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Green Gazette - November 2005

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Climate Change Action Across the Nation

The UN Climate Conference in Montreal is fast-approaching! This is the first international climate change conference since ratification of the Kyoto Protocol. For details and information about how you can help steer the course of climate policy history, go to:

Want to brush up on the history, science and critical issues facing COP-11 in Montreal, November 28 - December , 2005? Read Sierra Club of Canada's A Planetary Citizen’s Guide to the Global Climate Negotiations -or- How to Use a MOP

Regional Events

Can't make it to Montreal? Check out an event in your part of Canada!

November 14th - Regina, 7.30 pm, Royal Saskatchewan Museum, College and Albert
November 15th - Saskatoon, 7.30 pm, Saskatoon Public Library, 311 23rd St. East
November 17th - Halifax (contact the Sierra Club of Canada Atlantic Chapter 902-444-3113 for more information)

National Office

Celebrating the lives of two extraordinary women!

November 21 2005 is the date selected for a special SCC reception to celebrate the achievements of Senator Mira Spivak and SCC Executive Director, Elizabeth May. SCC will present Senator Spivak with its Lifetime Achievement Award - this prestigious ward honours a person in public life who has contributed significantly throughout his or her lifetime to environmental protection and restoration. At the same event, we will celebrate the recent nomination of Elizabeth May as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Tickets will go on sale shortly. Please contact Ashley Page for more information (


The MUCHMEMBERS 2005 membership drive has now come to a close and we would like to thank our groups and members for their enthusiastic participation. Any new memberships postmarked 31st October 2005 or earlier will be counted. The contest results will be announced in mid November, and will be detailed in the December 2005 Green Gazette.

Calendars Now Available

Sierra Club 2006 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. The Sierra Club of Canada National Office has a limited supply of Sierra Club 2006 Engagement Calendars. 

Order by calling 1-888-810-4204.

Sierra Club of Canada Foundation's 2004 Annual Report Now Available Online

Take a look back at Sierra Club of Canada’s projects and accomplishments for 2004 with the foundation’s very first annual report, available in both print and web-viewing versions,

Also, you can find Sierra Club of Canada Foundation audited financial statements for the last three years available online. Print versions are also available at your request!

Protecting Biodiversity

A database highlighting best forestry practices in Canada was added to the National Forest Strategy (NFS) web-based report card. The NFS is a national road map towards more ecologically and socially sustainable forest management that includes several commitments considered key by the Sierra Club of Canada, such as strengthening the role of Aboriginal People in forest management, maintaining carbon reservoirs, completing networks of protected areas and using ecosystem-based forest management.

The best practices can be viewed at:

Say no to more subsidies to Big Oil!

Imperial Oil is seeking $2 to $3 billion in federal subsidies to construct the Mackenzie Gas Project, which includes two pipelines (the longest of which is 1350 km long) and three natural gas fields.  Mackenzie gas is slated to fuel further development of Alberta’s tar sands, which produces the most damaging type of oil for the global atmosphere.

Imperial Oil is already fabulously profitable, with over $700 million in profits in the third quarter of 2005; the oil industry, including Imperial Oil, already receives $1.4 billion in government subsidies every year.

Write, email or fax Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, with copies to Environment Minister StÈphane Dion and NWT Premier Joe Handley and tell them to say no to more subsidies for the Mackenzie Gas Project and yes to investments in energy efficiency and wind and solar power.

Check out for more information.

People and the Planet 2006

SCC’s third People and the Planet conference will be held from June 9 through June 11 2006 in Ottawa, at St. Paul’s University. Watch this space for regular updates on the exciting speakers and the stimulating conference program. Please contact Susan Paul for more information (


November 10th to 12th - Responsibilities of Citizenship & Public Service -- Crisis of Challenge

Organized by Trudeau Foundation & Institute for Research on Public Policy) being held at Glendon College in Toronto. Registration information at Elizabeth will be a discussant for Session 5: Shared Governance & the Public Good on November 12th

"Climate Change, Kyoto, COP 11, and Ottawa" - Elizabeth May

Tue, Nov 22 2005 7:15 PM
Location: Mountain Equipment Coop - 366 Richmond Rd Ottawa
Contact: Graham Smart

Less than a week from the date of this talk, the most important global negotiations on climate since the 1997 Kyoto conference will open its doors in Montreal. The 11th Conference of the Parties will be combined with the First Meeting of the Parties under the Kyoto Protocol. What does it all mean? Is progress being made or are we hopelessly behind? What does science tell us about increasing severe weather events and the melting Arctic? Come and find out more.

Arctic Mission: Climate on the Edge

The National Film Board of Canada, the McGill Alumni Association and the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium present the series of films that will be introduced by Elizabeth May.

The Arctic is on the front line of climate change and it is sending us an urgent message: Global warming is having a serious impact on the planet. As temperatures increase, thousands of square kilometres of ice cap will soon disappear. Scientists predict devastation if we don't change our ways. .

Arctic Mission is a collection of five documentary films that explore the impact of global warming on Canada's North.

November 28, 6-8 pm, Moyse Hall, Arts Building, McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke St W

RSVP Sophia Johnson at 514-398-7684 or This event is open to the public and free of charge but seating is limited.

"Have Policies Led to Improved Environmental Performance by Foreign Investors?"

Elizabeth May will be the discussant for this topic at the Third North American Symposium on Accessing the Environmental Effects of Trade, being held November 30th - December 1st in Montreal. This Session is at 1:45pm on November 30th. For more information on the event visit:


Seismic Testing for Oil and Gas Slated to Begin in Sydney Bight on Nov. 1st

The Atlantic Canada Chapter is expected to take part in a Press Conference/Action to support the Women for Environmental Sustainability (WES) fisheries group based in Souris, PEI, in their concerns: "especially given that Sydney Bight is the overwintering grounds for all adult herring in the entire Southern Gulf as well as groundfish.  To say nothing of the lobster, crab, scallops, etc, etc who call it home.

Pesticide Forum

On November 24, SCCACC will host a conference in Wolfville, NS, to address common questions and issues concerning pesticide bylaws in municipalities. The conference will focus on municipalities and key speakers will address questions on legal issues, enforcement, education, health issues and building community support. Please visit for more information or to register.

Campus Sustainability Audit Results

UPEI Env Studies released the Campus Sustainability Audit Results this week. This is the SYC 'Greening the Ivory Towers' Campus Sustainability Program. Part 2 will be carried out by the Env Studies class in 2006.


PEI's Provincial Legislative Committee studying GMOs finished its hearings after hearing over 200 submissions, including a presentation by Tony Reddin, representing SCCACC. Legislative Report is expected in November.

Atlantic Canada Energy Coalition

November 3rd in Charlottetown, the coalition, which includes the Atlantic Chapter along with 3 provincial ENGOs, will host Michael Stoddard from Energy North East in Portland Maine for a discussion of strategy and joint US/Canada action to reduce fossil fuel consumption and prevent future climate catastrophes.


Ottawa Local Group Executive Committee Meetings

Monday, November 14 & December 12 @ 7:00 pm
Location: 1 Nicholas Ave, Suite # 412 Ottawa
Contact: Daniel Van Vliet Email:

EcoCertification Cafe - Inside the Bottle

Tuesday, November 30, 2005 7-9 pm
Location: C'est What - 67 Front Street East (downstairs) Toronto
Contact: Sandi Trillo, 416-485-9173

Sierra Club’s EcoCertification CafÈ meets monthly at a downtown cafÈ or pub to extend the conversations that naturally begin at Sierra Club events. Books, articles and current issues provide a focus for the conversations, but if you're not a reader, just bring your thoughts!

In November the focus is Sustainable Communities. For inspiration, we'll be reading the amazing book "Gaviotas - A Village to Reinvent the World", by Alan Weisman.

EcoCertification Program Team Meeting

Tuesday, December 6 2005 7-9 pm
Location: Duke of Argyle, 86 John St, Toronto
Contact: Michelle, 416-960-9606

This is a monthly meeting for the EcoCertification Program Team, to plan upcoming sessions for the EcoCertification Program (

1.  Review calendar of upcoming events - discuss planned sessions, brainstorm for future sessions
2.  Confirm logistical details of confirmed sessions
3.  Review advertising plan
4.  Feedback/review of past sessions - how to improve

If you're interested in volunteering for the Sierra Club and/or the EcoCertification Program, please feel free to come to this meeting to learn more.

Note: This meeting may be replaced by a holiday party. Woohoo!

6th Annual Bon Kanah of the Algonquin - Winter Outing

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - Long weekend trip
Location: Algonquin Park
Contact: Loretta Allen Phone: 416-960-9606

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.

For full details of the trip, please see:


Prosperous province called to "Invest in Alberta"

Vast stores of Natural Resources, high oil and gas prices and hard-working Albertans, have made Alberta Canada's richest province.

The "Prosperity Bonus" is an opportunity to take the money that citizens of Alberta have gained from the exploitation of non-renewable resources and invest in a clean energy future.  "Invest in Alberta" aims to support Alberta's transition towards a sustainable energy future for the province by collecting pledges for a direct investment in the provinces renewable energy sector.  Our goal is make the provinces largest single purchase of renewable energy by committing 1,000,000 of tax payer money directly into a clean/green energy future. (coming soon)

Prairie Chapter partners with Transport Canada (MOST), the Alberta Motor Association, and Commuter Connections to launch is an online ridematching system and resource tool designed to assist in the creation of carpools.  Modeled after the success of, will connect parents with other families in order to share commuting needs.  Not only will time be saved in the morning rush but participants will be reducing greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing trips to and from school, as well as reducing school based traffic congestion (a solution that will ease both stress both from parents driving to school as well as neighbours bothered by school congestion). (coming soon)

South Saskatchewan Group claims Governments Greens Strategy Framework falls far short of setting clear direction for province

The Prairie Chapter's South Saskatchewan group responded to a government Greens Strategy Framework.  The report was full of inconsistencies and a summary of our response as well as a detailed analysis can be found online at

Prairie Chapter responds to the MESS that has been created by the release of MOSS (the provinces Mineable Oil Sands Strategy)

The Alberta Government released its plans for massive Tar Sands strategy last week which called for unregulated and uncontrolled Tar Sands expansion over a 2500 square kilometer stretch of the Boreal Forest.  The Prairie Chapter along with National office released its response immediately following.  Our response can be found online at







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