Protecting Biodiversity

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 »

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 »

ACTION ALERT: Demand Indigenous Water Rights are protected in the Athabasca River!

Tell the Alberta and Canadian Governments to ensure Treaty rights are protected by ensuring Indigenous Baseline Water Flow needs are upheld within an Athabasca River water policy!

First! Sign the petition! http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41360.html

Environmental Education Center "powers the region"

Situated amidst rolling hayfields south of Wakefield Quebec at the entrance to the Municipality of La Peche, the Outaouais Environmental Campus has been reinvesting in our community since March 2008.  We attract visitors and provide viable employment, offering vital services while preserving our natural heritage.  ... Read more »

Alberta Centennial Wilds

 

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Interprovincial Boundary Survey 1913-1916  Provincial Archives of Alberta, A.10723

Imagine …
 … experiencing some of the same wilderness the first peoples and Euro-Canadian explorers did.
 … walking in their footsteps, paddling in their strokes.
 … visualizing their accounts along with what you experience today.

Discover … 
 …the wild lands and rivers they knew, which still exist in Alberta today.

Be a part …
 … of the vision to keep this natural and cultural history alive through the appreciation and preservation of Alberta’s wild lands and rivers.... Read more »

            

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