Environmental network forced to close doors afer 34 years

A 34-year-old national environmental network that has served as a link between people and the federal government shut its doors Friday afternoon after Environment Canada cut its funding.

The Canadian Environmental Network was told Thursday that its funding from the federal government won't be renewed.

"It was a real kick in the pants," said Dan Casselman, the group's senior national caucus co-ordinator.

"If they'd given us some warning we might have had time to find money somewhere else."

The network acted as a link between 640 small environmental groups across the country and the federal government. In the past, if Ottawa needed advice on policies or new laws it would ask the network for input. The organization would then help the various smaller groups discuss issues and take part in formal consultations across the country.
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Sierra Club Atlantic Calls for Three Commitments to Protect PEI Water


September 19, 2011

Orwell, PEI- Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter is asking for a ban on fracking for natural gas, an end to fish kills and degradation of rivers through nitrates and sediment run off, and an investment in sewage treatment for Charlottetown as three key commitments needed from candidates in the PEI provincial election. Sierra Club Atlantic members gathered on PEI this weekend to celebrate their 10th anniversary and to talk about key issues in the region. One of the key areas discussed was the need to protect Prince Edward Island's precious water ways and fresh water resources.... Read more »

Evidence links pesticides, Type 2 diabetes

People with relatively high levels of certain pesticides in their blood may have an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes -- particularly if they are overweight, a new study suggests.

The study, reported in the journal Diabetes Care, is not the first to link chemical pollutants to diabetes.

A number of studies have found a connection between diabetes risk and exposure to older pesticides known as organochlorines, PCBs and other chemicals that fall into the category of "persistent organic pollutants."... Read more »

Sierra Club opposed pesticide to be used in spray

ST. JOHN’S — Sierra Club environmentalists are appalled the province is doing a helicopter herbicide spray on woodlands this summer using a chemical opposed in neighbouring provinces.

Natural Resources has called tender for charter of a helicopter to apply the herbicide VisionMax in central and western Newfoundland, on about 348 cutovers and young plantations between August and September.

The herbicide has been opposed by the Sierra Club in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, with community campaigns in some areas to stop sprays.

This province has been using it since the 1980s, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

While manufacturer Monsanto has described it as a low-risk pesticide, the Sierra Club contends the active ingredient in VisionMax — glyphosate — is linked to respiratory problems, birth defects, miscarriages, cancer and is toxic to fish.
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Province eyes ban on use of cosmetic pesticides at home

The provincial government is working toward legislation that would ban home use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes, a practice that is linked to childhood leukemia and other cancers.

A bipartisan special committee on cosmetic pesticides headed by Vancouver-Fairview MLA and physician Margaret MacDiarmid will meet for the first time today at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The term pesticide is an umbrella for common garden insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.... Read more »


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