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Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 14:56

OTTAWA -- The Canadian Council of Academies report: “Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction in Canada” concludes that much more needs to be known before allowing the rapid expansion of shale gas development across Canada. The government does not know enough to adequately protect Canadians from the potential environmental, health and socioeconomic impacts, the report found.

“We feel vindicated by this report. The Council looked at the issues and identified the same threats and lack of information we did,” said Sierra Club of Canada Foundation's John Bennett.

The report confirms that hydraulic fracturing (fracking) threatens ground water, surface water, increases local air...

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 01:33

Sierra Club Canada Foundation is looking forward to the release of a report on fracking, due out this week. The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) was commissioned by Environment Canada to determine what role – if any – the federal government has in regulating the industry.

“We know that fracking involves injecting a secret cocktail of chemicals into the ground and that industry's own data shows their wells leak," said Gretchen Fitzgerald, Director of the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club. "We hope the CCA closely examined all available evidence while preparing this important report."

The Sierra Club feels the federal government needs to step up and protect Canadians from the well-documented impacts of fracking. Ohio state...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 21:24

MEDIA RELEASE 
April 24, 2014

Sierra Club Canada Foundation congratulates the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for putting an end to the practice of allowing its staff and freelance hosts to accept public speaking requests from companies, political parties or other lobbying groups “trying to influence public policy”.

"I'm pleased...

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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