2014-11-19  |  John Bennett

TransCanada's PR firm should be charged with plagiarism

Blog by John Bennett

[NOTE: Names of some individuals and political affiliations have not been included to comply with new Canada Revenue Agency rules on partisan activity.]

Bravo to Keith Stewart of Greenpeace for revealing that TransCanada Corporation hired a global PR firm to develop a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign to shove the #EnergyEast pipeline down our unwilling throats.

The leaked documents -- replete with...

2014-11-12  |  Webmaster

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Updated: November 18th, 2014


Nick Bakish (Quebec – At Large)

Since 2002, Nick has consistently been one of Investors Group's top Consultants and has received numerous awards of distinction. In the best interests of each client, Nick has also set himself apart with a tireless devotion to continuing education, having obtained the coveted CFA designation, recognized as the gold standard for the global investment industry, along with the Trust and Estate Practitioner, Chartered Life Underwriter and Financial Planner designations. Nick is a member of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Montreal and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. He is a Million Dollar Roundtable participant and was a part of the prestigious Court...

2014-11-12  |  John Bennett

Use code SIERRA2014 at checkout before December 31, 2014 and receive 20% off your entire purchase of DIZOLVE!

20% of the profits go to our #SaveTheBees and other important programs!

Last year I wrote to our supporters introducing them to this great laundry product.

Well, you loved DIZOLVE!

So today I am pleased to be able to offer you another chance to stock up on these feather-light, safe and environmentally friendly laundry strips. No more lugging boxes to the basement or laundry mat!

Here...

2014-11-10  |  Derek Leahy

 

OTTAWA - Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. When I still lived in Berlin, my favourite November 9th activity was to go to the bridge where the Wall was first breached in 1989 - the Boesebruecke. I’d sit on the cold damp concrete of the bridge, pop the cork on a mini-bottle sekt (similar to champagne) and just wonder what it was like to be there that night.

 

In recent years, I have become more curious about how East Germans brought down the Wall and how I can apply those lessons to my own efforts to stop the tar sands. But even after telling the ‘Fall of the Wall’ story for five years as a Berlin tour guide, I still do not fully understand how and why it happened. I know the steps that led to the demise of the Wall though.

 

I know it started with small meetings in churches...

2014-10-24  |  John Bennett

Friends:

Below is the blog I was working on Wednesday while our building in Ottawa was in lockdown. It would not have been possible without the sacrifice and courage demonstrated in front of the War Memorial and in the halls of Parliament. I speak on behalf of the entire Sierra Club Canada community in expressing our gratitude, our sorrow and our hope this never happens again.

Sincerely,
John Bennett, National Program Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation

 

This is where we are and what we have to do

Next week I'll be attending the 25th anniversary meeting of the Climate Action Network Canada -- an organization I led from 1998 to 2007. I had no idea I’d end up with the job when Kai Millyard called me about forming the network back in 1989.

Twenty-five years is a long time to work on an issue -- especially one that has always required urgent action --...

2014-10-17  |  John Bennett

Listen! Can you hear it? That's a 300 year old oak tree singing in your ear!

It's true. The song is called the 'Ballad of the 300 Year Old Oak Tree ' and it's been created for you and me and every Sierra Club of Canada Foundation supporter.

You can buy it for 99¢ from iTunes and we will receive the royalties!

The song was written by Hall Of Fame tunesmith Roger Cook whose songs have been recorded by superstars such as Rod Stewart, Elton John, The Hollies, Neil Diamond,...

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2014-10-13  |  Webmaster
2014-10-10  |  John Bennett

Flupyradifurone is a new neonicotinoid pesticide from Bayer. That’s right, another one!

Here is what Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has to say about it:

“Flupyradifurone may pose a risk to bees, non-target beneficial arthropods, and freshwater and saltwater invertebrates when used for foliar application. Flupyradifurone may pose a risk to birds and small wild mammals when used for soybean seed treatment.”

Flupyradifurone can enter the environment through a number of different insecticide applications covering a large number of ‘pests’ in a variety of crops. It can also enter groundwater and the aquatic environment through surface run-off.

Flupyradifurone can be applied as a foliar spray, as a soil drench and as a seed treatment, and can persist in the environment...

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