Atlantic Chapter

Letter Requesting that Human Impacts on Oceans be Included in Assessing Ecologically Significant Habitats

Publication Date: 
November 11, 2012
Sierra Club Atlantic's Dr. Fred Winsor is participating in consultations to identify areas that are important in terms of their contribution to biodiveristy, uniqueness, and productivity off Newfoundland and Labrador (what the Department of Fisheries and Oceans referes to as "Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas" or EBSAs). Fred wrote this letter to ask that the process of identifying ESBAs include the impact of humans on the ecosystems being studied, since some areas now depleted - such as fishing grounds near the Grey Islands off the Great Northern Peninsula - were formerly hotspots for the fishery - and could be once again with efforts at ocean food web recovery. The letter also gives a great historical overview of the European and Canadian fishery over the past five hundred years.







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Keep It Blue: Protecting Our Gulf from Oil Drilling

You are invited to attend this important community event about our Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Nova Scotia, particularly the North Shore, and western Cape Breton, is dependent on the Gulf for renewable jobs in tourism and the fishing industry. As residents, the Gulf is central to our way of life. 

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is a semi-landlocked, inland sea and breeding area for over 2,000 marine species who spawn, nurse and migrate year around. Because the Gulf’s waters only exchange with the Atlantic once a year due to its counterclockwise currents, a spill could wash up on the coastlines of all five Atlantic provinces over the course of a year.

Quiet Walk for the Protection of the Gulf

PEI members of the Save our Seas and Shores Coalition (SOSS) are organizing a Quiet Walk for the Protection of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to be held on September 11 in conjunction with a meeting of the federal and provincial Ministers of Energy and Mines at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, Charlottetown, PEI.


11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

MEET at the Confederation Landing Park Gazebo at 11:30 or JOIN the walk anytime between 11:30 and 1:30 on Water Street between Peake's Quay and the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, where federal and provincial Ministers of Energy will be meeting. We will walk single file on the sidewalk on Water St. to avoid keeping anyone from going about their business.

Donkin Coal Mine Community Forum

Come Share Your Concerns, Tell Us Your Values, and Give Recommendations

As part of the environmental assessment for the Donkin Coal Mine, Sierra Club Atlantic invites community members to join us in gathering information about local community values, features in the region that could be impacted by the project, and their recommendations regarding the project.

This information will be used as part of our submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency regarding the project, and will be used by regulators to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts of the project.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm,

WHERE: Port Morien Fire Hall, Port Morien, Nova Scotia

WHY: To gather local information about concerns & possible impacts as a part of the environmental assessment of the Donkin Coal Mine.

Tell us What You Think! - Deadline Extended to Thursday, Sept. 6th!

The Executive Committee of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club is gearing up for a strategic planning session on Sept 7-8th ! We want to make sure we are going into the session with as much information as possible - so as part of our preparations, we want to hear from you about our strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities. Please click here to let us know what you think - it will only take a few minutes, and it will help a lot!

Safety and security measures to be imposed on nuclear companies and operators in light of 2011 events at Fukushima Daiichi

Publication Date: 
July 23, 2012
  Letter written by Sierra Club Atlantic Members, Larry Lack and Lee Ann Ward, to the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) in response to inadequate assessment of earthquake risk to Point Lepreau Nuclear Power Plant.      


When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Friday, May 18

Where: Foran Room, St. John’s City Hall, St. John’s, NL

The proposed Muskrat Falls hydro development project has spurred considerable debate about the future of energy production and consumption in our province. This public forum is meant to contribute to this discussion and present information on the opportunities for municipalities, businesses and home owners to become renewable energy producers.

Neal Livingston, Renewable Energy Developer and Policy Advocate (Nova Scotia): The renewable energy opportunity – examining alternatives to large hydro development. Visit for more background.
Councillor Sheilagh O’Leary, City of St. John’s: New wind turbine development regulations for the City of St. John’s

Go Wild in HRM Workshop, Apr. 5



You’re invited to our Go Wild in HRM Workshop!

April 5, 2012, 1 – 4:30 pm (followed by optional field trip to test our protocol)

Dalhousie University (Room Number to Follow)

Thank You for Helping us Continue to be a Voice for the Earth!

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Intervention in the CNSC Point Lepreau Relicensing Decision

Publication Date: 
November 12, 2011
[To find out more about the Canada Nucelar Safety Commission (CNSC) hearings, please go here.]

We Are Fracking Out!


There are lots of ways to get involved with your friends and family in helping to stop fracking. We have created an activitst's toolkit that points to all kinds of ways you can take part - whether you are someone who likes to be at the front of the parade or if you are behind the scenes making sure the coffee gets made for a community meeting  - every step you take is important and needed!

Check out the toolkit here for ideas


Nova Scotia Wide Petition to Ban Fracking

This Thanksgiving weekend marks the official launch of Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter’s petition to ban hydraulic fracturing operations in Nova Scotia. The petition was launched at a public event outside the CORE All Energy Conference, coinciding with a “Town Hall” session led by Energy Ministers from PEI, NS, and NB.

The Petition Supporting a Legislated Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas in Nova Scotia will run from October 7th to November 30th and will seek signatures from supporters of fresh, accessible water for present and future generations of Nova Scotians.

We're asking for your help in collecting signitures and ensuring that this petition campaign is successful.  Below you'll find a copy of the petition that we ask that you circulate amongst your community.

Contact Us!

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please feel free to contact us at the Atlantic Canada Chapter's Halifax office. We would also love for you to drop by whenever you are in the area!

Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter
(***NOTE: New Address!***)

1649 Barrington Street, 2nd Floor  (The Hub) 

Halifax, NS, B3J 1Z9   CANADA

Tel.: (902) 444-3113

Email: gretchenf -at-


No Frack Fridays

Get Tweeting on No Frack Fridays!

Tell our elected representatives in Atlantic Canada that hydraulic fracturing for unconventional natural gas is not what we want for our communities!

In order to get tweeting on No Frack Fridays, you need a twitter account (its free!), and know who your MLA, Ministers of Environment/Energy, and/or Premier are. On Fridays we are going to tweet away at our leaders and let them know some facts about fracking (or frackts!).

To Participate!
1. @______ (Address the tweet to the appropriate representative.)
2. Copy and paste one of these frackts in your tweet.
3. Add #nofrackfri and tweet away!