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Shell Canada must analyze worst-case tailing dam failure and respect First Nations constitutional rights.

Edmonton, AB –  The Joint Review Panel studying the Jackpine Mine Expansion Project must require Shell Canada to provide better information on the risks and environmental consequences of a failure of the dams supposed to prevent toxic tar sands tailings from spilling into the Athabasca River, says Sierra Club Prairie.
 
“Catastrophic spills like BP Deep Horizon and Fukushima happened even though the public was told that they never would" said Chelsea Flook, Interim Director of Sierra Club Prairie.  “Shell has clearly failed to meet some base requirements fundamental to adequate environmental, treaty and human rights protection in the area,”
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Major environmental groups oppose damaging federal omnibus Bill C-45

Omnibus bill again hides big changes to environmental laws, subverting democracy, weakening protection of air, water, soil and ecosystems

MEDIA RELEASE

October 18, 2012

TORONTO, ON -- Once again, the federal government is proposing to make significant changes to environmental legislation without proper democratic debate, according to many of Canada’s leading environmental organizations.

Instead, these changes are contained in a sweeping omnibus budget bill.

Canadians concerned about protecting the air, water, soil and natural ecosystems that support all of us  -- and our economy -- are doubly troubled, both by the end-run around democratic process and the potential for even more pollution and destruction of critical habitat.

The bill includes proposed changes to laws protecting fish and navigable waters, preventing harm from hazardous waste and governing the shipping industry.... Read more »

Federal government laying waste to the Canadian landscape

Canadian public should be alarmed by wholesale deregulation of environmental protection in Canada

MEDIA RELEASE

October 18, 2012

OTTAWA - The government of Canada continued its assault on environmental protection today with omnibus Bill C-45.

“Today’s killing of the Navigable Waters Act, along with further gutting of what’s left of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act, will inhibit the ability of Canadians to protect their natural environment for their children, grandchildren and future generations,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

"Canadians want to protect the environment and have a strong economy. We don’t need to sacrifice the planet to achieve the latter - the two aren’t mutually exclusive,” said Mr. Bennett.... Read more »

Sierra Club Canada - Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy (Re: C-38)

May 31, 2012

Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy

Re: Bill C-38

John Bennett, Executive Director

Sierra Club Canada

Thursday, May 31 201

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UPDATE: #BlackOutSpeakOut Events

Media Release, May 29, 2012

#BlackOutSpeakOut Update

We are just a week away from #BlackOutSpeakOut day (June 4th). I can tell you the campaign momentum is building! The list of participating organizations is over 100 and growing! Maude Barlow just told me The Council of Canadians is also joining the protest. All across the country Canadians are recognizing that silence is not an option in face of the war on nature and democracy.

This week here in Ottawa we have two events:

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Wind Energy is Reliable

Dear Editor:

Adam Randell’s article “Blowing in the wind,” The Packet, May 3, 2012 offers some insight into how green sustainable energy production could look in the future. Todd Shirran’s initiative to build and operate a wind turbine deserves praise as a true, local initiative, green project.
 
Similarly efforts by the town of Bonavista to renew efforts to establish a wind farm on Burnt Ridge should be encouraged and promoted. What is required to make these projects financially successful is something known as Feed-in Tariff legislation. This enabling legislation, now in place in Ontario and Nova Scotia, permits governments to set rates for electricity production from renewable energy sources and requires utility operators to purchase the excess electricity at those rates which afford the producers a modest profit.
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#FAIL, says new report from Canada’s environment watchdog

Media Release, May 9, 2012

OTTAWA - The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development provides further evidence the federal government is failing to protect the environment, ^NOT meeting its climate change commitments and ^NOT cleaning up contaminated sites.

The reality is Canada will ^NOT meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target of 17% below 2005 emissions (it won’t come close with the current rate of expansion of the Tar Sands). Nor is there a plan (or the funding allocated) to clean-up thousands of toxic waste sites. Only a handful of contaminated sites out of over 10,000 are reported to be receiving adequate attention.... Read more »

#BlackOutSpeakOut campaign launched by environmental groups

MEDIA RELEASE - EMBARGOED UNTIL MAY 7, 2012

#BlackOutSpeakOut

OTTAWA – According to a national campaign being launched Monday, May 7th by the country’s leading environmental organizations, the federal government’s war on nature and democracy means “Silence is no longer an option!” The campaign aims to force the Harper government to retreat and restore the environmental protection and democratic participation it recently gutted.... Read more »

'Money Laundering' claim irks green groups

MONTREAL - Environmental groups in Quebec and across Canada are accusing the federal government of engaging in a kind of McCarthyism, painting environmentalists as terrorists and criminals in a bid to discredit and silence critics.

“This is a sustained campaign,” said Steven Guilbeault of the Montreal-based environmental organization Équiterre. “They have been talking about it since January; comparing environmental groups to terrorists, radicals, and money launderers. If I had more money, I would take the minister to court for defamation.”

Guilbeault was responding to various statements by Conservative politicians, including Environment Minister Peter Kent’s recent comments on CBC accusing unnamed environmental organizations of money laundering.

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