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February 2004


NATIONAL OFFICE

SCC Website

Sierra Club of Canada's new website went live in early February at www.sierraclub.ca. We have a new look, and even better information about our work. Our new online membership and donations forms will be operational by the end of the month and will make it even easier to renew, join, or make a donation. Our take action pages inform you about how to make a difference about issues important to you. Visit us online soon!



Privacy Policy

Our new Privacy Policy has benn posted on our website, www.sierraclub.ca, and is also available upon request from our Privacy Officer at privacy@sierraclub.ca. This policy is in compliance with the new federal Privacy Act, effective January 1, 2004. We want our supporters to know we value your privacy and your confidence in us.



Conference Announcement

People and the Planet: Changing Values for a Sustainable Future
May 14 2004 to May 16 2004
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta

On the 10th Anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, in June 2002, the Sierra Club of Canada held a conference to address the state of our natural and human environments. By popular demand, Sierra Club of Canada will host the second People and the Planet conference in Calgary, Alberta, from May 14-16, 2004. Speakers include Naomi Klein, Maude Barlow, David Orten, Andrew Nikiforuk, Ken Wiwa,  Elizabeth May, Jerry Mander, and many others.

Topics examined will include climate change, water, biodiversity, food safety and sustainable agriculture, faith, social justice, and many more.

Contact: Angela Rickman, email: peopleandtheplanet@ca.inter.net,
1-888-810-4204 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION PACKAGES AVAILABLE UNTIL MARCH 15, 2004



Making Change, Making A Difference
July 4 - 7
Elizabeth May, Tzeporah Berman, Karen Mahon, David Schulman
CO SPONSORED BY THE HOLLYHOCK LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Using real grassroots examples the workshop leaders illustrate the many ways it is possible to engage in and change the issues that effect our lives. www.hollyhockleadership.org



The Air We Breathe & the Water We Drink, Strategies & Inspiration for the Earth.
July 8 - 11
Tzeporah Berman, David Boyd & Elizabeth May
CO SPONSORED BY THE HOLLYHOCK LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Three of Canada's modern day leaders share inspiring stories of how individuals and communities have turned the tide and created successful models of environmental protection. www.hollyhockleadership.org


 
The Sierra Club of Canada Population Policy can be viewed on our
website: www.sierraclub.ca/national/programs/
sustainable-economy/international/

The Response to Sierra Club US Elections can be viewed here



Protecting Biodiversity

Forests

FSC National Boreal Standard

A major project that Sierra Club of Canada has been involved in reached completion in December, when Forest Stewardship Council Canada voted unanimously to recommend the draft National Boreal Standard for approval by FSC International.  SCC National Conservation Director Martin von Mirbach chaired FSC's Boreal Coordinating Committee that developed the standard over the past two years.  The resulting standard promises to significantly change the way forestry is practiced in Canada's boreal forest, with a focus on practices that help to ensure that the key ecological characteristics are retained, as well as stringent requirements pertaining to Aboriginal rights.
http://www.sierraclub.ca/national//programs/biodiversity/forests/
The standard can be accessed at http://www.fsccanada.org/boreal/index.shtml



New Brunswick forests and economy threatened by forest industry proposal

Canada's leading conservation organizations are asking New Brunswick legislators to reject a proposal to drastically increase logging rates and weaken environmental protection measures in New Brunswick's public forests.
http://www.sierraclub.ca/national/media/



Health and Environment

The Sierra Club of Canada intervened in the Monsanto vs. Percy Schmeiser case, please see the Sierra Club of Canada's fact sheet on the case and a speech from Percy at
www.sierraclub.ca/national/postings/gmo-on-trial.html  and at www.sierraclub.ca/national/postings/
gmo-on-trial-factsheet.html




Atmosphere and Energy

Phasing out coal in Ontario and regulations in 2004 will help Martin make Kyoto

On the first anniversary of Canada`s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the Sierra Club of Canada released its first annual report card on Canada's progress in implementing Kyoto.  Our message to Prime Minister Martin : Fix the Chrétien Kyoto Plan in 2004 and Canada can meet its target. The full report is available at :
www.sierraclub.ca/national/postings/
scc-kyoto-report-card-2003.pdf




MACKENZIE PIPELINE LITMUS TEST FOR PRIME MINISTER MARTIN

The Sierra Club of Canada along with Canadian Nature Federation and Canadian Arctic Resources Committee held a press conference on January 15th to tell Prime Minister Martin the environmental assessment of the $5 billion proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline is a litmus text for Paul Martin’s commitment to the environment The Sierra Club of Canada is ramping up a campaign for 2004 to raise awareness among Canadian on the threat the Mackenzie Pipelines poses to the ecology of the North. For more information on the environmental effects of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline, please see : /www.sierraclub.ca/national/media/



Nuclear Free Canada

A SCC Victory! - Government drops out of Fusion Fiasco

We have reason to celebrate.  On December 8th, Canada formally withdrew its bid to build the ITER reactor at the Darlington nuclear station in Clarington, Ontario. Canada also withdrew from participant status. "Congratulations to the Canadian government for refusing to waste billions of tax dollars on the ITER fusion reactor" said David H. Martin, Policy Advisor for the Sierra Club of Canada. Many thanks to all the Sierra Club of Canada members who wrote and called their MPs to encourage them to say no to ITER.  We won!
 


CHAPTERS


ATLANTIC CANADA CHAPTER

Seismic Testing
Bruno Marcocchio

The seismic testing in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence was conducted over the Christmas holidays despite opposition from DFO and independent scientists, the SOSS coalition, and the PEI and NB governments. The SOSS coalition will continue to oppose oil and gas development in the near shore and will press for the dismantling of the unelected and unaccountable Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Development Board (CNSOPB) and a permanent ban on near shore oil development.
http://www.atlantic.sierraclub.ca/camp_oilgas.htm



Hog Farming
Denis Belliveau

Citizens of Sainte-Marie-de-Kent in New Brunswick, after four years, are still embroiled in the Courts fighting factory farms. Citizens are seeking their right to Information that would protect their health and quality of life against the mutual agenda of governments and corporations, which are attempting to spread factory farming to every corner of this country.  Recently, the industry in New Brunswick reported that, in the last six years, one hundred and sixty one small hog farms have been put out of business.  This is clearly a result of the industry's policy to lose money on production and profit on processing. http://www.atlantic.sierraclub.ca/camp_hogs.htm



Environmental Education
Jen Grant, Education Program Coordinator

This year Sierra Club of Canada, Atlantic Canada Chapter (SCC-ACC) will offer Environmental Education Programs to over 2,000 youth in the Maritime Provinces. The goal of the education program is to develop and deliver environmental school programs that increase youths’ awareness, understanding and appreciation of the ecological processes and environmental issues of the Atlantic region, and to encourage environmental stewardship actions.  The SCC-ACC has had an overwhelming response to these FREE, hands-on, interactive programs. Building on the success of the BC Chapter’s programs, SCC-ACC has an opportunity to share resources and increase environmental literacy and stewardship skills from coast to coast. http://www.atlantic.sierraclub.ca/education.htm



BRITISH COLUMBIA CHAPTER

JOB POSTING

Position Title: Forest Campaigner
Deadline: All applications must be received by Thursday, February 12, 2004 at 4:30pm. http://www.bc.sierraclub.ca/bc/getinvolved/employment.html

DFO Rockfish Consultations: Déja Vu All Over Again Jan 26, 2004

( Victoria , B.C.)—After retreating from its promises for rockfish conservation in 2002, Canada ’s federal fisheries ministry is once again asking the B.C. public how it should manage rockfish and lingcod in the Strait of Georgia and coast wide. However, scientists and conservationists are still insisting that rockfish and lingcod fisheries in the Strait should not proceed until their sustainability can be proven. http://www.bc.sierraclub.ca/bc/media/item.shtml?x=517

Diverse Interests Reach Consensus on Land-use Recommendations for B.C.’s Central Coast Jan 12, 2004

(Vancouver, BC)—The Central Coast Land and Resource Management Planning
(CCLRMP) table, consisting of representatives from communities, labour, environmental groups, tourism, forest companies and recreation interests, has reached an unprecedented consensus on land-use recommendations for B.C.’s Central Coast .
http://www.bc.sierraclub.ca/bc/media/item.shtml?x=516



EASTERN CANADA CHAPTER

EVENTS

DISCUSSION GROUP/BOOK CLUB - "SILENT SPRING" BY RACHEL CARSON
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH 2004

Come one, come all to an open discussion with other environmentally minded people about the issues raised in the legendary book "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson.  ("The cornerstone of the new environmentalism ... well crafted, fearless, and succinct.") Wednesday February 4th 2004
Location: Room TBA, Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto
Time:  7:00-9:00 pm

FOREST AND WILDERNESS COMMITTEE MEETING
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH

Learn how T.O. can prevent the disappearance of old growth boreal forest. Thursday, February 5, 2004
Location: Chapter Office – 24 Mercer Street, Toronto
Time: 6:00pm
Contact: Jamie Kirkpatrick - Chapter Coordinator ph 416-960-9606 
email: easterncanadachapter@sierraclub.ca


4TH ANNUAL WINTER OUTING “BON KANAH OF THE ALGONQUIN”
Thursday March 4 - Sunday March 7, 2004

Dog Sledding, Snowshoeing, wildlife tracking, and cross-country skiing at Algonquin Park TRIP IS SOLD OUT, BUT WE ARE TAKING NAMES FOR A WAITING LIST IN CASE OF CANCELLATIONS. For full details please see http://eastern.sierraclub.ca/outings.asp

Keep track of the Eastern Canada Chapter’s Events by visiting:
www.sierraclub.ca/eastern/events.asp OR subscribe to ECAN News! 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

VOLUNTEER WITH SEED!

The Sierra Environmental Education Discovery Project is looking for new enthusiastic volunteers to work with community agencies in organizing and conducting environmental education outings for children ages 8-13.
Please contact seedproject@hotmail.com for further information.

CAR FREE DAY 2004

Car Free Day 2004 will continue to build on these successes and we hope you will join us as we take the next steps towards a sustainable future.

Visit  http://www.carfreeday.ca/
For more info email: dylan@carfreeday.ca
 


SIERRA YOUTH COALITION/COALITION JEUNESSE SIERRA

NEW Sustainable Campuses Success Stories Database

The Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC), together with the Youth Environment Network (YEN), will be compiling a database and campus sustainability initiatives. This database will be up and running soon, so stay tuned and start thinking about a success story that you would like to submit. The database will serve a number of purposes. It will: ·Allow for documentation of existing projects and completed projects; ·Disseminate and publish campuses' best practices and success stories; ·Provide other sustainable campus groups with successful models to learn from; ·Contribute to and build on the Greening the Ivory Tower Project Toolkit. For more information contact Julia Ostertag at info@syc-cjs.org



SYC AT MACKENZIE VALLEY PIPELINE CONSULTATIONS

SYC Executive Committee member Triane Tambay attended the consultations regarding the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline.  Triane was a vocal and oppositional participant in Imperial Oil’s consultations, which took place in Yellowknife during December 2003.  For more information now@riseup.net or lindsay@syc-cjs.org



SYC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN!!   

It's that time of year again!  We are looking for interested, committed, and crazy youth to become part of the SYC’s 2004-2005 Executive Committee!  Please spread this around to any Canadian youth - 26 and under or students of any age - that you think might be interested in running for the SYC Executive Committee.  We have a big transition ahead of us and will be electing for 7 open positions!  Nominations close Friday February 13, so get your name in there!  For more info contact lindsay@syc-cjs.org



GROUPS

Victoria Group

The Victoria Group is presenting three Community Nights this year:

Fair Pay for the Use of the Commons

On November 25, 2003, Jeff Smith, President of the Geonomics Society spoke on how natural resources can and should provide an income for everyone, and how proper pricing and security deposits from resource exploiters will help ensure environmental stewardship.

The Ancient Forests of Vancouver Island

On January 22, Ingmar Lee showed a movie he made of East Creek, one of the last remaining intact watersheds on Vancouver Island talked about his recent European tour to raise awareness of the threats to one of our last gems.

First People - Last Wild Horses - The Xeni Gwet'in - Guardians of the Tsilhqot'in On Saturday,

February 21, we and the Friends of the Nemaiah Valley are co-hosting an evening of Tsilhqot'in culture with Native Leaders, Wayne McCrory, and David Suzuki. For more information please visit: http://www.bc.sierraclub.ca/bc/localgroups/victoria.html




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