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North America’s largest environmental organization honours Dalton McGuinty

Dalton McGuinty
OTTAWA – Former Ontario Premier, Dalton McGuinty, received the Sierra Club Distinguished Service Award at a ceremony in San Francisco on Saturday, September 12, 2015. The award honours individuals serving in the public sector who have demonstrated a strong and consistent commitment to conservation. He was nominated by Sierra Club Canada Foundation for his outstanding environmental dedication. Mr. McGuinty is responsible for closing Ontario’s coal-fired power plants, passing the Green Energy Act, and creating the Greenbelt around Toronto.

Sierra Has a New Team at the Top

The Board of Directors of Sierra Club Canada Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Beckett as Interim Executive Director. Ms. Beckett brings decades of involvement in the non-profit sector to this newly created position. Former National Program Director, John Bennett, assumes the role of National Spokesperson. “I’m pleased we can begin a new chapter for Sierra Club Canada Foundation with Diane (Beckett) at the helm and retain the voice and experience of John (Bennett). We have the right team in place,” said Michael Bernard, President of Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Diane Beckett brings leadership, passion and commitment to her new position as Interim Executive Director of the Sierra Club Canada Foundation. She has extensive experience working with environmental organizations at the community, provincial, and national level in Canada, as well as internationally.

Wild Child Forest School Announces Fall Programing to Get Kids Active Outside

If you think today’s children’s are spending too much time indoors, you’re not alone.

 

In response to concerns that increasing numbers of today’s kids are more disconnected from the natural world than any previous generation, the launch of Halifax’s Wild Child Forest School comes as a fresh of breath air for families keen on getting their kids back outside and in a healthy setting. 

 

Following on from a successful pilot program in the spring, Wild Child Forest School has launched an ambitious program of ½ and full day sessions at 2 wooded locations within 20mins to downtown Halifax, beginning in September, giving kids an opportunity to discover and explore nature from this September

 

Sierra congratulates Senate committee looking at bee health

The Sierra Club Canada Foundation congratulates the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on the publication of its report: “The Importance of Bee Health to Sustainable Food Production in Canada”...

Sierra reacts to new greenhouse gas emission targets

OTTAWA - Sierra Club Canada Foundation would be disappointed with the federal government’s modest new emission reduction target (of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030) IF there was any likelihood the government would do anything to reach it. After nearly a decade in office, this government has made it crystal clear that it's not interested in taking any action of climate change.

The Age of Nuclear Waste is Upon Us: Are We Ready? Two Case Studies

“Nuclear waste is everybody’s business. Decisions can no longer be left to the discretion of the nuclear establishment and its regulatory bodies,” said Dr. Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility. “The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, appointed by the government, has little or no objectivity in dealing with nuclear waste issues”.

Sir Charles Tupper Elementary wins Name the Whale Challenge

Media Release, February 26, 2015

Taking matters into their own hands, Grade 6 students in Halifax raised $512.50 for blue whale research and public awareness in Atlantic Canada

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February 26, 2015

HALIFAX -- Thanks to the creativity of Matthew Szeto’s Grade 6 classroom at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary in Halifax, blue whale B392 will hereafter be known as Iris, named for the uncanny shape of an eye discovered in her pigmentation. The students participated in the Sierra Club Canada Foundation/ the Mingan Island Cetacean Study “Name the Whale Challenge”.

“Children haven’t named something this big since the planet Pluto,” said Blue Whale Campaign coordinator Zack Metcalfe.