Dimanche, July 28, 2013 - 22:09

OTTAWA -- Health Canada’s plan to wait until 2018 before taking action to protect declining honey bee populations is an unacceptable response to a crisis. The loss of pollinators threatens 30% of Canada’s food supply. Sierra Club Canada has provided Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz with 20 scientific studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides with the declining bee populations. The science is already persuasive enough to convince the European Union to impose a ban on neonicotinoids.

“We found 20 studies in a few hours on the internet. Why is Health Canada stalling until 2018?” said John Bennett, Executive Director of...

Mardi, July 16, 2013 - 22:03

OTTAWA -- In preparation for the upcoming provincial and federal Agricultural Ministers in Halifax, Sierra Club Canada released public opinion polling showing strong support from Canadians for government action on banning the use of pesticides that have been proven to cause bee deaths. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is also the province’s Agriculture Minister, said she will be raising issue of declining bees at the meeting.


The Sierra Club’s poll, commissioned late last week, shows that two out of every three Canadians asked support a...

Mardi, July 16, 2013 - 18:17

TORONTO -- Actress Shirley Douglas, OC, will be the featured speaker at the August 6th Hiroshima-Nagasaki commemoration at Toronto City Hall, beginning at 6:45 p.m. Shirley will call on the Harper government to take a leading role in the world-wide movement to abolish nuclear weapons.

A participant in Ban the Bomb marches in England in the 1950s, Shirley Douglas founded the Canadian chapter of Performing Artists for Nuclear Disarmament during the height of the Cold...

Lundi, July 15, 2013 - 15:36

Sierra Club Canada invites all Canadians to celebrate the legacy of author Farley Mowat and activist Mary Gorman by watching the TVO Green Heroes series Saving Oceans, Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 pm and Sunday July 21 at 8:30 pm on TVO.

"I think all Canadians should celebrate the contribution of Farley Mowat to Canada and the world and it is wonderful that TVO is celebrating his record for inspiring love of nature and our obligation to protect it," according to John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Author of numerous classic novels...

Mardi, July 9, 2013 - 10:30

OTTAWA -- Sierra Club Canada welcomes the creation of a bee mortality working group by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to investigate and recommend solutions for the extremely high mortality of bees.

"This working group is the first real recognition of the impact of neonictinoid pesticides on bees," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Bee Keepers in Ontario and elsewhere have been experiencing extreme losses of bees. The latest incident near Elmwood, Ontario saw a bee keeper lose 37,000,000 bees (and may cost him his farm as well).

Neonictinoid pesticides have be banned by the European Union, which has been experiencing the same bee mortality problem. Recent EU studies have found the pesticide to be building up in soil...

Mardi, July 9, 2013 - 09:49   |   Ecosystems, Municipal Pesticide-Free Campaign, National, Pesticide Awareness, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Toxics, Government, Pesticides, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity
July 9, 2013 9:30 a.m.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities.

The Bee Health Working Group will be comprised of beekeepers, farmers, agri-business representatives, scientists, and staff from both federal and provincial government agencies. Drawing on a broad range of expertise, the working group will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the potential risk to honey bees from exposure to neonicotinoid -- a pesticide used for corn and soybeans.

The working group will meet for the first time this month and provide its recommendations by spring 2014.

Supporting the province's agri-businesses while protecting the environment is part of the...

Mardi, July 2, 2013 - 18:25   |   Climate Change, National, Energy Onslaught, Atmosphere & Energy



July 2, 2013

For Immediate Release

[San Francisco, CA] Fifty eight organizations, led by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics, released an open letter today demanding that companies take climate action. The letter calls on U.S. corporations with trucking...

Mardi, June 25, 2013 - 16:28   |   Atmosphere & Energy

OTTAWA – This afternoon, President Obama gave what may turn out to be one of the most important speeches in American history - certainly the most important on the topic of climate change and the environment.

“President Obama denied the ‘deniers’ and inspired Americans and people around the world to address the most urgent crisis of our day: climate change,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

“The reference to the Keystone XL pipeline doesn...

Mardi, June 18, 2013 - 15:13   |   aucun

OTTAWA -- Today the federal government made another attempt to appear environmentally responsible by "raising" (read: capping) the liability limit on offshore oil operations in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans to $1 billion dollars.

To put it in perspective, the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill cost $42 billion to clean up.

"Why cap the limit at a fraction of the real cost? Aren't Canadians entitled to full compensation?" asks John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Sierra Club of Canada feels no amount of money can compensate for the havoc caused by the devastating legacy...

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