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SCC Green Gazette

January 2005

Sierra Club of Canada's monthly news update from the National Office,
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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 in 2004. 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.

Volunteer Opportunity -- Choose to make a difference and get involved!!
Call for SC US / SCC Liaisons

Sierra Club of Canada seeks to fill 5 volunteer positions to serve as SC US / SCC Liaisons on 5 different committees: International Committee, US-Canada International Committee, Global Warming and Energy Program Committee, Marine Wildlife and Habitat Committee, Forest Certification Committee. Please see committee descriptions and delegate selection process below for additional information.

Description of Liaison Roles
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, and may or may not vote depending on the respective committee.

Level of Commitment
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.

Committee Descriptions Seeking Appointment

International Committee:
Works on a wide range of international issues, including the role of international financial institutions, international forestry rules, Antarctica and dams. This position is as a voting member. The delegate selected for this position may simultaneously serve on the US-Canada International Committee.

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. This position is as a voting member. The delegate selected for this position may simultaneously serve on the International Committee.

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. This position is not a voting member.

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. This position is not a voting member.

Forest Certification Committee:
Coordinates the work of Sierra Club with respect to forest certification issues; represents SC US on the Forest Stewardship Counsil. This position is a voting member.

Delegate Selection Process

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.

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 care of Debra Eindiguer ( or by fax to 613-241-2292).

Elizabeth May Speaks.....
Écodéfi 2005 conference on Women and the Environment

This conference will provide an opportunity for women in the environmental field to obtain concrete information on environmental pollutants, how one is exposed to them and their effects on health. Elizabeth will speak Friday January 21st 2005 in Montreal. Contact: Caroline Voyer (514) 840-2747 extension 2461, or by e-mail at

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Atmosphere and Energy

Oil Companies show disdain for Mackenzie Gas Regulatory Process

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 (Ottawa)-Imperial Oil and its partner companies are showing disdain for the regulatory process for the $7 billion Mackenzie Gas Project by submitting inadequate environmental studies says Sierra Club of Canada.

Kyoto Report Card says:
Robust Kyoto Legislative Agenda Needed in 2005
Voluntary Agreements, Demonstration Projects and Advertising Not Enough, says Sierra Club of Canada

Friday, December 17, 2004 (Ottawa) - While Kyoto becomes international law on February 16, 2005, Canada's Kyoto implementation is stalled because of a lack of domestic laws and regulations, says a progress report on Canada's Kyoto implementation published by the Sierra Club of Canada.

Le bulletin sur le Protocole de Kyoto dit :
En 2005, il faut un programme législatif robuste sur le Protocole de Kyoto
Les accords volontaires, les projets de démonstration et la publicité ne suffisent pas, affirme le Sierra Club du Canada

Ottawa - Même si le Protocole de Kyoto devient une loi internationale le 16 février 2005, sa mise en œuvre par le Canada est remise à plus tard en raison d'un manque de lois et de règlements sur le plan national, soutient un rapport provisoire sur la mise en œuvre par le Canada du protocole de Kyoto publié aujourd'hui par le Sierra Club du Canada.

Réacteur nucléaire Gentilly-2

Hydro-Québec propose d'entreprendre une reconstruction complète de la centrale nucléaire Gentilly-2 afin de prolonger son exploitation jusqu'en 2035. Le projet de reconstruction estimé à couter des billions de dollars ne sera même pas le sujet d'une évaluation environnementale (ÉE) car le projet est qualifié comme «un arrêt pour entretien», ce qui ne requiert pas une ÉE selon la loi sur la qualié de l'environnement. Le Sierra club du Canada était présent lors des audiences publiques le 14 décembre pour réclamer une évaluation environnementale du projet ainsi que pour susciter davantage de surveillance de la réglementation et de divulgation publique sur l'état du réacteur.

Gentilly-2 Nuclear reactor

Hydro Quebec is proposing to undertake a complete reconstruction of the Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor in order to prolong its energy production into 2035. The billion dollar reconstruction project is not subject to an environmental assessment (EA) because Hydro Quebec has defined the work as “maintenance”, which does not trigger an EA according to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The Sierra Club of Canada was present during the public hearings held on December 14th, urging an environmental assessment to be done on the reconstruction of Gentilly, as well calling for more regulatory surveillance and more public disclosure of the state of the reactor.

Health and Environment

Environmental group withdraws from pesticide hearings in protest
Health Canada process lacks credibility; industry claims outcome a foregone conclusion

Monday, January 10, 2005 (Ottawa)- The Sierra Club of Canada announced that it is withdrawing from hearings of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency's Lindane Review Board to mark its objections to the process and the scope of the hearings.

MMT On Its Way Out in Canada

Thursday, December 16, 2004 (Ottawa) The controversial fuel additive, MMT, may finally be disappearing from Canadian gas. A recent survey by Sierra Club of Canada revealed that virtually every major refiner of gasoline in Canada has started phasing out MMT, a manganese based replacement for lead. Like lead, manganese is neuro-toxic. MMT is also a threat to air quality due to its propensity to gum up catalytic converters in automobiles. MMT results in more air pollution. Its health and environmental threats led the Government to ban it in the late 1990s. However, various trade challenges, including Chapter 11 of NAFTA, resulted in the repeal of the legislation. Nevertheless, pressure from the car makers, environmentalists and health protection groups has not disappeared.

Top Scientist Confirms Residents' Concerns of Belledune Risks

Tuesday, December 7, 2004(Bay of Chaleurs) The findings of Dr. David Pengelly, an internationally recognized scientist, confirm what many residents of Belledune N.B. have long believed, that Bennett Environmental Inc's highly controversial $29 million waste incinerator project appears to pose an unacceptable human health risk.

Un scientifique de renommée mondiale confirme les risques pour la santé de l'incinérateur de déchets toxiques à Belledune

Baie-des-Chaleurs, 7 décembre 2004 - Les résultats d'analyse du Dr David Pengelly, un scientifique de réputation internationale, rendus publiques aujourd'hui à Ottawa, confirment ce que plusieurs résidents de Belledune craignent: le controversé incinérateur de déchets toxiques de Bennett Environmental poserait des risques inacceptables à la santé humaine.

Protecting Biodiversity

Great Lakes Annex: Water for Sale?

Submission from the Government of Canada to the Council of Great Lakes Governors on the Proposed Great Lakes Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement and
Great Lakes Basin Water Resources Compact January 7, 2005

Cheviot Mine faces next legal challenge
Conservation groups argue project will destroy sensitive migratory bird habitat

Sierra Club of Canada as part of a coalition of Canadian conservation groups is 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 should be quashed because it would result in the destruction of sensitive migratory bird habitat - directly contravening the federal Migratory Bird Conventions Act. This and the other case launched last August will be heard together by the Federal Court in Edmonton, during the later part of this May.

The open-pit mine is a project of Teck Cominco (TSX: TEK.A, TEK.B) and the Fording Canadian Coal Trust (TSX: FDG.UN, NYSE: FDG), through their Elk Valley Coal Partnership, which runs the Cardinal River Coals operation.

Cheviot hearing at Hinton in January

The Alberta Environmental Appeals Board has set January 24-25 to hear the appeals of the Alberta Environment approvals issued for the Cheviot haulroad development. There are two main appellants, which in order to appeal have successfully proven to the Board that they are affected by the development; natural history guide and author, Ben Gadd and a group of Cadomin residents.

Heli-touring company tries again for expansion in Banff National Park and Bighorn Country

Sierra Club of Canada was one of a number of groups and individuals to recently file written submissions arguing against Rimrock Holdings Inc.'s latest application to have the limit of three helicopters operating their Icefield Helicopter Tours lifted. It was just a year ago that municipal authorities turned down a similar application, in part because of the potential impact on wildlife, recreational users and the surrounding wilderness. Rimrock wants to cater to bus tours travelling the Banff-Jasper Parkway. Their heliport is on provincial land surrounded by the Bighorn Country wilderness and is located a short flying distance from the wilderness and icefields of the northern part of Banff National Park. During peak periods, even with the limit of three, a helicopter passes overhead every ten minutes in the Cline River Valley, a popular Bighorn Country wilderness trail and prime wildlife area.





The discussion paper is aptly subtitled Creating a Vision for the Future.
The process offers an incredible opportunity to influence forest policy and make Prince Edward Island a leader in forest stewardship. (by moving away from clearcuts and softwood plantations, to working with nature and using practices that help speed up natural succession) Tony Reddin will be speaking on behalf of our Atlantic Chapter on Feb. 15 in Charlottetown.


The Government of Canada has awarded $24,583 to assist seven applicants taking part in the review of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Guidelines for the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project. A funding review committee, independent from the environmental assessment panel, was appointed to review the applications for participant funding. The report of the Funding Review Committee is available on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's Web site at The public will have until January 21, 2005, to provide written comments on the draft guidelines to the panel manager at <>.
For more information or to find out when a panel meeting is in your area, please visit


Sierra Club of Canada Cape Breton Group will be hosting a visit from broadcaster, scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki on January 22, 2005. Dr. Suzuki's address will be delivered at 8 pm at the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, 50 Maillard Street, Membertou, Nova Scotia.

He will speak about the state of the environment in general as well as local issues, such as the tar ponds. For more information, please visit:



Discussion Group - Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Tue, Jan 18 2005 TBD (evening after 6:30pm)
Location: 55 John Street, Metro Hall, Meeting Room 302 Toronto

Interested in discussing various environmental issues in a smaller group? Come out to one of the EcoCertification Discussion Group meetings!
You should have completed this book to participate in the discussion.
This session counts towards the EcoCertification Program.

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.

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.

Winter Outing - 5th Annual Bon Kanah of the Algonquin

Thu, Jan 27 2005 Weekend Trip
Location: Algonquin Park Ontario
Contact: Voyageur Quest Ph 1-800-794-9660 or 416-486-3605

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.
For full details please see:

Annual Rideau Canal Skate

Fri, Jan 28 2005 07:00PM to 10:00PM
Location: Ottawa Ottawa

Ottawa Group Annual Skate on the Rideau Canal followed by a pub night at the Elephant and Castle on the corner of Rideau Street and Colonel By Drive.

We will meet at 7pm in front of the warming hut on the north end of the canal (by National Arts Centre) go for a skate followed by refreshments at the Elephant and Castle pub at 8:30pm

Green Homes in Toronto - Wilson Natural Home

Sat, Feb 12 2005 10:30am to 4:30pm
Location: 55 John Street, Metro Hall, Meeting Room 303 Toronto

They day will be divided into 4 different presentations:

10:30 to 11:30 - The basics of composting (including if you live in an appartment!)
11:30 to 12:45 - Green Rooftops
12:45 to 1:30 - Lunch Break
1:30 to 3:30 - Green Homes with John Wilson
~3:45 to ~4:30 - Guided Tour of MEC green building

More about the Wilson Natural Home:



Sierra Club asks...Is Edmonton Growing Smart?

The Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter is releasing a new educational video that will inspire Edmontonians to take interest and get involved in the way our city develops. In seven fast-paced minutes, "Is Edmonton Growing Smart" illustrates the hidden costs of suburban sprawl and, using examples from Edmonton, the key Smart Growth concepts that will ensure Edmonton remains a clean, healthy, vibrant place to live - long into the future.
For the full media release or to see the video go to:

End of Suburbia

'What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia ?'

Date: Jan. 12, 2005
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Cost: $5
(tix. avail at 6, show starting promptly at 7)

'The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream'
Metro Cinema, The Citadel 9828-101A Avenue, Edmonton, AB
with Premiere 'Is Edmonton Growing Smart?', By Rainbow Bridge Communications / Sierra Club of Canada, Prairie Chapter and, 'Programmed Community Death', By Iva Jenega 'An Urban Sprawl Thinking Piece', By Sheryle Carlson

Grassroots Gathering - SCC Prairie Chapter Monthly gathering

Wed Jan. 26
Edmonton International Hostel (10647 81 ave)
Lower level meeting room

Evening Topic: The Industrial Heartland: the social and health impacts of industrial development to our communities.

The Industrial Heartland is a huge industrial project where the bitumen from the tarsands is processed, and where a number of petrochemical factories are located. Ella Haley, currently a sociology and environmental studies teacher in the Centre for Global and Social Analysis, at Athabasca University, has been working with the families in the Industrial Heartland that want to be relocated, and with citizens who are addressing broader land use planning, airshed and watershed issues. Ella will provide an overview of what life is like for these families and focus on key issues at stake: environmental health, emergency planning, and due process.

We will discuss community activism when industry moves in next door and offer solutions to combat this growing problem in Alberta.

Refreshments will be served.

Be sure to check out activities in your area!

Chinook Group (Southern Alberta)

Southern Saskatchewan Group
Contact Dan Parrott



BC Chapter Open House 2005!

When: January 21
Where: Victoria, BC,
Venue: BC Chapter office, 733 Johnson St.
Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter invites all members and supporters to our 2005 Open House! Last year's event was such a blast, we've decided to make it
an annual affair.

Last Chance to Save B.C.'s Cultus and Sakinaw Sockeye!

Two years ago, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assigned “emergency” status to two B.C. sockeye salmon runs: the Cultus Lake and Sakinaw Lake sockeye. Both stocks have suffered dramatic declines in recent decades due to over-fishing and habitat loss, and now perch on the brink of extinction.
Sierra Club of Canada is calling on the public to call, fax, or email the Environment Minister and urge him to reverse his decision not to list the Cultus and Sakinaw sockeye. See the action alert:

A lump of coal for British Columbians:
B.C. government's climate change plan nothing more than window dressing

Dec 21, 2004 (Victoria, B.C.)-The B.C. government waited until British Columbians were distracted by the holidays to quietly release B.C.'s long-overdue climate change action plan. Released under the title Weather, Climate and the Future, the plan lacks any binding mechanisms for reducing B.C.'s rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Canada's new wild salmon policy fails to put conservation first

Dec 17, 2004 (Victoria, B.C.)-Fisheries and Oceans Canada's new wild salmon policy fails to make conservation the overriding principle in managing wild salmon and their habitat, say conservationists at Sierra Club of Canada's BC Chapter.

Sierra Club Supports First Nation's Supreme Court Challenge

Dec 15, 2004 (Victoria, B.C.) - Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter is commending the Hupacasath First Nation for filing a petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia challenging the removal of lands from Weyerhaeuser's Tree Farm License (TFL) 44. The July decision to remove the lands-made without consulting the Hupacasath First Nation-will infringe upon Aboriginal rights, jeopardize the environment, and betray the public interest.

Axing B.C. Forest Service hurting communities and environment: report

Dec 7, 2004 (Victoria, B.C.)-Drastic cuts to the B.C. Forest Service under the current provincial government have put communities and environmental values at serious risk, a new report finds.



Winter Youth Action Gathering

SYC invites high school aged youth (14-19 yrs old) from the Ottawa/Gatineau and outlying regions to attend its first ever Winter Youth Action Gathering to be
held from February 25-27th, 2005 at Camp Notre Dame la Rouge near Calumet in Quebec's Outaouais region (1 hr from Ottawa).

The gathering consists of workshops and presentations on a variety of issues including Native Rights, Fair Trade, Biotechnology and Concentration of Media, as well as skills trainings in areas such as facilitation, consensus decision making and effective outreach. Participants can expect stimulating discussion, late night jams, snowy adventures and delicious food shared with like minded youth from throughout the region. The gathering is a part of SYC's larger Community Youth Action Project which aims to provide high school aged youth with the tools they need to actively engage within their schools and or communities. To apply or to obtain more information please contact Tim at 613-241-1615.

Rassemblement Action Jeunesse d'Hiver

La Coalition Jeunesse Sierra invite tout jeune provenant d'Ottawa/Gatineau et les environs à participer à son tout premier Rassemblement Action Jeunesse d'Hiver ayant lieu du 25 au 27 février, 2005 au Camp Notre Dame la Rouge près de Calumet en Outaouais. On peut s'attendre à une fin de semaine remplie d'ateliers, présentations et formations sur des sujets aussi divers que les droits autochtones, le libre échange, la biotechnologie, les médias, l'animation de groupe et la pub efficace. On peut aussi compter sur des discussions stimulantes, des soirées remplis de musiques, des jeux dans la neige et de la bonne bouffe, tout en compagnie d'autres jeunes provenant des divers coins de la grande région d'Ottawa/Gatineau et ses environs. Ce rassemblement est organisé dans le cadre du project Action Communautaire Jeunesse qui vise à fournir aux jeunes les outils dont ils ont besoin pour s'impliquer activement dans leurs écoles et/ou communautés respectives. Pour plus d'informations ou pour soummettre son application veuillez écrire à ou téléphoner le 613-241-1615.

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