Was it something I said?

TransCanada's PR firm should be charged with plagiarism

Blog by John Bennett

[NOTE: Names of some individuals and political affiliations have not been included to comply with new Canada Revenue Agency rules on partisan activity.]

Bravo to Keith Stewart of Greenpeace for revealing that TransCanada Corporation hired a global PR firm to develop a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign to shove the #EnergyEast pipeline down our unwilling throats.

The perfect stuffer…socks, undies AND Dizolve

Use code SIERRA2014 at checkout before December 31, 2014 and receive 20% off your entire purchase of DIZOLVE!

20% of the profits go to our #SaveTheBees and other important programs!

Last year I wrote to our supporters introducing them to this great laundry product.

Well, you loved DIZOLVE!

So today I am pleased to be able to offer you another chance to stock up on these feather-light, safe and environmentally friendly laundry strips. No more lugging boxes to the basement or laundry mat!

An environmentally safe, sustainable Canadian laundry product

MEDIA RELEASE, November 12, 2014

OTTAWA – Toxic laundry detergent pods that threaten children is not Canadians only choice. Canadians should know there is a safe, nontoxic and environmentally sustainable product invented and produced in Canada. Sierra Club Canada Foundation has a strategic partnership with Dizolve – a Canadian company that produces an environmentally sustainable and effective laundry detergent.

Health Canada has 100,000 new reasons to rethink approval of controversial pesticides

MEDIA RELEASE, November 5, 2014

OTTAWA – More than 110,000 people have told Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) not to register flupyradifurone, Bayer's latest bee-killing pesticide.

Over the past three weeks, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation and SumOfUs.org spearheaded a campaign to inform the public of the opportunity to submit formal comments to the PMRA.

"We shared the facts about flupyradifurone, and the response has been incredible," said Paul Ferris, of SumOfUs.org. “Over 110,000 Canadians sent a clear message to the PMRA: Protect the bees.”

Canada about to license another bee-killing pesticide

MEDIA RELEASE, October 30, 2014

OTTAWA – Environmental organizations are calling on Health Canada to stop approving systemic pesticides that are toxic to bees and threaten to interfere with ecosystem functioning. The most widely used group of systemic pesticides, neonicotinoids, has come under increased scrutiny as a contributing factor in large-scale bee die-offs and other harmful effects. Now Health Canada is proposing to approve a new systemic pesticide, flupyradifurone. According to the government assessment, flupyradifurone may pose a risk to bees, non-target beneficial arthropods, and freshwater and saltwater invertebrates when used for foliar application. Flupyradifurone may pose a risk to birds and small wild mammals when used for soybean seed treatment.

This is where we are and what we have to do

Friends:

Below is the blog I was working on Wednesday while our building in Ottawa was in lockdown. It would not have been possible without the sacrifice and courage demonstrated in front of the War Memorial and in the halls of Parliament. I speak on behalf of the entire Sierra Club Canada community in expressing our gratitude, our sorrow and our hope this never happens again.

Sincerely,
John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation

 

This is where we are and what we have to do

Next week I'll be attending the 25th anniversary meeting of the Climate Action Network Canada -- an organization I led from 1998 to 2007. I had no idea I’d end up with the job when Kai Millyard called me about forming the network back in 1989.

Credit River Trail from Mississauga to Caledon -- it is possible!

At our next Sierra Peel Group meeting guest speaker Susan Robertson of The Credit Valley Heritage Society will tell us about the proposal for a continuous trail along the Credit River from Mississauga to Caledon. There are some beautiful lengths of trail along the Credit and many people are working to connect them. According to Credit Valley Conservation, "Trails in the Credit Valley Watershed cover a wide variety of geographical features, including the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment, providing picturesque settings for a leisurely stroll or a challenging, rugged hike." The CVC website has a great page organizing maps of the trails and what to expect on them: http://www.creditvalleyca.ca/enjoy-the-outdoors/activities/trails/. Come learn more about the plans to make these trails contiguous, more accessible and enjoyable for all.

Sierra Club Works to Save Irish Grove Forest

By Dr. John Bacher

A new threat to the environment and the future of the Greenbelt on the eve of its 2015 Review has emerged in Niagara. It is a proposal to extend through the Greenbelt in Grimsby,  a Niagara Regional Road, Livingston Avenue (Niagara Regional Road, 512)  in the middle of the old growth Irish Grove Forest.

The Irish Grove Forest is a 26 acre forest which has never been farmed. It contains huge Red and White Oaks that have been estimated by experts to be 450 years old. It also contains towering super-story White Pines of a hundred to 150 years in age. Most of the trees in this climax Carolinian forest are climax mature  Sugar Maples and Shagbark Hickories which are regenerating well.