Sierra Club Blog Posts
By John Bennett
As you likely know by now, millions and millions of bees and other life-sustaining insect pollinators are being killed-off by neonicotinoid pesticides.
Dr. Peter Kevan is a professor in biology at the University of Guelph and a member of the Ontario Beehealth Working Group. Here’s what he recently had to say in his address to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority:
“We have a situation with neonicotinoids now which is an exact parallel with the previous situation with DDTs...where there was broad scale use over the entire landscape, and where this poison was everywhere.... It is my feeling that we're in for a kick in the back side as neonicotinoids are being spread over huge areas of farmland… Neonicotinoids could be a disaster waiting to happen.... Read more »
ALERT: THIS IS NOT A CALL TO ACTION. DO NOT CALL FOR CHANGE OR CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE...Submitted by John Bennett on Thu, 2013-12-05 16:02
Blog by John Bennett
I was on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti last week talking about the chilling revelations the Canadian government was spying on us and other environmental groups. I find it a great irony that police forces resort to spying on groups like us because we make a point of being very public about our plans.... Read more »
Almost every day I walk past the national war memorial here in Ottawa. I nod my head and say thanks. I’m not honouring war; I’m honouring commitment to a higher purpose.
Walking by Parliament Hill I shake my head in disgust and think of Nero fiddling.
The 19th session of the global negotiations on climate change (COP19) is getting underway today in Warsaw, Poland, a city that experienced the worst of the Second World War. As a person who has worked on finding climate change solutions since before COP1, it makes me want to cry.
The Prime Minister described the Kyoto Protocol as a “socialist plot to drain the wealth from developed countries”.
Many Canadians today argue we don’t need to take serious action on climate change because ‘we’re so small our actions would be meaningless’. Our forefathers didn’t think like that when they looked out on the world and saw a distant threat.... Read more »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
MESSAGE FROM SHIRLEY DOUGLAS, OC
JULY 16, 2013
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 »