet those requirements. FERC must deny permits.

Susan Lambert — Passamaquoddy Bay is a nutrient pump that supports biodiversity in the Bay of Fundy, making the Downeast LNG development inappropriate.

Vaughn McIntyre Consulting — Vaughn McIntyre opposes Downeast LNG due to negative impacts it would have on tourism, especially cruise ships. The waterway's existing uses precludes LNG terminal siting here.

Huntsman Marine Science Centre — Huntsman relies on seawater from the Saint Croix River estuary. LNG terminal construction and operation would negatively impact the water's integrity, the local environment, and Huntsman Marine Science Centre's sustainability.

Nature Trust of New Brunswick — DeLNG is unnecessary and a threat to the area's natural beauty, and natural heritage.

Friends of Head Harbour Lightstation — LNG tankers would present a security risk to Campobello Island, visitors to the lightstation, and Head Harbour Lightstation itslef; and, Campobello Island would present a security risk to LNG tankers.

Town of St. Andrews, New Brunswick — Downeast LNG would have a detremental impact on St. Andrews economy. Existing uses of the bay preclude an LNG terminal, and St. Andrews is unprepared to deal with an emergency resulting from an LNG incident.

Robert Godfrey

Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance

Friday, May 17, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Canada continues to oppose LNG development in Passamaquoddy Bay

Just received at 4:40 pm today, May 17, 2013. Canada’s Ambassador to the United States confirmed again today Canada’s official opposition to the proposed Downeast LNG terminal in Passamaquoddy Bay, Bay of Fundy, stating:
Given that LNG vessels would need to transit through Head Harbour Passage as well as the New Brunswick side of Passamaquoddy Bay. our position remains that this proposal can not proceed. Canada will not cooperate in any coordination planning with U.S. authorities: nor will our Government curtail the use of Head Harbour Passage and Passamaquoddy Bay in order to accommodate the incursion of LNG tankers.
Previous approval given to Downeast LNG by the United States Coast Guard was conditional upon the approval and cooperation of the Government of Canada. Technically this letter should cause the proposal to become null and void.
The full text follows:

BREAKING NEWS: Canada continues to oppose LNG development in Passamaquoddy Bay

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

FUNDING: Community and Business Toolkit for Tidal Energy Development

English: Bay of Fundy © 2004 Matthew Trump
English: Bay of Fundy © 2004 Matthew Trump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
ATEI is Pleased to Announce Release of the Community and Business
Toolkit for Tidal Energy Development.

Click here
<>to learn
more and download a
copy (

In June 2011, the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (UARB) announced
Community Feed-In Tariffs (COMFIT) for various renewable energy
developments, including small-scale tidal energy. This innovative
government policy gives communities/developers a long-term, guaranteed
price for electricity generated from renewable resources. The UARB also
announced that feed-in tariffs for large-scale tidal energy would be

However, many question remain around how communities and businesses in
Nova Scotia can benefit from tidal energy development. To address some
of these questions the *Acadia Tidal Energy Institute,* with support
from municipal, provincial and federal partners, has developed the
*Community and Business Toolkit for Tidal Energy Development.* The*
Community and Business Toolkit for Tidal Energy Development *will assist
communities and businesses in better understanding the opportunities
stemming from tidal energy while encouraging responsible harvesting of
the tidal energy resource.

The* Community and Business Toolkit for Tidal Energy Development
*contains a series of modules that describe opportunties and strategies
for communities and businesses to become involved in tidal enegy
development. The modules also provide relevant advice, checklists and links.

*The Entire Toolkit and Individual modules can be downloaded from the
links below.*

Dana Morin
/Director-Business Development/**
*Fundy Tidal Inc.*
121 Second Street
Westport, Nova Scotia, B0V 1H0
Office: (902) 839.2078
Cell: (902) 790.3565 <>

*Marine Renewables Canada, <>*

/Aligning industry, academia and government to ensure that Canada is a
leader in providing ocean energy solutions to a world market.
/*Fundy Energy Research Network (FERN),
*/Fostering Collaborations in Tidal Energy Research/

LNG: What's happening this Week in Fundy and Abroad.

*Save Passamaquoddy Bay*
* PO Box 222*
* Eastport, ME 04631*

English: Boston, Mass. (Aug. 25, 2004) - A 25-...
English: Boston, Mass. (Aug. 25, 2004) - A 25-foot U.S. Coast Guard boat assigned to the Coast Guard Station Boston, Mass., provides a security escort for the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Tanker Matthew in Boston Harbor. Escort of LNG Tankers are a multi-agency priority, consisting of Coast Guard, local and state police, and Massachusetts Environmental Patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Public Affairs Specialist 3rd Class Kelly Newlin (RELEASED) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Latest Update to the Save Passamaquoddy Bay website:

*FERC <>* > LNG Project
Review Process
<> > eLibrary
Dockets <> > Formal
Filing Docket Comment Submissions
<> >*Downeast
LNG* — CP07-52, CP07-53, CP07-54, CP07-55
<> > 2013

* May 13

o Save Passamaquoddy Bay — The US Coast Guard requires DeLNG
to obtain Passamaquoddy Nation approval of DeLNG's proposed
use of the waterway. The Saint Croix Schoodic Band of
Passamaquoddy /*disapproves*/ of Downeast LNG's proposed use
of the waterway.

*Downeast LNG has failed to meet this Coast Guard requirement.*

o Richard and Katherine Berry, and Paul and Suzanne
Crawford — Homes along the north shore of Mill Cove, across
the cove from proposed Downeast LNG, would be within the
Hazard Zone and Exclusion Zone. Photographs of the homes and
waterway are included.

*News Stories & Editorial*
<> > May 13
<> [For
faster page loading, go to our Latest News
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Nova Scotia

* India's H-Energy explores potential Canada LNG export terminal
<> (May
* Second LNG project proposed
<> (May


* Do rig counts tell us much about oil and natural gas supplies
<> (Apr

Robert Godfrey
*Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3-Nation Alliance *
* <>*

NATURENB Digest Bird Report - 13 May 2013 to 14 May 2013

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
NatureNB topics of the day:

1. Saint John West new arrivals early this morning
2. Hummer
3. Brown Thrasher
4. Additional Castalia birds. inc. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
5. FOY hummer
6. First Hummer
7. At last, a HUMMER
8. FOS hummer here too
9. Ecuador trip report

Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 13:03:20 -0300
From: Gilbert Bouchard
Subject: Saint John West new arrivals early this morning

Migration was still under way up to 45 minutes after sunrise this
morning with small groups of birds (mostly warblers) flying eastward a
few hundred meters above ground.

On the ground I was able to locate 14 species of warblers, including 6
first of spring for me. I am pretty sure I missed a few species because
at some point they were popping form every three and bushes and I was
not able to look at each of them before they move away!

The most abundant Warbler species was Black-and-white Warbler with a
minimum of 85. At some point there was 6 in the same tree! Second most
common was White-Throated Sparrow (36). There was also many migrating
Savannah Sparrows and a group 9 migrating Blue Jays.

New for the year for me are:
Swainson's Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 2 males
Magnolia 12 males
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1 male
Blackpoll Warbler 1 male
Wilson's Warbler 1 male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 male


Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 19:14:29 -0300
From: "dbaldwin2"
Subject: Brown Thrasher

On my walk this morning so a BROWN THRASHER in Second Falls[near
St.George].It was singing in an apple tree.

David Baldwin
Second Falls


Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 19:37:55 -0300
From: Roger Burrows
Subject: Additional Castalia birds. inc. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK

May 13

Castalia Coastal Woods (n to Wellington Drive) 17:40-18:50
Migration continued into the evening with several wood-warbler species
still feeding frantically, mostly in treetops. immature male
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 4+ Mourning Doves, Downy Woodpecker pair
mating, Hermit Thrush, 5+ Northern Parulas, male Black-throated Blue,
Palm, Black-and-white, 2 Yellow-rumped & 3 male Black-throated Green
Warblers, male American Redstart, first 1st-year male ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAK of season at feeder, Chipping, 4 Song & 5 White-throated
Sparrows, 5+ American Goldfinches

Roger Burrows
Grand Manan


Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 18:04:39 -0700
Subject: FOY hummer

Had my first R-T Hummingbird today, that I have seen anyway...
Yolande Memramcook


Date: Mon, 13 May 2013 18:43:24 -0300
From: Jane <perkyleb@NBNET.NB.CA>
Subject: First Hummer

It usually happens Mother's Day weekend, so my first Hummer of the
season was only a day late.

Jane LeBlanc
St. Martins, N.B.


State of the Crown Forest in New Brunswick

This letter is written to an old friend of mine (84 years old) well
respected filmmaker/producer of award winning series and investigative
shows (remember This hour has seven days on C.B.C.) Richard Neilson
originally from Plaster Rock wanted me to write a 4 pager encapsulating
all I have learned in the past few months about the state of our Crown
Forest So if you will bear with me. Here is my days effort.

English: Cropped version of Frank McKenna.jpg
English: Cropped version of Frank McKenna.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The state of the Crown Forest in N.B.

My name is *Charles Thériault*, I am a 57 year old filmmaker living in
Kedgwick, N.B. and this is the story of my fight to make things right
for my family, my friends and my co-residents of this fine province.

It all started five years ago when I settled here in this french
speaking Appalachian back woods community deep inside the New Brunswick
Acadian forest, nestled among the finest salmon fishing rivers in the
world. The Restigouche, Kedgwick and Little Main rivers attract the
wealthiest of aficionados willing to shell out thousands of dollars a
day just to sit in a boat for hours, along pristine waterways, tickling
the waters hoping to feel that rush of adrenaline when a majestic
Atlantic salmon decides to hook into the fly.

On the other hand, there is a whole other set of imagery that comes
forth once the gloss of the surrounding nature fades and the stark
reality of the people who inhabit this isolated area becomes all to
evident. The residents of Kedgwick and surrounding small communities are
all rough hewn second and third generation descendants of settlers who
dragged their wives and children here hoping to carve out an existence
from the then abundant forest. Tenaciously, by the sweat of their brow,
they managed to build a community for themselves. Small and medium sized
businesses sprouted everywhere, work was abundant and people prospered.
But today the community is struggling to survive, forest workers must
take on huge loans to finance machinery to get hired by the JDI owned mill.

This story is similar to almost all communities in this province.
Historically, New Brunswick was forged into existence because of it's
forest and up until the late 1970's, it's forest was the main economic
engine that drove the economies of most of its communities.. However
that all changed as of 1980.

That year, the Richard Hatfield government, under the guidance of the
Natural Resources Minister, Bud Bird, brought into existence the N.B.
Lands and Forest Act, which basically handed over license to manage the
totality of all Crown Forest, 50 % of all forest in the province to 9
pulp and paper mills and one large saw mill. They were instructed to
manage the forest for the best interest of the owners of said forest.
The people of New Brunswick. In other words the foxes were asked to tend
to the chicken coop.

It is interesting to note that at the time, Bud Bird was owner of a
large and prosperous industrial supply company (Bird Stairs Inc Held in
trust while he was minister) doing business with most the the large
forest industry players. A few months after the act passed, Bud Bird
leaves government and becomes a director of Fraser Papers. One of the
licensees of our Crown forest.

To add some fairness to the Act, it was required of industry to purchase
the AAC (Annual Allowable Cut) from Private Woodlot Owners as
represented by marketing boards before having access to Crown Forest
timber. The price negotiated for that private wood purchase would also
set the price that industry would pay the government for Crown forest.
That way Crown was not competing unfairly with private woodlot owners.

Unfortunately, in 1992, premier Frank McKenna changed the act so the
Forest Industry no longer had to purchase the Private woodlot owners
AAC. Therefore this group immediately lost all bargaining power and the
price the Industry paid dropped by 40% overnight as well as the price
they paid the province for Crown forest timber.

Over the remaining twenty years, almost all small and medium sized mills
shut down over the province, while industry successfully drove them
bankrupt, thus eliminating competition. Private woodlot owners unable to
compete with the cheap cost paid for Crown Forest timber decided to find
other sources of income.

In the late 1990's early 2000 as the world market for pulp and paper
collapses, several licensee's in N.B. went bankrupt and closed their
mills. However, the Crown Forest licenses allotted to them are folded in
with the remaining licensees. Today only four companies share the total
management control of all Crown Forest. J.D. Irving, Twin Rivers,
softwood Pulp used in the paper making process) AV Nackawick, AV Cell
(Hardwood pulp used in the process of making rayon)

It is interesting to note that former premier Frank McKenna is today
chairman of the board of Brookfield Asset Management, which owns Twin
Rivers, of which Bud Bird is still a director. Also J.D. Irving is the
largest holder of Crown licenses in the province.

During this period of industry upheaval and the U.S. housing market
crash, the province reduced by 50% the royalties owed to the
province..twice. Which means today they are paying just 25% royalties of
1990 prices.

Revenues to the province from the forestry sector are so low that the
ministry can no longer afford to operate. In the 2010 the ministry
generated a loss of 30 million$. How can that be? Has the management of
our richest renewable resource gone so far off track that we are
actually paying the industry to take our wood away? It would seem so.

Several studies over the years were commissioned searching for direction
and all were told to work within the guidelines of existing management
arrangement. Well at least one study in 2010 undertaken by *Don
Roberts*, C.I.B.C Worldwide V.P. stipulated that the main problem was in
fact the management regime in place. The licensee system was draining
the coffers dry. He explained that if the Crown Forest was managed for
its owners, (the population of N.B.) just as Acadian Timber, (formerly
Fraser Papers) manages its industrial forest for the shareholders.
(Frank McKenna and Brookfield Asst Management) The ministry should have
reaped in 140 million $. However it operated at a loss of 30 million $.
His statement was categorical. Time to change how our public forest is

Three years has gone by since M. Roberts recommendations and nothing has
moved to correct the situation.

Why? Why is government not correcting the situation?

I asked *Bill Parenteau*, history prof at U.N.B. Fredericton where he
completed his doctoral thesis on the development of the pulp and paper
industry in New Brunswick. His answer was simple. The Province of New
Brunswick is a *client state* to the forest industry. At least since the
1930's. Being a client state means that industry has more control over
resource policy than does the government.

His analysis was confirmed to me by *Nicole Lang* also history prof at U
de M who did her doctoral thesis on the history of the Fraser Papers
operations in New Brunswick. How troubling is that? Our succeeding
governments have been unable to dictate policy regarding our resources.

A recent example of this happened in early 2012 when the minister of
Natural Resources ordered that all industry players stop gathering
pulpwood on Crown Forest in order to allow private woodlot owners to
sell their pulpwood to industry. All industry players followed suite
except for J.D. Irving which claimed they had special status with
government and need not follow the ministers orders. A week later the
ministerial order was reversed. How blatant a client state is that!

Being a client state to industry would certainly explain the mess that
we are in.

I approached *M. Robert Dick, * Forest Manager at the Department of
Natural Resources and he confirmed that every species of hardwood and
softwood was totally allocated between the remaining licensees. No new
players allowed. Like kids in a candy store the N.B. Forest Industry
players have the totality of our Crown Forest to run roughshod over
anyone who dares to try to compete with them in New Brunswick.

I spoke to *M. Andrew Clarke*, president of the N.B. Federation of
Private Woodlot Owners. who remains befuddled over the fact that the
government is doing nothing to remedy the fact that Crown land is used
to unfairly compete with private owned woodlands. He cannot understand
how the state of Maine forest industry buys wood from N.B. private
woodlot owners at a fair price and the industry seems to be doing well.
While here in New Brunswick ,industry needs iron clad guarantees from
the province, reduced tax rates, and reduced electrical rates and fire
sale priced Crown timber in order to operate in the province in New
Brunswick. What is wrong with the industry business model in N.B.

Seems to me that N.B. Forest Industry dictates and the N.B. Government
accommodates. Once again here is an example of the province being a
client state to the forest industry.

I spoke to *Stephen Wyatt*, forestry prof at U de M specializing in
Social Forestry and Forest Policy. He claims it is time for the forest
regime to change in N.B. This province was the first to implement the
Licensee management approach in Canada and all other provinces followed
suite. However in the last 5 years British Columbia, Ontario and
recently Québec have realized that the model did not work and have
changed it to models where the industry does not manage the resource. M.
Wyatt says we need to extract the Industry from managing our forest
resource in N.B. and go see what other values we can develop from the
forest other than just 2 by 4 and pulp. Perhaps tourism, perhaps
expanded maple syrup industry.

I spoke with *Tom Buckley *Professor at the U.N.B. school of forestry.
He explains how he and his colleagues were commissioned by the
Department of Natural Resources of N.B. to conduct a public survey on
the satisfaction of Crown Forest management. On the eve of the
dissemination of the results, they were asked to withhold the
information from the public. The information clearly indicates a total
distrust of the Forest Industry to manage our Crown Forest.

I spoke with *Don McCrea *long time bureaucrat with D.N.R. then
transferred as Deputy Minister to Transportation to spearhead the
mammoth task of constructing the twined highway in N.B. He was later
offered the post of Deputy Minister of Natural Resources. He turned down
the position because he believed Industry would have fought him every
step of the way to return the control of Crown Forest to the Ministry.
He believes the 60 million $ a year the government pays industry to
manage the forest, do the sylviculture work and maintain forest roads
and bridges cannot be substantiated at todays prices. Yet these fixed
cost have never been reviewed in the past 32 years. Only indexed with
inflation. If Industry saves money on these operations it is theirs to
keep. He also says that since all scaling of wood in now done in the
mill yard rather then in the woods as was done previous to the act. It
is impossible to prove if in fact the province and the wood workers are
actually getting the right amount of payment for the wood cut.

I spoke with *Jeannot Volpé*, former Minister of Natural Resources and
former Minister of Finance for the province of New Brunswick. He
stipulates that we have to take a good long look to see if in fact we
New Brunswickers are getting good value by letting industry manage our
forest resource. He asks if with the billions of dollars the province
has provided the industry, in royalty cuts, tax cuts, power rate cuts,
subsidies, interest free forgivable loans, if in fact we have had value
forrr New Brunswickers or if in fact we have simply been making sure
that this industry make profit on the back of New Brunswick resource.
Has it been worth it? He asks. I don't think so! He answers bluntly. Let
us go see why.

For the moment my inquiries have focused more on the financial aspects
of Crown Forest mismanagement. It seems to me that people will react
more if you can show how hundred of millions of dollars go missing every
year from the taxpayers coffers. If we do a quick financial analysis of
the situation it really comes down to the fact that we as taxpayers of
New Brunswick are actually paying the industry to take the wood away.

But what of the environmental impacts that this mismanagement has
caused. Can we equate the fact that wholesale clear-cutting of our
forest and reduced buffer zones along the waterways is the reason that
every watershed in New Brunswick have been declared compromised. Silting
is choking streams and rivers, endangering fish habitat. Causing erosion
and flooding.

But what of the social impacts that this mismanagement has caused. The
shutting down of small communities. The indentured workers, held captive
by huge loans co-signed by the likes of J.D. Irving which in turn are
guaranteed by the province. When the workers machine becomes almost
paid-off, Irvings demand he purchases a newer more productive machine,
that way keeping the worker in a state of indebtedness.

It is said that 10% of all contractors who work for the Irvings go
bankrupt every year. For sure they are not the only players in the field
but they are surely the largest and carry the most clout.

In Kedgwick where I reside, there are two mills. One is owned by
J.D.Irving and produces stud-wood which in 2011 consumed 300,000 cubic
meters of wood/year (99% from Crown forest) and maintained 57 jobs An
average of 5264 m3 of wood per job/year

The other mill is Groupe Savoie, they produce hardwood pallets, kitchen
cabinet components, pellets and pellet logs, hardwood flooring. In 2012
they consumed 430,000 cubic meters/year (65 % Crown as a sub licensee)
and maintained 465 jobs. An average of 925 m3 of wood per job/year

The answer to creating work in New Brunswick is by forcing the users of
our resource to add value to the raw material. Not by pillaging what
wood we have left but by adding value to what wood we have left.

Without a doubt, the single greatest impediment to my effort in raising
awareness is the lack of support and recognition from mainstream media.
Every published newspaper in New Brunswick with the exception of one
english and one french are all owned by J.D.Irving.

The only way I can get my message out is either by internet or by
gaining national media attention. The internet is working but it is a
laborious process. It is going to take a groundswell of attention from
the population to force our government to revamp the Crown Forest Act
and give us back control over our largest renewable resource. However
the size of the effort.... we will prevail!

DOWNEAST LNG: Comments osubmitted in FERC CP07-52-000,et al.

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On 5/13/2013, the following Filings were submitted to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:

Filer: Not available;

Docket(s): CP07-52-000
Filing Type: Comment on Filing
Description: Comment of Richard and Katherine Berry, and Paul and
Suzanne Crawford re homes on Mill Cove, under CP07-52, et al.

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On 5/13/2013, the following Filing was submitted to the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission (FERC), Washington D.C.:

Filer: Save Passamaquoddy Bay
Save Passamaquoddy Bay (as Agent)

Docket(s): CP07-52-000
Filing Type: Comment on Filing
Description: Email from Passamaquoddy Chief Hugh Akagi to US Coast
Guard, comment of Save Passamaquoddy Bay under CP07-52, et al.

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