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SCC Green Gazette

June 2004

Sierra Club of Canada's monthly news update
from the National Office, Chapters and Groups

National Office
Atlantic Canada Chapter
Ontario Chapter
Prairie Chapter

BC Chapter
Sierra Youth Coalition



Grassroots Recruitment Incentive Program…

An annual contest to build Sierra Club of Canada membership.


Your group and chapter’s membership numbers will be confirmed as of May 31st.

The rest is up to you….the groups and chapter that gain the most new members by November 1, 2004, or Youth Coalition memberships nationally, will win cash prizes…..

Sierra Club of Canada will award $2000 to the group and $1000 to the chapter within which group is located for the most members gained.

Election 2004

SCC will once again hold the election eco-Olympics. The 2000 Eco-Olympics can be viewed on our website at:

We need your help! In order to cover as many potential members of parliament across the country we need you to look at the candidate list for the ridings in your area and give us an environmental report on individual candidates.

Will be compiling this into a press release, report and press conference on June 8th. In order to make this deadline we need submissions by June 2nd. Please send to

We have also sent the 5 major national parties an election questionnaire which can be viewed at:

Please use these questions to challenge candidates in your local area.

This is intended not to be an endorsement of any one party or one candidate. It is a non-partisan exercise.

Please spread the word amongst your groups, members and friends and encourage them to give you as much info as possible about the candidates in your area.

Separating Science from Science Fiction

“The Day After Tomorrow”, Hollywood’s latest big budget action film, was released this past weekend. Its focus of global climate change has provided an opportunity for education and networking on the planet's most pressing environmental issue. SCC has created a fact sheet and leaflet for members and all filmgoers to distribute at their local multiplexes. Please visit our website to download the file:

Health and Environment

Many North American Residents Carry Toxic Pesticides Above “Safe” Levels. Report shows Children and Women Shoulder Heaviest “Pesticide Body Burden”

Tuesday, May 11, 2004, Ottawa - A report released in the US reveals that government and industry have failed to safeguard public health from pesticide exposures. While Canada refuses to monitor the chemical and pesticide body burdens of its citizens, many U.S. residents carry toxic pesticides in their bodies above government assessed “acceptable” levels, according to a report released today by Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN), Sierra Club of Canada and Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides(CAP)

Atmosphere and Energy

CAFE Canada

In the debate raging around spiralling gas prices a major point is being missed - the federal government's responsibility for regulating the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks.

An Environics poll commissioned by the Sierra Club of Canada recently reported that 94% of Canadians support the federal government regulating a 25% increase in the fuel efficiency of Canadian vehicles to help meet our Kyoto targets.

During the election, please write a letter to your local paper or ask your local candidates why Canada doesn’t regulate the fuel economy of cars and trucks.

Protecting Biodiversity

Species at Risk

On May 10th, 2004, the federal government rejected the petition submitted by the Sierra Legal Defence Fund on behalf of the Sierra Club of Canada, David Suzuki Foundation, Forest Ethics and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee to invoke an emergency order under the federal Species at Risk Act to protect the spotted owl in British Columbia. To read the press releases, visit the national website,

National Forest Strategy

The Sierra Club of Canada launched a new report card framework to evaluate provincial/territorial fulfillment of commitments made in the National Forest Strategy. The report card framework is available on the national website:

Ecosystem-based Management

The Sierra Club of Canada released a report during National Forest Week containing indicators for evaluating the National Forest Strategy's (NFS) 2003-2008 commitment to manage Canada’s natural forest using an ecosystem-based management (EBM) approach. The report also includes a case study that evaluates the forest management policies in Newfoundland and Labrador using these indicators.

Mapping forest disturbance in Newfoundland

Catherine Boyd, forest campaigner for Newfoundland and Labrador will be touring the Island portion of the province in early June with a set of maps indicating remaining intact forest, tenure allocations and future cutting activity by the pulp and paper companies. To view a sample of the maps follow the link below. For more information contact Catherine at or (709) 634-8830.




SCC-ACC Annual Gathering

The Annual Gathering of the Atlantic Canada Chapter, co-hosted with the New Brunswick Environmental Network, will take place in Belledune, New Brunswick on September 24-26, 2004 (please note this date has changed from the previously published date.) Contact Emily McMillan at (902) 444-3113 or for more information or to register. We hope to see you there!

Nova Scotia Government Seeks Public Input on Tobeatic

The Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour is currently seeking public input on their Management Plan for the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. The consultation process will include public open houses and displays in libraries across Nova Scotia from April 23 - June 4, 2004. To find out when they will be in your area, or to request a copy of the Draft Management Plan and Worksheet, call 1-800-567-7544.
Those connected to the internet can visit to read the plan and make a submission online. Tell the Nova Scotia government that this important wilderness area must be protected!

Tar Ponds Update

March 12, 2004 should go down in history as the date the “real” Tar Ponds cleanup began, but those of us who attended the 9:30 briefing and then the 11:00 AM press conference were left somewhat confused by the conflicting stories that were told; “burn it off-site”, “burn it on-site” “burn it near the site”. Despite that volumous ovation you heard on TV, many Sydney residents, like SC Cape Breton Group, were not impressed by the same old “burn it and bury it” story they had heard years before!

Sydney Water Woes

While Sydney just got approval to draw another 300,000 gallons from its deep well system to serve outlying areas suffering from ecoli and trihalomethane problems, residents of Mira Road are about to raise the roof. They say the system can’t take the extra load, and they’ve been paying the price for CBRM's poor planning.

ONTARIO CHAPTER (formerly the Eastern Canada Chapter)


Annual Run/Walk for Clean Air

Ottawa, Experimental Farm, 6-Jun-2004, 9:30am

The Sierra Club of Canada Ottawa Group, Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital (GACC) and Friends of the Farm have come together to raise funds to “financially support their environmental initiatives and to increase environmental awareness in the community”.

The main event will involve a 5 km run and a 5 km walk. Not a runner? Maybe you're a walker. Come out to see Jonny Junkyard, enjoy our BBQ, the Ecofair and many more fun activities.

For more info:

Orientation Session - All Welcome!

Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John St. (King & John) Room # 304

9-Jun-2004  6:30 p.m.

Are you a new member of the Sierra Club? A long-time member who has never received an orientation to the Club? Not a current member, but are thinking about becoming a member of the Sierra Club? If so, please consider joining us on June 9th at our Sierra Club of Canada Orientation Session in Toronto.

Contact: Jamie Kirpatrick ph: 416-960-9606  
For more info:

Boreal Forest Caravan: Next stop Davenport Riding!

Toronto, Dufferin/St. Clair Branch, Toronto Public Library, 1625 Dufferin St. (southeast corner) 11-Jun-2004  6 - 8:30 pm

The Future of the Boreal Forest
Feature speaker:
Hon. Charles Caccia, MP for Davenport

Speakers include:
* Richard Brooks, Forests Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada
* Aviva Patel, PhD in Ecology, Sierra Club Eastern Canada Chapter
* Andrea Dawber, Friends of Dovercourt Park

For more info:

Effective Campaigns and More - All Welcome

Toronto, Metro Hall, 55 John St. (King & John), Room 314

12-Jun-2004  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please join experienced volunteers to learn about the basics of

1. Non-governmental operations & management
2. Campaign Planning
3. Fundraising, volunteer and membership recruitment

For more info:

June Ottawa Group Executive Committee Meeting

Ottawa, 1 Nicholas Ave, Suite # 412

14-Jun-2004  7:00 pm

Monthly Executive Committee meeting of the Sierra Club of Canada's Ottawa Group

Contact: Dan Van Vliet
For more info:

Silent Spring Session II - All Welcome

Ottawa, Sandy Hill Community Centre

14-Jun-2004  6:00 PM

The second session in a three-session series on Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring". Admission is free of charge.

For more info:

Silent Spring Session III - All Welcome

Ottawa, Sandy Hill Community Centre

21-Jun-2004  6:00 PM

The third session in a three-session series on Rachel Carson's book "Silent Spring". Admission is free of charge.

For more info:

International Car Free Day Celebrations

22-Sep-2004  all day

Come out and celebrate the possibility of a quieter, cleaner and healthier city where people and not cars are the focus.

For more info:



June 2nd is Clean Air Day! Prairie Chapter Launches Steer Clear...Go Your Own Way campaign

Through a multi-faceted social marketing based campaign Sierra Club of Canada and Edmonton Transit System will launch Steer Clear…Go Your Own Way on Clean Air Day, June 2nd 2004. Funded by Environment Canada’s Climate Change Action Fund, Steer Clear is a campaign that will focus on assisting the City of Edmonton’s 8000 employees on their way to environmentally friendly commuting. Employees will also be encouraged to take part in Environment Canada’s “One Tonne Challenge” and reduce transportation related emissions. Visit our website for more information

Take the Pesticide Free Yard Challenge!

Have you ever wondered how you can get your yard pesticide free?

Is your yard already pesticide free and you want to demonstrate your commitment?

Take the pesticide free yard challenge and be part of the Join the Growing Movement - Pesticide Free Yard campaign. Here is how you can participate!

Drop by any of the locations below, fill out your Pesticide Free Pledge Form and receive a free action kit. The kit includes an attractive "Pesticide Free Lawn" sign, informational brochure, fridge magnet and decal. For more information contact Sonja Mihelcic, Chapter Director Members in Southern Alberta please contact the Chinook Group for an action kit

The kits are available at the following locations:

Sierra Club of Canada- Prairie Chapter (2nd Floor, 6328-104 St)

Mountain Equipment Co-op (12328-102 Avenue - membership desk)

Earth's General Store (10832 - Whyte Ave)

Volunteer Opportunities Galore!

Contact our office and find out how you can help with our Summer outreach events!

Contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Brenda Heyer

Shifting Gears: Sustainable Mobility for Western Municipalities

An excellent conference for anyone working on alternative transportation issues in western Canada.

Register today!



Oceans Day

Celebrate Oceans Day! Join the BC Chapter's "Sustainable Seafood BBQ" highlighting delectable seafood from sustainable sources prepared by Victoria's Top Chefs. Free demonstrations and samples, info on sustainable seafood. ,,,learn more about the Club's Marine Campaign!

Place:  Victoria's Inner Harbour (next to Harbour Air)

Date: Tuesday June 8th, Time:  11 AM - 2PM

For more Info: call: 250-386-5255 local 236.



6th Annual Sustainable Campuses Conference
September 30 - October 3rd

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

For the past 6 years SYC has organized the Sustainable Campuses Conference. This gathering supports, documents and spreads the efforts of Canadian post-secondary students at implementing sustainable development initiatives at their campuses. The conference has created a national network of over 50 universities and colleges and thousands of post-secondary students who collaborate in their efforts at making our institutions of higher education more socially and environmentally responsible. Join us this year in Winnipeg! For more information, please visit

Merci Caro!

Caroline Fournier has been interning with SYC since February 2004. She played a pivotal role in ensuring the success of many SYC's projects and activities. More specifically, Caroline was involved in the "It's my future Campaign", which aims to reform the Ontario Teacher's Pension Plan. Caroline is graduating from McGill University this Summer. Congratulations Caro and thank you for your dedication and hard-work!

SYC Welcomes Michelle Osborne to our team

Michelle started with us on May 22nd and will be working until the end of the summer. Michelle will be involved in a variety of activities including the Sustainable Campuses national Conference, Greening the Ivory Towers and more. She can be reached at


Ottawa, May 6, 2004 – The Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC) hosted an event on solutions for corporate responsibility and ethical investing. The event was motivated by the growing realization that parents and teachers are unaware that their pension or mutual fund investments may be fueling environmental damage around the world.

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