2015-01-26  |  John Bennett

BENNETT BLOG
January 26, 2015

If you have heard anything about the Canada’s Premiers meeting in Ottawa on January 30, you probably know the Prime Minister is not attending. So--like the media--you are not paying much attention to it.

That’s unfortunate because it just might be the biggest climate change meeting ever in Canada. Or maybe it’s a good thing that the Prime Denier stays home. We’ll see.

The Premiers have been working on a “National Energy Strategy” for a couple of years now-- a very taboo subject that once would have enraged Alberta politicians. Why? You may remember that back in 1980 the federal government created a “National Energy Plan” (NEP). The NEP was designed to promote oil self-sufficiency for Canada, promote Canadian ownership of the...

2015-01-21  |  John Bennett

Killing wolves without purpose

I have to report an ongoing travesty.

In the name of protecting Woodland Caribou, the Alberta Government has killed more than 1000 wolves using poison, traps, and guns from helicopters. Hundreds of other animals have also been killed, including moose and elk to bait wolf traps. Others have died by eating poison intended for the wolves. It’s barbaric and senseless.

This is all happening in the name of protecting Woodland Caribou. They call it a “cull”. The problem is it doesn’t work.

The reality is...

2015-01-12  |  John Bennett

Time to restrict ALL uses of neonicotinoid pesticides

As you know, Ontario plans to restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. In 2014, the Ontario government announced it intended to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In order to develop the plan and regulations, the province began conducting consultations and invited the public to comment.

A number of these public consultations took place this past December and the majority went very well, with farmers and other stakeholders able to give input on the new rules. A meeting on December 19th, however, was very different.

INDUSTRY PUSH-BACK

The head of the Ontario Grain Growers (OGG),...

2015-01-07  |  John Bennett

Dear friends,

Hope you had a great holiday break! We did and we’re back, refreshed, and ready to go!

It’s going to be a great year for the pollinators--I can feel it. But great things come from hard work, so we have to roll-up our sleeves and get to it.

Let’s get started with the #SaveTheBees Tour and Ontario neonic plan (see below).

As always, a sincere thanks for taking action.

John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
1510-1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7
jb@sierraclub.ca
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2014-12-22  |  John Bennett

BENNETT BLOG / December 22, 2014

Reflecting is a good thing this time of year. First, I want to thank you for your support and apologize for being so annoying with my constant demands.

Then, give a big sigh of relief…we got through yet another year without being silenced. It is a real concern - many organizations have audits hanging over their heads and others fear they will be next. It can have a chilling effect, and we have felt the chill, examined our operations and made numerous administrative changes…but we will not be silenced. We will continue to speak out--that is our role.

We were targeted by (un)EthicalOil.org in 2012...

2014-12-16  |  John Bennett

Friends,

You did it! You stopped the Love Canal toxic roadtrip. The Love Canal waste will NOT be disposed of in Ontario now—thanks to you!

You can see the breaking CBC story here.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our call for action!

To quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a...

2014-12-15  |  John Bennett

December 15, 2014

Dear friend:

Thank you for joining hands with Sierra Club Canada Foundation during these troubling times for Canada’s democracy and the environment.

I don’t have to tell you that Sierra Club is North America’s only major environmental group that is also democratic. Over the weekend, we elected a new Board of Directors. They're all volunteers and committed environmentalists prepared to commit their time and energy to the success of Sierra Club Canada Foundation. 

You also know that year-end is every charity’s critical window for...

2014-12-09  |  Webmaster
2014-12-09  |  John Bennett

BENNETT BLOG / December 9th, 2014

One of the most appalling environmental tragedies in American history, Love Canal, is sending its toxic legacy to Sarnia. About 80 truckloads of material—deemed too contaminated to remain in the ground near a residential area of Wheatfield, New York—are headed for Sarnia.

There are several reasons to be concerned.

Sarnia residents, and those who live along the truck route from Love Canal, will be exposed to substantial risk from the mashed-up chemical cargo (containing powerful carcinogens). A spill, accident, or technical failure could all lead to environmental contamination. It’s another case of industry and government...

2014-12-04  |  John Bennett

BENNETT BLOG / December 4th, 2014

Have you ever wondered why there needs to be a Sierra? This billboard is all the explanation necessary.

It seems ‘Friends of Science’, Canada’s own climate change deniers, have rounded up some money from Big Oil for a campaign in Montreal and Calgary. Why? It is a classic disinformation campaign to counter important global talks on reducing greenhouse gas emissions that got underway this week in Lima, Peru.

Now, there is a difference between free speech and disinformation. Free speech is the right to express a point of view -- a right I rely on...

            

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