Comments to the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense
By John Bennett, National Program Director Sierra Club Canada Foundation Monday
April 27, 2015
EnergyYeast pipeline project announced
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 1st, 2015
REGINA --The Canadian Wheat Board CWB and TransCanada Pipe (TCP) have agreed in principle to a $12 billion project that would see Western Canadian grain piped from Alberta to the east coast, where it will then be shipped worldwide through a world-class port facility to be built in St. John, New Brunswick.
This week is Emergency Preparedness Week -- the kind of non-event, event that might mean we’ll see a photo (or two) of a politician at some media event, but most won’t give it a second thought.
At best, it might evoke an image of Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory with his survival backpack and fluorescent arrows painted on the floor. Some of us older folks might evoke the man on a street corner shouting: “Repent the end is near!”
AROUND THE WORLD honey bees and other life-sustaining pollinators have been disappearing. Beekeepers in Canada have suffered tremendous losses and many face losing their farms, homes and businesses. Scientists are calling the recent bee carnage a second Silent Spring -- referring to Rachel Carson’s landmark book documenting the near extinction of birds of prey as a result of the pesticide DDT.
Testing has documented the presence of neonicotinoid pesticides in up to 90% of the bee deaths—and honey bees are just the tip of the iceberg. What other insects and birds have ingested neonicotinoid pesticides? No one knows as they haven’t been monitored like the bees. Put simply: the extent of the damage caused by neonicotinoid pesticides remains unclear.
ACTION ALERT / February 5, 2014
Tell the Senate to Speak Out Against Neonicotinoid Pesticides
The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry is now holding hearings on widely-used, bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. The committee has invited beekeepers, grain-farmers, and scientists to present evidence at the hearings.
Sierra Club Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, Equiterre, EcoJustice, Ontario Beekeepers Association, Wilderness Committee, Canadian Organic Growers, National Farmers Union, Canadian Environmental Law Association, United Church of Canada, Bio-Dynamic Society, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, and Council of Canadians.