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2011-05-20   |   View this publication   |   Ecosystems, Ontario Chapter, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Great Lakes, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity
Karl Schiefer, a consulting Aquatic Biologist, gave this presentation "Great Lakes Ecosystems: Do We Value Them?" at our Port Huron event. Schiefer gives a brief history of human uses and impacts on the Great Lakes with a focus on Huron/Georgian Bay. Schiefer says our European value system (an anthorpocentric world-view with an emphasis on advanced technology) dominates our management of the Great Lakes. This has a huge impact on the environment as compared to the First Nations that coexisted with the resource for millenium without depleting it. Schiefer calls on us to rethink our proposed solutions to Great Lakes problems: "We have this incredible faith that our technology, which created almost all the problems that I outlined, can itself be the solution to those problems."
2011-05-20   |   View this publication   |   Ecosystems, Ontario Chapter, Water, Government, Great Lakes
Recently retired as a Program Director for the Great Lakes Commission after 8 years of service, Roger Gauthier gave this terrific presentation at our Great Lakes Symposium (April 8, 2011 in Port Huron, Michigan). The title of the presentation is: Great Lakes Levels and Flows. The material included is wholistic as to patterns & influences on the Great Lakes water levels. Gauthier's conclusions are hard-hitting: the sustained low lake levels in lakes Michigan, Huron & Georgian Bay are neither natural nor inevitable. And the choice to keep these lakes low is having negative economic and environmental effects.
2011-04-29   |   View this publication   |   Atlantic Chapter, General - No issue selected
Here are links to the answers we received from Candidates in Atlantic Canadian Ridings to our Election Questionnaire. If you are not sure of which Riding you are in, please go to Elections Canada's website to find out!     New Brunswick Conservative - No response Green NDP Liberal Newfoundland and Labrador Conservative - No response Green NDP Liberal - No response Nova Scotia Conservative Green NDP Liberal - No repsonse Prince Edward Island Conservative - No response Green NDP Liberal - No response If you want to see all of the answers we received from the Candidates in one spot, please go to this link.
2011-04-21   |   View this publication   |   aucun
2011-04-20   |   View this publication   |   Trade and Environment
By Janet M Eaton The following announcement that Julia Gillard's Australian government has rejected investor-State dispute settlement in trade agreements [1] is good news for those  who care about good government, democratic legislation and process, fairness, poverty reduction, the environment, and the planet not to mention a sustainable economy. For indeed the  investor state mechanism in Free Trade Agreements [FTAs] has been widely discredited on many fronts.  [For more on Investor state, sometimes referred to as investor privileges, see here.
2011-04-05   |   View this publication   |   Atlantic Chapter, Atmosphere & Energy
Edited transcript of Tony Reddin's submission to the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on behalf of Environmental Coalition of Prince Edward Island (ECO-PEI) on Thursday, March 2, 2011The main issues raised in Mr. Reddin's submission: 1) using less energy from all sources is a critical part of avoiding more economical and climate catastrophes; 2) young people must be included in these strategy planning discussions and decisions; 3) farming without fossil fuels is a challenge that must be faced; 4) Canadian trade and energy agreements must be negotiated to serve Canadians instead of corporations, and 5) nuclear power is unnecessary, unsafe and uneconomical. Agenda:
2011-03-31   |   View this publication   |   Atlantic Chapter
Save Our Seas and Shores Coalition, Sierra Club Atlantic, and Ecology Action Centre do not recognize the authority of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (CNLOPB) to assess and approve oil and gas exploration and development in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
2011-03-21   |   View this publication   |   aucun
Petition to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in Nova Scotia      To: Darrell Dexter, Premier of Nova Scotia • Whereas Petroworth Resources Inc. has indicated that it intends to drill for oil along  a seismic line between Lake Ainslie and Mull River in the ‘Ainslie Block’  that extends from St. Rose to Port Hood and east to Whycocomagh in Inverness County, and   • Whereas this exploration may lead to the discovery of shale gas (i.e. natural gas obtained from underground shale formations) as well as oil, and   • Whereas Petroworth Resources Inc has used the technology known as hydraulic fracturing (hereafter referred to as fracking) in the extraction of shale gas in New Brunswick and has not ruled out its utilization in the Ainslie Block, and   • Whereas fracking involves injecting, under very high pressure, millions of litres of water, sand and   proprietary chemicals  into a large number of underground rock formations, and    • Whereas some of these chemicals can lead to serious health problems, ranging from eye and respiratory disorders to cancer, and     • Whereas fracking in other parts of North America has already resulted in the contamination of underground sources of drinking water and other environmental concerns,   • Whereas other rural communities across North America have reacted to these threats to drinking water and human health by demanding an outright ban on the use of fracking,    • We the undersigned, in the interests of all residents of Nova Scotia, demand a province- wide ban on the use of fracking as described above. (DOWNLOAD THE PETITION BELOW TO GATHER SIGNATURES)              
2011-03-21   |   View this publication   |   aucun
The Sandpiper is the quarterly newsletter for the Atlantic Canada Chapter of Sierra Club Canada. We hope you enjoy the Spring 2012 issue!   Open publication - Free publishing

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