Pulling a fast one on pesticides…

Media Release, February 5, 2015

Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada).

The 'review' will only consist of three brief sessions (about 6 hours) and will likely be over by the end of the week. Sierra Club only learned of the review last Wednesday and received an invitation to testify Thursday--very short notice indeed.

Why the big rush? To get it over with quickly before the public knows what’s happening. One acute observer described government members on the committee as 'railroading' the Act.

"This a clear attempt to protect the interests of international pesticide manufacturers while avoiding public scrutiny," said John Bennett, Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

Pest Control Products Act 'act'

Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada). The Act--like many laws--contains a mandatory review clause, which means the Standing Committee on Health must undertake an examination at set intervals and recommend changes to Parliament...

If you think about it, that’s how we got a country...

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...

#SaveTheWolves

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...

Family Earth Expo - Charlottetown - Sat. April 25, 2015

2015 Charlottetown Family Earth Expo, Saturday, April 25th from 12:30 - 4 PM at The PEI Farm Centre
... all-ages event with information booths, music, food, activities, and workshops on environmental action and awareness. (Earth Day itself is Apr 22)
Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/479519982150449/

Big thank you to the performers, auction donors, volunteers and all who came out to support PEI Wild Child on Feb 27th. Wild Child is our nature immersion program designed by the Sierra Club Canada Foundation to get children in daycares and afterschool programs experiencing, exploring, and playing in nature.

Reminder >> Please urge Ontario to stand strong on bee-killing pesticides...

As you may 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...

#SaveTheBees campaign update…

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).

A frank discussion of Canada, the environment and Sierra Club Canada Foundation

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...