Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Friday, February 28, 2003   |   Protecting Marine Areas from the Threat of Oil and Gas Development

Ottawa – Sierra Club of Canada reacted strongly today to federal Natural Resources Minister Herb Dhaliwal’s lobbying the cabinet committee for economic union to lift the 30-year-old moratorium on oil and gas development off British Columbia’s west coast.

“The moratorium was put in place because of the serious environmental concerns,” said Tom Lester, Executive Director of the BC Chapter. “Those concerns are as valid now as they were then.”

Seismic testing—used in oil and gas exploration—can kill fish as well as disrupt the migratory patterns of both fish and marine mammals. Exploratory drilling can also lead to blowouts, and the commercial drilling muds used by the industry are...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Thursday, February 27, 2003   |   Forests and Biodiversity, National Forest Strategy

Ottawa – Today the Sierra Club of Canada released its review of the Ministry of Natural Resource’s (MNR) State of the Forest Report, entitled: The State of Ontario’s Forests: A Cause for Concern.

“Things in the woods aren’t looking so good,” remarked the Sierra Club of Canada’s Executive Director, Elizabeth May “and recognizing this comes at a crucial time, as the fate of our forests is currently being determined through the Timber EA process.” The Timber Class Environmental Assessment Act (Timber EA) is a set of legally binding rules for forest management on public land that is...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Wednesday, February 12, 2003   |   Biotechnology

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(OTTAWA) The Sierra Club of Canada today asked Canadians to make ecological and compassionate choices as they prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Citing excess pesticide use and exposure, the use of genetically altered ingredients and the use of child labour, the group launched a public education guide for lovers and others on healthy, ethical, and ecologically sound alternatives to heavily sprayed cut flowers and chocolate.

"Public awareness is essential. It’s ironic how much suffering the choice of flowers and chocolate we buy can cause when an informed decision could make such a difference," said Andrea Peart, Food...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Wednesday, February 12, 2003   |   Biotechnology


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(OTTAWA) Le Sierra Club du Canada a demandé à la population canadienne, aujourd’hui même, de faire des choix écologiques et humains alors qu’elle s’apprête à fêter la St-Valentin. Citant l’utilisation excessive des pesticides, sans compter l’exposition à ces produits, l’utilisation d’ingrédients modifiés génétiquement et le recours au travail des enfants, le groupe a lancé un manuel d’éducation populaire pour les amoureux et toute autre personne intéressée à des alternatives éthiques et écologiquement saines au chocolat et aux fleurs coupées imprégnées de pesticides.

« La sensibilisation publique est essentielle. Il est ironique de constater combien de souffrances les fleurs et les chocolats que...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Wednesday, February 12, 2003   |   Forests and Biodiversity

(Queens Park) Forests for Tomorrow (FFT), a coalition of leading environmental organizations, today released a legal “letter of opinion” regarding serious alleged violations of forestry laws by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). The MNR is poised to receive a renewal of the Environmental Assessment (EA) approval allowing them to conduct forestry activities on 385,000 square kilometres of public Crown Land. The Minister of the Environment will soon be making his decision on the conditions of this renewal.

The legal opinion finds that a continuing pattern of MNR violations of its forest management obligations observed by FFT groups leaves the Minster exposed to “Contempt of Court” proceedings. The opinion also finds that there...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Thursday, January 30, 2003   |   Challenging Unsustainable Aquaculture

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OTTAWA—Le Sierra Club du Canada et sa section de la C.-B. ont publié, ce jour même, un rapport d’importance demandant une révision complète du mandat et de la politique de Pêches et Océans Canada pour ce qui est du saumon sauvage de la côte ouest.

Le rapport propose une réaffirmation de l’autorité constitutionnelle du gouvernement fédéral sur les passes de saumon de la côte ouest. Il vise aussi à tenter de mettre fin à l’impasse de trois ans qui a sérieusement miné les efforts du ministère des Pêches pour conserver le saumon et a causé des divisions profondes au sein de la population de la Colombie-Britannique.

« La négligence d’Ottawa...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Thursday, January 30, 2003   |   Challenging Unsustainable Aquaculture

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OTTAWA—Today Sierra Club of Canada and its B.C. Chapter released a major report calling for a complete overhaul of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s wild salmon mandate and policy on Canada’s West coast.

The report proposes a major rededication of the federal government’s constitutional authority over west coast salmon runs. It also aims to help break a three-year deadlock that has both severely hampered the fisheries department’s efforts to conserve salmon and fostered deep divisions among British Columbians.

"Ottawa’s neglect of the situation is eroding public confidence in the federal government’s concern for...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Thursday, January 30, 2003   |   Green Budget Coalition

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OTTAWA – The Sierra Club of Canada today questioned the direction and decision making ability of the federal Agriculture department as it is poised to spend billions of dollars on a series of new initiatives. Federal Minister of Agriculture Lyle Vanclief today launched the Agricultural Policy Framework, a federal-provincial funding and policy partnership that is intended to guide Canada’s agricultural industry for the 21st century. The Sierra Club of Canada, however, pointed out that the 5.2 billion dollar investment is misallocated, and will ultimately result in weakening Canadian farmers’ position globally.

The Agricultural Policy Framework will spend 264.5...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Monday, January 13, 2003   |   Sustainable Fisheries, Mussel / Shrimp / Salmon Aquaculture

Ottawa – The Sierra Club of Canada will be in Federal Court on Monday, January 13, 2003, to challenge the issuance of a permit allowing an intensive mussel operation to proceed in St. Anns Harbour on Cape Breton Island. The federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans granted the permit under the Navigable Water Protection Act. Lawyers for the Sierra Club of Canada, Michelle Higgins and Jacqueline Scott of the firm Patterson Palmer, will argue that the permit was granted in contravention of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

“As a resident of the St.Anns Harbour area and a Sierra Club of Canada member, I have been very concerned about the serious ecological damage this project could do to our relatively small enclosed harbour,”said Jack...

Lundi, December 1, 2003 - 01:00   |   Tuesday, March 18, 2003   |   Sydney Tar Ponds

(Sydney, N.S.) – The Sierra Club of Canada today announced it would deliver a petition with over 3,000 signatures from local residents to the Honorable David Anderson, Federal Minister of Environment. The petition requests a full panel environmental assessment be initiated to examine the full scope of the contamination and examine safe and effective remediation options.

Federal law requires that federally funded projects be subjected to an environmental assessment process. “A project cleaning up Canada’s worst hazardous waste in the middle of a city deserves the highest level of assessment” Elizabeth May, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada, said today. “The significant public concern our petition demonstrates...

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