Oil Sands Independent Toxins Report

Publication Date: 
September 1, 2010
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.

Response to Newfoundland & Labrador Public Discussion Document: “Responding to Climate Change in Newfoundland & Labrador”

Publication Date: 
July 31, 2010
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.

AGENDA - WATER WOODS & WORK - Getting Out What We Put In - Sept 10 -12, 2010

Publication Date: 
August 26, 2010
 This is the Agenda for the Annual Gathering for Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter! Register today!

The case for Distributed Energy Generation - Newfoundland and Labrador

Publication Date: 
August 6, 2010
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.

Sierra Club Atlantic Submission to NS Utility Review Board on Setting Sustianable Water Rates

Publication Date: 
August 3, 2010
  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.