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Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - 00:00   |   Wednesday, February 12, 2003   |   Forests and Biodiversity

(Queens Park) Forests for Tomorrow (FFT), a coalition of leading environmental organizations, today released a legal “letter of opinion” regarding serious alleged violations of forestry laws by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The MNR is poised to receive a renewal of the Environmental Assessment (EA) approval allowing them to conduct forestry activities on 385,000 square kilometres of public Crown Land. The Minister of the Environment will soon be making his decision on the conditions of this renewal.

The legal opinion finds that a continuing pattern of MNR violations of its forest management obligations observed by FFT groups leaves the Minster exposed to “Contempt of Court” proceedings. The opinion also finds that there...

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - 00:00   |   Thursday, January 30, 2003   |   Challenging Unsustainable Aquaculture

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OTTAWA—Le Sierra Club du Canada et sa section de la C.-B. ont publié, ce jour même, un rapport d’importance demandant une révision complète du mandat et de la politique de Pêches et Océans Canada pour ce qui est du saumon sauvage de la côte ouest.

Le rapport propose une réaffirmation de l’autorité constitutionnelle du gouvernement fédéral sur les passes de saumon de la côte ouest. Il vise aussi à tenter de mettre fin à l’impasse de trois ans qui a sérieusement miné les efforts du ministère des Pêches pour conserver le saumon et a causé des divisions profondes au sein de la population de la Colombie-Britannique.

« La négligence d’Ottawa...

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - 00:00   |   Thursday, January 30, 2003   |   Challenging Unsustainable Aquaculture

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OTTAWA—Today Sierra Club of Canada and its B.C. Chapter released a major report calling for a complete overhaul of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s wild salmon mandate and policy on Canada’s West coast.

The report proposes a major rededication of the federal government’s constitutional authority over west coast salmon runs. It also aims to help break a three-year deadlock that has both severely hampered the fisheries department’s efforts to conserve salmon and fostered deep divisions among British Columbians.

"Ottawa’s neglect of the situation is eroding public confidence in the federal government’s concern for...

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - 00:00   |   Thursday, January 30, 2003   |   Green Budget Coalition

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OTTAWA – The Sierra Club of Canada today questioned the direction and decision making ability of the federal Agriculture department as it is poised to spend billions of dollars on a series of new initiatives. Federal Minister of Agriculture Lyle Vanclief today launched the Agricultural Policy Framework, a federal-provincial funding and policy partnership that is intended to guide Canada’s agricultural industry for the 21st century. The Sierra Club of Canada, however, pointed out that the 5.2 billion dollar investment is misallocated, and will ultimately result in weakening Canadian farmers’ position globally.

The Agricultural Policy Framework will spend 264.5...

Tuesday, December 2, 2003 - 00:00   |   Monday, January 13, 2003   |   Sustainable Fisheries, Mussel / Shrimp / Salmon Aquaculture

Ottawa – The Sierra Club of Canada will be in Federal Court on Monday, January 13, 2003, to challenge the issuance of a permit allowing an intensive mussel operation to proceed in St. Anns Harbour on Cape Breton Island. The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans granted the permit under the Navigable Water Protection Act. Lawyers for the Sierra Club of Canada, Michelle Higgins and Jacqueline Scott of the firm Patterson Palmer, will argue that the permit was granted in contravention of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

“As a resident of the St.Anns Harbour area and a Sierra Club of Canada member, I have been very concerned about the serious ecological damage this project could do to our relatively small enclosed harbour,”said Jack...

Monday, December 1, 2003 - 00:00   |   Tuesday, March 18, 2003   |   Sydney Tar Ponds

(Sydney, N.S.) – The Sierra Club of Canada today announced it would deliver a petition with over 3,000 signatures from local residents to the Honorable David Anderson, Federal Minister of Environment. The petition requests a full panel environmental assessment be initiated to examine the full scope of the contamination and examine safe and effective remediation options.

Federal law requires that federally funded projects be subjected to an environmental assessment process. “A project cleaning up Canada’s worst hazardous waste in the middle of a city deserves the highest level of assessment” Elizabeth May, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada, said today. “The significant public concern our petition demonstrates...

Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 23:00   |   Wednesday, June 18, 2003   |   CAFE Canada

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Ottawa---The federal government's Kyoto targets are already in jeopardy if it doesn't act quickly to regulate the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks, says the Sierra Club of Canada.

In a report released today entitled "Laying Down the Law: Why Canada needs to regulate the Fuel Efficiency of Cars and Trucks," the environmental group warns that the government's target of achieving a 25 % improvement in the fuel efficiency of vehicles by 2010 is threatened by government foot-dragging and a futile strategy of hoping for a voluntary agreement with an adversarial negotiating partner, the Canadian auto-industry.

"The federal government is kidding itself if it thinks that auto-makers are going...

Tuesday, June 17, 2003 - 23:00   |   Wednesday, June 18, 2003   |   CAFE Canada

Ottawa -- Les objectifs de Kyoto pour le gouvernement fédéral sont déjà menacés si ce dernier n'agit pas rapidement pour réglementer l'efficience en carburant des automobiles et des camions légers, affirme le Sierra Club du Canada.

Dans un rapport publié ce jour même intitulé Appliquer la loi : raisons pour lesquelles le Canada doit réglementer l'efficience énergétique des automobiles et des camions, le groupe environnemental fait une mise en garde à l'effet que l'objectif du gouvernement qui est d'atteindre une amélioration de 25 % en ce qui a trait à la consommation de carburant des véhicules d'ici à 2010 est menacé par
les tergiversations du gouvernement et par une stratégie futile d'espérer une entente volontaire de la part d'un partenaire de négociation qui...


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