December 3, 2012
For Immediate Release
(Courtice, Ontario and Cheektowaga, New York) - A proposal to refurbish Ontario’s Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS) may be in violation of Canada’s transboundary treaty obligations. The Sierra Club has told the Environmental Assessment Panel considering Ontario Power Generation’s proposed New Build and Refurbishment and Continued Operation of the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (DNGS) that the proposals may violate the 1991 Canada–U.S. Air Quality Agreement.
“Consequently, we petition the Canadian government to conduct an independent assessment of the proposed projects that would consider the likely adverse transboundary impacts within 100 km of the site...
December 3, 2012
OTTAWA - Canada has signed a reckless new agreement to increase trade in radioactive nuclear material with India - only one month after returning a radioactive shipment of contaminated consumer goods from India.
"It's clear India has failed to control radioactive materials in the past,” said John Bennett, Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada. “Therefore we question the wisdom...
OTTAWA -- Sierra Club Canada is appalled the Senate is recommending a massive grey seal slaughter on Canada’s east coast despite testimony from independent scientists that a slaughter could damage ocean ecosystems.
Bowing to the east coast fishing and sealing lobby, the Senate’s fisheries committee wants tens of thousands of grey seals killed, supposedly to enable a come back for the cod fishery, virtually extinguished after decades of government mismanagement and industry greed. But even the federal Department of Fisheries admitted, in a 2011 study, that there is no scientific evidence showing slaughters are effective in bringing back depleted fish stocks.
“This is nothing more than a subsidy for a dead industry,” said John Bennett, Executive...
October 18, 2012
TORONTO, ON -- Once again, the federal government is proposing to make significant changes to environmental legislation without proper democratic debate, according to many of Canada’s leading environmental organizations.
Instead, these changes are contained in a sweeping omnibus budget bill.
Canadians concerned about protecting the air, water, soil and natural ecosystems that support all of us -- and our economy -- are doubly troubled, both by the end-run around democratic process and the potential for even more pollution and destruction of critical habitat.
October 18, 2012
OTTAWA - The government of Canada continued its assault on environmental protection today with omnibus Bill C-45.
“Today’s killing of the Navigable Waters Act, along with further gutting of what’s left of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act, will inhibit the ability of Canadians to protect their natural environment for their children, grandchildren and future generations,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
"Canadians want to protect the environment and have a strong economy. We don’t need to sacrifice the planet to achieve the latter - the two aren’t mutually exclusive...
OTTAWA – Documents released yesterday indicate that back in May the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) was alerted to a shipment containing radioactive kitchenware (contaminated with Cobalt 60) and it wasn’t until October 5th CNSC ordered Hanin Shipping  to remove their radioactive shipment from a dock in Montreal.
This incident raises a number of very serious questions, including:
- Why did the CNSC then to take six months to issue an order?
- Why did CNSC make no attempt to conduct an investigation to determine where this material was manufactured, how it became...
Thank You Ottawa! Shopping Bag Giveaway
OTTAWA - Sierra Club Canada will distribute reusable shopping bags free of charge in the ByWard Market on Saturday, September 15th and Landsdowne Farmers' Market on Sunday, September 30th.
"We are showing a little appreciation to Ottawa’s local shoppers with a small gift," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.
Shopping locally is one of the most effective ways an individual can contribute to creating a healthy environment and sustainable economy.
Throughout history the...
OTTAWA – Today’s announcement by federal environment minister Peter Kent will further relax already grossly-inadequate regulations for coal-fired power plant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Despite growing evidence of climate change, particularly this summer’s record Arctic Ocean ice-loss, the government of Canada continues to ignore the science.
“Arctic Ocean ice is at an all-time low and we are in the midst of a record breaking year for heat waves, droughts and torrential rain storms,” said Sierra Club Canada Executive Director John Bennett. “We don’t have 50 years to fix this...
OTTAWA – As a direct result of Bill C-38, Sierra Club Canada and the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) are withdrawing their applications for judicial review of permits issued by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to allow Bruce Power to export 1,600 tonnes of radioactive waste (containing plutonium and other radionuclides) through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway to Sweden.
“Our court case is the first victim of Bill C-38,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Our quest for environmental justice and democracy, however, is far from over.”
Sierra Club Canada and CELA...
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Sierra Club Canada, Suite #412, 1 Nicholas St., Ottawa
Ongoing weather events in the Arctic over the last few weeks and the resulting ice loss may have significant implications to the rate of climate change. Using satellite images, and the latest data being reported from established Arctic observers, Paul Beckwith of the University of Ottawa will provide a technical briefing on the present and the implications to future climate change. Space is limited please RSVP to: Executive.Director@sierraclub.ca or call 613.241.4611...