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 »
The Blue Whale Campaign
Would you like to name a blue whale? Join the Blue Whale Campaign's most recent venture, the Name a Whale Challenge! If you're interested in making a general donation to the Blue Whale Campaign, click here and be sure to specify in the comment section you want your money going to our work. Thank you!... Read more »
Join the Blue Whale Campaign in building public support for increased protection of our threatened gulf ecosystem and a moratorium on oil and gas development in these waters.
On Saturday, November 1st at 6:30 pm, the Prince Edward Island Preserve Co. in New Glasgow, PEI will host a fundraiser dinner in support of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter's Blue Whale Campaign to protect the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. ... Read more »
Action and Education to Save Sharks!
We are very excited to be hosting a series of public events celebrating the diversity of sharks and how we can work together to protect them.
All events are taking place at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, 1747 Summer St, Halifax, NS.
Of Sharks and People - October 15th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Shark expert and CBC Oceans Guy Dr. Boris Worm is kicking off the series with a lecture on sharks, biodiversity, and how we can play a role in helping these cool creatures.
ArtShark - October 18th, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Come by and take part in a community art workshop to create art for the love of sharks. What we create will be on display for Nocturne that night! ... Read more »
Save Our Seas and Shores – PEI Chapter and Sierra Club Canada Foundation are hosting a Blue Whale Bash at the PEI Farm Centre in Charlottetown, Sunday, Sept 7 from 1pm-5pm.
This event will feature local food and beverages, musical entertainment, a raffle for a chance to win a lobster supper, and an opportunity to donate and support the cause. The event will conclude with the raffle draw and presentations from campaign organizers, outlining the blue whale’s struggle for survival and the important role it plays off our coast.
In addition, there will be a large poster of a baby blue whale (seven metres in length) made available throughout the event on which children can colour. Colouring materials will be provided.... Read more »