Programs

Sierra Club Canada Foundation operates programs that reflect the ongoing concerns and priorities of our members and supporters.

Forests and Wildlife

Canada's most important natural resource is its forests which provide timber, pulpwood, wildlife habitat and a wealth of recreational opportunities. But the forests are not limitless and all Canadians must share a renewed commitment to their wise use and management.

Within the conservation movement, sustainable forestry means forest practices that ensure that the structure, function and composition of the forest are maintained in perpetuity. It also entails the equitable distribution of forest resource benefits, and the opportunity for the public to be involved in a meaningful way. After all, the forests of Ontario are ours—88% of forested land is Crown land, held for the people of Ontario in trust by the provincial government.

Environment and Diversity Program

Sierra Club Ontario (SCO) is a collaborative partner in the Environment and Diversity Project. The SCO is committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion within the organization and in our outreach. The E&D Project is an exciting four-year collaborative initiative led by the Sustainability Network. SCO is one of the six environmental non- profit organizations partnered in this collaborative. Click here to see the other partners in this project.

Opposing the Detroit River International Crossing

The governments of Canada, the United States, Ontario and Michigan have come to the illogical conclusion that declining cross-border traffic requires a $5billion expenditure of public funds that will have a devastating impact upon Ontario's sensitive Prairie ecosystem and 8 Species recognized as Threatened or Endangered under the Species at Risk Act. Sierra Club Ontario is challenging the flawed Environmental Assessments conducted and approved by the Federal and Provincial governments on the grounds that a need for the project was not established and that the mitigation strategies to minimize the impact to the Species at Risk are scientifically inaccurate.

Pesticides

What are Pesticides?

Pesticides (herbicides, vermicides, fungicides, and rodenticides)  are poisons designed to kill insects, plants, fungi, moulds and rodents.  Pesticides contain “active” ingredients (the chemicals intended to kill), and so-called “inert” ingredients.  These are considered trade secrets, and although in many cases they can be even more toxic than “active” chemicals, most consumers are completely unaware they exist.  Even when used as directed, pesticides have many negative side effects on human health and the environment.

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Castle Special Place

A consensus-based, broad, local citizens’ initiative – Castle Special Place Citizens’ Initiative – has proposed that southwest Alberta’s Castle Special Place be legislated and protected within the province’s network of protected areas and parks, as Alberta has been done with its other 80 Special Places.

The proposal was developed in response to the Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation’s September 2007 announcement that he hoped to see more locally-driven citizens’ initiatives bringing forward proposals, as was successfully done for the new provincial recreation area and park at Drayton Valley.  Should the Minister decide to proceed, as with all new protected areas and parks the Department undertakes, the Department would carry out public consultation and negotiations with existing disposition holders.