Atlantic Chapter

Sierra Club Atlantic is a vibrant grassroots organization that empowers people to protect, restore, and enjoy a healthy safe planet. We are your chapter of Canada’s only national grassroots environmental organization, working to bring your community’s concerns to the attention of regional and national leaders. Together, we are a credible, influential voice, working to make a better world a reality.

What are we up to?

The Atlantic Chapter works through education and action to green the economy and protect the environment. We engage in projects designed to connect children to nature, protect wildlife and wild spaces, and to offer solutions to climate change.

Good News for Canada’s Environmental Assessment Law: No Cash Advance for Bilcon

Federal Court of Canada rejects Bilcon’s application to stay proceedings, denying the Delaware company an early pay day



The Sierra Club Canada Foundation and East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) and their legal council at EcoJustice are applauding the recent decision to proceed with a federal court process to determine if the decision to reject the Digby Quarry was in line with our obligations under NAFTA.

 

Can’t We Just Say No?

Joint US / Canada Sierra Club Meeting 2005

Thirteen years ago, I was hired as a consultant to provide expert advice on the impacts of the Digby Quarry. The local community had become alarmed about the quarry when they heard about plans to build a marine terminal at the site. Clearly, the quarry, which was originally 3.9 hectares –the size of quarry that eludes environmental assessment in Nova Scotia –was going to be much larger than they had thought. Turned out, a 120 hectare quarry was planned, located 50 metres from the shoreline.

Summer with the WILD CHILDREN

Photo credit: Jim Day, The Guardian

 Blog by Jenn Whittaker (with Tony Reddin)

Sierra Club's Wild Child PEI is sad to say that nature immersion visits have finished for the summer- over 30 visits to 15 child care centres in Charlottetown, Summerside and Montague! These were wonderful experiences for me and the centre workers to let children explore, run free and unleash their inner curiosity about the world around them.

The perils of sharing our roadways

Author: 
Zack Metcalfe
Source: 
The Chronicle Herald
Date published: 
Sun, 08/14/2016

In the early fall of last year, while driving home down the Bedford Highway, I saw something which I never quite forgot. The vehicles on the road ahead of me were merging into the opposite lane to avoid some obstacle ahead and I followed suit, not laying eyes on the tragic scene until I was nearly alongside. It was a cat, the lower half of its body crushed by the unforgiving treads of a fellow motorist, and it was alive, flailing and writhing with agony beyond my comprehension.

COMMENTARY: My father taught me to love Mother Nature, inspired new Watch for Wildlife program

Author: 
Wanda Baxter
Source: 
Local XPress
Date published: 
Sun, 06/19/2016

My wish for Father’s Day is that more people start thinking about and acting like my dad does when it comes to wild animals hit by vehicles. Wildlife deserves our attentiveness while driving and our respect and decency when they are the casualties of collisions.


Read Wanda's full Commentary article here.


WHY PARKS MATTER - A SPEED-DATING STYLE LEARNING EVENT

City parks matter for many reasons!
Learn from a range of experts why parks are important to people and the environment. At this speed-dating style event, groups of attendees will be rotated through to learn from a series of 8-minute "dates" with the experts.

When: Saturday, June 18, 2016, 1 - 3 PM.

Where: Kenneth Rowe Building, Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

Sierra Club Canada Foundation Asks People to Re-Imagine Halifax Harbour

World Oceans Day, June 8, 2016

Halifax, NS – In honour of World Oceans Day, Atlantic Chapter of Sierra Club Canada Foundation with support from Halifax Water is launching a program to engage citizens in re-connecting with Halifax Harbour. Harbours are often our entry point to experiencing the ocean, but they are also polluted and industrialized.

Submission to Centre Plan from Sierra Club Canada Foundation – Atlantic Chapter

Publication Date: 
May 31, 2016

In Halifax, the naïve discourse about sustainability seems to be rooted in the notion that there is the need to counter to “bad” sprawl.  The discourse around solutions is just as naïve and seems largely limited to densification by way of building tall massive high-rises. There is no huge increase in population projected for HRM. The 2013 Stantec Report indicates 35,000 housing units could be constructed within the regional centre without changes in zoning rules.

Sierra Club, ECELAW to Intervene in Judicial Review of NAFTA Tribunal Decision on Digby Quarry

The Federal Court of Canada has granted the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation and East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) standing to intervene in a key environmental case with international consequences. Ecojustice lawyers will be working on behalf of the interveners in this case. 

In 2007 the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia rejected a proposed 120-hectare coastal quarry and marine terminal to be located on Digby Neck., N.S.  The decision followed a detailed environmental impact assessment and the recommendations of an independent Joint Review Panel.

Why Trees Matter

Have you noticed the drastic transformation that is underway in our city? How and why it happens is complex however well understood, but it is clearly a sign of the times – May, to be specific. If you are lucky enough to see a tree out of your window, you might notice it is finally coming to life after a long winter’s sleep. Some trees start sooner than others and our city’s dominant Norway maple population is one of the first to reanimate. The end result is an annual inevitability, the urban canopy weaving through our neighbourhoods restored to its full, luscious glory.

Fogarty's Cove Quarry

Publication Date: 
February 3, 2016

The Fogarty's Cove (AKA Black Point) Quarry in GuysborouFogarty's Covegh County is a large export quarry which will have major impacts on the landscape, seascape, and other industries such as tourism and fishing.

Mines and Quarries

Mines and quarries can impact the environment in a variety of ways such as water contamination, diverting water systems, air emissions, and destroying habitat for wildlife.

The way to reduce these impacts is through careful consultation, land-use planning, and - when serious impacts can't be avoided - saying "no" to certain mines and quarries. 

Black Point (AKA Fogarty's Cove) Quarry Impacts - Survey for Round 2 of Consultations for Environmental Assessment

Publication Date: 
February 1, 2016

The results of the Environmental Assessment for the Black Point Quarry are now available here, and comments are due Feb 3rd! We want your response! 

You can indicate if you wish to remain anonymous or if you would like your name included in our report to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Sierra Club, SOSS Disappointed as Corridor Granted Third Free License Extension in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Sierra Club Canada Foundation and the Save Our Seas and Shores (SOSS) Coalition are deeply disappointed that a third extension has been granted for Corridor Resources’ exploration lease in the Gulf of St. Lawrence by federal and provincial natural resources ministers. The junior oil company was obliged to pay $1 million dollars to extend its lease beyond Jan.

What the day meant to me ...

I remember the first time I talked to a fiery Mary Gorman on the phone, as a new staff person at the Atlantic Canada office, her impassioned narrative about the need to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas development was inspirational.  It made me excited to work with her and others from the Save our Seas and Shores Coalition.  That phone call was in 2010, and over the past five years I have many fond memories of our campaign to protect of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.