ACAP Saint John - Annual Report 2016-2017

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ACAP Saint John - Annual Report 2016-2017

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ANNUAL

REPORT

FINANCIAL YEAR 2016-2017

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OUR MISSION & VISION

Celebrating our 25 th year in 2017, ACAP Saint John has become

known for partnering and working with the community to help

provide solutions to existing and pending environmental challenges.

The primary goals of ACAP Saint John are:


A quarter-century

into our history as

an organization,

ACAP Saint John has

made tremendous

accomplishments

to improve the

environment in

Saint John.

• To engage the multi-sectorial community

of Greater Saint John in the collaborative

management and restoration of our

watersheds; and,

ACAP Saint John envisions a sustainable

community that embraces the interdependence

of the unique social, economic

and environmental characteristics of the

region’s watersheds.

Our Strategies:

• We regenerate aquatic and terrestrial

landscapes;

• We build, re-build and retrofit our

communities to restore water balance and

improve the sustainability of the urban

model; and,

• We engage the attention, enthusiasm and

support of the people of Saint John.

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2016 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

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2015 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

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PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Once again ACAP Saint John (ACAPSJ) has

had a successful year. Foremost I would like

to thank Graeme Stewart-Robertson for his

efforts and successes. Graeme was not only

successful in his role as as Executive Director

but was vital in our move to the Social

Enterprise Hub.

Over the past year we have had a slightly

larger staff with Justin, Karina, Rachelle,

Regan, Roxanne, Sarah and Yvonne producing

first class results for our organization. I would

be remise if I didn’t take this moment to

mention how impressed I am in our ability to

attract dedicated staff members that have a

sincere interest in the ACAP mandate.

ACAP Saint John is known in the community

as a true community leader with respect

to environmental stewardship and

sustainability; not only due to our projects

but largely due to our stakeholders. As

my final year as President ends, I have to

thank those stakeholders: staff, members

of Board of Directors and the Executive, for

their contribution and for donating their

invaluable time to ACAP. My role has been

easy because of their solid work ethic and the

excitement that they continually bring to the

organization.


ACAP Saint John is known

in the community as a true

community leader with

respect to environmental

stewardship and

sustainability not only due

to our projects but largely

due to our stakeholders

In conclusion, as we enter ACAP Saint John’s

25 th year, I look forward to continuing my

involvement with this great organization by

transitioning to the Past President role.

Terrance Cormier, President

ACAP Saint John

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

A quarter-century into our history as an

organization, ACAP Saint John has made

tremendous accomplishments to improve

the environment in Saint John, from the

generational change to our marine ecosystem

achieved through Harbour Cleanup, to the

engaging of tens of thousands of residents in

community-scaled remediation actions.

Yet as we step into our next twenty-five years,

the scale and scope of our work becomes

even more important, as we face the daunting

impacts of Climate Change, while beginning

the long process of re-integrating our

community with the myriad of marine and

freshwater environments we had turned our

backs to for the past hundred years. We must

rebuild our relationship to the water while

also rebuilding our links to partners across

the Bay of Fundy and the stunning Wolastoq

watershed [also known as the St. John River].

As one of the largest and most successful

environmental organizations in Atlantic

Canada, ACAP Saint John is uniquely situated

to take a leadership role within this incredible

transboundary watershed and to unite

the many unique stakeholders and rightsholders

from across New Brunswick, Maine

and Québec to bring innovative science,

restorative action and new hope to its people

and its waters.


The next twenty-five

years of our history will

be defined by the wealth

we can develop, not only

economically but through

the wealth of species,

habitats, information and

partnerships we create.

Operating in a community with the highest

child poverty rate in Canada and one which

contains amongst the lowest average income

level and highest obesity rates in the country,

ACAP Saint John must remain focused on

creating inclusive, equitable environments.

Giving consideration to those living in

impoverished conditions who are not able to

reap the benefits of the great outdoors due

to economic and physical barriers. We have

a unique opportunity before us to redefine

restoration of our green spaces as a form of

anti-poverty work, bringing the innovations

of the world to our region while developing

unique methodologies tailored to the unique

demographic and physical challenges of the

Maritimes.

The next twenty-five years of our history

will be defined by the wealth we can develop,

not only economically but through the

wealth of species, habitats, information and

partnerships we create. While building that

wealth may not be easy, I can say that based

on the success of this past year, we are indeed

well-positioned to achieve it.

Graeme Stewart-Robertson,

Executive Director

ACAP Saint John

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PARTNERS, SPONSORS & DONORS

ACAP Saint John is sincerely grateful for the generous financial

and in-kind contributions we have received from environmentally

conscientious businesses, foundations and grant agencies.

The following list acknowledges those who have assisted us in

improving the quality of life in Saint John over the past year.

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STAFF 2016-2017

ACAP Saint John is founded on the principle of providing

opportunities to participate in environmental decision-making and

direct action initiatives.

OUR GREATEST SUCCESSES TO DATE HAVE OCCURRED DUE TO THE EFFORTS

OF DEDICATED FULL-TIME AND SEASONAL STAFF, WHO HAVE THE LOCAL

KNOWLEDGE, CONTACTS, CREATIVITY AND CONVICTION TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

GRAEME STEWART-ROBERTSON,

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Graeme Stewart-Robertson is the Executive Director of ACAP Saint John, one of Atlantic Canada’s

most innovative non-profits, seeking to bridge the gap between ecology and social science to

create equitable, inclusive environments in Canada’s oldest city.

Serving on numerous boards and initiatives across the Maritimes, Graeme brings his unique

insight and passion to issues ranging from ecosystem restoration and poverty reduction to

transportation planning and climate change adaptation. With over twelve years of experience

in designing, implementing and managing community-based environmental projects, he is now

recognized as a local authority on New Brunswick watersheds, and has authored published reports

on ecological restoration, geography and urban environmental sustainability.

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STAFF 2016-2017

ACAP Saint John is founded on the principle of providing

opportunities to participate in environmental decision-making and

direct action initiatives.

OUR GREATEST SUCCESSES TO DATE HAVE OCCURRED DUE TO THE EFFORTS

OF DEDICATED FULL-TIME AND SEASONAL STAFF, WHO HAVE THE LOCAL

KNOWLEDGE, CONTACTS, CREATIVITY AND CONVICTION TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

YVONNE REEVES

ROXANNE MACKINNON

Yvonne is an Environmental Planner with a

Bachelor of Community Design: Honours in

Environmental Planning and Sustainability

from Dalhousie University. She grew up in

Northern British Columbia, moved to the

Maritimes in 2010, and made her way to Saint

John in 2015. She is keen about a number of

sustainability topics including community

building, climate change adaptation, coastal

planning, green infrastructure, and rewilding

our urban environments.

Roxanne received a Bachelor of Science,

majoring in Biology, from the University of

New Brunswick in 2011, as well as a diploma

in Environmental Technology from the New

Brunswick Community College in 2013.

She was born and raised in Fredericton but

has lived in numerous cities across New

Brunswick since graduating in 2011. While

at NBCC, she discovered a keen interest in

water related issues and hasn’t looked back.

Since finishing a NBCC, she has worked on

various projects throughout Southern New

Brunswick focusing on watershed issues and

their implication on water quality and aquatic

habitat.

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STAFF 2016-2017

ACAP Saint John is founded on the principle of providing

opportunities to participate in environmental decision-making and

direct action initiatives.

OUR GREATEST SUCCESSES TO DATE HAVE OCCURRED DUE TO THE EFFORTS

OF DEDICATED FULL-TIME AND SEASONAL STAFF, WHO HAVE THE LOCAL

KNOWLEDGE, CONTACTS, CREATIVITY AND CONVICTION TO MAKE A

DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

RACHELLE HORNE

KARINA ORTIZ MUNOZ

Rachelle was born and raised in Sussex,

New Brunswick. In 2014, she graduated

from UNBSJ with a Bachelor of Science,

majoring in Environmental Biology. Following

graduation, she enrolled in the Chemical

Technology program at NBCC to continue

her pursuit of knowledge in the sciences.

After a summer of working as one of our

chemical technologists, she returned to ACAP

for another summer of water quality and

freshwater biology work.

Karina is an outdoor enthusiast which

lead her to study environmental biology

at UNBSJ where she graduate in 2013. She

then continued her studies in the Chemical

Technology program at NBCC joining ACAP

as a water quality technician throughout

the summer. Karina is passionate about

hiking, fitness, photography, adventuring and

travelling.

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STAFF 2016-2017

ACAP Saint John is founded on the principle of providing

opportunities to participate in environmental decision-making and

direct action initiatives.

SARAH BORDEN

REGAN WORDEN

Sarah grew up in Saint John and graduated

from Saint Malachy’s High School. In Spring

of 2017, she completed her bachelor’s of

Environmental Engineering at Dalhousie

University. Sarah’s interests lie in

biotechnology and wastewater treatment and

she hopes to specialize in these areas.

Regan is currently in her last year of

completing her Bachelors of Science at UNB

Fredericton, majoring in Environmental

Geochemistry with a minor in Environmental

Studies. After a lifetime of strong

environmental interest and intuition, Regan

hopes to pursue a career of any sort that

strives for environmental sustainability

and well-being. She is currently working in

partnership with the nuclear energy facility

on her campus to analyze trace impurities for

molten salt reactors.

JUSTIN PRESCOTT

Pokémon Go Champion and Chemical

Technologist.

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PROJECTS 2016-2017

A look at some of our cornerstone projects from the past year.

REBIRTH OF WATER

The Rebirth of Water project was implemented

through a long-running partnership with the

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)

Chemical Technology program which allows

college students to gain real-world experience

by collecting and analysing water samples.

Samples are collected and analysed for

fecal coliforms, orthophosphate, and total

suspended solids in the lab. While in the field,

the water quality is measured with hand-held

meters for temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH,

and salinity.

This year marked the second year of intensive

sampling in Marsh Creek in the post-Harbour

Cleanup era and results from the testing

have shown marked improvements to the

water quality. In total, eight sites were

sampled within the Marsh Creek watershed

to document the improvement in water

quality following the cessation of raw sewag

depositione into the watercourse.

This year, the fecal coliform concentrations in

Marsh Creek were measured to be below the

Canadian Council of Ministers of the

Environment (CCME) guidelines of 200

CFU/100 mL for recreational waters during dry

conditions for three of the five most impacted

sites, with the other two sites on average

remaining slightly above the guideline. This

reveals a dramatic improvement in the health

of Marsh Creek and unlocks a future where

recreational use with this once forgotten

watercourse will soon become a reality.

The Rebirth of Water project was also

expanded this year to include other

watercourses throughout the Greater Saint

John area. Taylor Brook, Fairweather Brook,

Hazen Creek, Newman’s Brook, and Spar Cove

were all added to the sampling regime this

past year. These watersheds were chosen as

representative of the overall quality of urban

watercourses and to aid ACAP in renewing its

focus on a broader geogrpahic area now that

the once troubled Marsh Creek watershed is

on the rebound.

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PROJECTS 2016-2017

A look at some of our cornerstone projects from the past year.

COURTENAY BAY FISH COMMUNITIES

THREE LITTLE WATERSHEDS

During the 2016 field season, ACAP continued

to monitor the fish communities of Courtenay

Bay and Marsh Creek on either side of the

Courtenay Bay Causeway. Fyke net sampling

was conducted in order to better understand

the occurrence of diadromous fish in the

Marsh Creek watershed through June and

July. Amongst the fish sampled for prescence

in the watershed, ACAP caught and released

Mummichog, American eel, Pumpkinseed

sunfish and Three-spined stickleback on

the Forebay side [upstream] of the causeway,

and American eel, Tomcod, Alewife, Rainbow

smelt and Three-spined stickleback on the

Bay side [downstream]. As has been the trend

in recent years, European Green Crabs were

also prevalent on both sides of the Causeway.

As part of a project funded by WWF Canada’s

Loblaw Water Fund, three additional

watersheds were selected for evaluation in

2016 to better investigate threats to watershed

health in urban areas of Greater Saint John

and mitigate issues where possible. The

chosen watersheds – Marsh Creek, Taylor

Brook, and Newman’s Brook watersheds -

are located in rapidly changing urban and

suburban environments and face pressues

from development and generational neglect.

The water quality in each watershed was

monitored by ACAP Saint John’s Chemical

Techonologists and fish surveys and

stream assessments were also conducted to

understand current conditions and issues.

Habitat and management recommendations

within the three watersheds were made based

on the information gathered in the 2016 field

season and will form the basis of habitat

restoration projects in 2017-2018.

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PROJECTS 2016-2017

A look at some of our cornerstone projects from the past year.

WATER RANGERS

SAINT JOHN WATER

The Water Rangers programme actively

engages local high school aged youth in water

quality monitoring within the city. Through

a partnership with Water Rangers, an NGO in

Ottawa, Ontario, participating students are

given a smartphone app platform to record,

save, and track their data over time while

contributing to a national citizen science

database.

Kits were given to interested local

high schools in the Fall to pair with

their environmental science class or

environmental group. To date, three local high

schools are participating in the programme

Saint Malachy’s Memorial High School,

Saint John High School, and Harbour View

High School. The kits provide each group of

students with the ability to monitor water

quality (temperature, nitrate, nitrite, hardness,

alkalinity, and pH), and stream characteristics

such as width, velocity, stability, and flora and

fauna seen. Participants are also provided

guides to common fish and birds, safety kits,

and binoculars to allow them to observe

and learn while taking an active role in the

management of their environment.

Robertson Lake

The Robertson Lake stream habitat

assessment project is a multi-year monitoring

project contracted via Saint John Water. ACAP

was engaged to determine the probability of

fish survival should the water flow from the

dam at Robertson Lake be suspended due to

drought or emergency conditions. Baseline

data was obtained in 2015 and in 2016 the

monitoring was expanded to include seasonal

fluctuations in the water levels and quality. In

2017, ACAP will continue to monitor the water

levels and quality to determine annual and

seasonal variation over another field season,

with the project concluding in 2019.

Lorneville

The Lorneville water quality monitoring

regime was another project contracted

through Saint John Water and was completed

in 2016. The monitoring was executed due

to a leak at the Lorneville Road Sewage Lift

Station in 2015 and after two years of natural

rebound and monitoring, the unnamed

watercourse has returned to reference site

values.

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PROJECTS 2016-2017

A look at some of our cornerstone projects from the past year.

10,000 HANDS

Thanks to the New Brunswick Environmental

Trust Fund, ACAP successfully administered

another year of the 10,000 Hands project in

2016 in partnership with the City of Saint

John and hundreds of dedicated volunteers in

Greater Saint John. ACAP has administered

volunteer cleanups since 1997 and has

engaged thousands of volunteers in cleaning

up our streams, river, lakes, shoreline, and

public spaces over that time. Over the course

of the 2016 project, 17 community cleanups

took place, involving 855 volunteers. A total

of 6800 kg of waste was removed from the

environment.

In 2016, ACAP also began a new cleanup

initiative, the Port City Pickup contest.

The contest encourages any individual to

cleanup our public and natural spaces and

to post a photo of their good deed on social

media with the hashtag #portcitypickup for

a chance to win a prize. This new initiative

encourages individuals to cleanup while out

enjoying parks and public spaces, expanding

the opportunities for volunteers to engage in

environmental activities through ACAP in an

impromptu manner.

Over 800 trees and shrubs were planted by

ACAP staff and volunteers in 2016. ACAP had

over sixty volunteers participate in five tree

planting events. Volunteers from the Saint

John Learning Exchange, Crescent Valley

Resource Centre, Xerox Canada, TD Tree Days,

and McInnes Cooper participated in and

helped organize these events. An additional

four locations were planted by ACAP staff

in riparian and urban areas of the City. Over

400 of the trees planted were donated by

Wellwood Farm and J.D. Irving for ACAP’s tree

plantings.

Wellwood Farm also donated the use of land

for planting and growing seedlings for future

ACAP projects. In total, over 200 J.D. Irvingdonated

spruce trees were planted on the

Farm.

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PROJECTS 2016-2017

A look at some of our cornerstone projects from the past year.

GREEN BANKS

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

The Green Banks project resulted in a site

plan and tree planting on municipal land

surrounding the pump station on Egbert

Street in the Courtenay Forebay. The site

was planted with eighty-one plants of the

following species: Red oak, Large-toothed

aspen, Trembling aspen, Celebration maple,

Red maple, White spruce, Witch hazel, Bur

oak, Butternut, Black walnut, and Clematis

vines. This planting restored a 1100 m 2 section

of the Forebay that had been disturbed

historically and partiall-remediated during

the construction of a critical piece of Harbour

Cleanup infrastructure.

The Green Banks project also undertook

designing a vegetated buffer strip along

the snow disposal lot on Sydney Street.

Engineered drawings were developed to show

how meltwater will move through the buffer,

calculate proper dimensions, and recommend

appropriate native species. This project is

now shovel ready and demonstrates how

natural vegetation and soil can be used to

capture and filter toxins and contaminants

from a snow disposal site.

ACAP continued to engage the Saint

John community to educate, inspire and

increase the overall level of environmental

awareness. Educational activities took place

in classrooms throughout Greater Saint John,

at Summer day camps, volunteer events, and

through the Water Rangers Program.

The Water Rangers program enables high

school groups to monitor water quality in

Saint John and input their information into a

national database using a mobile app.

Classroom presentations were made at eight

local schools to more than 750 students.

Three Summer camp activities also took place

through which local youth were demonstrated

beach seining and taught about the value of

maintaining good fish habitat and riparian

areas in their community.

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PROJECTS 2016-2017

A look at some of our cornerstone projects from the past year.

MANCHESTER BIRD SANCTUARY

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS

During 2016, ACAP Saint John staff spent time

in the Manchester Bird Sanctuary recording

and re-mapping forest types and natural

features in order to compare the current

conditions to a report written in 2003-2004.

ACAP’s findings showed that there are

increased impacts along an edge habitat

where suburban development has occured,

however it was determined that overall the

sanctuary remains largely undisturbed by

human activities. ACAP also renewed its past

partnership with the Saint John Naturalist’s

Club for future engagement events focused on

the long-term stewardship and monitoring of

the sanctuary.

ACAP has been compiling information to

better understand how climate change will

impact Greater Saint John under each of the

scenarios developed by the International

Panel on Climate Change. Coastal areas

at risk to sea level rise and increased

erosion rates have been identified based

on local projections and data provided

by the New Brunswick Climate Change

Secretariat. Furthermore, local projections for

temperature change, growing season length,

precipitation, and snow days has also been

compiled.

Local projections for Climate Change impacts

have been shared in the project report and

on ACAP Saint John’s website to increase

awareness of climate change and its impacts.

This work will continue to guide ACAP’s work

into the future and will be used to inform the

City’s upcoming neighbourhood plans.

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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE HUB

In the Fall of 2016, ACAP Saint John moved office spaces for

the first time in over twelve years, becoming part of the ‘Social

Enterprise Hub’, an innovative new collaboration space.

The Social Enterprise Hub is a new three storey

building, located in uptown Saint John, NB.

The Hub, as it is affectionately called, houses

enterprising non-profits, social enterprises

and micro-enterprises. The Hub is a placebased

development, filling vacant lots with an

asset that serves the community. It actively


BECOMING A PART OF THE

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE HUB

HAS BROUGHT ABOUT NEW

OPPORTUNITIES, BETTER

WORK CONDITIONS, MORE

FLEXIBLE WORKSPACES

ALL WHILE OFFERING

MEANINGFUL REDUCTIONS

TO OUR OPERATING COSTS.

promotes enterprising culture by incubating

and supporting social programming, building

systems and collaborative mission; and finally,

scales poverty reduction by intentionally

bringing together leading organizations that are

focused on creating real change.

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SECRETARY’S REPORT


ACCORDING TO THE BY-

LAWS OF THE COMPANY,

THE FOLLOWING ARE THE

CURRENT MEMBERS OF

ACAP SAINT JOHN FOR THE

PURPOSES OF THE YEAR

2016 ANNUAL MEETING.

President

Terry Cormier

1st Vice President

Renée Morais

2nd Vice President

Brian Comeau

Treasurer

Jean MacDonald

Board of Directors

Gordon Dalzell

Rob MacAndrew

Greg Marquis

Derrick Mitchell

Tim Ryan

Rick Turner

Tim Vickers

Secretary

Jeff Melanson

Past President

Craig Silliphant

Jeff Melanson, Secretary

ACAP Saint John

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TREASURER’S REPORT


THE RELOCATION OF THE

OFFICE IN THE FALL OF

2016 HAS RESULTED IN

SAVINGS ON MONTHLY

RENT AND OFFICE

OVERHEAD COSTS.

ACAP Saint John has completed another

fiscal year and continues to show financial

improvements over the past few years.

Year-over-year our revenue has increased

from $211,412 to $243,183, indicating a

strong financial position moving forward.

Amortization of assets resulted in a $6,071

loss. A large deferred revenue of $63,923

was the result of projects whose timelines

extended beyond the March 31, 2017 fiscal

year-end.

Expenses were up to $249,254 from $224,633,

however much of this increase was due to the

addition of project staff and to one-time costs

associated with ACAP Saint John’s office

relocation to the Social Enterprise Hub.

Continuing a trend begun in 2015-2016, we

saw an increase in end-of-year cash assets,

increasing from $55,529 to $92,882, while

the Guaranteed Investment Certificate also

increased slightly (+$7).

We have been fortunate to have the valuable

services of Roland Gagnon of Fullscale

Accounting keeping ACAP Saint John in a

sound financial position. Also the knowledge

of ACAP’s financial processes provided by

our auditor, Peter Wilshaw of Wilshaw and

Associates has proved invaluable.

The relocation of the office in the Fall of 2016

has since resulted in savings on monthly rent

and office overhead costs.

Jean L MacDonald, Treasurer

ACAP Saint John

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FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

THE FOLLOWING PAGES CONTAIN THE AUDITOR’S REPORT

TO THE MEMBERS OF ATLANTIC COASTAL ACTION PROGRAM,

(A.C.A.P.) SAINT JOHN INC.

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Address: Social Enterprise Hub

139 Prince Edward Street, Suite 323

Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

phone: (506) 652-2227

email: office@acapsj.org

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