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SCC Green Gazette

August 2004

Sierra Club of Canada's monthly news update from the National Office,
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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 the group is located for the most members gained.

2004 National Board

The 2004 National Board election results are now in. Ballots were mailed to every member across the country. Thank you to members of both the Nominating Committee and Elections Committee for ensuring that our second national election was run smoothly and professionally.

Congratulations and welcome to our new elected Board members: How-sen Chong, Louise Comeau and Aviva Patel.

Bob Plamondon, although no longer a voting member of the Board, will remain on as ex-officio Treasurer. Bob’s effort as Treasurer over the last 3 years has been critical to SCC and we are thankful that he will remain a part of the team.

We would like to thank out-going Board members Paul Senez and Ilona Dougherty. Paul’s contributions as President and Ilona’s as Secretary have been invaluable to SCC. Their service to the club and to the environment is greatly appreciated and will be missed. We wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

For a list of the entire board please visit:

Welcome Sara Krynitzki

We’re delighted to welcome to the Sierra Club of Canada Sara Krynitzki, who has started working with us as our new Development Officer. Her primary responsibilities are the growth of our large donor programme, membership development and marketing. She’s working out of the Ottawa office, reporting both to the Sierra Club of Canada and the SCC Foundation. 

Sara comes to us with considerable experience, having previously worked in this field for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and for the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada. 

Federal Cabinet 2004

The Federal Cabinet was sworn in on July 20th at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The full list of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Committees can be viewed at:

Please also see the Sierra Club of Canada Eco-Olympics for the environmental record of some of the new cabinet ministers:

Sierra Club of Canada salutes old, welcomes new Environment Minister

Ottawa, July 20th 2004: The Sierra Club of Canada was disappointed with the Prime Minister’s decision to retain Natural Resources Minister John Efford while dropping Canada’s longest serving Environment Minister David Anderson from the cabinet. With John Efford at Natural Resources Canada the new Environment Minister Stéphane Dion will need to show the same determination and courage standing up for Kyoto as he did for national unity.

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Atmosphere and Energy

Dene Youth and Elders Speak out against Mackenzie Gas Project

If it was left to them, Dene youth and elders would pass on a Mackenzie Valley pipeline in favour of renewable energy projects.

“We are opposed to the Mackenzie Gas Project because it is unsustainable development,” said Jennifer Duncan, co-founder of the organization, which held a summit of youth and elders in Fort Simpson July 10-12. Duncan said any benefits to the pipeline would be outweighed by the environmental degradation caused by the pipeline, which she noted will contribute to fossil fuel emissions. A number of Dene elders from communities such as Colville Lake, Fort Good Hope and Fort Simpson also argued that the pipeline project would harm wildlife upon which Dene people depend to survive.  

See for more information.

Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed June 30, 2004: A19

Use green energy to keep the lights on

Over the next few months the Ontario government will make the most important decision of its mandate. It won’t be about issues such as health care and education that are the main concerns for Ontarians. Instead, the McGuinty government is deciding whether to resurrect the 1950s dream of “clean and cheap’’ nuclear power to solve the province’s looming electricity crunch.

Health and Environment

Opposition growing to dismissal of Health Canada Scientists

Ottawa, July 19, 2004: The Sierra Club of Canada added its voice to those expressing concerns about the dismissal of three respected Health Canada Scientists. The Club is calling for the new government to introduce strong legislation to protect employees who draw public attention to problems in regulatory systems in order to fully protect them and the public.

Sierra Club of Canada urges Winnipeg to Stop Spraying Malathion

Outraged at Arrest and Abuse of Environmental Activist

Ottawa, July 22, 2004: The Sierra Club of Canada is dismayed at the City of Winnipeg’s continued regressive practices towards mosquito population control, namely the blanket spraying of Malathion. This was recently brought to national attention due to the aggressive arrest of Glenda Whiteman, of the Canadian Coalition for Health and Environment, after she and other environmental activists tried to protect public health and environmental integrity from the devastating effects of Malathion.

Protecting Biodiversity

Revised Provincial Forest Strategy meets with both Cheers and Jeers from Environmental Coalition

Corner Brook NL July 13, 2004,– The newly released Provincial Sustainable Forest Management Strategy (SFMS) has taken some small steps towards true sustainability but still has a way to go according to an environmental coalition. The Sierra Club of Canada, the Protected Areas Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Labrador Métis Nation, the Third Signatory, Father John McCarthy, PhD, and the Canadian Nature Federation responded to a call for public input on the provincial strategy in August of 2003 by submitting a collective set of recommendations. These recommendations were considered by government and the revised Sustainable Forest Management Strategy is available at:

Full release at:

Sierra Club of Canada Releases Report that Evaluates Land Use Planning Initiatives Against National Forestry Strategy Objectives

The report examines what integrated land-use planning should entail if it is to be conducted in accordance with an ecosystem-based management framework, as stipulated in the new National Forest Strategy (2003 – 2008). It compares land-use planning processes in B.C. (Muskwa-Kechika), Ontario (Lands for Life), Saskatchewan (Athabasca) and Manitoba (East Side Planning Initiative). The report highlights both the achievements and the obstacles that have characterized these integrated land-use planning initiatives. You can view the report at:

Huge Tourism Resort Turned Down in Bighorn Country

A municipal board decided to uphold an earlier decision to refuse a development permit for the Abraham Glacier Wellness Resort proposed in Bighorn Country at a site 37 km from Banff National Park. Heeding the concerns of many, including the Sierra Club of Canada, the County of Clearwater’s appeal board concluded the resort did not fit the wildland location and would adversely impact the environment, noting “…the subject lands are environmentally sensitive and considered special for their visual appeal and the role they play for area wildlife and wildlife migration patterns.” Alberta’s Environment Minister would not require an environmental impact assessment of the resort, leaving the County to deal with the application without the benefit of such information and a comprehensive public hearing

Court Victory over Resort Expansion in Castle Wilderness

The Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition was successful in its legal challenge of the refusal of Alberta to require an environmental impact assessment of the Castle Mountain Resort expansion. Calling the Environment Minister’s and his department’s decision “patently unreasonable,” Justice C. L. Kenny sent the approval back to them to redo in accordance with the legislation. Along with expanding ski hill terrain in prime grizzly bear habitat, the resort expansion includes a hotel, pub, RV lots and an additional 137 housing units bringing the total to 225. All work at the site has stopped and we are waiting to see if the province and company file an appeal of the ruling within the appeal period, which ends August 1st.

Cheviot Mine Bulldozes Ahead While Provincial Approvals under Appeal

Without any federal authorizations in place for the massive open-pit coal mine, Fording Canadian Coal Trust and Teck Cominco push ahead with construction of the haulroad portion of the mine proposed adjacent to Jasper National Park. An appeal of the provincial permits issued last December will be heard in Hinton in September, but the companies have refused to stop work until a decision is rendered. The federal government has yet to meet its obligations under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act to conduct an environmental review of the modified project. See




Elizabeth May to speak in Chester NS on conservation strategies

On Monday, August 23rd, the public is invited to hear pre-eminent environmentalist Elizabeth May speak on “Strategies for Conserving Biodiversity”. The talk will take place at the Chester Legion following a reception and cash bar starting at 7pm. The evening is being hosted by the Chester Chapter of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust

Speak up for NS protected areas

The Nova Scotia Government has announced the public consultation process for the two new protected areas they have promised to designate in northern mainland Nova Scotia: Gully Lake and Eigg Mountain-James River. It is critically important to get as many people as possible to make submissions supporting their designation as Protected Wilderness Areas. Industrial interests are working to block this and every submission is going to count. Full details are available on the web at: and you can register your comments of support quickly and easily online at:
The deadline for submissions is August 13th.

Physicians support voluntary pesticide ban

The Newfoundland and Labrador Pesticides Working Group (PWG), a coalition of health professionals, environmentalists and concerned citizens, is very pleased that the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) has asked doctors in the province to participate in a voluntary ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides. For further information view the NLMA website Ask your doctor to participate!

Comment on EIA for proposed Irving Oil Terminal

Participate in the public review of the EIA of the Irving Oil Limited proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Marine Terminal and Pier near Saint John, NB.  For more information, visit: or email:

New Atlantic Ex Com & thank you

The new members of the Atlantic Canada Chapter Executive Committee are: Tony Reddin, PEI (re-elected), Peter Earle, NL, Neil Gardener, NB, Beth McLaughlin, NB, and Amanda Dainow (SYC rep).  We thank outgoing members Paul Shreenan, Leon De Vreede, Denis Belliveau and Erika Pittman. Our heartfelt thanks go out to them all for their hard work and energy. Staying on the Ex Com this year are Agi Koller of Fredericton, NB, David Millar of Halifax, NS, Samara Eaton of Halifax, NS, and Maria Coady of Cape Breton. We thank all of our members who voted and helped make this election a success!

Pesticide Listserve

Join our listserve! Visit: Receive periodical emails on recent information around phasing out cosmetic use of pesticides. Share your stories and ask questions of pesticide activists around Atlantic Canada. Visit to see more information on this topic.



Sierra Club of Canada BC Chapter calls foul on private land transfer

Jul 13, 2004 Secret transfer of Weyerhaeuser lands directly contrary to public demands. Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter is calling foul on the B.C. government’s removal of private land from two Tree Farm Licenses (TFLs), saying the move ignores the massive public outcry five years ago on the same issue. The Ministry of Forests announced that 87,700 hectares of private land has been removed from TFLs 39 and 44, both held by Weyerhaeuser.

Lillooet “park creation” pure spin, says Sierra Club of Canada BC Chapter

Jul 22, 2004 (Victoria, B.C.)—Conservationists say the BC Liberals are taking credit for parks created under a previous government, while at the same time eroding those parks’ capacity to protect the environment. The BC Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management announced a new land use plan for the Lillooet region, which shrinks South Chilcotin Mountains Park by 20 percent.



“Be Heard, Learn How”

The Sierra Youth Coalition invites youth to attend its second ever Youth Action

Gathering (YAG) from August 14th through August 20th, 2004. YAG is a free, one- week camp for high school aged youth. Attend interactive workshops on issues such as sweatshops, factory farms, racism, homophobia, climate change and globalization. Enjoy good food, campfires, late night jams, funky art and crazy games. Meet youth from throughout the Ottawa and Cornwall regions and learn to organize within your respective communities. Sound like your type of thing?


New SYC National Director

SYC is thrilled to announce that Kate Charuk is joining the team as the new National Director!!! Kate will be joining the national office in early August. Don’t fear, Lindsay will still be around for another month!

BC Making Waves Gathering, August 14-20

It’s not too late to sign up for the first Making Waves Gathering, which brings together high school aged youth (14-19) from all over British Columbia to learn about issues, build skills, meet other politically, environmentally and socially engaged youth and to have a lot of fun!!! For more info check out

Sustainable Campuses National Conference, September30–October3

Register now for the 6th Annual Sustainable Campuses Conference, which is being hosted in the Prairies for the first time!! SYC is partnering with the University of Manitoba to bring you the best conference yet, don’t miss out!!



Excursion en rabaska aux Îles-de-Boucherville

Le 10 juillet dernier, le groupe du Québec du Sierra Club a organisé une première sortie en 2004. Une vingtaine d’amateurs de plein-air ont joyeusement pagayé pour visiter ce site enchanteur et échanger avec un guide informé et enthousiaste. 

Développement durable des forêts publiques québécoises

Le groupe du Québec du Sierra Club du Canada, en collaboration avec le bureau national, a récemment soumis un rapport à la Commission d’étude sur la gestion de la forêt publique québécoise ( Ce rapport vise à informer la Commission qui cherche à définir une vision globale du développement durable des forêts publiques du Québec. Pour lire le document, voir
forests/quebec-public-forests.pdf (en anglais seulement).

Sustainable development for Quebec’s public forests

SCC Quebec group, in cooperation with the national office, recently submitted a report to the Commission d’étude sur la gestion de la forêt publique québécoise ( The report aims to inform the Commission as it seeks to define an overall vision of sustainable development for Quebec’s public forests. To read the report, visit

Rassemblement à l’Île René-Levasseur

Le groupe du Québec du Sierra Club s’est joint à Andrew Koster de Rimouski, pour faire part de son opposition au déboisement de l’Île René-Levasseur, en co-signant une lettre qui sera transmise au ministre de l’Environnement du Québec, M. Mulcair et au premier ministre Charest. Un grand rassemblement a eu lieu du 17 au 20 juillet au nord de Baie-Comeau. Pour détails, voir

(english link:

Barrages hydroélectriques

Dans le dossier de l’exploitation hydroélectrique des rivières, plusieurs contacts ont été établis, notamment avec Révérence Rupert ( ) et Fondation Rivières ( Ces groupes organisent des expéditions de protestation, respectivement sur la rivière Eastmain en juillet, puis sur la Magpie ( au début du mois d’août. La coprésidente du groupe du Québec a été invitée à se joindre à de nombreux activistes et journalistes sur la Magpie, mais a dû refuser, sa banque de jours de vacances étant déjà épuisée (quel dommage!).


Enfin, le groupe québécois a profité de la visite du responsable de la campagne ontarienne de gestion des déchets Rod Muir pour réfléchir aux pistes de solution sur la gestion des déchets à Montréal et des stratégies à adopter pour cette campagne, qui sera lancée à l’automne.

English Version

Rabaska excursion in the Îles-de-Boucherville

On July 10, the Sierra Club of Canada’s Québec group organized its first outing in 2004. Some 20 outdoor enthusiasts paddled joyfully around this enchanting site accompanied by an informed and enthusiastic guide.

Sustainable development of Québec’s public forests

The SCC Québec group, in cooperation with the National Office, recently submitted a report to the Commission d’étude sur la gestion de la forêt publique québécoise ( The report aims to inform the Commission as it seeks to define an overall vision of sustainable development for Québec’s public forests. To read the report, visit

Rally on Île René-Levasseur

The SCC Québec group joined Andrew Koster, from Rimouski, in announcing its opposition to the deforestation on Île René-Levasseur by co-signing a letter addressed to Mr. Mulcair, Minister of the Environment of Québec, and Premier Charest. A large rally was held from July 17 to 20, north of Baie-Comeau. For details, visit (French link:

Hydroelectric dams

In the file on hydroelectric use of rivers, several contacts have been established, including one with Rubert Reverence ( the Rivers Foundation ( These groups are organizing protest expeditions, respectively, on the Eastmain River in July, then on the Magpie (in early August ( The Co-President of the Québec group was invited to join with the many activists and journalists on the Magpie, but had to refuse since his bank of vacation days had already been used up (what a shame!)


Lastly, the Québec group has taken advantage of a visit by Rod Muir, who heads the Ontario waste management campaign, to reflect on possible waste management solutions for Montréal and strategies to be adopted for this campaign which will be launched in the autumn.

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