Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Friday, July 25, 2003

Vancouver — On July 25th, 17 youth from Canada are setting off on a 3000 kilometer journey to Mexico for the 5th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization. Organized by the Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC), the youth-run arm of the Sierra Club of Canada, the educational bike brigade, better known as the Deconstructing Dinner Caravan, will lead workshops and engage with community groups in rural towns and urban centers along the Pacific Coast. Their goal is to raise awareness and engage communities around the issue of trade, the environment and agriculture.

“The livelihoods of millions of people in rural communities are at risk because of the global trade regime’s promotion of unsustainable agricultural practices,” says...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Thursday, July 24, 2003   |   Toxic Sludge

Middle River, Cape Breton – The Sierra Club of Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter, today called on the three (provincial) political parties to do more to protect rural water supplies. The situation in Middle River is an all too familiar story to Nova Scotia environmentalists.

“Across the province we have seen increased problems in water quality from increased clear-cutting in watersheds, to lax management of dumps, sewage and other contaminants,” said Elizabeth May, Executive Director of Sierra Club of Canada. “When Lillian MacLeod phoned me with her concerns it was all too familiar.”

Lillian MacLeod lives downstream and down hill from the sewage pits in Middle River, Cape Breton. The septage dumping company...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Friday, July 18, 2003   |   Pesticide Awareness, Toxics Awareness and Education

Ottawa - The Sierra Club of Canada today released a report on an investigation of a complaint by an Ottawa woman that she and her child had been exposed to arsenic and chromium from a CCA (Chromated Copper Arsenate) wood in their newly constructed deck.

Samples of the wood, pooled water on the deck, and sap that had oozed from the deck showed high levels of arsenic and chromium.

Wood tested by Environment Canada, a piece of jack pine, came from a pile of scrap under the deck It showed results that were within normal ranges. However, the pooled water on the deck and samples of the spruce from which the deck surface is...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Tuesday, July 8, 2003   |   aucun

OTTAWA – Canadian youth cycling from Vancouver to Cancun for the 5th Ministerial of the WTO will likely not receive official accreditation because of ‘technical barriers’ to public participation. Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) has received notification from the WTO that their application for accreditation will be denied for failing to meet requirements which were not communicated in advance by the WTO.

“How can we comply with rules that are not communicated to us?” asked Lindsay Telfer, National Coordinator of the Sierra Youth Coalition, referring to the alleged failure by SYC to provide photographs on the proper paper. “This experience has left us feeling like many developing nations feel in the WTO negotiating process - not...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Monday, July 7, 2003   |   Pesticide Awareness

Hamiltonians will soon have to contest with pesticides in the air, in the water and in their bodies warned the Sierra Club of Canada today. Failing to learn from other cities’ mistakes, the City of Hamilton’s councillors have recently voted in favour of fogging the city with malathion to kill the adult mosquito. The timing of the fogging is now at the discretion of the Medical Officer of Health who will give the community 48 hours notice prior to the start of any spraying.

Malathion is mutagenic, carcinogenic, has been implicated in vision loss, kidney damage, lung damage shown to cause DNA abnormalities, and has been linked to child leukemia, aplastic anemia and adult leukopenia. Leukemia is the greatest killer of children in Canada....

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Wednesday, June 25, 2003   |   aucun


English Version

Ottawa – Le Sierra Club du Canada, une organisation environnementale indépendante, a publié aujourd’hui même son onzième Rapport annuel sur les obligations internationales (ROI). Au départ, ce bulletin de notes découlait du Projet Rio Watch lancé après le Sommet de la terre de 1992 à Rio de Janeiro. Cette année, le bulletin de notes a été mis à jour et renommé Rapport sur les obligations internationales (ROI). Les recherches et données utilisées pour ce bulletin de notes ont été compilées en conjonction avec trente autres organisations non gouvernementales.

« Nous sommes reconnus comme étant sévères et cette année nous n’avons pas fait exception », de souligner la directrice...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Wednesday, June 25, 2003   |   aucun

Version Française

Ottawa – The Sierra Club of Canada, an independent environmental organization, today released its eleventh annual RIO Report Card. The Report Card was initially a product of the Rio Watch Project launched after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. In this year, the RIO Report Card was updated and renamed the Report on International Obligations (RIO). The research and data used for the report was gathered in conjunction with thirty other non-government organizations.

“We have been known as tough graders, and this year was no exception,” noted Executive Director Elizabeth May. “But in a year when...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Monday, June 16, 2003   |   Nuclear Subsidies

Ottawa — The federal Cabinet is expected to decide by Wednesday June 18 on whether to provide multi-billion-dollar government subsidies for the possible construction of a $19 billion (CDN) experimental fusion reactor at the Darlington Nuclear Station, in Clarington, Ontario. The reactor is known as ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor).

The international bidding process is underway to determine which country will host the reactor. Current partners include the European Union, Japan, the Russian Federation, United States, China and Canada. The Canadian project organizer, ITER Canada, is competing against three other bids from Japan, Spain, and France. If the whole project does not collapse, a final sitting decision may take...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Tuesday, June 3, 2003   |   Nuclear Phaseout

The Ontario government of Ernie Eves announced late on Friday May 30 the start of a much- delayed review on the refurbishment of the Pickering “A” Nuclear Generating Station. Restart of the problem-plagued nuclear station is now over three years behind schedule, and the cost has escalated from $800 million to an estimated final completion cost of almost $2.5 billion — three times the original estimate. Pickering has already been re-built once at cost of $1 billion after a disastrous accident in 1983. Ontario ratepayers are now paying a third time for this lemon nuclear plant. The station is the only commercial nuclear plant in Canada without two emergency shutdown systems.

Sierra Club of Canada has condemned the review as a...

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

Sierra Club of Canada Presents Philip Glass and Friends
The SOSS Concert during Bluesfest

Concert Date: July 5, 2003, 10 p.m.
Venue: National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
Artists: Philip Glass, The McGarrigle Sisters, Rita MacNeil, and others
Tickets: NAC Box Office, Ticket Master, from June 6th onward. VIP...

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