TREPA AGM – Online – June 17th

TREPA Annual General Meeting

Due to group gathering restrictions the TREPA AGM will be held on-line this year and you can join us. We have set up Google Meet format to meet at 7:00 pm on June 17th. The agenda is below. If you would like to attend this AGM please contact Barrie MacGregor at

and he will put you on the notification list with instructions. Basically, on the night of the meeting you just click on the invitation and go from there.

It is also time to renew your Membership. Send $10 to TREPA, Box 103, Tusket NS, BOW 3MO. Membership will allow you to vote at the AGM

TREPA Annual General Meeting Agenda

June 17, 2020

Via Google Meet


Guest speaker – Jason Hollett, NS Dept of Environment

  1. Welcome  – Barrie MacGregor, TREPA President
  1. Minutes of AGM April 2019
  1. Financial Report
  1. Budget 2020-21
  1. Executive Director’s Report – John Sollows
  1. President’s Report/Message – Barrie MacGregor
  1. Election of Officers
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Silent Season in our forests

Over the next few days, you’ll be hearing more about the need for a
SILENT SEASON to be established here in Nova Scotia.  What that means
is that there would be a “time out” during peak bird nesting season —
an official period of time when forestry MUST CEASE its logging
operations to allow birds to nest and raise their young so that they
are fledged and ready for their impending fall migration. No longer
should they be subjected to being disturbed and destroyed by forestry
operations. Other creatures would also benefit from this quiet time –
mammals could raise their young without being terrorized by loud
machinery hacking down the forest around them.  Young amphibians in
vernal pools and streams in forests would have a chance to develop
before being pulverized beneath the wheels of heavy equipment.
Turtles would be less likely to be crushed as they cross roadways to
make their way to nesting sites to lay eggs.  It would be a WIN for
all creatures.  It would also help to prevent devastating fire events
like the one that happened earlier this week and doubtless left many
nests, eggs, and birds charred amongst the smoking carnage.

What can you do? NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK UP!!!  It is important to
send a clear message to the politicians of this province that we are
FED UP with the lousy way that nature is being treated.  WE WANT

What all of us need to do is start sending emails, letters, making
phone calls, writing to news websites, posting on social media, and
doing whatever else we can to say, NO MORE!  NO MORE DESTRUCTION!
This is a list of MLA email addresses.  Please join me in sending
emails over the coming week as you hear more about the call for a
SILENT SEASON in the forests of Nova Scotia.



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Going Solar

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Minutes of February 2020 board meeting

Tusket River Environmental Protection Association

Board of Directors Meeting

February  5th, 2020 7:00Pm


Present: Barrie MacGregor, Dianne Klomp, Nicola Roberts-Fenton, Eko Raharjo, Jen Cunningham, Larry Deveau, Roy Fudge, Jean Cleveland, Ginny Smith

Regrets: John Sollows, John Morris

Dues were paid by Directors 

Agenda: After a few additions it was moved by Jen, seconded by Roy and carried that the agenda be approved as revised. 

Minutes: It was moved by Roy seconded by Ginny and carried that the minutes of the last meeting be approved as distributed. 

Finance Report: A comprehensive financial report had been circulated prior to the meeting by the treasurer. It was moved my Dianne, seconded by Roy and carried that the Financial report be approved.

Executive Director’s Report: To be covered under agenda items as best as possible without John Sollows.

Old Business

  1. Carleton River Water Quality Monitoring: Jean has written and sent in provincial and adopt a stream applications. Looking into some new gear for water testing including thermometers and depth finder.
  2. Summer Student: Jen is looking for the last application (from John) to re use the data on the form. Tasks for managing the student can be delegated to different members. For example, Barrie is willing to oversee the Market duties. Jen will deal with HR including payroll. Ginny will manage beach cleanup organization and teach some canoe and water safety. Jean can deal the student and water testing. There is also the opportunity to have the student be working with YETT to organize tree planting groups with kids, teaching the kids about the trees. Also working with Jens father to help identify Hemlock Woolly Adelgid locally. 
  3. Op Eds: Barrie had a meeting with Charles Daniels to write an article highlighting the solar system that he has, including details like cost and efficiency. The plan is to submit to Tina at The Vanguard and if they are not interested it will be posted on the website.
  4. Volunteer strategy: MTRI, Jeffie connected to Debbie, it is in Debbies hands.
  5. Outstanding tasks from/for John 
  • Lobster draw – Barrie will talk to John about the tickets.
  • April 25th date for Freecycle, this is also the weekend of the Canoe Rally, that’s a lot going on, because we also try to sell tickets in Carleton for Canoe Rally.
  • CRK Allen Nature Reserve John and Mike are interested in taking a walk to the back line, still to come.
  1. possible transfer of domain to registrant, to revisit when John can discuss.
  1. Booking AGM Presenter/ Date April 14 Haven’t heard from Jason Hollett, Barrie will send another email to him to confirm.
  1. Healthy Forest Coalition – Mothers Day Picnic any new ideas? There are other incentives going on to get people into the wilderness.

New Business

  1. Water Caucus Defer to next meeting (John)
  1. SWNS Municipal Stewardship Project, Emma Bocking Defer to next meeting (John)
  1. Subdivision by-law amendments Municipal of Yarmouth is reviewing plan, Roy will attend meeting February 18 6:00 PM.
  1. Dave Hall Lands, Granite Falls to East Tusket River General consensus to go ahead.
  1. Salmon Cage Culture, Information Morning Cermaq moving out of BC, doing public meeting in Nova Scotia. Exploring 5 sites. Looking into getting farther information from NS Dept of Aquaculture, Minister or Aquaculture Barrie will investigate who else we can speak to. 
  1. Funds for YETT Authorize expenditure up to $550.00 for YETT to purchase trees for planting. Native species in multiple location in and around Yarmouth area. Roy motioned and Jen seconded to approve expenditure.
  1. Gerald Jacquard Barrie will draft a letter and TREPA will donate $100.00 to the Gilles Boudreau Cancer Fund moved by Roy and seconded by Jen.
  1. Volunteer Nomination Form We can nominate John Sollows if he is interested as it is his last year as Executive Director. 

Next meeting: March 4, 2020 at Beacon      Meeting adjourned at 8:27PM   

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Use of NS forests… an ongoing discussion

Does replacing coal with wood lower CO 2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy.

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An alternative?

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