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New Brunswick “Voice of the People” tour: 28 March update

Just in time for World Water Day, a new coalition of community groups and labour unions, which includes the Council of Canadians, has formed in opposition to shale gas and fracking in New Brunswick. A media conference will be held tomorrow, March 20th, 10am in Fredericton (at the Delta) to launch our campaign: The Voice of the People Tour.

The Voice of the People Tour will be coming to communities in every corner of the province.  The purpose of our tour is to provide public education about shale gas, clean jobs, and clean energy. 

Date and communities that have already been booked are listed below; events start at 7pm unless otherwise indicated. More information can also be found on Facebook at Voice of the People Tour or you can email voiceofthepeopletour@gmail.com.

•    March 24 – Fredericton North, Gibson Memorial United Church Hall (already passed!)

•    March 25 – Woodstock, NBCC, 2nd Floor Theatre (already passed!)

•    April 3 – Doaktown, Anglican Church Hall

•    April 5 – Saint John, St. Joachim’s Church

•    April 9 – Belldune, Belledune Recreation Arena, 2404 Main Street

•    April 9 – Shippagan, l’amphithéâtre Gisèle-McGraw du pavillon Irène-Léger de UMCS (FR)

•    April 10 – Kedgwick, Salle Fatima (FR)

•    April 11 – Edmundston, Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 100 Rue Rice (FR)

•    April 16 – New Maryland, New Maryland Recreation Center

•    April 22 – Riverview, St. Paul’s United Church, 404 Cleveland Ave.

•    April 23 – Dieppe, Centre des arts et de la culture Dieppe, 331 avenue Acadie (FR)

•    April 24 – 6:30-8PM – Miramichi, Chatham Public Library, 24 King St.

•    April 26 – 3:30-5:00PM –  Sackville, The Royal Canadian Legion, 15 Lorne St.

•    April 28 – Moncton, Moncton Peace Centre, 22 Church St.

•    April 30 – Fredericton South, Christ Church Cathedral Hall

•    April 30 – Shediac, Centre Multifonctionnel de Shediac, 58 rue Festival (FR)

•    May 8 – Sussex, TBA

•    May 7 – Memramcook, L’école Abbey-Landry, 432, rue Centrale (FR)

•    May 27 – Stanley, Stanley Fair Dance Hall

The Council of Canadians has been working to oppose shale gas / fracking for the past 3 ½ years in New Brunswick and across the country through education campaigns, submissions to government, working with our supporters and allies, and standing in solidarity with those on the front lines. We more recently released our “Fractivist Toolkit”, which works as a guide on fracking across the country and how to oppose it in your community.

I will be attending a few of these events, and hope you’re able to attend an upcoming event in your area too. I’ll be joined by Brent Patterson (our Political Team director) and Emma Lui (National water campaigner) on April 05th at the Saint John event. These are intended to be an exercise in democracy so go and make your voice heard!