2015-03-02  |  John Bennett

Dear friends,

You may remember I recently mentioned we would be launching a cross-country tour to help #SaveTheBees.

Well...it's that time! I would like to invite you to join me and author Paul McKay on our Protect the Pollinators Tour that kicks off March 17th in Victoria and will see us visit cities and towns across Canada to talk about pollinators, pesticides and what we can do.

[NOTE: Paul McKay is author of “The Kepler Code” a chilling exploration of a planet deprived of pollinators by pesticides. He...

2015-02-18  |  Webmaster

You might have seen the Globe and Mail story on RCMP intelligence reports suggesting Sierra (along with Greenpeace and Tides Canada) are contemplating unlawful activity around petroleum infrastructure. I’m pretty sure Tides and Sierra are not, and Greenpeace might be thinking about erecting a banner somewhere.

Frankly, this kind of stuff coming from “intelligence” sources seems to be more about pleasing the intended readers in government than being truthful or realistic. In fact, most of the allegation and misinterpretations ...

2015-02-04  |  John Bennett

Urgent Action Alert

February 4, 2015

Dear friends,

Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada). The Act--like many laws--contains a mandatory review clause, which means the Standing Committee on Health must undertake an examination at set intervals and recommend changes to Parliament.

Given the disaster around bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides,...

2015-02-03  |  Webmaster
2015-01-26  |  John Bennett

BENNETT BLOG
January 26, 2015

If you have heard anything about the Canada’s Premiers meeting in Ottawa on January 30, you probably know the Prime Minister is not attending. So--like the media--you are not paying much attention to it.

That’s unfortunate because it just might be the biggest climate change meeting ever in Canada. Or maybe it’s a good thing that the Prime Denier stays home. We’ll see.

The Premiers have been working on a “National Energy Strategy” for a couple of years now-- a very taboo subject that once would have enraged Alberta politicians. Why? You may remember that back in 1980 the federal government created a “National Energy Plan” (NEP). The NEP was designed to promote oil self-sufficiency for Canada, promote Canadian ownership of the...

2015-01-21  |  John Bennett

Killing wolves without purpose

I have to report an ongoing travesty.

In the name of protecting Woodland Caribou, the Alberta Government has killed more than 1000 wolves using poison, traps, and guns from helicopters. Hundreds of other animals have also been killed, including moose and elk to bait wolf traps. Others have died by eating poison intended for the wolves. It’s barbaric and senseless.

This is all happening in the name of protecting Woodland Caribou. They call it a “cull”. The problem is it doesn’t work.

The reality is...

2015-01-12  |  John Bennett

Time to restrict ALL uses of neonicotinoid pesticides

As you know, Ontario plans to restrict the use of bee-killing pesticides. In 2014, the Ontario government announced it intended to restrict the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In order to develop the plan and regulations, the province began conducting consultations and invited the public to comment.

A number of these public consultations took place this past December and the majority went very well, with farmers and other stakeholders able to give input on the new rules. A meeting on December 19th, however, was very different.

INDUSTRY PUSH-BACK

The head of the Ontario Grain Growers (OGG),...

2015-01-07  |  John Bennett

Dear friends,

Hope you had a great holiday break! We did and we’re back, refreshed, and ready to go!

It’s going to be a great year for the pollinators--I can feel it. But great things come from hard work, so we have to roll-up our sleeves and get to it.

Let’s get started with the #SaveTheBees Tour and Ontario neonic plan (see below).

As always, a sincere thanks for taking action.

John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
1510-1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7
jb@sierraclub.ca
John on Twitter / Bennett Blog...

2014-12-22  |  John Bennett

BENNETT BLOG / December 22, 2014

Reflecting is a good thing this time of year. First, I want to thank you for your support and apologize for being so annoying with my constant demands.

Then, give a big sigh of relief…we got through yet another year without being silenced. It is a real concern - many organizations have audits hanging over their heads and others fear they will be next. It can have a chilling effect, and we have felt the chill, examined our operations and made numerous administrative changes…but we will not be silenced. We will continue to speak out--that is our role.

We were targeted by (un)EthicalOil.org in 2012...

2014-12-16  |  John Bennett

Friends,

You did it! You stopped the Love Canal toxic roadtrip. The Love Canal waste will NOT be disposed of in Ontario now—thanks to you!

You can see the breaking CBC story here.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to our call for action!

To quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a...

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