Health & Environment

Canada should ban bee killing pesticides now

Media Release, May 2, 2013

Sierra Club Canada is calling on the federal government to follow the lead of European Union and take action to protect at-risk bee populations by banning three neonicotinoid pesticides: Imidacloprid, Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam.

The pesticides, which attack the bees’ nervous system, are being banned in Europe after strong evidence from a European Food Safety Authority study linked them to the bee die-off witnessed in Europe.


RELATED: Bee deaths lead to EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides  BBC News (April 29, 2013)... Read more »

Sierra Club Canada congratulates Premier Wynne for stepping up to save the Experimental Lakes Area

MEDIA RELEASE, April 24, 2013

Sierra Club Canada congratulates Premier Kathleen Wynne for stepping up to save the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA).  The ELA is an essential part of Canada's environmental protection infrastructure and necessary for understanding how our environment is impacted by human activity.

"We thought the ELA was an endangered species until Premier Wynne stepped up," said Dan McDermott, Director of Sierra Club Canada’s Ontario Chapter.

The ELA was fundamental in demonstrating the how our lakes were being effected by Sulphur emissions from power plants and smelters. ELA research ultimately led to the US-Canada air quality agreement which prompted a significant reduction in toxic emissions, for which Canadians can be grateful.... Read more »

Earth Day Action Alert: Protect Communities Downstream of the Tar Sands

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On this Earth Day I am urging you to take a moment and help us fight for the protection of people living downstream of the Tar Sands. The health and well-being of these downstream communities, including Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan, has been sacrificed at the altar of economic-growth-at-all-costs.... Read more »

New research questions need for streamlining enviro assessments

Research is questioning the logic behind the federal government's move to streamline environmental assessments.

After tracking thousands of assessments over a decade, the peer-reviewed findings of Derrick de Kerckhove suggest a great majority of Fisheries Act environmental reviews over the last decade were completed well within recommended timelines.

Nor was there a bottleneck of projects being held up by a clogged review process, he said.

"We didn't find any. Even when the input was high, it seemed to be handled very well."

De Kerckhove, a University of Toronto PhD candidate, analyzed 10 years worth of data from Department of Fisheries and Oceans annual reports on the progress of environmental assessments triggered under the Fisheries Act. That legislation generates more such reviews than almost any other — anywhere from 7,700 to more than 12,000 in a single year.... Read more »

March 22nd is World Water Day!

Media Advisory, March 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2013

The International Year of Water Cooperation:
Restore Our Water International aims to make a global issue local

World Water Day is held annually on March 22rd as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. 2013 has been declared as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.

Restore Our Water International (ROWI) is a non-profit organization concerned with the unfolding crisis of rapidly declining water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence basin. Mary Muter, Sierra Club’s Great Lakes Section Chair and ROWI Spokesperson, is extremely knowledgeable about Great Lakes issues and has worked proactively with a broad coalition of organizations and individuals to address environmental impacts.... Read more »

            

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