Wild Spaces

The Sierra Club was born in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada, with the intention of enjoying and protecting the wild spaces of our Earth. Today this principal continues to be central to the work being done by the Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter.

Wild spaces are essential to the health of our planet, as they act as the lungs and filters of the atmosphere. Over time, however, industry and consumption has threatened to damage this delicate balance through the disruption of our natural ecosystems. A loss of biodiversity (variation of species and life forms in a particular biosphere) threatens to destroy ecosystems all together.... Read more »

Silent Spring

Dr. Bridget Stuchbury, author of the The Silence of the Songbirds, recently stopped in Fredericton to warn that the bird population is dwindling. A Canada research chair in ecology and conservation biology at Toronto's York University, Stuchbury told the Telegraph-Journal that the Canadian bird population has been declining by one to two per cent a year since the mid-1960s.

Stutchbury cited pesticide use and deforestation as a couple of the problems, and singled out the practice of forest clearing for coffee plantations as one of the primary concerns - another reason to support shade-grown coffee.

But far-off coffee plantations aren't the only problem. The same day the story on Stutchbury ran, NB Power also advertised its 2010 herbicide application program on its transmission line rights-of-ways.

The company announced its intent to spray the herbicide Vision Max on approximately 1,000 hectares [...]

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Broaden ban, group urges

Environmentalists lauded the province for banning the use and sale of pesticides for lawns but also urged it Monday to include side­walks, driveways and golf courses.

“We believe this may have been an inadvertent omission," Barbara Harris, with the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia, told the legislature’s law amend­ments committee in Halifax.

“We would like to see the law explicitly cover patios, walkways and driveways, as well as lawns.

The reasons for banning non­essential pesticides on lawns apply equally to patios, walkways and driveways."

The province will develop a list of approved pesticides over the next few months, but as of next spring, Nova Scotians will only be able to use low-risk pesticides on their lawns. The ban will extend to ornamental shrubs, flowers and trees in 2012.
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Sierra Club Atlantic Cheers as Nova Scotia Bans Cosmetic Pesticides

Calls on other Atlantic Provinces to Follow Suit

Halifax - The Sierra Club Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter jubilantly applauds Tuesday's announcement of a province-wide ban on cosmetic pesticides in Nov Scotia. The ban will apply to the use and sale all pesticides, except those explicitly deemed "low risk". The ban will apply to the lawn application of pesticides next year, and all shrubs, flowers, and trees in 2012.

"This is wonderful news, “ says Janet Eaton, International Campaigner for Sierra Club Canada, "Like many Sierra Club members, I have spent countless hours working towards this day.  I am absolutely thrilled that soon my own grandchildren and all children will be able to play safely on any lawn in this province.”
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