Mobilizing to improve the environment in New Brunswick

Jennifer Adam, a law student at the University of New Brunswick and RAVEN volunteer, wrote an article for the NB Media Co-op about the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN) and their “Eco-confluence” event on November 17 that brought together more than 35 groups concerned with the well-being of the province, its citizens, and its environment. Read Jennifer’s story here.

RAVEN team meeting – November 2018

The minutes for the RAVEN team meeting can be accessed here. One of the main topics on the agenda was preparing the research ethics amendment for the project to cover the additional work funded by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. We also discussed initial plans for RAVEN team members, including graduate students, to attend the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in June 2019. RAVEN funds can subsidize students and staff making presentations at the event.

RAVEN is hiring UNB graduate students

Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) Position Available for Masters or PhD Student(s)

The project RAVEN (Rural Action and Voices for the Environment) will be hiring one or more graduate student research assistants (RA) for the winter and fall terms.


  • Winter term: 10hpw for 16 weeks, Jan. 7 to April 26, 2019
  • Summer term: 10hpw for 17 weeks, May 7 to August 30, 2019
  • A student can work fewer hours upon request.
  • Salary: Masters student, $28 per hour; PhD student, $32 per hour
  • December 5, midnight: application deadline
  • December 6, 7: phone interviews with candidates screened in
  • December 7-10: reference checks
  • December 11: candidate(s) selected, paperwork for hiring submitted
  • January 7, 2019 first meeting for winter term, work begins

The RAs will be members of the core team, supervised by one of the team members listed on the RAVEN people page:

The RA work will include participating in regular individual and team meetings and assisting the project investigators on a range of studies using qualitative methodologies. Information about RAVEN including a link to a statement of its principles and actions is available on the project site:

We will be screening applications for the following requirements:

  • experience working on a research project at UNB or elsewhere
  • familiarity with social science, education and / or arts theories and approaches
  • have written term papers or other publications using critical theoretical analysis

Optional additional skills and experience that would be a plus:

  • experience working in solidarity with Indigenous peoples
  • experience working in a rural setting in New Brunswick
  • experience as champion or activist on environmental issues
  • experience with NVivo or other qualitative analysis software
  • experience with production or analysis of video
  • experience working in a bilingual environment

To apply for this position, prepare a cover letter that includes the following points:

  • Summary of experience and skills listed above, required and optional
  • Experience, if any, working on a research project with a large team
  • What stage you are at in your graduate work
  • What terms (winter or summer or both) you want to work with RAVEN
  • Other jobs (TA, RA, other) you will be working during the terms requested
  • Name of your thesis supervisor who will be contacted for a reference

Note: we strongly suggest that students check with their thesis supervisor before applying for this position; the supervisors will be contacted for a reference.

Send your cover letter, a copy of all your graduate academic transcripts, a past term paper or other writing sample, and your CV to:

Susan O’Donnell, Researcher and Adjunct Professor, UNB Sociology:

This position is covered by the Collective Agreement negotiated between PSAC on behalf of the Union of Graduate Student Workers (UGSW) Local 60550, and UNB. The University of New Brunswick and the Public Service Alliance of Canada are committed to Employment Equity.

RAVEN at NBEN’s Eco-Confluence event

RAVEN applied to be an associate member of the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN). We participated with many other environmental groups around the province at the NBEN annual meeting. At the Nov. 17 event in New Maryland, we had the opportunity to learn about other groups’ current issues, priorities, tools at strategic approaches to tackling pressing environmental challenges.

Opposition to shale gas returns

For the NB Media Co-op, RAVEN’s Tracy Glynn wrote about the opposition to fracking after the provincial government threatened to lift the moratorium. Two dozen people rallied against shale gas in New Brunswick outside a natural gas conference in Moncton on a frigid November 15th. Read Tracy’s story here.

Video: “We need to take back control of our forest”

In a video produced by the NB Media Co-op, the RAVEN team spoke with Charles Thériault, Kedgwick-based filmmaker and author. You can watch it here. In the video Thériault speaks about the need to take control away from the corporations over New Brunswick’s forest.

Video: “We never surrendered”

In a video produced by the NB Media Co-op, the RAVEN team spoke with Wolastoq Grand Council Chief Ron Tremblay. He describes the importance of honouring the treaties. He also relates how the 2013 struggle in Elsipogtog and Kent County over exploration for shale gas resulted in the Peace and Friendship Alliance and relationships with allies. You can watch it here.

RAVEN at the Wolastoq / Saint John River Summit

RAVEN participated in a community summit organized by the St. John River Society and WWF Canada. The event was held at the Charlotte St. Arts Centre in Fredericton on Nov. 6 and The Ville in Marysville on Nov. 7. The Marysville meeting brought together dozens of environmental and community groups working on issues involving the river. At that event, Susan O’Donnell spoke about the RAVEN project. She also spoke about the importance of giving the Wolastoq back its name, a request made by the Wolastoq Grand Council.

Spraying glyphosate on forests clashes with Indigenous rights

RAVEN’s Susan O’Donnell attended a public event on Nov. 3 in a community hall in Tobique First Nation. At the meeting, 50 people gathered to discuss how to stop the spraying of glyphosate on the New Brunswick forest. She spoke briefly about RAVEN at the gathering and, for the NB Media Co-op, interviewed several people for a news story. You can read it here.

Filmmaker exposes corporate capture in forestry in New Brunswick

For the NB Media C0-op, RAVEN’s Tracy Glynn spoke with NB filmmaker Charles Thériault for a news story. In the story, Charles spoke about how his troubling encounter with a young man in the northern rural New Brunswick community of Kedgwick made him turn his camera on the forest. Read the story here.