“It comes down to this: by retreating from that which we oppose, we render lifeless all opportunities for intimacy, and for community. To smile and step away is as fatal to possibility as is brandishing a finger of blame.” Amy Irvine
WHEN? Monday, March 4, 5-7 PM
WHERE? Everyone will meet at the Royal Canadian Legion, 31 Legion Street
WHAT? Our goal is to respectfully demonstrate to our three Municipal Councils (Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert, Alma) AND the general public that rural Albert County opposes the granting of approvals for oil and gas development in our region and in our province.
WHO? All of Albert County is invited. Children, teens, seniors, adults, friends, relatives, dogs and pets! This is an inclusive community event for the COUNTY…not just Hillsborough. This issue affects all of us. Everyone is responsible to create and bring their own signage and banners – Be CREATIVE!
- 5:00PM: We will meet at the Legion for instructions, refreshments and assignments.
- 5:30 – 6:30PM: We will peacefully carry signs and have designated roadside stations to quickly pass pamphlets to residents coming home from work.
- 6:30PM: All will convene in the Municipal Village Parking Lot (149 Main St, Hillsborough, NB) to show municipal council how we feel. This is a regular council meeting night.
- We will have hot chocolate, tea and coffee and washroom facilities at the Legion. We are grateful to the Legion ladies group for their help with refreshments.
- 7:00PM – We will head back home to our families.
AND WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
- Because our government was not given a mandate by the people to pursue natural gas/oil exploration and development for our province.
- Because they did not conduct meaningful two-way consultation before granting licenses for 1.5 million hectares of crown land (not including other private leasing arrangements and property purchased by oil and gas companies)
- Because they did not put processes in place to protect public health before granting approvals for development.
- Because they have not substantiated their claims of benefits in jobs or economy for New Brunswickers.
- AND LASTLY: Because no one will stand up for us if we do not stand up for ourselves first. If we sit back and say or do nothing, we passively allow decisions that affect our future – and that of our children – to be made by others for their own purposes and for their own reasons. WE ARE PROTECTING WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO US.