Work in a Warming World Atlantic Forum: Saving the Planet and Creating Jobs

Time: September 29 & 30, 2011

Location: St. Thomas University-Fredericton, NB
Forest Hill Conference Centre
Kinsella Auditorium in McCain Hall

Atlantic Forum Preliminary Program – PDF

Atlantic Forum Poster (English version) – PDF / (French version) – PDF

Registration Deadline: September 12, 2011

W3 held an Atlantic Forum inviting participants from the four Atlantic provinces and New England to discuss initiatives by labour and government to fight climate change while creating jobs not losing them. The focus was on “inspiring stories” to encourage those of us here in the Maritimes to pursue this goal much further than we were presently doing, especially in the area of coalition-building between the labour and environmental movements.

It was a two-day conference with the first day focusing on Atlantic Canada and the second day on New England and cross border initiatives.

On the first day, we had panels on:

  • National union initiatives with responses from the Federations of Labour in the four Atlantic provinces
  • Government representatives from the four Atlantic provinces describing their green jobs strategies
  • A labour panel on initiatives and accomplishments vis-à-vis climate change and environmental challenges

On the second day, we had panels on:

  • Cross border initiatives such as the Eastern Canadian Premiers’ and Governors’ Climate Change Action Plan
  • Government and labour initiatives in New England
  • Community initiatives on both sides of the border in forestry, the fisheries and agriculture

We had keynotes from labour and environmental leaders, most notably on the first evening, followed by a reception. Over lunch, we heard about blue-green or labour-environmental movement alliances on the first day and had a chance on the second day to try to form such alliances in regional groupings.

PROFESSOR JOAN MCFARLAND
Economics Department, St. Thomas University

PROFESSOR ANDY SECORD
Economics Department and Environment and Society Programme, St. Thomas University

DAVID COON
New Brunswick Conservation Council

TOM MANN
New Brunswick Union/NUPGE

A number of rooms have been blocked in the hotels listed below at special conference rates. When making bookings, ask for the rate for “Atlantic Forum- Saving the Planet and Creating Jobs”. You must book by August 28th to get these special rates.

Crown Plaza Hotel Fredericton
659 Queen St.
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5A6
tel: (506)455-3371
web: www.cpfredericton.com

Conference Rate: $109+tax

Delta Fredericton Hotel
225 Woodstock Rd.
Fredericton, NB
E3B 2H8
tel: (506) 457-7000
web: www.deltafredericton.com

Conference Rate: $99+tax

Fredericton Inn
1315 Regent St.
Fredericton, NB
E3C 1A1
tel:(506)-455-1430
web: www.frederictoninn.nb.ca

Conference Rate: $90/100 +tax

For further information, please contact: workinawarmingworld@stu.ca or 1-506-452-0634.

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