Vendredi, January 31, 2014 - 16:05

While the U.S. State Department’s hiring of biased oil industry consultants remains under review by the agency’s Office of Inspector General, it went ahead today and released another biased report downplaying serious concerns about the Keystone Tar Sands pipeline.

The clearly biased report ignores the massive increase in carbon pollution we would see as a result of the project's approval.

"The Keystone Tar Sands pipeline fails Obama's basic climate test," said Mr....

Mardi, January 28, 2014 - 01:46


OTTAWA – The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry begins hearings on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides today. Beekeepers, grain growers and academics have been invited to present evidence.

The hearings come a month after Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) -- bowing to pressure from lobby group Croplife and the pesticide industry -- shockingly punted any action on the bee-killing pesticides until at least 2016. Croplife is led by former Conservative MP and newly minted President & CEO Ted Menzies...

Mardi, December 3, 2013 - 23:57

DECEMBER 3, 2013

VICTORIA – Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt and Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver today announced a new report regarding Canada’s oil spill preparedness and response.

Caitlyn Vernon, Sierra Club BC’s campaign director said this in response:

“We agree that improvements are needed to deal with existing tanker traffic, however, no amount of safety precautions can justify the extreme risk of increasing tanker traffic on B.C.’s coast.”

“A recent study commissioned by the B.C. government showed that effective spill response is impossible much of the time on the B.C. coast. Even under the best and most accessible of conditions, unlike what...

Jeudi, November 28, 2013 - 14:09

OTTAWA -- New information from a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America should be enough to convince Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to recommend a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.

The study conducted by a group of Italian researchers describes the molecular mechanism through which clothianidin (trade name for a neonicotinoid pesticide) adversely affects the insect immune response and promotes replication of a viral pathogen in honey bees bearing covert infections.


Mercredi, November 20, 2013 - 18:07


OTTAWA – A candlelight vigil will be held in Ottawa Thursday to commemorate the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan and to call for action on climate change. The event is part of a series of events held in capitals around the world and in cities across North America, which coincide with the conclusion of the UN climate conference in Warsaw. The vigil will take place on Elgin Street across from the War Memorial in Ottawa at 4:30 pm EST on Thursday, November 21. Other vigils are taking place worldwide on this night, as well as on Friday, November 22.

“Tragedies like Typhoon Haiyan prove that the time has come for real, positive action on climate change, and our government needs to seize this opportunity,...

Jeudi, November 14, 2013 - 00:28


OTTAWA -- Just as Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is considering a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, the ag industry trade association CropLife named long time Conservative MP Ted Menzies as its new President and CEO.

"Is the pesticide industry attempting to influence a pending decision on the future of bee-killing pesticides or is it a coincidence?" asked John Bennett of Sierra Club Canada.

Bee pollination is essential to the functioning of our ecosystem and the production of most fruits and vegetables. When bee populations start to mysteriously and rapidly die-off, it’s a very big deal.

In September, PMRA...

Jeudi, October 31, 2013 - 18:35

OTTAWA – Parents should exercise caution this Halloween before their kids go trick-or-treating. Sierra Club Canada is reminding parents to be wary of using Halloween make-up and face-paint that may contain toxic chemicals and dangerous metals.

"Parents should know what they are putting on their children's faces. Lead, nickel and pesticides are not part of Halloween fun," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

"There is a serious lack of regulation of cosmetics in Canada. Companies are not required to disclose that these products may contain dangerous chemicals."


Vendredi, October 18, 2013 - 13:28


OTTAWA -- Sierra Club Canada is outraged by the military style attack on peaceful protesters yesterday in New Brunswick.

The use of police force to enforce the will of energy extraction companies is especially concerning since citizens were NEVER consulted (as is their constitutional right).

RELATED: Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation deserves more than a dawn police raid, Blog (Oct. 23, 2013)

"Sierra Club Canada stands in solidarity with the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation in their...

Jeudi, October 10, 2013 - 15:51

Canadian organizations demand mining company drop spurious investment claim


As organizations in Canada and Quebec, we are appalled that Calgary-based Infinito Gold has decided to sue the Government of Costa Rica for $1-billion under the Canada-Costa Rica bilateral investment treaty. This is just the latest - and arguably most disturbing - attempt by Infinito management to intimidate the people, court system and government of Costa Rica over their rightful decision not to approve the controversial Crucitas gold mine near the San Juan River system.
Polls have shown that more than 75 percent of the Costa Rican population rejects the proposed Crucitas mine. Some of the largest protest marches in Costa Rica’s history have demanded...

Mardi, October 8, 2013 - 16:08

(Queens Park) Sierra Club Canada, Organic Council of Ontario and the National Farmers Union-Ontario will hold a press conference at 1 pm, Thursday October 10, 2013 in the Queens Park media studio to discuss neonicotinoid pesticide poisoning of honey bees and other pollinators.

With another planting season only a few months’ away beekeepers have been left hanging by Premier Wynne, who initially gave the impression the Ontario government would act swiftly to stop the ongoing slaughter of honey bees and other pollinators.

“It appears the premier has bowed to pressure from the pesticide companies despite the mountain of scientific evidence of the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides," said Sierra Club Canada Executive Director John Bennett.

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