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Environment committee  In preparation for this presentation we did ask for the PowerPoint that they provided us with, but unfortunately I wasn't able to get it in time. I hesitate to go to an area that I don't have a lot of depth in, other than being a premium holder. I do know that the increase in pre

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  The price point is definitely higher, and for two reasons: because we have a relatively small customer base, so we don't have the volume advantage yet, and because we want to provide the fishermen with more money, a more reasonable price for their fish. Although luckily, things h

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  There are two issues. There's the technology you use. A small guy can use destructive technology and a big guy can use sustainable technology, so it's not as simple as “small good, big bad”. Those two issues should be addressed, and we should deal with the issue of technology.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  As Ms. Leslie knows, this is a question dear to my heart. Prior to working at the Ecology Action Centre, I worked in the commercial fishery for a number of years as a deckhand, so I've seen first-hand the effects of poor management, both on the environment and on people and the e

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Right now, at least with Off the Hook, we're working with four fishermen in the Bay of Fundy. There should be thousands of fishermen in Atlantic Canada fishing groundfish . We can't do it four fishermen at a time. I think in part because of our work, and just the growing consumer

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  For the most part, it was just a cooperation between the Ecology Action Centre and the private sector. I don't have all the funding sources in front of me. We definitely had support from federal and provincial scientists on practices, technology, methodology, etc.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  That's a good question. We do. Because we do some policy work, we really try to keep funding and policy separate. We try to avoid the conflict of interest, so although we may not take funding from a wind company or an oil company, we're very ready to partner with them in other wa

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  We perhaps don't always practise this, but we try. If there is an issue, we try to open the channels of communication and dialogue explicitly. Definitely our work in the marine sector has been one of trying to work with fishermen, in this case, and using the markets to advance ce

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  In all three cases, we reached out to the private sector—and I'm proud of that—and the response was positive. Increasingly we have businesses coming to us asking how we can collaborate. I had a landscaper walk in our door yesterday morning. We just wrapped up a large event with a

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  The main focus has been stormwater management. As I mentioned in my presentation, they have a phrase that I think is very apt, which is that water is the new fire. That's where they're seeing the most growth in their claims, from flooding, from construction of homes on flood plai

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  They've been a funder primarily, but they recently came to our organization and did a presentation on their concerns and some of the data they've been collecting. We've been learning from each other and identifying how to adapt and prepare for the growing impact of floods.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  I don't have the exact number in terms of kilometres. We've worked on the Northumberland Strait. We recently had a project here in Halifax on the Northwest Arm. I would say it's probably in the 10- to 20-kilometre range at most. The purpose of it is not for us, along with funder

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  That would be a good way of describing it.

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Bonjour. Chair, Vice-Chairs, and members, thank you very much for this opportunity. The Ecology Action Centre is not as big or as old as Ducks Unlimited; however, we're at respectable middle age. We started in 1971. We have 4,000 members. We're based in Nova Scotia, but we work

June 16th, 2015Committee meeting

Mark Butler