Letters to the Editor

Thursday, 25 August 2011

And the beat goes on...week three of anti-shale gas protest outside Centennial Building in Fredericton

An estimated 70 anti-shale gas protesters were outside the Centennial Building in Fredericton today for what has become a weekly Thursday protest. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

A poster of Environment Minister Margaret-Ann Blaney was circulated outside the Centennial Building today during an anti-shale gas protest in the capital. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Oliver Gilbert, right, and sister Clara from Durham Bridge were at the anti-shale gas protest in Fredericton today. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside arrived at the Centennial Building for a meeting and got caught up in the anti-shale gas protest on his way in. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Energy Minister Craig Leonard has a laugh with local blogger Charles LeBlanc today at the anti-shale gas protest in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Fracked out!  Oliver Gilbert takes a mid-day nap after scampering around the Centennial Building front lawn all morning during the anti-shale gas protest. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Superheroes came out to the Centennial Building to support the anti-shale gas protest in Fredericton. Alexander Dube, left, Laura Turnbull, second from left, Faith Dube, center, and Nicci Blewett, right, showed where they stood on the issue. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Creative homemade posters dotted the sea of anti-shale gas placards during the protest at the Centennial Building in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

The Premier's parking spot was empty behind the Centennial Building while anti-shale gas protests were going on out front. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Another poster being circulated by anti-shale gas protesters at the Centennial Building in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Former Liberal MP Andy Scott arrived at the Centennial Building for meetings, representing the NB Social Policy Research Network, a non-government, non-corporate organization that provides information on a wide variety of issues from experts, including those studying the environment. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)

Some protesters suspected the person above of being an RCMP plainclothes officer taking pictures of protesters for future use. Perhaps, given the rancour lately between SWN and protesters, the RCMP may feel it has to take steps to identify troublemakers to keep order. Others scoffed at the idea the man could be RCMP, until he was seen again on the rooftop of a nearby parking garage in different clothes continuing to take pictures. (Photo: Julia Linke)

Energy Minister Craig Leonard earns his paycheck in the middle of a group of upset anti-shale gas protesters at the Centennial Building in Fredericton. (Photo: Cheryl Norrad)


  1. Is there a reward for the capture of Margaret-Ann Blaney for impersonating an Environment Minister?

    Thanks Margaret-Ann for the huge boost in public support against shale gas :)

  2. If there are those amongst the protestors who are using theft and vandalism and violence to force their point of view, then I have no problem with the sort of police intelligence gathering that you are suggesting.

    -- AF

  3. Yes, it is so important to open files on the young children and parents who attended this rally.

    Shame on you David Alward!

  4. Shame on the people using their children as tools to make a point.

    -- AF

  5. AF, you should try using your real name if you want to insult others.

    Sorry to disappoint you on the people that show up to these rallies. They are not PR people from the gas industry and government. Instead, they are farmers, woodlot owners, business owners, parents, and children.

    Mark D'Arcy
    Friends of the UNB Woodlot
    Fredericton, NB