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SCC Green Gazette

June 2005

Sierra Club of Canada's monthly news update from the National Office,
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You have a voice!

Are you currently a member of the Sierra Club of Canada? Then we need to hear from you. We encourage you to participate in the SCC Board of Directors Election and Membership Survey, either online or by email.

The SCC Election enables you to vote for new members of the national Sierra Club of Canada Board of Directors. Each elected Director will serve in this capacity for three years, and will play an important part in setting directions and meeting the goals of the Club. SCC members will receive their ballot in the mail or via email if we have your email address. Election closes at midnight June 17th, 2005. Make sure your vote counts!! To vote online visit and follow the instructions.

The Membership Survey will provide information that will help us to make important strategic decisions on things such as membership benefits, communications, conservation policies and campaign choices. If we have your email address, you will receive the URL for the Survey so you can fill it out online. If not, you will already have received the hard copy of the Survey, and we do hope you'll take a few minutes to fill it out.

You have a voice in our future. Please make it heard!

3rd Annual Membership Drive - MUCHMEMBERS 2005

Midnight EST on June 1st 2005 marks the beginning of our MUCHMEMBERS 2005 third Annual Membership drive and will run through until the 31st of October 2005 (all entries must be postmarked no later than the 31st October 2005 to qualify).

All new memberships received between these dates will benefit your Local Group and Chapter with cash prizes totalling $3,500. The prizes will be distributed as follows: $1,500 for the winning group and $1,000 for the winning group's Chapter; and $500 for the runner-up group with $500 going to the runner-up Chapter.

Winners are based on total new members joined and runners-up are based on percentage of membership growth (an incentive for smaller and rural groups). Winners will be announced in mid-November. Please feel free to call us at 1-888-810-4204 if you wish any further information.

RIO Report Card

The 13th annual RIO Report Card (Report on International Obligations) will be released on June 6th 2005. It will be posted to the National website at:

Elizabeth May Speaks.....

"At the Cutting Edge" Cross-Canada Tour

At the Cutting Edge Book Tour with Elizabeth May
New and Revised Edition now Available in Stores across Canada with forward by Farley Mowat!

With the purpose of drawing attention to the opportunities and threats facing forest ecosystems in Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada is planning a cross-Canada book tour promoting the release of the revised, updated and expanded edition of "At the Cutting Edge: The Crisis in Canada's Forests", by Elizabeth May.

The book tour will include many public speaking events, media opportunities, book signings and events at book stores as well as meetings with those responsible for regulating logging in Canada's forests.

In addition Sierra Club of Canada National Forest Campaigner Rachel Plotkin and grassroots organizer Lindsay Telfer are offering a workshop called "Strengthening the Roots", an Activist Training Series for local groups. The training is aimed at helping to identify new strategies to make sure campaigns are as effective as they can be and additionally to reconnect local activists with the inspiring vision that drives their work.

If you're interested in learning more about these opportunities contact or visit

Tour Dates:

North Bay June 2nd
Winnipeg, MB June 8th
Halifax, NS June 13th
Wolfville, NS June 14th
Moncton, NB June 15th
Fredericton, NB: June 16th
Ottawa, ON: June 18th
St. John's, NFD: June 20th
Salt Spring Island, BC: July 5th
Charlottetown, PEI: July 23rd

Talk Ottawa

Catherine Clark, Rogers TV host of Talk Ottawa, will interview Elizabeth on June 6th 2005. Tune in to Rogers Cable TV in Ottawa to catch the chat.

Humanism Now!

Elizabeth will speak at the Humanist Association of Canada: Conference 2005 - Humanism Now! 2 pm on June 24th. For information regarding registration and the schedule of speakers please see:

International Conference: Rethinking Development; Local Pathways to Global Well-Being

St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada June 20-24, 2005
Conference Presenters Include:
Maurice Strong, Jigmi Thinley, Ray Anderson, Sakyoug Mipham Rinpoche, Ela Bhatt, Mathis Wackernagel, Dr. Marilyn Waring,
Farouk Jiwa, Dr. John Helliwell, John Taylor Gatto, Elizabeth Beale, Holly Dressel, Raffi, Elizabeth May, Cindy Blackstock, Danny Graham
Conference and workshop space is limited by facilities.
Register early to reserve your space online at:

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Forest and Biodiversity

New Forest Database Reveals Provinces Failing to Protect Species Habitat

Thursday, May 5, 2005 OTTAWA - As Canada marks National Forest Week, Sierra Club of Canada released the country's most comprehensive database of forest management practices. The database, providing detailed performance analysis on forestry practices in each province and territory, raises serious concerns about Canada's forestry practices.

Concern for Alberta's Foothills raised at Victoria's Secret AGM:
Company asked not to buy from Endangered Forests

Monday, May 16, 2005 EDMONTON: Representing a local coalition and Alberta conservation groups active in Alberta's Foothills, Rebecca Reeves spoke at the annual shareholders meeting of Victoria Secret's parent company, Limited Brands, in Columbus, Ohio. She made a statement on the urgent need for parks, restoration efforts and other legislated protected areas in the public Forest Reserves of Alberta's most southerly extension of the Canadian Boreal, known as the Foothills Natural Region. She'll ask the company to encourage West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., one of their pulp suppliers, to not log in the Bighorn Country and Little Smoky Endangered Forests of west-central Alberta and to commit to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for all their holdings in the Foothills.

Significant Degradation of Abitibi Forests says Sierra Club of Canada study

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Corner Brook, NL -Research recently completed by the Sierra Club of Canada shows that forest lands known as the Labrador Linerboard Licences and tenured by Abitibi-Consolidated have significantly degraded over the twenty-five years, as a result of the liquidation of most old growth forests within the licence areas.

Groups praise government and opposition parties as seabird protection bill is passed

Thursday, May 19, 2005 (Ottawa: May 19, 2005) Several of Canada's leading conservation and animal welfare organizations, as well as BirdLife International, praised both the government and opposition parties for helping to quickly pass Bill C-15 which will help protect seabirds off Canada's coasts. The Bill, which has now become law, is designed to bring an end to the dumping of bilge oil from ships, which results in the deaths of some 300,000 seabirds annually off the coast of Newfoundland alone.

Atmosphere and Energy

One Project, One Assessment for Mackenzie Gas

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 Ottawa÷The law suit filed by the Dene Tha' First Nation of northwestern Alberta demonstrates that the project-splitting tactics of Imperial Oil and TransCanada are not working says the Sierra Club of Canada (SCC). "TransCanada's proposed Northcentral Crossing pipeline is really part of the Mackenzie Gas Project, because it will carry most or all Mackenzie gas directly to the Alberta tar sands", said Stephen Hazell, SCC's conservation director.

Health and Environment

Food Miles

The Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture program has added a new campaign this month called "Food miles." The aim is to promote local food in terms of Canadians' commitment to reduce their personal greenhouse gas emissions. Next time you're buying your groceries, think about "loosing a tonne while eating local" read the page to find out more, and watch it in the coming months for more information and tools on how to create more intimate food webs in your household and community.

MP Marlene Catterall congratulated for introducing bill to ban cosmetic use of pesticides

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 (Ottawa) - On the heels of the five-year anniversary of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development report calling for a ban of cosmetic use of pesticides, Ottawa-West Nepean MP Marlene Catterall, introduced Bill C-370 aimed at making the recommendation a reality. Sierra Club of Canada congratulates this demonstration of strong leadership to protect health and the environment.

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation

Welcome Susan Hickman!

We are pleased to announce that Susan Hickman has been appointed Donations Assistant to the SCC Foundation. Susan served as office manager and bookkeeper for allgšrithms inc. , an Ottawa computer training company and prior to that a receptionist and sales clerk with the Ottawa Conservatory Vocal and Dance Performance Academy.

As donations assistant, Susan will provide clerical and administrative support to the SCC Foundation by managing donor information, gift entry and receipts, and preparing monthly accounts payable.

Susan will be working half-time in this position commencing Tuesday May 24, 2005. She can be reached by email at:

Monthly Donations - Why are they so Effective?

Monthly donors show their commitment to protecting our environment by contributing to Sierra Club of Canada Foundation every month. Monthly donations help us considerably when it comes to financial planning for our important grassroots charitable programs. They let us know that we can count on resources coming in every month.

The monthly donor program also allows our supporters to make substantial contributions throughout the year - smaller monthly gifts are not missed as much, but they add up to big annual contributions over the year. And monthly donors receive one cumulative tax receipt early in each new year, with plenty of time to file your tax return.

You can make monthly contributions as low as $5 per month, and you may increase, decrease, pause or stop your donations at any time.

Please join our monthly giving program today and support the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation. For more information or to sign up, please call Sara at 1-888-810-4204 or email her at





Make plans to attend the 2005 SCC-ACC Annual General Assembly, this year being held Saturday, July 16th to Sunday, July 17th at Windhorse Farm, Bridgewater, NS (starting at 9:30am on Saturday and finishing at 3:30pm on Sunday). Workshops, panel discussions, forest and garden tours, strategy sessions and training sessions - and of course, good food and lots of fun! REGISTER NOW on the website below!!
Phone: 902-444-3113
Fax: 902-444-3116


Premier Lord has been hounding the Prime Minister Martin to use taxpayers' money to bail out Point Lepreau. The Prime Minister will soon make a decision on Premier Lord's demands. Please phone, fax or e-mail the Prime Minister's office to let him know we dream bigger dreams in New Brunswick than rebuilding a 1974 CANDU 6 nuclear reactor. We want the Prime Minister to help build a sustainable energy future for New Brunswick, not prop up the status quo.
Call the Prime Minister 613 957 5517
Fax the Prime Minister 613 941-6900
E-Mail the Prime Minister


Ecology Action Centre and Sierra Club of Canada (Atlantic Chapter) invite you to celebrate the launch of Elizabeth May's "AT THE CUTTING EDGE: the crisis in Canada's forests." With the purpose of drawing attention to the opportunities and threats facing forest ecosystems in Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada is planning a cross-Canada book tour promoting the release of the revised, updated and expanded edition of "At the Cutting Edge"
DATE: Monday June 13th, 2005, TIME: 7:00-9:00pm
LOCATION: KTS Room - Kings College, 6350 Coburg Rd.
Contact: Minga O'Brien
tel. 902-429-1335
fax 902-422-6410



Nuclear Phaseout in Quebec is Only Sustainable, Cost-Effective Solution

Friday, May 13, 2005 Montreal - In the wake of a report on the future of nuclear power in Quebec, Sierra Club Quebec Chapter and Sierra Club of Canada are urging the Charest government to begin the process of shutting down the Gentilly-2 nuclear reactor in favour of safer, more sustainable energy sources.

Au Québec, « sortir du nucléaire » est la seule solution durable et économique

Montréal - Dans la foulée d'un rapport sur l'avenir de l'énergie nucléaire au Québec, la section du Québec du Sierra Club et le Sierra Club du Canada exhortent le gouvernement Charest à amorcer le processus de fermeture du réacteur nucléaire de Gentilly-2 et à favoriser des sources d'énergie plus sécuritaires et plus durables.



At the Cutting Edge with Elizabeth May

Wed, June 1 2005 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Metro Hall, 55 John St. Room 314 Toronto
Contact: Jamie Kirkpatrick Ph 416-960-9606

Saturday, June 18th 2005 5:30pm
Location: Octopus Books, 116 Third Ave Ottawa
Contact: Lisa, phone: (613) 233-2589

With the purpose of drawing attention to the opportunities and threats facing forest ecosystems in Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada has organized a cross-Canada book tour promoting the release of the revised, updated and expanded edition of At the Cutting Edge: The Crisis in Canada's Forests, by Elizabeth May.

Stop the Pickering Airport!

Wed, June 8 2005 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Pickering Public Library, One, the Esplanade, Pickering
Contact: Bernadette Zubrinsky Ph 416-960-9606

Join the Sierra Club of Canada, Ontario Chapter, for an informative meeting about the proposed Pickering Airport and the future of the North Pickering lands and Rouge-Duffins Agricultural Preserve. Members of many groups working to raise awareness of all the issues will be present. Find out what you can do to help!

Ottawa Local Group Executive Committee Meeting

Mon, June 13 2005 7:00 pm
Location: 1 Nicholas Ave, Suite # 412 Ottawa
Contact: Daniel Van Vliet Email:

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



New website launched

With great appreciation for Adam Pigeon of Zakias Group, our volunteer technologist, the new Prairie Chapter website was launched this week. We wanted the site to be easy to navigate, tie closely to the National site, and streamline the features and appearance of our programs and campaigns to make the site more useful for members and the community. A few new features in the works are an online donation page as well as an Action alerts feature with drafted letters, contact information for elected officials and general information on community advocacy.

River Valley Clean up a success! Thanks to volunteers

River Valley Clean Up a Successful Event - On Sunday May 1st, Prairie Chapter volunteers converged on Emily Murphy Park in the heart of Edmonton's River Valley to spring clean a favorite gathering spot. With the help of local Mountain Equipment CoOp volunteers, we collected 5 jumbo bags of garbage, 67 golf balls, a rusty gas can, a pair of unmentionables and a lot of general debris. We were all pleasantly surprised with how clean the park was - a testament to the 18 years of River Valley Clean Ups and Edmontonians commitment to a clean river valley system.
Our river valley is a key factor in the livability of Edmonton, a unique wildlife corridor that is 25 times larger than New York City's Central Park. The Prairie Chapter was proud to offer 8 volunteers to the citywide clean up and look forward to another successful event next year.

Pesticide Committee update

Pesticide Committee Update - Local members are currently meeting with City Councilors to discuss a bylaw that would phase out cosmetic uses of pesticides on public lands. In addition, summer outreach will focus on distributing more than 500 pesticide free lawn kits to Edmontonians.

Volunteer Management - renewing commitment to the Chapter and assessment of needs for recruitment and training

Prairie Chapter Volunteer Program Assessment - As Outreach Coordinator, I attended a Volunteer Management workshop last month that provided new insights into the voluntary sector in Canada and how volunteers are integral to our organizations. In order to provide a more rewarding volunteer experience with the Prairie Chapter, an assessment of our current program and an analysis of its strengths and weaknesses is currently in progress. Part of this assessment also involves seeking a renewed commitment from long term volunteers and an examination of how to improve recruitment, training, information tracking, incentives, and in some cases, dismissal procedures. If you are interested in conducting the same assessments at your Chapter feel free to contact me for more information (Geneva Rae, 780-439-1160 or or go to my source of information, the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement ( and the Canadian Administrators of Volunteer Resources ! (cavr. org)

Building Capacity in Our Community' - an Advocates' Training Retreat
in conjunction with the 2005 Annual General Assembly of the Alberta Environmental Network

"Getting what you want takes planning."
Coordinated by the Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter, and drawing on years of successful training programs, the goal of the weekend is to improve your advocacy strategies and help you build relationships and coalitions with other community leaders.

Venue: Bennett Environmental Education Centre, 9703-94 Street
Date: Friday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 5th

If you have any questions please call Geneva Rae at 780-439-1160. We are excited for this opportunity to work collaboratively with the AEN and guarantee it will be a memorable weekend.

Steer Clear...Go Your Own Way - Launch Date June 6th

In partnership with Edmonton Transit System and Environment Canada, Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter will launch phase II of Steer Clear...Go Your Own Way, a project to assist Government of Alberta employees on their way to environmentally friendly commuting. Through a multi-faceted social marketing based campaign, we will work to encourage City of Edmonton staff to be part of the "One Tonne Challenge" and reduce transportation related emissions.

The project will involve a workplace outreach program targeting Government of Alberta employees through direct mail, flyers and e-mail.

Sonja's "Local Hero" Award from the Green Learning program of the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Sonja (ex-Chapter Director) has recently received the Local Hero Award from the Green Learning program at the Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development. We are fortunate for her commitment to the Sierra Club of Canada and organizations who are making a real difference in making our province and our planet a more livable, sustainable place for us all.

Good Bye Sonja - posting for a new Director.

After 10 years with the Prairie Chapter, Sonja has moved on to a new position with Edmonton Transit Service. We are currently seeking a candidate for a new Chapter Director.

For more details, and a job description, send your resume and cover letter no later than May 27, 2005: Search Committee, Sierra Club of Canada - Prairie Chapter 2nd Floor, 6328-104 Street Edmonton, AB T6H 2K9 Fax: 780.437.3932 E-mail:

Chinook Group

Cross Conservation Area Hike

Friday, June 3, 7:00 pm
Cross Conservation Area (south of Calgary)
Cost: Free
Register with Janice at or call 270-8398.
After June 1, contact Laura Hickman at

Cornwall Creek Waterfall via Big Elbow Hike

Saturday, June 11, 10:00 am
Elbow Valley
Cost: Free
Register with Dave Keith at or call 266-3630

Weaselhead Guided Walk

Friday, June 24, 7:00 pm
Weaselhead Natural Area, Calgary
Cost: Free
Register with Janice at or call 270-8398

Beginner Backpack Trip

August 20, 21
Lake Minnewanka, Banff
Contact Dave at or call 266-3630

EcoTrust EcoTrek

September 10, 11
Bow Valley Provincial Park
See> for details or contact Dave at or call 266-3630

Annual High Trip

September 16-18
Shunda Creek Hostel, Nordegg
Cost: $20 per person per night
Contact Janice at or call 270-8398



2005 Nature Outings

A new season of Sierra Club of Canada - BC Chapter Nature Outings and Trips has begun! Our online schedule has all the details.

Rally and Celebration to Protect Our Endangered Forests

When: June 1
Where: Vancouver, BC,
Venue: Meet at corner of Cardero and Georgia; rally is at Westin Bayshore Hotel

Concerned citizens from across North America are converging to celebrate and defend our remaining intact natural treasures and expose the hypocrisy of today's Îsustainable' forest industry



"Be Heard, Learn How"

The Sierra Youth Coalition invites you to attend a Youth Action Gathering (YAG). YAGs are weeklong camps for high school aged youth (14-19 yrs). 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 your region and learn to organize within your respective community. Sound like your type of thing?

This year YAGs will take place in :

Cedar, B.C. -- August 7-13 at "Wildwood" eco-forestry operation

Ottawa, ON (urban) -- August 13-19 at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre

Ottawa, ON (rural) -- August 22-28 at MacSkimming Outdoor Education Centre

Southeastern N.B. -- August 18-27. This will be a mobile gathering, where youth will bicycle to several locations and learn about local issues through hands on experiences.

Contact: Tim Murphy
Telephone: 1-888-790-&7393

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