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For the Love of Sharks! Buy a 100% organic T-shirt today and help further shark education

More shark species are found in Atlantic Canada than many people think - yet they also face a myriad of threats, and many populations are now considered endangered...

Are we doing our job?

With one week to go before our Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) audit, I'm preparing myself with a dental appointment. Apparently, the only effective way to keep me from speaking out is sticking a dental probe in mouth. We sparked quite debate last week. Over 1500 people commented on the CBC News story (link is external). It appears that many Canadians share our view that CRA’s recent surge of environmental charity audits are more political than legal.

More importantly, it is an abuse of power...

I have been waiting for the right time to tell you about the impending Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit. We like to keep focused on the issues and providing you with information about threats to our environment. And I wanted to get our spring fundraising drive out of the way. Then this morning, I read a totally misleading article by Rudy Griffiths in the Globe and Mail on the government’s audit campaign against environmental charities.

Lock me in my office, please!

It’s week four of the Protect The Pollinators Tour, which means our (unfortunate) comedy of errors is almost over. So far we have survived a broken tooth in the airport, two missed connections, a twisted ankle (I’m typing with my foot over my head) and one heck-of-a gruelling schedule. I am getting (at least feeling) old and, at this point, the thought of sitting in my office back in Ottawa is very, very nice!

But having said that, transportation mishaps and human folly aside, the tour has been an incredible success, and incredibly empowering and inspirational. I’m more hopeful today than I’ve been in a long while. Our force is strong.

Bill C-51 and a dear friend's wisdom...

Greetings from Victoria where our Protect the Pollinators Tour gets underway tonight.

I want to talk about Bill C-51, the anti-terror bill, and how it might impact Canadian environmentalists. Before I do, I want to take a moment and talk about Andrew Chisholm, who passed away over the weekend. He was the first person I ever spoke to at Sierra Club back in 1996. He took the time to talk to me about how the federal government was changing the environmental assessment laws in the middle of the night so it could sell CANDU reactors to China.

Then, when I got here a few years later, Andrew was still part of the Sierra family (on staff and later as a volunteer)...

If You Care About Protecting Green Lands, Be There At Upcoming Public Consultation Sessions On Greenbelt Protection In Niagara

Many people care for our wounded earth here in the Niagara Region, but frequently despair about what can be done to preserve and protect it.

Farmlands are gobbled up, forests are slashed and streams are entombed in cement. Fish, frogs and turtles lose their homes with the waters. Native bird species vanish...

#ProtectThePollinators Tour

Well...it's that time! I would like to invite you to join me and author Paul McKay on our Protect the Pollinators Tour that kicks off March 17th in Victoria and will see us visit cities and towns across Canada to talk about pollinators, pesticides and what we can do.

The Protect the Pollinators Tour will include a series of public meetings with beekeepers, farmers, academics, and environmental advocates, as well as individual Canadians concerned about the fate of bees.

It's a great opportunity for anyone who wants learn more about the issue.

We have videos, beekeepers, expert speakers...we even have (DRUMROLL) our own Tour T-Shirt...

Sad (police) state of affairs...

You might have seen the Globe and Mail story on RCMP intelligence reports suggesting Sierra (along with Greenpeace and Tides Canada) are contemplating unlawful activity around petroleum infrastructure. I’m pretty sure Tides and Sierra are not, and Greenpeace might be thinking about erecting a banner somewhere.

Frankly, this kind of stuff coming from “intelligence” sources seems to be more about pleasing the intended readers in government than being truthful or realistic...

Pest Control Products Act 'act'

Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada). The Act--like many laws--contains a mandatory review clause, which means the Standing Committee on Health must undertake an examination at set intervals and recommend changes to Parliament...

If you think about it, that’s how we got a country...

If you have heard anything about the Canada’s Premiers meeting in Ottawa on January 30, you probably know the Prime Minister is not attending. So--like the media--you are not paying much attention to it.

That’s unfortunate because it just might be the biggest climate change meeting ever in Canada. Or maybe it’s a good thing that the Prime Denier stays home. We’ll see...

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