Green Gazette - April 2006

Sierra Club of Canada's monthly electronic newsletter.

 
 

What's Inside

NATIONAL

ELIZABETH MAY speaks...

GRASSROOT GROUPS: FOCUS ON MALASPINA

ATLANTIC CANADA CHAPTER

ONTARIO CHAPTER

WORLD URBAN FORUM 3

WEATHER MAKERS TOUR

 

 

It's time to register for the third biannual conference, People and the Planet: Changing Values for a Sustainable Future. We've had two great conferences in 2002 and 2004 and we are planning on this year's being even better!

Speakers will include Elizabeth May, Paul Watson, Owens Wiwa, R.H. Thomson, Samuel Epstein, Jerry Mander, Holly Dressel, Adrienne Marie Brown and many more.

Don't miss this exciting and empowering opportunity!

 
 

The weekend kicks off Friday, June 9th with keynote speaker Maude Barlow, comedian Greg Malone and a not to be missed performance by East Coast singer-songwriter Mary Jane Lamond!

Registration has opened! Act now and take advantage of the "Early Bird" discount that ends May 1st. Accomodation is available, but space is limited. Click the green button to now.

Visit www.peopleandtheplanet.ca for more information on speakers, workshops, EcoFair, Kids and the Planet and how you can join the fun!

SYC 10th Anniversary Celebration

Join the Sierra Youth Coalition in celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The celebration takes place Saturday June 10th, in the evening It will be a time for current volunteers, members and staff, as well as alumni, to share, enjoy and celebrate! Please RSVP to Mélanie Broguet at info@syc-cjs.org if you would like to attend.


NATIONAL

National Board of Sierra Club of Canada - Call for Nominations

National Board candidates include two categories — National-at-large members and those under 25 years old. For the SCC Election 2006, we are seeking to fill National-at-large members. Youth positions on the Board are currently filled.

You can nominate a member (or yourself!). You may also run as a petition candidate. Petition candidates are included on the ballot, as long as they are supported by the signature of one percent of the membership. Contact the National office for details about becoming a petition candidate.

Send the nominations for all nominations by April 28, 2006 to:

Sierra Club of Canada
Attn: Nominations Committee
Suite 412-1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7

Or by email to debrae@sierraclub.ca,or by fax (613)241-2292, attention Debra Eindiguer.

Candidates must be current members in good standing of Sierra Club of Canada (for at least the previous year). Please note that you must be a current member to receive a ballot for the election.

If you are unsure of your status, please call 1-888-810-4204 or email membership@sierraclub.ca.

Elizabeth May's departure

Most of you may have heard by now that Elizabeth May is stepping down as Executive Director of Sierra Club of Canada. For those of you who would like more information, please read our press release.

Mackenzie Gas Project Hearings Continue

Public hearings of the Joint Review Panel examining the environmental effects of the Mackenzie Gas Project continued in March in Inuvik.  Astonishingly, Sierra Club of Canada was the only environment group that intervened in these Inuvik hearings, which addressed environmental impacts relating to the MGP’s pipeline routing and design and the gathering system.  SCC Conservation Director Stephen Hazell participated in the first week of hearings, and Paul Falvo, project counsel with Sierra Legal Defence Fund (representing SCC), participated in the second week of hearings. Key issues were raised such as the impacts of climate change on the operations of the pipeline and anchor fields as permafrost melts, sea level rises, Arctic summer sea ice disappears and Arctic coastlines degrade with more summer storms.

The Joint Review Panel is holding hearings in various Mackenzie Valley communities in April, and the National Energy Board continues its hearings on pipeline design and materials and engineering of facilities in Norman Wells from April 24 to 28.

For more information about the Mackenzie Gas Project or to sign the Mackenzie Wild Declaration, visit www.mackenziewild.ca

For the "Hearing BLOG" prepared by Stephen Hazell and Paul Falvo see www.mackenziewild.ca/postings

In Memoriam: Joe Lotzkar

It was very sad news for the Sierra Club of Canada family when we were notified of Joe Lotzkar’s passing a few weeks ago. Joe has been intimately involved with us for over a decade: as a committed activist, loyal donor and active volunteer, both with the BC Chapter and the National Office.

Joe was involved in environmental issues most of his life. He took every opportunity to contribute to the betterment of our Earth. He ran a successful recycling business, Pacific Metals Recycling International, and was active at the City Hall of Surrey, BC, as a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee.

Of her friendship with Joe Lotzkar, Elizabeth May, Sierra Club of Canada Executive Director says:

“Words cannot capture the spirit and energy of Joe Lotzkar.  He was irrepressible, spontaneous, dedicated, politically shrewd and progressive, generous to a fault, a wonderful friend and devoted husband.  Joe brought such intensity to everything he did.  I enjoyed being his friend for the last decade or so, and know that no one can ever replace him.  Let us rededicate ourselves in his memory to make this a better world.”

Forests and Biodiversity

Rachel Plotkin, the national Forests and Biodiversity Director, gave a presentation on the National Forest Strategy database at the Forest Leadership Conference in Toronto in February.

Is the Easter Bunny good to your kids?

Why not thank her by making a donation to Sierra Club of Canada Foundation in the name of your kids?

A donation of any size will help protect the habitats, homes and ecosystems of the Easter Bunny, many other bunnies, and other species such as humans. 

To make an online tax receiptable donation to Sierra Club of Canada Foundation click here. Or call 1-888-810-4204.

Thanks for your support!


ELIZABETH MAY SPEAKS

How to Save the World in Your Spare Time

Elizabeth May's latest book will be released in the next few weeks, and there are a few chances to hear her read from this essential guide to activism.

2006 Ottawa International Writers Festival

DATE: Saturday, April 22, 2006 
TIME: 8:00pm
LOCATION:  Library and Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON 

For more information visit: www.writersfest.com

Sustainability Network - Book Launch and Discussion

DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2006 
TIME: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
LOCATION:  215 Spadina Avenue (between Dundas and Queen), Toronto, ON

If you would like to attend, please pre-register by providing your name and affiliation to Saul at info@sustain.web.ca

Won't be in Ottawa or Toronto for the events? - Order a copy today!

100th Monkey EcoSummit

DATE: Friday, April 21, 2006 
TIME: 9:20am - 10:00am
LOCATION:  RA Centre, Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON

Sierra Club of Canada Celebrates Earth Day 2006 in Ottawa

DATE: Friday, April 21, 2006 
TIME: 11:00am - 2:00pm
LOCATION:  Sparks St. Mall (between O'Connor and Bank Streets), Ottawa, ON

Elizabeth will speak at the annual Earth Day festivities in Ottawa hosted by Sierra Club of Canada. Stick around and visit the tables from local environmental companies and organizations, listen to the music of local musical talent (including The Raging Grannies), and celebrate, "Living Local!"

Water Policy in Canada National Workshop Series

DATE: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 
TIME: tba
LOCATION: Wolfville, NS

This is the third workshop in the series hosted by Pollution Probe. It's theme is: "What are the Policy Gaps and Barriers to Action?" Visit: www.pollutionprobe.org for more information.

Queen's School of Policy Studies MPA Weekend

DATE: Friday, April 28, 2006 
TIME: 2:00pm
LOCATION: Queen's University, Kingston, ON

The topic of the weekend is: Efficacy and Adaptability of Government: The Post Gomery Reality. For more information on the event visit: www.queensu.ca/sps/

Social Justice Now Conference

DATE: Friday, May 12, 2006 
TIME: 11:00am
LOCATION: London, ON

Come hear Elizabeth talk about "How to be an Activist". More details to come.

Natural City Conference May 31 - June 2, 2006

DATE: Friday, June 1, 2006 
TIME: tba
LOCATION: Toronto, ON

Elizabeth will be delivering the closing keynote. For more information visit: www.naturalcity.ca


GRASSROOT GROUPS: FOCUS ON MALASPINA

The following article appeared in The Powell River Peak on March 29th, 2006

Members of the Sierra Club of Canada's Malaspina Group recently celebrated being the fastest growing Sierra Club in the country in 2005.

The Malaspina group won in two separate categories. One award was for the highest percentage increase in memberships, and a second award was for the greatest number of new members. The club's membership increased from 29 to 69.

The membership drive was a Canada-wide initiative.

The Powell River Sierra Club won a prize for the BC chapter as well. Jill Thompson, BC grassroots coordinator, presented members with a cake when she came to Powell River to teach a workshop on Forest Watch.

The Sierra Club of Canada's Malaspina Group was incorporated in the spring of 2004 and encompasses the area from Saltery Bay to Lund, including Texada Island.

"We work with all of these issues, protecting critical old growth ecosystems, rare and endangered species and building sustainable communities by endorsing the concepts of Smart Growth," said Betty Zaikow, a director of the Malaspina Group. "We believe in bringing the jobs back to Powell River by sustainable use of the earth's resources through value-added forest products and eco-tourism."

In a short time as an organized group, members have hosted a coffee house, raising money for Save the Strait, raised $1,500 for the Millennium Park fund, and protected the Willingdon Creek Trail from highway development. "We have participated in beach and trail cleanups, education films, outings to wild salmon streams and threatened forests, as well as participating in Earth Day. Our motto is 'One Earth One Chance' and we believe in the wise use of the earth's resources."


ATLANTIC CANADA CHAPTER

Sackville, NB Passes Pesticide Bylaw

On March 13, 2006, the town of Sackville, New Brunswick passed a bylaw banning cosmetic pesticide use.  After more than two years of debate, this is a victory for residents who have been expressing their concerns about the environmental and health risks associated with the use of pesticides. The SCC-ACC also played a vital role in the process, giving a presentation at a public meeting in Sackville and providing literature.

New SCC-ACC Group Formed in Northeast Avalon

The Northeast Avalon Group of Sierra Club of Canada held its first executive meeting on March 6th 2006, in downtown St. John’s.  Members of the Northeast Avalon Sierra Club have been working toward becoming a group for several years.  During that time, members of the group formed conservation, legislative, student and membership committees, and focused on pesticides, urban sprawl, solid waste, and enforcement of environmental laws.  The group is hoping to expand its current membership and is looking forward to a host of discussions and events throughout the coming year.

New Brunswick Endangered Species Act

Are you interested in attending a consultation meeting to discuss and comment on the new amendments to the NB Endangered Species Act?  On April 13, the provincial government is organizing a meeting to be held in Fredericton from 10:00AM to 1:00PM. 

If you are interested in participating in these consultations, please contact the Chapter office at (902) 444-3113.

Tobeatic Wilderness Management Plan - Letters needed!

The Tobeatic Wilderness Management plan has been delayed until October 31, 2006. Campsite owners in the area have been given that long to accept an offer of $20,000 each for their campsite leases and the plan will wait in limbo during that period. The 2004 draft plan said the leases could not be reasonably sustained while respecting the guiding principles and management goals outlined in the plan.  The problem is less with the presence of these campsites and more about the continued use of all terrain vehicles to reach these camps. 

We desperately need additional support letters requesting that the 2004 Draft Management Plan become the Final Plan and be released by Government prior to the October date, preferably April, as previously promised. Letters should appear in the Herald, Daily News, and also some articles and letters are needed to appear in the Bridgewater Bulletin, the newspaper which is published in the constituency riding of the current Minister of Environment, Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. All should be copied to the Premier - Premier Rodney MacDonald at: Premier@gov.ns.ca


ONTARIO CHAPTER

Calling all Sierra Club of Canada Liberals ... We Know You're Out There!

The Ontario Chapter is actively participating in the planning for our province's electricity future. We are asking all Club members to speak up in favour of a clean and green energy future that is lead by smart, electricity conservation, improved energy efficiency, better building code standards, and substantial growth in renewable power for Ontario.

We are especially looking for Liberal members to encourage the anti-nuclear voices within the Ontario Liberal Party to speak up. Whether it be at the riding association level, at party fundraisers, or during meet and greets with MPPs, please help prevent Premier McGuinty from repeating the nuclear mistakes of the past.

Contact ontariochapter@sierraclub.ca if you want to help! For more info: www.sierraclub.ca

The Toronto Group of the Sierra Club of Canada presents: The Earth Day Spring Festival

Saturday April 22, 2006, 10:30am - 4:00pm at Budapest Park in Parkdale Toronto

The Earth Day Spring Festival is an event in celebration of Toronto Green Space, specifically the Parkdale waterfront. Councillor Sylvia Watson will kick off the event with a waterfront clean up of Budapest Park and the day will continue with an tented eco-fair featuring local green businesses and organizations, family entertainment, refreshments, and workshops.

We currently need volunteers to help promote the event and to help out on Earth Day itself. Saturday, April 8th, 2006 we will be postering the west side of Toronto and Saturday, April 22nd, 2006 we'll need people to help at the waterfront clean up, set up and tear down/clean up of site. If you are interested and available on either of these days, please e-mail ontariochapter@sierraclub.ca, attn: Sasha.

The Ottawa Group will be at the Billings Bridge Plaza Wildlife Festival on April 7th, 8th, and 9th. Come by to find out more about the Club and the local activities it is involved in. Volunteers are required to staff tables as well.

For more: http://ontario.sierraclub.ca/ottawa/showevent.php?id=1079

Garbage, Garbage Everywhere!

Requests for major landfill expansions in Southwestern Ontario, near Belleville and in Ottawa.

Talk of incineration also in Ottawa, as well as Toronto, Durham Region, and in the Hamilton, Niagara area.

400 truckloads a day of waste to Michigan from Toronto, Peel, Durham and York Regions, as well as recently, Owen Sound. Not to mention from Institutions, Commercial operations and Industry from across S.W. and Central Ontario.

It seems the issue of "waste" and our seeming inability to divert more of it has never been greater.

The Ontario Chapter is extremely active in the promotion of waste diversion. To learn more please visit www.wastediversion.ca

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WORLD URBAN FORUM 3

This June 19-23, more than 6,000 participants from 150 nations will gather in Vancouver, Canada for the third session of the World Urban Forum. This biennial UN-HABITAT event on urban sustainability examines and identifies solutions to the critical problems facing cities  around the globe.

Information: www.wuf3-fum3.ca


WEATHER MAKERS TOUR

How We Are Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

Tim Flannery is going on tour with his new book, The Weather Makers. He will be in:

Vancouver, April 17, Talk of the Town, Hal Wake, moderator, John Oliver Secondary School, 530 41st Avenue East, 7:30 PM start, Free, www.ubc.ca/talkofthetown.

Winnipeg, April 18, Terry MacLeod, interviewer, McNally Robinson bookstore sales, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, #2 Forks Market Road, 7:30 (doors at 7:00 PM), Pick up your free tickets at all Winnipeg McNally Robinson locations

Burlington/Hamilton, April 19, Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, 7:30 PM
$5.00, Tickets available at Different Drummer Books, 905-639-0925

Toronto, April 20, Pages Books and Magazines, This Is Not a Reading Series, Bob McDonald, interviewer
OISE auditorium, 252 Boor Street West, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:30 PM), $5, Tickets available at Pages Books and Magazines, www.pagesbooks.ca.
 
Ottawa, April 21, Chapters Indigo, 47 Rideau Street, 4:00 PM, Free, More Information

Ottawa, April 22, Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, 12:00 PM, $10, www.writersfest.com/upcoming_e.htm or call 613-562-1243

 

   
 

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