Publications

Federal Election Candidates - Atlantic Canada

Publication Date: 
April 28, 2011
Here are links to the answers we received from Candidates in Atlantic Canadian Ridings to our Election Questionnaire. If you are not sure of which Riding you are in, please go to Elections Canada's website to find out!     New Brunswick Conservative - No response Green NDP Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador Conservative - No response Green NDP Liberal - No response Nova Scotia Conservative Green NDP Liberal - No repsonse Prince Edward Island Conservative - No response Green NDP Liberal - No response If you want to see all of the answers we received from the Candidates in one spot, please go to this link.

Good on Gillard - Aussies reject investor-state in free trade agreements.

Publication Date: 
April 20, 2011
By Janet M Eaton The following announcement that Julia Gillard's Australian government has rejected investor-State dispute settlement in trade agreements [1] is good news for those  who care about good government, democratic legislation and process, fairness, poverty reduction, the environment, and the planet not to mention a sustainable economy. For indeed the  investor state mechanism in Free Trade Agreements [FTAs] has been widely discredited on many fronts.  [For more on Investor state, sometimes referred to as investor privileges, see here.

Transcript of ECOPEI submission to SCEENR

Publication Date: 
March 2, 2011
Edited transcript of Tony Reddin's submission to the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on behalf of Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island (ECO-PEI) on Thursday, March 2, 2011The main issues raised in Mr. Reddin's submission: 1) using less energy from all sources is a critical part of avoiding more economical and climate catastrophes; 2) young people must be included in these strategy planning discussions and decisions; 3) farming without fossil fuels is a challenge that must be faced; 4) Canadian trade and energy agreements must be negotiated to serve Canadians instead of corporations, and 5) nuclear power is unnecessary, unsafe and uneconomical. Agenda: http://www.canadianenergyfuture.ca/?p=1679__________________________________________________________________

Response to Corridor Resources Inc. Drilling of an Exploration Well on the Old Harry Prospect - EL 1105 (CEAR # 11-01-60633)

Publication Date: 
March 28, 2011
Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition, Sierra Club Atlantic, and Ecology Action Centre do not recognize the authority of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) to assess and approve oil and gas exploration and development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Petition to Stop Fracking in Nova Scotia

Publication Date: 
March 22, 2011
Petition to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in Nova Scotia      To: Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia • Whereas Petroworth Resources Inc. has indicated that it intends to drill for oil along  a seismic line between Lake Ainslie and Mull River in the ‘Ainslie Block’  that extends from St. Rose to Port Hood and east to Whycocomagh in Inverness County, and   • Whereas this exploration may lead to the discovery of shale gas (i.e. natural gas obtained from underground shale formations) as well as oil, and   • Whereas Petroworth Resources Inc has used the technology known as hydraulic fracturing (hereafter referred to as fracking) in the extraction of shale gas in New Brunswick and has not ruled out its utilization in the Ainslie Block, and   • Whereas fracking involves injecting, under very high pressure, millions of litres of water, sand and   proprietary chemicals  into a large number of underground rock formations, and    • Whereas some of these chemicals can lead to serious health problems, ranging from eye and respiratory disorders to cancer, and     • Whereas fracking in other parts of North America has already resulted in the contamination of underground sources of drinking water and other environmental concerns,   • Whereas other rural communities across North America have reacted to these threats to drinking water and human health by demanding an outright ban on the use of fracking,    • We the undersigned, in the interests of all residents of Nova Scotia, demand a province- wide ban on the use of fracking as described above. (DOWNLOAD THE PETITION BELOW TO GATHER SIGNATURES)              

The Sandpiper, Spring 2012

Publication Date: 
May 30, 2012
The Sandpiper is the quarterly newsletter for the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club Canada. We hope you enjoy the Spring 2012 issue!   Open publication - Free publishing

Sierra Club Atlantic Presentation to New Brunswick Energy Commission

Publication Date: 
February 17, 2011
Presented by Larry Lack On behalf of the Sierra Club of Canada, Atlantic Canada Chapter to the New Brunswick Energy Commission The mandate of the Commission is "to conduct a broad public consultation and report to government on a long-term energy plan. More information on the commission and its mandate is available online." Our report made the following recommendations: p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } conservation should our very first order of business p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }span.il { }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } New Brunswick should establish a minimum efficiency for biomass projects p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } encourage and give priority to cooperative, community controlled utilization of our crown lands and other forests create p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } disbursed, well-distributed smaller generating facilities, using diverse power sources including sustainable biomass wood-fired generators and carefully located  wind, wave, tidal and solar energy p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } create incentives for clean renewable energy sources with a policy known as the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } shale gas exploration and development should not be encouraged or permitted in New Brunswick p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } rather than planning on or building for energy exports, New Brunwick should gear its economy around energy self sufficiency for our province and for its diverse regions p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } a healthy, reliable self-sufficient energy system for New Brunswick should and must include net metering of electricity  For more details on these recommendations, please see the complete document, below.

Great Lakes symposium on water levels: April 8th

Is there impending disaster for GL nearshore ecosystems? What are the impacts of sustained low waterlevels? Join subject matter experts, concerned citizens and the Sierra Club for this discussion April 8th in Port Huron, Michigan. Register by emailing kristinaj@sierraclub.ca or calling 647-346-8744. There is a $50 registration fee to defray costs. You may pay by check, cash or credit card ahead or at the event. Please RSVP so we know you are coming! Click on the pdf below to see the agenda. We hope to see you there!