Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Friday, May 2, 2003   |   Sydney Tar Ponds

Ottawa – Today, Sierra Club of Canada Executive Director, Elizabeth May, presented the signatures of over 3,100 Sydney residents to local Member of Parliament, Mark Eyking. The petitions, directed to federal Minister of Environment David Anderson, call for a full panel review under the federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to review the proposed clean-up plans for the Coke Ovens Site and toxic Sydney Tar Ponds.

“While the workbook process sponsored by JAG has increased public awareness, it was not the same as a full and open hearing process allowing all members of the community, and a panel of experts, to independently assess the recommendations of the consultants hired by JAG,”said Elizabeth May.

The group...

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

Toronto – The sewage sludge trucks that annually spread 75,000 wet tonnes of Toronto’s sewer solids may pose a risk of spreading SARS; a risk that is being explored by staff at the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Scientists have made progress in isolating and identifying the virus that causes SARS. It has been found in the sputum, feces, urine, and blood of affected patients. While little is known about the SARS virus survival time in a sewage matrix, scientists have determined that the virus can survive on surfaces for much longer than other kinds of coronavirus. Viruses survive well in cool wet dark environments, and can be transported in groundwater according to reports by Ottawa University microbiologists who studied sewage sludge from...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Thursday, March 20, 2003   |   Intensive Livestock Operations

Ottawa — The Sierra Club of Canada today asked the Ontario Government to withdraw the proposed Nutrient Management Act. Citing the judge’s decision in the Sarsfield Intensive Livestock Operation trial yesterday, the group urged the Ontario government to start writing legislation that reflects the wants of the citizens of Ontario.

Albert Roy, the judge in the Sarsfield decision is bound to interpret laws but in absence of any provincial environmental legislation, the judge had little choice but to grant the permit. The permit allows a 750 hog operation within the city of Ottawa, but the 750 hog cap is only a short-term reality. The barn built by hog factory promoters Mario Cote and Luc LaFontaine can hold as many as 3 000 breeder sows....

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Monday, March 17, 2003   |   Forests and Biodiversity

Ottawa — The recent decision by the Ministry of Environment (MoE) on the revision of the Environmental Assessment Act for timber management strengthens industry’s grip on public forests, asserts the Sierra Club of Canada.

The MoE accepted proposals for revision put forward by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) that, in effect, weaken the MNR’s accountability to the public. The MoE accepted the MNR’s suggestion to scrap the mandatory public review of compliance under the Timber Class Environmental Assessment Act (Timber EA), opting instead for a clause that allows for perpetual renewal of the Timber EA approval. They also agreed to eliminate the upper limit on clearcut sizes and relieved the MNR of obligations for creating roadless...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 01:00   |   Wednesday, March 5, 2003   |   Sydney Tar Ponds

(Sydney)—-The Sierra Club of Canada reacted with disappointment today to the proposed remediation options for the clean up of the Sysco property in Sydney, Nova Scotia, brought forward February 24 by CBCL, consultants for the JAG process. After taking time to have a technical review of the CBCL proposals, Sierra Club of Canadaís local members and national organization found the CBCL approach unacceptable.

“A seven-year process has resulted in options that are ineffective and unsafe. The promised safe, effective, socially responsible alternatives have been ignored in favour of dangerous unacceptable solutions the community has already rejected,” was the organizationís conclusion.

The group criticized the plan for failing...

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

Version Française

(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


English Version

(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...

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