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The Convoy is No Mirage

Ottawa Canal

Monday of last week one of our volunteers, Jake, offered to go to downtown Ottawa to take air quality readings around the truckers convoy. As a volunteer with our Breathe Easy project, Jake justifiably wanted to see how the trucker convoy and their idling, honking trucks were affecting the air breathed by Ottawa citizens as they endure what is now widely understood to be a political and illegal occupation.

We need alternatives for our whales

This year, the Sierra Club Canada Foundation will be organizing a Multi-Stakeholder Initiative to bring people together to discuss potential solutions to restore the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence and reduce NARW mortality from entanglements and other stressors. Let’s hope these discussions will accelerate collective action in the region to help relieve the pressures on our ocean giants.

We have no choice...

If this decision stands, new exploratory drilling will proceed without notice to the public or further independent scrutiny in an area off Newfoundland the size of Alberta.

Forgive My Pessimism

By Owen Leggatt Stewart (Nov 5, 2021)

After the first week, COP26 has presented some small steps forward for the environment. Forgive my pessimism, but I am not convinced it will be the solution to the broad environmental problems we face.

Before even beginning, the conference suffered from access issues. 

Bring Back Nature Everywhere

Committing to phase out fossil fuels would mark a welcome sea change in climate leadership for Canada.  Other countries would sit up and take notice.  

However, stopping fossil fuel combustion alone won’t solve the climate crisis.  

Season One of Our Youth Chapter’s Podcast is Out, Listen Now!

Season 1 of our Sierra Youth chapter’s podcast is now available to listen to in full on spotify and apple podcasts. This first season takes a look at some of the most pressing issues facing our environment as well as the impact of environmental damage on people. Each podcast ends with a simple 10 minute action we can all take to make a difference. 

Our new MPs should be talking about air quality

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By Jake Cole

Information being collected through the BreatheEasy project shows that Ottawa has its share of pollution — which can have serious health effects.

Answers vs Actions at COP26

By Alexandra MacDonald at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland

In 1992, 30 years ago, more than 100 nations signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – a treaty designed to cut back on global emissions. Each country, developed and developing, agreed that they had a responsibility to fight climate change and that they must work together to address the growing issue.

A message from Helena Starr, of Eskasoni First Nation

Dear people of this nation,

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, we must first acknowledge the Every Child Matters movement and the importance of spreading the truth about the thousands of children's lives lost because of the federally funded, church-run, residential school system. We mourn the loss of a beautiful generation of Indigenous people, and we must push to find their remains and return them to their families.