News Releases

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 15:28   |   Atmosphere & Energy

OTTAWA – This afternoon, President Obama gave what may turn out to be one of the most important speeches in American history - certainly the most important on the topic of climate change and the environment.

“President Obama denied the ‘deniers’ and inspired Americans and people around the world to address the most urgent crisis of our day: climate change,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

“The reference to the Keystone XL pipeline doesn...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 14:13   |   none

OTTAWA -- Today the federal government made another attempt to appear environmentally responsible by "raising" (read: capping) the liability limit on offshore oil operations in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans to $1 billion dollars.

To put it in perspective, the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost $42 billion to clean up.

"Why cap the limit at a fraction of the real cost? Aren't Canadians entitled to full compensation?" asks John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Sierra Club of Canada feels no amount of money can compensate for the havoc caused by the devastating legacy...

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 14:18   |   none

(OTTAWA) Sierra Club Canada congratulates Premier Christy Clark and the people of British Columbia on their historic decision to reject the Northern Gateway pipeline.

"Days like this give meaning to 50 years of environmental activism," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

"Words cannot express...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 08:46   |   Ecosystems, National, Nuclear Phaseout, Renewable Energy, Radioactive Waste, Nuclear-Free Canada, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Transition to Sustainable Economy

Wednesday, May 15, the Sierra Club Niagara Group is joining the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Women’s Indigenous Initiatives, and the International Institute of Concern for Public Health at a press conference on Main Street in front of the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Buffalo.  This event is called to inform the citizens of New York State of the DOE plan to ship HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE LIQUID WASTE 1,000 miles across public roads and bridges in the U.S. and Canada.  Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) is planning to truck 23,000 liters of highly radioactive liquid waste from its Chalk River Laboratory (CRL) in Ontario to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina. The shipments could...

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 12:39   |   Ecosystems, Pesticides, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy

Sierra Club Canada is calling on the federal government to follow the lead of European Union and take action to protect at-risk bee populations by banning three neonicotinoid pesticides: Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam.

The pesticides, which attack the bees’ nervous system, are being banned in Europe after strong evidence from a European Food Safety Authority study linked them to the bee die-off witnessed in Europe.

RELATED: Bee deaths lead to EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides  BBC News (April 29, 2013)


Friday, May 3, 2013 - 09:39   |   Ecosystems, National, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Toxics, Government, Pesticides, Toxins In Food Consumables and Packaging, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy

Milton, Ontario, May 1, 2013: The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association (OBA), congratulates the EU on Monday’s decision to ban the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) that have been tied for the devastation of thousands of bee colonies in the province.

"The EU vote clearly shows there is scientific and public support around the globe for policies which protect honey bees and other pollinators and recognize their essential role in food production and healthy ecosystems," said Dan Davidson, President of the OBA.

In 2012, Ontario experienced widespread losses of more than 5,000 colonies in various...

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 10:08   |   none

Restore Our Water International (ROWI) applauds the International Joint Commission (IJC’s) Advice to Governments to investigate installation of flow reduction structures in the St. Clair River to respond to the ongoing low water crisis across the middle and upper Great Lakes.  

On April 15th, the IJC advised the U.S. and Canadian governments that they should investigate structural options to provide up to 25 centimeters (or 10”) of relief to Lakes Michigan and Huron water levels, in a manner which would not exacerbate flooding and erosion problems if water supplies changed substantially.  ROWI believes that this is a good first step, but encourages the governments to broaden this investigation two-fold (...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 14:04   |   Water, Health & Environment

Sierra Club Canada congratulates Premier Kathleen Wynne for stepping up to save the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).  The ELA is an essential part of Canada's environmental protection infrastructure and necessary for understanding how our environment is impacted by human activity.

"We thought the ELA was an endangered species until Premier Wynne stepped up," said Dan McDermott, Director of Sierra Club Canada’s Ontario Chapter.

The ELA was fundamental in demonstrating the how our lakes were being effected by Sulphur emissions from power plants and smelters. ELA research ultimately led to the US-Canada air quality agreement which prompted a significant reduction in toxic...

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 13:15   |   none

Restore Our Water International (ROWI) and Sierra Club Canada criticize the International Joint Commission (IJC) Draft Great Lakes Regional Adaptive Management Plan as being insufficient for solving the current low water crisis on Lakes Michigan and Huron. The IJC recently finished conducting webinars on their proposed plan and has sought public comments. The IJC plan calls for improvements in monitoring climate change effects across the Great Lakes region and management of water levels and flows throughout the system.  The IJC plan, however, does not include any distinct actions to remedy persistent low water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron, including Georgian Bay, which are significantly lower than the other Great Lakes.

ROWI was recently formed as an umbrella group of...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 15:40   |   none

(OTTAWA) A study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences found environmental assessments triggered by the Fisheries Act prior to the 2012 omnibus bill were NOT taking too long to conclude. In fact, most were completed in less time than the new Act requires, proving the government misled Parliament and Canadians.

"Government and industry representatives misled Parliament and lied to Canadians," said John Bennett Executive Director. “We now have clear evidence there were NO excessive delays and absolutely no need to gut Canada's environmental protection laws, which took us 35 years to build....


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