Programs

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

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.

Sauver les lois environnementales du Canada

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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.

Tar Sands

Canada’s Tar Sands are located in the Northern half of the province of Alberta along with some deposits in neighbouring Saskatchewan. Covering a landmass of 140,200 km2 (54,132 miles2), the deposits span a region larger than 24 US states, the country of Englan, or 2.5 times the size of Nova Scotia. The tar sands are located in the heart of Canada’s Boreal Forest, a nearly continuous belt of coniferous trees that extends across the country. Home to a diversity of plant and animal species the region is commonly referred to as “the lungs of the planet,” as it is one of the largest carbon sinks in the world, second only to the Amazon rainforest. The region contains extensive wetlands, including bogs, peatlands and fens. The tar sands region of the Boreal Forest is the traditional territory of the Dene, Cree and Métis Indigenous people.