Sierra Club Blog Posts
Killing wolves without purpose
I have to report an ongoing travesty.
In the name of protecting Woodland Caribou, the Alberta Government has killed more than 1000 wolves using poison, traps, and guns from helicopters. Hundreds of other animals have also been killed, including moose and elk to bait wolf traps. Others have died by eating poison intended for the wolves. It’s barbaric and senseless.
This is all happening in the name of protecting Woodland Caribou. They call it a “cull”. The problem is it doesn’t work.... Read more »
Time to restrict ALL uses of neonicotinoid pesticides
As you know, Ontario plans to restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. In 2014, the Ontario government announced it intended to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In order to develop the plan and regulations, the province began conducting consultations and invited the public to comment.
A number of these public consultations took place this past December and the majority went very well, with farmers and other stakeholders able to give input on the new rules. A meeting on December 19th, however, was very different.... Read more »
Hope you had a great holiday break! We did and we’re back, refreshed, and ready to go!
It’s going to be a great year for the pollinators--I can feel it. But great things come from hard work, so we have to roll-up our sleeves and get to it.
Let’s get started with the #SaveTheBees Tour and Ontario neonic plan (see below).
As always, a sincere thanks for taking action.... Read more »
BENNETT BLOG / December 22, 2014
Reflecting is a good thing this time of year. First, I want to thank you for your support and apologize for being so annoying with my constant demands.
Then, give a big sigh of relief…we got through yet another year without being silenced. It is a real concern - many organizations have audits hanging over their heads and others fear they will be next. It can have a chilling effect, and we have felt the chill, examined our operations and made numerous administrative changes…but we will not be silenced. We will continue to speak out--that is our role.... Read more »
December 15, 2014
Thank you for joining hands with Sierra Club Canada Foundation during these troubling times for Canada’s democracy and the environment.
I don’t have to tell you that Sierra Club is North America’s only major environmental group that is also democratic. Over the weekend, we elected a new Board of Directors. They're all volunteers and committed environmentalists prepared to commit their time and energy to the success of Sierra Club Canada Foundation. ... Read more »
BENNETT BLOG / December 9th, 2014
One of the most appalling environmental tragedies in American history, Love Canal, is sending its toxic legacy to Sarnia. About 80 truckloads of material—deemed too contaminated to remain in the ground near a residential area of Wheatfield, New York—are headed for Sarnia.
There are several reasons to be concerned.... Read more »
BENNETT BLOG / December 4th, 2014
It seems ‘Friends of Science’, Canada’s own climate change deniers, have rounded up some money from Big Oil for a campaign in Montreal and Calgary. Why? It is a classic disinformation campaign to counter important global talks on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that got underway this week in Lima, Peru.... Read more »
With international climate change negotiations set to begin on December 1st in Lima, Peru, I decided to unearth an old unpublished story of mine. At the end of last year’s UN climate talks in Warsaw (also known as COP 19) I interviewed an internationally recognized Canadian environmental journalist to get in the inside scoop on what had happened.
The journalist’s name is Stephen Leahy. Stephen Leahy happens to be my father.
The following interview took place last year on a chilly December night in a dimly lit café in Vienna.
Derek: Lets cut to the chase - did we save the world at the UN climate change negotiations in Warsaw?... Read more »
TransCanada's PR firm should be charged with plagiarism
Blog by John Bennett
[NOTE: Names of some individuals and political affiliations have not been included to comply with new Canada Revenue Agency rules on partisan activity.]
Bravo to Keith Stewart of Greenpeace for revealing that TransCanada Corporation hired a global PR firm to develop a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign to shove the #EnergyEast pipeline down our unwilling throats.... Read more »