Publications

Over the years, Sierra Club of Canada has posted many of its publications to the web in both html and pdf formats. If a publication isn't listed here, it may be available in a print version. Contact us at info@sierraclub.ca if you can't find what you're looking for.
2010-09-28   |   View this publication   |   Ontario Chapter, Water, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Water Quality, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Oceans, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity
The summer wrap-up edition of Sanctuary leads off with a piece by Sierra Club Ontario’s new Chapter Coordinator Kristina Jackson on the timely subject of clean energy. Other pressing topics featured include commentary on the 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit, issues surrounding the implementation of a gasfired generator in the Township of King, and a piece discussing the importance of forging green alliances. Please also take time to read the Chair’s column on the value of connecting to nature, and note that the deadline for nominations to the Chapter Executive Committee election is October 15.
2010-09-01   |   View this publication   |   Alberta Tar Sands and Mackenzie River Delta, Chinook Group, Climate Change, Forests, Prairie Chapter, The Boreal Forest, Toxic Sludge, Water, Energy Onslaught, Forests and Biodiversity, Toxics Awareness and Education, Water Quality, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Toxics, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity
On August 31st, 2010, a study which was led by University of Alberta researchers was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which conclusively shows that numerous highly toxic pollutants are being released into the Athabasca River and its tributaries by the development of the oil sands. The levels exceeded both federal and provincial government guidelines. The report is available for download here.
2010-08-31   |   View this publication   |   Atlantic Chapter, Climate Change, Atmosphere & Energy
Executive Summary The existing greenhouse emission targets are weaker than required according to the latest science and the existing strategies did not deliver the expected results.  We make a number of specific policy recommendations to change this: Five directions of action: 1. Education– take advantage of the educational capacity at MUN and in environmental NGOs – in the latter: urgent need for project and base funding. 2. Research–need to “localize” the general knowledge and global models of climate change; need for project and base funding. 3. Putting price on carbon– best: carbon tax; must be revenue-neutral. 4. Financial incentives: -  distributed renewable energy generation: should be supported with feed-in-tariffs, loan guarantees and improvements to the transmission lines; a viable alternative to spending $600 million to install scrubbers at Holyrood power plant; - energy efficiency for homes and vehicles; - can be sustained politically and financially in the long term by recognizing all spin-offs (financial and social) of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
2010-08-12   |   View this publication   |   Atlantic Chapter, Forests, Toxics, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
 This is the Agenda for the Annual Gathering for Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter! Register today!
2010-08-06   |   View this publication   |   none
I present arguments in  favour of the small-scale, community owned, renewable energy generation in Newfoundland and Labrador.  I identify current bottlenecks in  the development of the distributed energy generation in the province and list necessary conditions that have to be met in order to move forward. Most of the arguments would apply to other provinces in Canada as well. Dr. Piotr Trela, SCC- Atlantic Region; Atlantic Canada Sustainable Energy Coalition.
2010-08-03   |   View this publication   |   Atlantic Chapter, Water, Water Conservation, Health & Environment, Transition to Sustainable Economy
  While the Sierra Club Canada – Atlantic Canada Chapter supports rate restructuring of water, waste water and storm utilities in the interest of improved management and sustainability, the current rate structure application does not sufficiently address questions of efficient allocation of resources, adequate revenues over time, and increased innovation and conservation.

            

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