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SCC Green Gazette

December 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



2004 Sierra Club of Canada Membership Drive - and the winner is....!

The Ron Burchell/Greater Toronto Area Group are the winners of the $2,000 Local Group Prize and $1,000.00 goes to the Ontario Chapter for being the Chapter within which the Group is located. When contacted by email Mark Viitala, Chairperson of the Group responded with “Wow, that’s great news, you’ve just made my day.”

Honourable mentions and a $250 bonus goes out to our 2nd,3rd and 4th place winners - Lower Mainland, Quebec and Mud Creek (Wolfville NS group in formation) groups.

We want to thank each and every group, chapter, member, donor and volunteer for all of their hard work and determination to bring in new members not just during the membership drive but everyday.

Marilyn and Martha
Membership Team

Call for Proposals to host People & the Planet Conference 2006

Sierra Club of Canada has had two very successful People & the Planet Conferences; in Kingston, Ontario in 2002 and in Calgary, Alberta earlier this year. Where will the next one be held in 2006?

Sierra Club of Canada is inviting SCC Chapters and Groups to submit applications to host the 3rd bi-annual People and the Planet conference in 2006. Applications must be received by end of January 2005 and a decision will be made by the end of February 2005.

If your Chapter or Group would like to pursue this opportunity and need additional information, please contact Debra Eindiguer 1.888.810.4204.

2004 Sierra Club of Canada Environmental Achievement Awards

On Monday November 15, Sierra Club of Canada and Sierra Club of Canada Foundation held the 2004 Environmental Achievement Awards on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

We presented former Federal Environment Minister The Hon. David Anderson with the 2004 Sierra Club of Canada John Fraser Award for Environmental Achievement for his steadfast support and leadership on the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol, the momentous global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We also honoured former MP, Mr. Clifford Lincoln by presenting him with the 2004 Sierra Club of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award, in acknowledgement of the significant contributions he has made throughout his lifetime to environmental protection and restoration, in his capacities as Quebec Minister of Environment, Parliamentary Secretary to the federal Environment Minister and chair of the House of Commons Heritage Committee.

The event was extremely well attended and a smashing success.

It was attended by many of the Club and Foundation's supporters and volunteer leaders, renowned Canadian artist Robert Bateman, over two dozen MPs from all major parties, 5 Cabinet Ministers, including Environment Minister Stéphane Dion, as well the Prime Minister of Canada who asked to participate in the evening's proceedings with a short speech!

Not only did this event honour two remarkable individuals in public life who have made tremendous strides for environmental protection in Canada, it helped solidify our role as a force to be reckoned with on Parliament Hill. Straight from our reception, the ministers went to the first meeting of the new cabinet Sustainable Development Committee.

Thank you to everyone who helped to organize and who attended this wonderful evening.

Call for SC US / SCC Liaisons

Sierra Club of Canada seeks to fill 4 volunteer positions to serve as SC US / SCC Liaisons on 4 different committees.

US-Canada International Committee:

Coordinates Sierra Club participation as a single entity in international fora and organizations as well as coordinates a single, binational Club signature or representation in any communication directed to a binational or international organization, or deals with an issue that is not solely the concern of either Sierra Club (U.S.) or Sierra Club of Canada. Chair rotates between the U.S. and Canada every two years.

Global Warming and Energy Program Committee:

Directs and coordinates the Club's work to stop global warming. Primary focus of its efforts is running a campaign to get national legislation mandating tougher auto fuel emissions (CAFE) standards.

Marine Wildlife and Habitat Committee:

Coordinates Club efforts around protection of marine wildlife and habitat in coastal areas and the Great Lakes. Has two work groups.

Forest Certification Committee:

Coordinates the work of Sierra Club with respect to forest certification committees; represents SC US on the Forest Stewardship Counsil.

Role of Liaisons

Liaisons between Sierra Club of Canada (SCC) and Sierra Club (US) entities promote cooperation among all and a broader understanding of the interrelationship of the issues, as well as increased synergy through joint efforts. Liaisons provide information and facilitate communication. They may participate fully in the activities of an entity, but do not normally have a vote.

The SCC Delegate Selection Committee may appoint liaisons to any of the Sierra Club (US) Strategy Teams and working committees, which are overseen by the strategy teams.

An entity is expected to bear the cost of liaisons participating in its conference calls, but does not need to pay for liaisons' travel to and participation in in-person meetings. The latter costs are usually borne by the entity providing the liaison, but may be borne by the US host entity, at its discretion. If a liaison is to attend a meeting which is not funded by the SC US, the liaison must first seek approval for reimbursement of expenses associated with the meeting, if s/he chooses to attend.

Most strategy teams and committees hold regular conference calls and the occasional in person meeting, of which a liaison may choose to attend some or all of these. A liaison is free to participate as time permits, but must be able to participate sufficiently to make his or her appointment to the position meaningful.

Each liaison shall:

1. Serve as an observer of the strategy team or committee to which he or she is appointed to be a liaison.

2. Recognize that committee members are empowered to conduct their own work.

3. Serve as a conduit of information, including potential problems, between the SCC and SC-US.

4. Share with the entity the thinking of the entity he or she represents.

5. Report back to the entity that appointed him or her as liaison on at least a bi-yearly basis.

The Sierra Club of Canada Board expects liaisons to follow these concepts as they further the integration of goals, volunteer empowerment, and expertise.

If you are interested in being considered for one of the above positions please send a cover letter and resume to Sierra Club of Canada National Office to Debra Eindiguer's attention 613-241-2292.

Shop and Support Sierra Club of Canada

With holiday season around the corner, we would like to let you know about 2 new ways to support Sierra Club of Canada.

Through and, you can shop online and support Sierra Club of Canada at the same time.

By using or as a portal to get to one of dozens of online stores, up to 15 per cent of your purchase will support Sierra Club of Canada, and at no extra cost to you. For more information visit either or or email us at

Thanks very much for your support!

Calendars now available

Sierra Club 2005 Wilderness Wall Calendars and Engagement Calendars are now available through your chapter office. They make a great Christmas gift while supporting your chapter. Please contact your chapter for more information.

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Atmosphere and Energy

Mackenzie Gas Project will worsen arctic climate catastrophe

On November 8, Sierra Club of Canada called on northern and federal politicians to rethink their support for fossil fuel industrialization of the Mackenzie Valley given the looming climatic catastrophe facing the region. Construction of the Mackenzie Gas Project and Alberta tar sands developments that Mackenzie gas would fuel can only worsen the ecological and social dislocations predicted by the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA).

The four-year study by 300 scientists found that the Arctic is alreading experiencing some of the most rapid and severe climate change on earth. The study predicts disappearing Arctic sea ice, extinction of polar bears and seal species, serious health and food security challenges for aboriginal peoples, and flooding and erosion of coastal towns and facilities.

Canada's international reputation can only be blackened if our governments continue to support and subsidize fossil fuel industrialization that worsens the Arctic's impending climatic disaster.

California Assembly Member Brings Car Message to Ottawa

Wednesday, November 17, 2004, (Ottawa) The author of California's landmark legislation requiring carmakers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars came to Ottawa to talk about California's experience passing legislation and regulations to make cleaner, more climate-friendly vehicles for North America.

Un membre de l'assemblée législative de la Californie effectue une visite à Ottawa pour transmettre un message sur l'automobile

le 17 november 17, 2004 (Ottawa) L'initiatrice de la fameuse loi californienne qui oblige dorénavant les constructeurs d'automobiles à réguler les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de leurs automobiles effectue une visite à Ottawa. L'objectif de sa visite est de discuter de l'expérience de la Californie relativement à l'adoption de la loi et des règlements visant à fabriquer des automobiles nord-américains plus propres et plus en accord avec la protection contre les changements climatiques.

Globe and Mail Op/Ed November 16th 2004
Are we just California dreaming?

Fran Pavley wants Canada to join California, New York, New Jersey and seven other states in regulating North American greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and SUVs. As a member of the California legislature, she stood up to the car companies' fierce campaign in 2001 to guide the "Pavley bill" -- which creates a regulatory regime that will lead to a 30-per-cent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and light trucks -- through the California Assembly.

Company Risks Ontario Town Becoming Terrorist Target

Thursday, November 4, 2004, Ottawa: Plans by the uranium and refining company Cameco to produce enriched uranium in the heart of Port Hope, Ontario are being challenged by Families Against Radiation Exposure (FARE) and Sierra Club of Canada.

Québec Report Warns: Seismic a Danger to Marine Life

Monday, November 1, 2004, (Montréal) Sierra Club of Canada supports many of the conclusions contained in a newly released report by Québec's Environmental Inquiry Commission (Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement - BAPE) on seismic surveys in the Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Mise en garde d'un rapport du Québec
les relevés sismiques sont un danger pour le milieu biologique marin

le 1 novembre, 2004, (Montréal)- Le Sierra Club du Canada appuie bon nombre des conclusions du tout dernier rapport du Bureau d'audiences publiques sur l'environnement (BAPE) sur les relevés sismiques dans l'estuaire et le golfe du St-Laurent.

Health and Environment

Health Canada's food irradiation expansion shrouded in secrecy

Sierra Club of Canada calls on Minister Dosanjh to return transparency to regulatory process during International Anti-Food Irradiation Week

Friday, November 26, 2004,Ottawa - Health Canada's foot dragging on its regulations to expand food irradiation breaks federal guidelines for proper and transparent regulatory approval, says the Sierra Club of Canada, which has asked Federal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh to resubmit the draft guidelines to Canada Gazette Part I if he is not ready to abandon the regulations entirely.

Santé Canada et l'extension de l'irradiation des aliments - Un dossier entouré de secret
Dans le cadre de la Semaine internationale contre l'irradiation des aliments, le Sierra Club du Canada demande au ministre Dosanjh de rétablir la transparence du processus réglementaire

le 26 novembre, 2004, Ottawa - Le piétinement de Santé Canada face à son projet de réglementation visant à étendre l'irradiation des aliments contrevient aux lignes directrices fédérales relatives à la conformité et à la transparence en matière d'approbation réglementaire, selon le Sierra Club du Canada. L'organisme demande au ministre fédéral de la Santé, Monsieur Ujjal Dosanjh, de soumettre à nouveau ce projet de réglementation à la Gazette du Canada, partie I, à moins qu'il ne soit décidé à y renoncer complètement.

Chefs, Scientists, and Environmentalists Cook up Sustainable Solutions

Monday, November 22, 2004, (OTTAWA) The Sierra Club of Canada marked World Fisheries Day, November 21, by teaming up with world-renowned fisheries scientists and chefs to raise awareness of the effects our consumer choices are having on fish stocks.

Protecting Biodiversity

Controversial Alberta open-pit coal mine project faces next legal challenge

Conservation groups argue project will destroy sensitive migratory bird habitat

Tuesday, November 2, 2004, EDMONTON, AB - A coalition of Canadian conservation groups announced that they are launching another legal challenge of the controversial Cheviot Coal Mine Project underway near Jasper National Park, Alberta. The groups argue that the federal government's recent authorization of the first part of the mine, called the Cheviot Creek Development, should be quashed because it would result in the destruction of sensitive migratory bird habitat - directly contravening the federal Migratory Bird Conventions Act.

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation

Introducing a new Sierra Club of Canada Foundation section for the Green Gazette!

In order to make significant strides in conserving our environment, Sierra Club of Canada does a variety of work, ranging from advocacy and political lobbying, to scientific research and environmental education.

To help support this broad scope of important work, Sierra Club of Canada Foundation exists so that our supporters can choose to support the charitable work of the Sierra Club of Canada AND receive tax receipts for their gifts, as all donations to the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation support the charitable work of the Sierra Club of Canada.

Keep an eye open for monthly updates about work the Foundation is doing to help Sierra Club of Canada protect our global ecosystems!

If at any time you have questions about the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation or about making a charitable gift, please feel free to contact:

Sara Krynitzki, Development Officer,




Sierra Club of Canada in Schools

The Sierra Club of Canada _ Atlantic Canada Chapter will be offering elementary and high school education programs during the 2004-2005 school year. These hands-on, interactive programs are linked to the Atlantic science and social studies curriculum and are offered in French and English. The total cost of receiving a two visit program is a $10 registration fee. To learn more about these programs and for registration information please visit the Green Street website at:

Atlantic Canada Energy Coalition Unveils Cheaper, Greener Alternatives to Lepreau

On November 24, The Atlantic Canada Energy Coalition unveiled an alternative energy platform to produce 640 MW of power in New Brunswick over the next eight years (2012) at a cost of $630 million or less than half the $1.4 billion amount needed to refurbish Point Lepreau. Included is investment in energy efficiency, renewable energy forms (wind, solar, hydro and biomass), and regulatory incentives to encourage New Brunswick's industrial energy users to produce their own electric power and heating. The Atlantic Canada Energy Coalition hopes that with the release of this platform, New Brunswickers will realize there are cheaper and safer options than nuclear power. Please write to the New Brunswick government and the Federal Department of Environment to show your support of this platform!

Seiner Fishing

Marine Biologist Irene Novaczek wrote a letter on behalf of the Atlantic Canada Chapter Conservation Committee, on the issue of the impacts of herring seiners on herring stocks and whales, urging politicians to regulate gear types. Industrial seiner fishing threatens herring stocks and the economic well-being of fishing communities, as well as endangered species such as the right whale, which have already been found washed up dead in Atlantic Canada, thought to be because of seiner fishing.



Ottawa Group Annual Planning Meeting

Mon, Dec 6 2004 7PM
Location: Suite 412 - 1 Nicholas Street Ottawa
The Local Ottawa Group will be meeting to plan the activities for 2005 and to determine the annual budget. If you are interesting in initiating a campaign, please come out and let us know what you would like the group to be involved in.

Ottawa Group Christmas Potluck

Mon, Dec 13 2004 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Location: Ottawa

Ecological Footprinting

Sat, Jan 22 2005 10:30-1:00
Location: Metro Hall, Room TBA Toronto
Ecological Footprinting provides a method for us to quantitatively measure our total impact on the earth, at individual, community, regional, national, and international levels. This data is used by individuals, policy analysts, and governments to measure and communicate the economic and environmental impacts of natural resource use.
This session counts towards Level 1 of the EcoCertification Program.

Harvesting the Wind: Wind works!

Sat, Jan 22 2005 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Metro Hall, Room TBA Toronto
The Sierra Club is very pleased to have Dave Timm of WindShare and General Manager of the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative (TREC) conduct a session about Wind Energy.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of wind energy, including an overview of wind energy development worldwide
especially in North America and Northern Europe, the essentials needed for wind development, applications for wind energy from "off-the-grid"
homesteads to utility-scale wind power plants, wind technology today, resource assessment, and wind energy's environmental and economic impacts.
This session counts towards the EcoCertification program and is open to all.

5th Annual Bon Kanah of the Algonquin

Thu, Jan 27 2005 Long weekend
Location: Algonquin Park
Contact: Voyageur Quest Ph 1-800-794-9660 or 416-486-3605
While Algonquin Park is Canada's most popular canoe trip destination, few people have experienced the stunning beauty of the park in winter. Frozen lakes, waist-deep snow, wildlife tracks, the howl of a wolf and the crisp
clear air are just a few of the delights of a winter experience. The 'Bon Kanah' - or special winter trails over land - offer fantastic opportunities for backcountry snowshoeing and skiing.

This three-day, three night experience features comfortable lodge accommodation at the Algonquin Log Cabin Lodge, with an option for winter
camping for one night. Located at the north-west edge of Algonquin Park, the log cabin features authentic log construction amidst spectacular wilderness.
More details provided online.



Monthly Gathering to Learn, Explore, and Connect

Our monthly gatherings explore community activism and the role of Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter. Join us to learn about the Sierra Club of Canada, our campaigns, and ways to get involved. All meetings include a guest speaker.
We hope you will attend, not only to increase general awareness of local community activism, but to contribute views and opinions on how best to tackle growing urban and rural environmental issues.
There will not be a meeting in December. The 2005 meeting schedule will be out soon...check our website for updates

Chapter to launch smart growth research project

Thanks to funding from Alberta Ecotrust and the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, The Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter will be launching a new research project; Smart Growth: Assessing the Needs of Albertans. The project involves focus groups in 6 growing communities in 2005. The results of the focus groups will help us determine the information Albertans need with regard to development issues. The final phase of the project will result in an Alberta Smart Growth Toolkit (to be released in 2006).

Sierra Club of Canada Prairie Chapter - Open House

Join us on December 9th (2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.) for our open house and Christmas reception. Meet local staff and key volunteers. Other organizations housed in our building will also have their doors open for visitors.
2nd Floor, 6328-104 Street
Edmonton, AB

Interested in Volunteering?

Contact Geneva Rae, Community Outreach Coordinator for more information.

Group news

Be sure to check out what your local group is up to...

Chinook Group (Southern Alberta)

South Saskatchewan Group
Contact: Dan Parrott



Priddle Panel report shows British Columbians don't want offshore oil and gas

Nov 19, 2004, (Victoria, B.C.)-The report from the Federal Panel on Offshore Oil and Gas clearly shows British Columbians do not want the federal moratorium on offshore oil and gas lifted, said Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter.

Conservationists applaud appointment of former Chief Justice as Chair of salmon review

Nov 18, 2004, (Victoria, B.C.)-Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter is applauding Fisheries and Oceans Canada's appointment of former B.C. Chief Justice Bryan Williams as Chair of the 2004 salmon post-season review. As Fisheries Minister Geoff Regan stated, “Mr. Williams is a skilled negotiator, arbitrator and jurist.”

Cultus sockeye must make endangered list, say conservationists and First Nations

Internal documents show decision not to list Cultus and Sakinaw stocks based on flawed economic analysis

Nov 9, 2004, (Vancouver, B.C.)-Conservationists and First Nations have launched an eleventh-hour campaign urging Canada's Environment Minister to reverse his decision last month not to list B.C.'s Sakinaw and Cultus Lake sockeye under Canada's Species at Risk Act.

Duke Point gas plant dirty, non-renewable, and expensive

Nov 3, 2004, ( Victoria , B.C.)-BC Hydro's award of a contract for a 252-Megawatt natural-gas power plant at Duke Point near Nanaimo is short-sighted and will exacerbate global warming, say conservationists at Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter.



The Sierra Youth Coalition Celebrates Buy Nothing Day- No Purchase Necessary!

Friday, November 26, 2004, Ottawa, ON - The Sierra Youth Coalition (SYC), the youth arm of the Sierra Club of Canada, invites Canadians to take a break from the Holiday consumption craze to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. On November 26th and 27th, SYC members commemorated Buy Nothing Day with a barter market, free fair trade coffee and tours of the Rideau Centre. The event also focused on explaining the problems of over-consumption in our North American society.

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