Mardi, April 10, 2012 - 19:26

Ottawa – Fearing the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) will again put the interests of the industry ahead of the health and safety of Canadians, four environmental organizations – the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility, Sierra Club Canada, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County, and Safe and Green Energy (Peterborough) – held a press conference today to draw attention to an upcoming hearing on a re-licensing application by a tritium light manufacturer, Shield Source Inc. (SSI) of Peterborough, Ontario, and the CNSC’s refusal to bring tritium release standards up to date.

“Canadian allowable limits for...

Jeudi, March 29, 2012 - 16:06   |   Ecosystems, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Toxics, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy

OTTAWA- Canadians are less able to protect our water, air and land because of changes to environmental law outlined in today’s federal budget.

The key change, essentially speeding up environmental reviews of mega-projects, will greatly hurt the public's ability to participate in future processes.

“Environmental assessments need to be thorough, consultative and science-based.” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Creating hard-time limits and rushing the process compromises all these things.”

The changes will result in weaker environmental assessments and projects being approved without a full understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts they will have.


Mercredi, March 28, 2012 - 09:33   |   Water, Great Lakes

The Study has found a previously unrecognized 5.8% increase in the outflow from Lake Huron into the St. Clair River - equivalent to three times the amount of the Chicago diversion. Surely the IJC will recognize this as a breach of the Boundary Waters Treaty, the reason the IJC was formed in 1909. Analyzing the revised St. Clair River flow data provided by the Study Board, Sierra Club Ontario determined that 200cm/s flow was missing. That missing amount resulted in incorrect calculations and conclusions. In fact, the 5.8% increased flow in the St. Clair River is probably 10%. Lakes Michigan/Huron/Georgian Bay water levels have hovered near record lows for an unprecedented 13 years while Lakes St. Clair and Erie have been rising.


Mercredi, March 28, 2012 - 09:16   |   aucun

MEDIA ADVISORY - John Bennett, Executive Director, Sierra Club Canada will be available for comment on any changes made to the Fisheries Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Species at Risk Act or other actions in the federal budget impacting environmental regulation or programs.

When: After federal budget presentation: Thursday, March 29th 2012 at 4:00 pm or when the minister’s speech begins.

Where: Railroad Room

For More Information Contact:
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
Twitter: @JohnBennett

Vendredi, March 16, 2012 - 20:16   |   Ecosystems, Renewable Energy, Atmosphere & Energy, Transition to Sustainable Economy

Media Release, March 16, 2012

VANCOUVER— The Government of Canada’s endorsement of the Lower Churchill Generation Project is unlawful and will be challenged in the Federal Court, environmental groups said today.

Grand Riverkeeper Labrador Inc. and Sierra Club Canada — represented by Ecojustice lawyers — filed a judicial review application with the Federal Court in December, on grounds that the joint review panel’s environmental assessment was unlawful,...

Mardi, March 13, 2012 - 16:34   |   aucun

OTTAWA -The federal government handed industry everything it wanted with its report on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act which, if implemented, will deprive Canadians of their democratic right to participate in decisions affecting them and their children. The report was issued by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development after holding a series of hurried hearings last year.

“I was given only a few days’ notice to testify,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra...

Jeudi, March 1, 2012 - 14:47   |   Forests, Forests and Biodiversity, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy

OTTAWA – Sierra Club Canada has joined with local Wakefield residents, Gatineau Park protectors, and large and small environmental groups in a call on Premier Jean Charest to temporarily halt construction of the A5 highway extension project near Wakefield village. At stake are 88 acres of old growth forest and the drinking water of thousands of people.

"The cumulative negative impacts of roads on species and ecosystem integrity are evident across the country, and it is the job of government to ensure every action is taken to minimize such impacts," said John Bennett, Executive Director. "It would appear this did not happen in the Wakefield case," he said.

Apart from two very short online public comment periods, there has been no active effort by...

Mercredi, February 29, 2012 - 23:22   |   Ecosystems, Energy Onslaught, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Toxics, Government, Pesticides, Nuclear-Free Canada, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy

MEDIA RELEASE, Feb. 29, 2012

VANCOUVER, BC and OTTAWA, ON (February 29, 2012) – Today over 40 groups, from internationally-known organizations like Council of Canadians and Greenpeace, to local citizens’ groups like Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, have endorsed a statement confirming their support for strong federal environmental laws that protect our national values.

The groups warn that they will not stand by if the federal government moves to short-circuit environmental reviews for projects like the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil tankers and pipeline project, and they have rallied behind a statement of 10 principles they say form the basis of environmental assessment for a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada.


Mercredi, February 22, 2012 - 16:44   |   aucun

Club collects 3000 signatures in 4 days opposing the wolf slaughter advocated in federal government caribou ‘recovery’ plan

OTTAWA – Today Sierra Club Canada formally submitted a response to the federal government’s proposed "Woodland Caribou Recovery Plan" on behalf of almost 2700 Canadian "radicals" and 300 "foreigners".

"Woodland Caribou are declining as a result of habitat loss and disruption. Period. Killing wolves is not the solution to their recovery," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “There is no scientific evidence that slaughtering wolves will help the caribou population recover. The federal plan must be withdrawn and...

Vendredi, February 3, 2012 - 18:12   |   Forests and Biodiversity, Protecting Biodiversity

Commenting, "I have a court room full of people, there is a significant issue going on here,” Court of Queen’s Bench Justice, Rosemary Nation, concluded that there should be court time scheduled to expeditiously hear all the arguments regarding the closure of the Castle Special Management Area to public use in order to allow clear-cut logging and the area residents that blocked the logging equipment from starting.   “This is a highly contentious matter.”

Both the lawyers for four of the five residents named on the January 30th Court Order and for Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) agreed that they would like the case heard on...

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