Sierra Club Blog Posts

This page shows a collection of all of Sierra Club Canada's blog posts, shown in chronological order. To view the full post, click on its title.

Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation deserve more than a dawn police raid

Last Thursday, the RCMP launched a military style raid on a peaceful, though illegal, blockade of a compound containing “thumper” seismic testing trucks (used to search for the presence oil/natural gas below the surface). These thumper trucks have been operating on the territory of the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation in search of fracking opportunities.

The Mi'kmaq have objected to the presence of SWN—a Houston, Texas-based energy company—due to absence of consultation. This goes back several months when they first began protests against SWN trespassing on their territory.

On Friday, Sierra Club Canada issued a short press release containing a graphic linking the police action to the federal government’s “Economic Action Plan”.... Read more »

Line 9: Toronto Pulls Out All the Stops

 Anyone who is a part of the movement to keep tar sands bitumen (the unconventional oil found in Alberta) out of Ontario and needs a little inspiration should take a walk down Gerrard Street, east of Woodbine Avenue, in Toronto.

 As Gerrard winds it way east up a slight hill, red and black lawn signs suddenly begin to appear in front of houses on the left and right. Printed on the signs is the following:

 Stop Line 9 – Protect Our Community from Tar Sands Oil Spills

The dozen or so “Stop Line 9” lawn signs on Gerrard put a smile on my face every time I see them. They also give me hope that preventing Ontario from becoming a tar sands pipelines corridor is possible.... Read more »

Are Alberta’s Tar Sands prepared for a torrential rain event?

In recent months we have endured incredible tropical-equatorial-like torrential rain events occurring at mid-latitudes across the planet. For example, in North America we experienced intense rainfall in the Banff region of the Rockies from June 19th to 24th and the enormous volume of water moved downhill through the river systems taking out small towns and running into the heart of Calgary where it caused $5.3 billion dollars of infrastructure damage; the largest in Canadian history.... Read more »

Important update on our #SaveTheBees campaign

First, I want to thank you for signing our petition to #SaveTheBees. Over 4400 Canadians signed the petition, so know you are not alone in your concern. Please also know we are doing everything we can to raise public awareness - we won’t stop until we win a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.

There is a lot to report as much has happened since Sierra Club Canada called for a ban in May.... Read more »

Line 9: Kingston Gets Creative

PEOPLE OF KINGSTON BEWARE!

There are alerts of a disaster occurring just north of Kingston along Unity Road. Local residents appear to have been overwhelmed by a terrible flood of tar sands oil!

All have been mutated into what can only be called… BITUMEN ZOMBIES!!... Read more »

Open Letter to President Obama

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America

Dear President Obama,

We learned late Friday that Prime Minister Harper has written to you with an offer of reducing Tar Sands emissions in exchange for your approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Please know that the majority of Canadians support strong action on greenhouse gas emissions and want to prevent runaway climate change. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister represents the interests of multi-national oil companies, not Canadians.... Read more »

Important Message from Shirley Douglas...

MESSAGE FROM SHIRLEY DOUGLAS, OC
JULY 16, 2013


Dear Friends,

On a beautiful summer’s day – August 6th, 1945, I was at Carlyle Lake, Saskatchewan with my mother and father. I was eleven years old. We heard on the radio that a bomb like no others had been dropped on Hiroshima. The news dribbled in all day. “One bomb flattened the city…killed thousands of people, animals, all living things,” we were told by the voice on the radio. Aside from that, no one knew anything.... Read more »

GREAT NEWS FOR OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS!!

It's summer and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy Canada’s majestic parks and wilderness areas!

When I was a kid, I used get up early on Saturday mornings, pack a lunch and head to the creek! That was my wilderness area where I forded rivers, climbed trees & scaled cliffs. You see I was an explorer, or maybe that day I was a soldier or some other heroic figure I saw on TV the night before. Down by the creek I was free and could be anything I wanted for a few hours every Saturday…until they built the golf course, that is.... Read more »

Think Globally...Support Canadian Activists!

By John Bennett

Remember back in the day when a friend would send you a mixed-tape? Well here’s mine…

In was the summer of 1972 and I filled my backpack with a jacket, sleeping bag, couple of shirts and I hit the highway! I was relying on my thumb to take me across Canada for the first time.

I didn’t know it then, but I had taken the first leg of a lifelong road trip. The bush, the flat prairie, the foot hills, mountains and the coast…I saw it all that summer (Hitchin’A Ride ♫).... Read more »

Why Arctic sea ice will vanish in 2013

By Paul Beckwith

On March 23, 2013, I made the following prediction:

“For the record—I do not think that any sea ice will survive this summer. An event unprecedented in human history is today, this very moment, transpiring in the Arctic Ocean.

The cracks in the sea ice that I reported in my Sierra blog and elsewhere have spread. Worse news is at this very moment the entire sea ice sheet (or about 99 percent of it) covering the Arctic Ocean is on the move (clockwise), and the thin, weakened icecap has literally begun to tear apart.

This is abrupt climate change in real-time.

            

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