The board of Stop Spraying New Brunswick believes a complaint lodged with the CBC Ombudsman is little more than abuse of process in order to stifle legitimate criticism against the use of glyphosate.

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Fredericton, NEW BRUNSWICK. On Monday, SSNB was made aware of a complaint filed with the ombudsman following CBC coverage of presentations by renowned expert Dr. Thierry Vrain.

Vrain provided SSNB with an email from CBC’s Darrow MacIntyre, in which MacIntyre points to complaints made in wake of CBC’s coverage of Vrain (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/glyphosate- thierry-vrain-1.4388887) and challenges the scientist to defend some of his claims.

Vrain directed MacIntyre to several published news articles, peer-reviewed journals and court documents – of which there are man – to support his claims. Vrain said he is used to such opposition. “I am well aware that the information I convey goes against big money interests so I definitely expect a push back. I have had quite a few opponents and complainants in attendance at my lectures … so I am not too surprised.”

Vrain is just one of many scientists facing challenges for making demonstrable, fact-based claims about the dangers of glyphosate. Rod Cumberland, an outspoken critic of the use of the herbicide as part of the province’s standard forestry practice, has also come under heavy criticism from industry – J. D. Irving in particular – for his views that glyphosate use is directly linked to the
province’s plunging deer populations.

SSNB director Vern Faulkner, a veteran journalist, called the invesigation “highly irregular”. “A media ombudsman generally exists to rule on matters of ethical principle, not on questions of accuracy,” said Faulkner. “The accuracy of Vrain’s claims cannot be disputed, and it is unbelievable that any ethical or moral boundary was challenged by CBC’s coverage of a public presentation by an expert of impeccable credentials.”

The board members of Stop Spraying New Brunswick can only conclude that a third party is abusing the office of the ombudsman in an attempt to stifle legitimate conversation, and expresses its alarm at such action.

Asks Faulkner, “Should SSNB now demand the CBC Ombudsman investigate the repeated and fallacious claims of glyphosate safety made by government and industry?”

SSNB repeats its call for government to heed the weight of both scientific
evidence and public opinion – as evidenced by the 35,000 signatures on SSNB
petitions – and end the government-funded use of glyphosate on Crown forests.
For more, see www.stopsprayingnb.ca.

The people of New Brunswick want to protect their forests

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A picture that Is worth a thousand words….

The group EcoVie of Restigouche West want to greatly thank the people of New Brunswick for their support during the peaceful plan of action, better known as “The Happy Campers.”

«We are very pleased with the impact and attention we received to inform people of the spraying problem of herbicides in our province», says André Potvin, EcoVie member.

Our work in the forest is now completed for this year since we have been advised that spraying of the forest in this region by the Acadian Timber company is now completed.

«We achieved our goal of attracting the media and informing the NB public of the dangers associated with this practice. We set out to increase public awareness and promote the impact of our cause», states François Couturier, a strong supporter of EcoVie.

We have learned a lot from this experience. There is a definite problem with the use of signs indicating the date of application. This does not give a precise date, only the beginning of the spraying operations. This puts anyone who happens to be in the forest at risk. «The issue for poor signage was raised by the Council of Canadians in Kent County last year to Dr. Cleary. Dr. Russell, who is replacing her, has not yet addressed this issue», stated Ann Pohl.

As a group, we have observed that this is a very busy season for blueberry and raspberry pickers, and eventually hazelnut harvesting. And we must remember that wildlife cannot read signs…

Our group beleives more then ever that we must continue to apply pressure to our government to stop spraying herbicides in our forests and under NB Power lines.