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

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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 - 00:00   |   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 - 00:00   |   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 - 00:00   |   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...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 00:00   |   Tuesday, May 13, 2003   |   Biotechnology

Ottawa — The Sierra Club of Canada today voiced its outrage at the Canadian government’s decision to support the United States’ challenge of the European Union’s moratorium on the import of genetically engineered (GE) foods.   

”This action is inconsistent with the values held by Canadians, and undermines the democratic authority of the European Union” said Andrea Peart, Health and Environment campaigner for the Sierra Club of Canada.

In many European countries, consumers have demanded proof that genetically modified foods are safe to eat, and that their cultivation will not hurt the environment or farm profitability. In absence of any such proof, citizens have lobbied for limits on importing...

Mardi, December 2, 2003 - 00:00   |   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 - 00:00   |   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 - 00:00   |   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 - 00:00   |   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 - 00:00   |   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...

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