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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 18:07


OTTAWA – A candlelight vigil will be held in Ottawa Thursday to commemorate the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan and to call for action on climate change. The event is part of a series of events held in capitals around the world and in cities across North America, which coincide with the conclusion of the UN climate conference in Warsaw. The vigil will take place on Elgin Street across from the War Memorial in Ottawa at 4:30 pm EST on Thursday, November 21. Other vigils are taking place worldwide on this night, as well as on Friday, November 22.

“Tragedies like Typhoon Haiyan prove that the time has come for real, positive action on climate change, and our government needs to seize this opportunity,...

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 00:28


OTTAWA -- Just as Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is considering a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, the ag industry trade association CropLife named long time Conservative MP Ted Menzies as its new President and CEO.

"Is the pesticide industry attempting to influence a pending decision on the future of bee-killing pesticides or is it a coincidence?" asked John Bennett of Sierra Club Canada.

Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of most fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a very big deal.

In September, PMRA...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 18:35

OTTAWA – Parents should exercise caution this Halloween before their kids go trick-or-treating. Sierra Club Canada is reminding parents to be wary of using Halloween make-up and face-paint that may contain toxic chemicals and dangerous metals.

"Parents should know what they are putting on their children's faces. Lead, nickel and pesticides are not part of Halloween fun," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

"There is a serious lack of regulation of cosmetics in Canada. Companies are not required to disclose that these products may contain dangerous chemicals."


Friday, October 18, 2013 - 13:28


OTTAWA -- Sierra Club Canada is outraged by the military style attack on peaceful protesters yesterday in New Brunswick.

The use of police force to enforce the will of energy extraction companies is especially concerning since citizens were NEVER consulted (as is their constitutional right).

RELATED: Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation deserves more than a dawn police raid, Blog (Oct. 23, 2013)

"Sierra Club Canada stands in solidarity with the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation in their...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 15:51

Canadian organizations demand mining company drop spurious investment claim


As organizations in Canada and Quebec, we are appalled that Calgary-based Infinito Gold has decided to sue the Government of Costa Rica for $1-billion under the Canada-Costa Rica bilateral investment treaty. This is just the latest - and arguably most disturbing - attempt by Infinito management to intimidate the people, court system and government of Costa Rica over their rightful decision not to approve the controversial Crucitas gold mine near the San Juan River system.
Polls have shown that more than 75 percent of the Costa Rican population rejects the proposed Crucitas mine. Some of the largest protest marches in Costa Rica’s history have demanded...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 16:08

(Queens Park) Sierra Club Canada, Organic Council of Ontario and the National Farmers Union-Ontario will hold a press conference at 1 pm, Thursday October 10, 2013 in the Queens Park media studio to discuss neonicotinoid pesticide poisoning of honey bees and other pollinators.

With another planting season only a few months’ away beekeepers have been left hanging by Premier Wynne, who initially gave the impression the Ontario government would act swiftly to stop the ongoing slaughter of honey bees and other pollinators.

“It appears the premier has bowed to pressure from the pesticide companies despite the mountain of scientific evidence of the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides," said Sierra Club Canada Executive Director John Bennett.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 16:00

(Port Elgin) A study of Ontario Power Generation (OPG) proposal to create an underground radioactive waste dump at the site of the Bruce Nuclear Generation Station, conducted on behalf of Sierra Club Canada, concludes OPG has failed to fully anticipate and prepare for acts of sabotage.

“Transporting large quantities of radioactive waste across Southern Ontario puts tens of thousands of people at risk. Proper security planning and execution is necessary if OPG hopes to keep dangerous materials out of the wrong hands,” said John Bennett, Executive Director, and Sierra Club Canada.

The study was prepared by Dr. Gordon Thompson the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS) is an independent, nonprofit, Massachusetts corporation,...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 17:33

Climate Action Network Canada is pleased to invite you to a webinar-based technical briefing on the new IPCC report. There will be opportunities for Questions as part of the briefing as well as individual interviews following the briefing. The briefing will be delivered by Dr. Christian Holz, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada.

WHEN: September 25, 2013, 3:00 p.m. EDT

The following topics will...

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 15:03   |   Ecosystems, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Toxics, Pesticides


OTTAWA - The decision by the Pest Management Regulation Agency (PMRA) to let another year go by without acting on bee killing pesticides -- even after admitting its actions to date have been inadequate -- is unacceptable, says Sierra Club Canada.

The PMRA posted a notice on its website September 12th admitted: "current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are affecting the environment due to their impacts on bees and other pollinators."


Friday, September 6, 2013 - 15:14   |   Energy Onslaught, Atmosphere & Energy


OTTAWA -- Sierra Club Canada is warning president Obama not to take Prime Minister Harper's new climate change offer seriously.

“Canada's climate change record since 2006 has been a disaster - nothing more than slick public relations designed to mislead and confuse Canadians and the international community,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. "I don't believe for a moment that Prime Minister Harper is serious and neither should President Obama. The Harper government has done nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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