2021 October RAVEN newsletter

Hello friends of the RAVEN project!

Lots of updates since our last newsletter in June, on these CORE RAVEN topics:

  • 1) Food security and sovereignty
  • 2) Rural governance
  • 3) Climate action
but first… Latest news

RAVEN is an associate member of the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN) and will be participating in the 2021 NBEN Eco-Confluence and AGA on Oct. 16 (by zoom), including co-leading a workshop on a holistic approach to climate action and our electricity future in New Brunswick. More HERE.

RAVEN friend Tom Beckley is the lead author on the New Brunswick chapter of the 2021 State of Rural Canada report. More HERE.

Stay tuned for our book launch at the end of October. We were planning a series of in-person launches around the province but that’s been shelved for something interesting… will keep you posted!

1) Food security and sovereignty

Amy Floyd, RAVEN’s senior policy advisor on food security, has been very busy over the summer.

We’ll send you next week a link to a new resource Amy is currently working on that we’re excited about:

2) Rural governance

RAVEN’s senior policy advisor Kim Reeder is working on several projects, including supporting a rural group organizing the response of Local Service Districts to the provincial government’s review of local governance. Read Kim’s latest stories on this topic published in September in the NB Media Co-op:

Rural and suburban voices to be heard in the local governance reform debate

A missed opportunity for true collaboration in local governance reform

3) Climate action

RAVEN was one of a broad coalition of groups that organized the Climate Justice rally at the NB Legislature on Sept. 24, part of a global day of climate rallies. See our announcement HERE and article in the NB Media Co-op HERE. We had about 160 people participating in Fredericton. More than 10,000 people participated in the rally the same day in Montreal! Info HERE.

RAVEN’s Kelly Green is leading the Divest STU fossil fuel divestment campaign. Her speech at the Sept. 24 Climate Rally was featured in an article in STU’s Aquinian newspaper. Read it HERE.

RAVEN is opposed to public funding of new nuclear reactors, which do not belong in a climate action plan. We’ve been very vocal about this, to counter the government and industry misinformation on this point. Here’s some of what RAVEN has been involved in lately:

• RAVEN and the STU Environment & Society program were co-hosts last month of the Global Launch of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2021. Read about the launch event and access the report HERE.

An article in the Hill Times and the NB Media Co-op published before the recent federal election: Party election platforms: Should new nuclear reactors be part of Canada’s climate action plan? Info HERE.