Green Gazette - May 2006

Sierra Club of Canada's monthly electronic newsletter.


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Feds Hold the Strings to Protect the Spotted Owl

The BC government announced on Friday April 28th that it is abandoning the spotted owl in the wild, moving instead to bring it in for captive breeding so that the province can continue to log in owl habitat.

In the face of the province’s failure to protect habitat for the owl, there is an opportunity for the federal government to use the Species At Risk Act (SARA) to intervene and implement protection measures.

Sierra Club of Canada staff brought this message to Parliament Hill following the announcement, flying kites shaped like owls with a banner that said: ‘Feds—you hold the strings. Protect the spotted owl.’

You too can send a message to the federal government, by writing to Environment Minister Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Stephen Harper and urging them the use SARA to protect Canada’s most endangered bird. Email them or write (postage free to House of Commons, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6) today.


Early Bird registration has been extended to May 9th! Act now and take advantage of the discount. Register today!.

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!

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


Acting Executive Director Named

The Board of Directors of Sierra Club of Canada is pleased to announce that Stephen Hazell has been appointed as acting executive director of SCC national office effective May 1, 2006 until a permanent replacement for outgoing executive director Elizabeth May is engaged. We are delighted that Elizabeth May has agreed to retain responsibility for several key files on behalf of Sierra Club of Canada at least for an interim period.

Stephen is an environmental lawyer and activist who has served as executive director of two national non-governmental organizations: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Canadian Arctic Resources Committee.  He is currently engaged as SCC’s interim conservation director and the executive director of the SCC Foundation. 

Mackenzie Gas Project - News from the North

Work continues on the Mackenzie Gas Project. Sierra Club and Ecology North are working together on presentations to the Joint Review Panel that is assessing environmental and socio-economic effects of the proposed multi-billion dollar massive energy project. For the latest, please see and join our new email list:

For John Muir's birthday and Earth Week, volunteers Kevin Kennedy and Paul Falvo ran Yellowknife's first membership drive -- and as of press time almost doubled the number of members in the NWT.

Sierra Forest Watch 

A new and improved database was unveiled this week that includes grades and best practices of forestry activities across the country. Check it out at:

Chernobyl at 20

Sierra Club of Canada's atmosphere and energy campaigner, Emilie Moorhouse recently travelled to Kiev for the the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown and to participate in the conference on the Chernobyl disaster entitled, ‘Remembrance for the Future’  You can read all about her trip and the conference at:

The Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout held a press conference on April 25th to observe the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl and reflect on Canada's own nuclear industry. Read the release.


How to Save the World in Your Spare Time

Elizabeth May's latest book will be released in the next few weeks, and below is an opportunity to hear her read from this essential guide to activism.

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

Won't be in Toronto the event? - Order a copy today!

Social Justice Now Conference

DATE: Friday, May 12, 2006 
TIME: 11:00am

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

Natural City Conference May 31 - June 2, 2006

DATE: Friday, June 1, 2006 
TIME: 4:30-5:30 pm

Elizabeth will be delivering the closing keynote address. For more information visit:

Upper Thames Watershed Conservation

DATE: Friday, June 2, 2006 
TIME: tba


Vancouver port LEEDs the way

By Taylor Bachrach

When the Vancouver Port Authority (VPA) set out to design a new downtown office space, it wasn’t just looking to change the color of the cubicle dividers. The VPA wanted to use the opportunity to demonstrate the company’s leadership in environmental stewardship.

Eight million dollars later, and with the help of architectural firm Bunting Coady Architects and local interior design firm Group 5, the project met its mark. Last month the VPA office building became the largest project in Canada to receive LEED-CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Commercial Interiors) Gold certification.

Learn more about LEED certification on the United States Green Building Council’s website.



Draft Three of the Halifax Regional Municipality's Regional Plan has recently been released, and public consultations will commence on May 16. Please visit for more information.

People and the Planet Carpool

Want to go the Sierra Club of Canada's People and the Planet conference, June 9-11, 2006 but don't have transportation? The Atlantic Canada Chapter can help organize a carpool option that works for you! Contact the Chapter office, (902) 444-3113 for more information. Get details on the conference at:


Read up on the Sierra Club of Canada's Ontario Chapter by subscribing to The O-Zone today. You'll receive one email per week with Chapter news, opportunities, invitations to meetings, outings, get-togethers and more. For more information: Chapter events can be found at: 


Upcoming Events:

1. May 28th - Prairie Chapter hosts Alberta Environment Networks Annual Gathering and AGM

If you have any questions, please contact the AEN office by phone at 780.439.1916.

2. June 6th and 7th – Mackenzie Gas Project hearings come to Alberta.

Nuclear Debate hits Alberta – letter to the editor
Read Chapter Director, Lindsay Telfer's letter to the editor
4 out of 5 Calgarians say NO to Pesticides
Calgary, AB - March 23, 2006 – The Sierra Club of Canada and Calgarians for Pesticide Free Parks released a report showing clear direction from Calgarians for a pesticide free community.  The poll addressed the use of cosmetic or non-essential pesticides on lawns, gardens and public green spaces in Calgary. Commissioned by the Sierra Club of Canada and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), the poll surveyed 500 Calgarians in late February 2006 with a margin of error +-4.4%, 19/20 times.

Highlights of Poll:

The poll clearly indicates that the majority of Calgarians would like to see a phase-out of pesticides.

• 4 out of 5 respondents support the phasing out of cosmetic use of pesticides in Calgary 

-in public parks - 84% 
-private residential property - 82% 
-other common green spaces - 89%. 

Environmental 911 keeps going strong in Edmonton
Our Environmental 911 program in the prairies continues to generate much interest and questions from local citizens.  We hope to expand the program to Saskatchewan and Manitoba within the year so stay tuned!!  In the meantime check out our evolving resources, generated from Enviro911 inquiries, at


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.




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