Sierra Club Blog Posts

This page shows a collection of all of Sierra Club Canada's blog posts, shown in chronological order. To view the full post, click on its title.

Sustaining a movement

Sometimes, what attracts you to a cause isn’t what holds your interest in it.

Although the environment was always a concern for me, it didn’t move into a place of central importance until fairly recently.

I’m one of those people who always considered themselves “balanced.” In fact, I prided myself on it. I would do my best to weigh competing arguments before making a decision. I enjoyed nuance in any argument. I tried not to opine on a subject before absorbing reams of information.

To a large extent, I’m still the same person. But on the topic of the environment, I am more than ever convinced that a "balanced” approach is the perfectly wrong way to deal with the severity of the crisis at hand.
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G20 - Toronto Police Given New Powers Near Security Fence

I have just learned that the Toronto Police have been given new temporary powers to prevent protesters from approaching the 1984-esque security fence around downtown Toronto. Police have been granted the power to:... Read more »

The Toxic Tour of Toronto

Yesterday I participated in the Toxic Tour of Toronto, a march in the name of climate justice with a strong focus on Canadian mining abuses in developing countries. The march was fun and colourful with more floats than I’ve ever seen outside of a Santa Claus parade. The tour stopped along the way at key locations: an RBC branch, the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and the court house to listen to speakers from communities affected by extractive industries, including the Alberta Tar Sands. These speakers - from Guatemala, Kenya, Alberta & BC - spoke passionately about the violence being done to their communities: violence to protesters and to the land.... Read more »

Bread and circuses

Business is down at my daughter's downtown cafe in Toronto. There has been no economic ripple effect from the G20 meeting. The slower pace, however, has given the locals a chance to talk to each other. She even had time to call her dad just to chat.

"I had a customer the other day," she told me, "we got to talking about the environment and I mentioned Sierra Club. She said, 'Oh yeah, they changed their name.' I didn't know what she was talking about."

Got me thinking about all the time and effort we put into coming up with the right messaging and best strategies. How are we going to position our issues at the G20 to break through the hoopla of world leaders and billion dollar security?

I'm not heading down to Toronto. I've had my fill of marching and banner waving. I know it feels good to get together with people of like mind and express yourself.
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Gearing up for the G20

Hello!

My name is Emily Rideout and I’ll be blogging about the G20 taking place in downtown Toronto June 25-27 2010.

So what does climate justice have to do with the G20?  The G20 is a meeting between the finance ministers of both the world's wealthiest countries and emerging economies (Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and India) to discuss the global economy. Collectively, the G20 economies comprise 85%of global gross national product, 80% of world trade and two-thirds of the world population.... Read more »

Gearing up for the G20

Hello!

My name is Emily Rideout and I’ll be blogging about the G20 taking place in downtown Toronto June 25-27 2010.

So what does climate justice have to do with the G20?  The G20 is a meeting between the finance ministers of both the world's wealthiest countries and emerging economies (Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, and India) to discuss the global economy. Collectively, the G20 economies comprise 85%of global gross national product, 80% of world trade and two-thirds of the world population.... Read more »

Smarter cities

photo by Peter Blanchard

Ottawa, the city I have called home for most of my life, has the highest per capita number of residents with Ph.D.s in Canada.  It is filled to the brim with Parliamentary leaders, diplomatic elites, well-heeled bureaucrats, and the staff and students orbiting four universities and two community colleges.

So, for a city so smart, why is our planning so dumb?

Like many North American cities, Ottawa has had an on-going love affair with the automobile. Perhaps it’s time to file for divorce.

The car promises to make us money, so we pour millions into highways. The car promises to make life easier, so we forego a coherent transit plan in favour of sprawl.
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The age of greenwash

photo by Toban Black

Over lunch with a colleague the other day, I asked for an assessment of the trajectory of the environmental movement.

I was interested to hear her recall a time – not so long ago – when environmentalism was not yet “green.”

For better or worse, green is today’s preeminent buzzword and branding device. For better, because we are fast approaching a tipping point in climate change and biodiversity loss. If we can somehow broaden the recognition of the environment as an overarching factor in decision-making, then we might finally alter course towards sustainability. 
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Medicine Hat Past Regina - Blog post Number Two!

Saturday, June 5 Continued: After Finishing up Blog Post Number one, I still had an errand or two to run. firstly it was to the bike shop, to pick up two new spare tires to replace the ones that got used the day before. Then I had to pick up groceries for the trip. I was exited, because Jordyn was supposed to be there sometime that night, and it had been almost two weeks since I had seen any of my friends, so I wanted to make sure everything was done. The last and most important trip was to the "Family fun Center" the Medicine Hats largest indoor pool. I was just hoping for a hot tub, but this place had EVERYTHING. Hot tub, steam room, Olympic sized pool with High dive AND Diving platform. As a man who's possibly favorite activity is going to the pool, I was in heaven. I spent nearly three hours there, about half an hour or more of which was in the steam room, drinking several bottles of water till I was full to burst.... Read more »

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