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Monday, April 7, 2014 - 16:47

Climate Action Network Canada is pleased to invite you to a webinar-based advance briefing on the new IPCC report on "Mitigation of Climate Change", due to be released on Sunday, April 13.

This report is the last in a series of three working group reports that make up the main content of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report and will focus on the political, economic, technical and social aspects of addressing climate change.

There will be opportunities for Questions as part of the briefing as well as individual interviews following the briefing. The briefing will be delivered by Dr. Christian Holz, Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada.

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014, 2:00 p.m. EDT

The following topics will be covered:...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 13:17

Stop stalling, environmental groups tell Minister

MEDIA RELEASE
March 26, 2014

Ottawa – Four major environmental organizations have written to Health Minister Rona Ambrose asking her to stop stalling on taking action on pesticides suspected of killing bees, and that lack critical toxicity data.

Clothianidin, one of the neonicotinoid pesticides suspected of killing bees, remains on the market despite the lack of valid scientific studies to support assessment of environmental hazards to bees. Scientific studies investigating the pesticide’s chronic toxicity to bees have been requested since 2004 by Health Canada’s Pest...

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 23:55

Sierra Club Canada Applauds Obama Administration's Investment in Restoring Michigan-Huron and Georgian Bay Water Levels

After 50 years of failing to complete the terms and conditions of a U.S. / Canada agreement to compensate for the loss of water from Lakes Michigan-Huron and Georgian Bay due to navigation dredging in the St. Clair River, President Obama’s Administration has started to act. Last Tuesday, the U.S. President approved a modest amount of funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to re-evaluate its past compensation designs in light of current knowledge and technologies. The President’s funding will get the process started. The Corps engineering analysis should take up to three years to complete.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 17:05

While the U.S. State Department’s hiring of biased oil industry consultants remains under review by the agency’s Office of Inspector General, it went ahead today and released another biased report downplaying serious concerns about the Keystone Tar Sands pipeline.

The clearly biased report ignores the massive increase in carbon pollution we would see as a result of the project's approval.

"The Keystone Tar Sands pipeline fails Obama's basic climate test," said Mr....

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 02:46

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry begins hearings on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides today. Beekeepers, grain growers and academics have been invited to present evidence.

The hearings come a month after Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) -- bowing to pressure from lobby group Croplife and the pesticide industry -- shockingly punted any action on the bee-killing pesticides until at least 2016. Croplife is led by former Conservative MP and newly minted President & CEO Ted Menzies...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 00:57

SIERRA CLUB B.C. / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
DECEMBER 3, 2013

VICTORIA – Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt and Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver today announced a new report regarding Canada’s oil spill preparedness and response.

Caitlyn Vernon, Sierra Club BC’s campaign director said this in response:

“We agree that improvements are needed to deal with existing tanker traffic, however, no amount of safety precautions can justify the extreme risk of increasing tanker traffic on B.C.’s coast.”

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Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 15:09

OTTAWA -- New information from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America should be enough to convince Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to recommend a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.

The study conducted by a group of Italian researchers describes the molecular mechanism through which clothianidin (trade name for a neonicotinoid pesticide) adversely affects the insect immune response and promotes replication of a viral pathogen in honey bees bearing covert infections.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 19:07

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

OTTAWA – A candlelight vigil will be held in Ottawa Thursday to commemorate the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan and to call for action on climate change. The event is part of a series of events held in capitals around the world and in cities across North America, which coincide with the conclusion of the UN climate conference in Warsaw. The vigil will take place on Elgin Street across from the War Memorial in Ottawa at 4:30 pm EST on Thursday, November 21. Other vigils are taking place worldwide on this night, as well as on Friday, November 22.

“Tragedies like Typhoon Haiyan prove that the time has come for real, positive action on climate change, and our government needs to seize this opportunity,...

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 01:28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA -- Just as Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is considering a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, the ag industry trade association CropLife named long time Conservative MP Ted Menzies as its new President and CEO.

"Is the pesticide industry attempting to influence a pending decision on the future of bee-killing pesticides or is it a coincidence?" asked John Bennett of Sierra Club Canada.

Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of most fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a very big deal.

In September, PMRA...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 19:35

OTTAWA – Parents should exercise caution this Halloween before their kids go trick-or-treating. Sierra Club Canada is reminding parents to be wary of using Halloween make-up and face-paint that may contain toxic chemicals and dangerous metals.

"Parents should know what they are putting on their children's faces. Lead, nickel and pesticides are not part of Halloween fun," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

"There is a serious lack of regulation of cosmetics in Canada. Companies are not required to disclose that these products may contain dangerous chemicals."

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