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.

The Asbestos Scandal

On Tuesday, Pat Martin, an NDP Member of Parliament, moved a motion at the Natural Resources Committee to cut the $250,000 the asbestos lobby gets from the government. The Conservatives, who say they believe in free enterprise, voted against this. The Bloc, who say they believe in social justice, voted against this. The Liberals, who believe in everything (or is it nothing?), voted against this.

So another quarter million dollars will go to the purveyors of suffering to the third world.

I was there -- pretty sad.

John Bennett
Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada

All work no play makes Celeste a haphazard blogger.

Wow. Where to begin? Lots to catch up on.

My personal computer is pretty bogged down with video files, so much so that uploading the most recent video of me doing laundry by hand (last week) took several attempts, and a long time to upload. Here it is!


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Connecting Locally

This past Saturday, myself and approximately 30-35 other Ottawa residents went for a walk through an area known as the South March Highlands to bear witness and to learn about an area that will soon be dug up in order to build yet another road as well as 3,200 suburban homes (video to come).  

The walk was part of an ongoing campaign of ours.

By all accounts, this area is one of unique beauty to the Ottawa region.  It is home to wetlands and forests, and endangered and threatened species such as the Blanding's Turtle and Golden-winged Warbler, and even a few bears.  It is used by recreational mountain bikers and hikers as well as bird watchers.

In fact, on the walking tour we were even fortunate enough to see a red tail hawk circling in the sky above.  ... Read more »

Minister Misleads Committee!

Conservatives, Liberals and Bloc MPs have teamed up to avoid voting on funding asbestos.  

Have you ever heard something and just couldn't believe what you heard?  It happened to me today at the Standing Committee on Natural Resources Committee.

Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and MP for the asbestos mining region of Québec told the committee that Chrysotile Institute is not a lobby group.  I was stunned.  Did he really say that?  So I checked and yes, he did say it!

Here's why I was so stunned.  According to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada's website, the Chrysotile Institute has an Active Registration Number (# 781292-13573-5).  They have even reported to the Commissioner that they receive $250,000 annually from Natural Resources Canada - one of the federal departments it says it lobby's. ... Read more »

The Environment as an Afterthought - A Rant

I've always found it strange that people can so quickly dismiss environmental concerns.  I've been shocked and appalled when the governments we elect choose to do likewise.

I grew up in a city and I still live in a city.  In fact, there's a good chance I will always live in a city - more and more of us are living in them after all.  Yet, for all my time in a city, I've continually been amazed to find people who know nothing of the city they live in and have no desire to learn or to explore. 
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Canada's 1st Bottled Water Free Day

Today marks Canada's first Bottled Water Free Day

Why would you pay for a plastic bottle of (now contaminated) water, when you can turn on the tap and it's there, for fraction of the price, and is tested more often? AND it's local water, not water trucked in from somewhere else in the country, or, goodness forbid, the globe!

Why is bottled water so bad? Well, Derek sums it up very well in an amusing way, and I totally agree. ... Read more »

Hygiene & Hair washing (and daily water use tally)

Day 10 already!

Just for those who may be curious, I am still maintaining a healthy level of personal hygiene. I'm not covering it up with perfume or anything. haha



I also haven't been running marathons, though. I've thought about jogging since it's getting nice out. I should do that and bathe afterwards and see if the same amount of water still does a good enough job...


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Interview with Water Canada magazine

Last week I got an email from Kerry Freek, editor of Water Canada magazine. We set up a call, and she asked me a bunch of questions about how things have been going so far.

Check it out here. She also talked to my pal Alina, who is blogging about her progress here, and also here, with Kevin Freedman, creator of this lovely challenge, now in its second year! :)... Read more »

Women & Water (in light of International Women's Day)

As many of you are likely aware, March 8th is International Women's Day. (*Apologies for the late post, I'm having some serious internet problems at home!)

How does this relate to water? In a number of ways:

- Women require more water daily than men, and pregnant and nursing women require even more water (according to the World Health Organization)... Read more »

Mopping without water (at all!)

Mopping without water? Easy and effective.

This might sound crazy but it's actually really straightforward, and my kitchen floor is squeaky clean right now.

I use a microfibre mop cloth, which is great for a number of reasons. Mainly, it picks up and stores dirt naturally without spreading it all over your floor. Also, because it's a thin piece of cloth, you're mopping your floor with a damp textured cloth instead of a giant sponge in a bucket of water that will become dirty and potentially make a mess by getting too much water on the floor, you could spill it, etc.... Read more »

            

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