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Health & Wellbeing
National Hike for the Environment - 2017Posted on April 19, 2017
ACTION ALERT: Act Now to Protect our Greenbelt from Costly Urban SprawlYvonne Ho — March 21, 2017
Going from Greenbelt to a ‘Swiss Cheese belt’...
On Monday March 20th, the development industry hosted a lobby day at Queen’s Park to drive home the message that land in and around the Greenbelt is essential to avert the growing housing crisis in Toronto and the GTA. However, we know this is not accurate.
ACTION ALERT: Oppose Proposed Reductions in Protected Area of Ontario’s GreenbeltYvonne Ho — February 9, 2017
The following article was written by Dr. John Bacher, Greenbelt advocate and a member of Sierra Club Ontario.
The Ontario Greenbelt is a great success, but is its future secure?Yvonne Ho — February 8, 2017
The following article was originally published in August 2016 on Sierra Club Canada Foundation's blog.
What the world needs now is LOVE. And CHOCOLATE.Posted on February 7, 2017
Need a break from all this discord and rancour?
So do we!
Guest Post: Canada gets to dump its nuclear waste in South CarolinaYvonne Ho — February 6, 2017
The following article was originally published in Sierra Club U.S. website, written by Carol Polsgrove.
Guest Post: Ontario's Good Fortune - Appreciating the Greenbelt's Natural CapitalYvonne Ho — February 1, 2017
Guest Post: Radioactive Waste... Rolling Through Your Town?Yvonne Ho — January 26, 2017
The following article was originally published on Sierra Club U.S.'s blog, written by Carol Polsgrove.
That truck next to you on the highway may contain “the most radioactively hazardous materials on Earth”.
Remembering Dan McDermott - Former Chapter Director, Sierra Club OntarioYvonne Ho — January 20, 2017
Dan McDermott (May 6, 1947 - January 4, 2017)
Dan McDermott, Sierra Club Canada’s Ontario Chapter Director for 13 years, passed away peacefully on January 4th 2017. It is wonderful to see his influential life mentioned in these posts, which have featured in the news recently with reflections and thoughts on Dan’s life, what he dedicated it to, and his passing three weeks ago.
I wish I had a riverMelissa Munro — December 28, 2016
It’s the holidays, and I can’t get this song out of my head, and those beautiful words sung by our beloved Joni Mitchell,
I wish I had a river.
Admittedly, the song is a good dose of melancholy, and some longing for home, a longing for Canada, where the landscape is rich with rivers so long you could teach your feet to fly.
Trump's lump of coalMary Kainer — December 14, 2016
Breathing is easier “beyond coal.”
In 2007, before the shut down of the coal-fired power generating plants in Ontario, there were 29 smog days and 11 smog advisories in Toronto. It seemed that almost every hot day there was choking smog. At that time, I couldn’t even escape to my cottage in the Kawarthas. That same year, there were 21 smog days and 8 smog advisories in Peterborough County.
Make Muskrat Right - It's On all of Us NowGretchen Fitzgerald — October 28, 2016
Over the past few weeks, protests about the potential for methyl mercury contamination downstream of the Muskrat Falls development in Labrador made national headlines. Sierra Club Canada Foundation has voiced strong opposition to the Muskrat Falls project for years, and tried to show the damage it will cause to wildlife and the Grande River, and the people who live downstream. We also tried to demonstrate that this type of mega-hydro development was not needed to meet our climate objectives, and there were plenty of less damaging, less expensive alternatives. All to no avail.
Joel Plaskett lends his voice to Re-imagining Halifax Harbour projectKelly Schnare — October 17, 2016
Inspired by my father's love of fishing, swimming, and camping in the Birch Cove area near Halifax, I became interested in all things watery and wild. But to date I have not touched the water of Halifax Harbour, in the city where I was raised and choose to live.
Contact Premier Wynne to voice your support for a fully protected and growing GreenbeltPosted on October 7, 2016
There are positive proposals within the four draft provincial plans, including the Greenbelt plan, open for public comment until October 31st, Urban River Valley additions to note one example. There are also some alarming proposed changes that would allow land to be taken out of the current Greenbelt and handed to the developers. Section 3.4 Settlement Areas of the Greenbelt draft contains an outline of a proposed process that could do just that and subject the Greenbelt to being turned into a Swiss cheese belt.
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility: Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and President ObamaPosted on October 4, 2016
Over two dozen non-governmental organizations from Canada and the United States are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama to postpone or cancel an unprecedented series of shipments of highly radioactive liquid waste from Ontario to South Carolina along public roads and over bridges crossing the waters of the Great Lakes.
See below for a letter from the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility to Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama.
Shipments of Liquid Nuclear Waste Scheduled to Begin SoonPeter Smith — September 26, 2016
Authorities in Canada and the United States are preparing to ship approximately 150 truckloads of liquid nuclear waste from Chalk River, Ontario to the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. The material is a mixture of bomb grade uranium together with a witches’ brew of highly radioactive fission products dissolved in nitric acid.
The Legacy of Fracking: From Earthquakes to Jessica ErnstPosted on September 20, 2016
Green Rights Film Tour - join us!Posted on September 16, 2016
Calling all runners, walkers and casual strollers!Posted on September 8, 2016
We are excited to announce that for the first year ever, Sierra Club Canada Foundation is participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon!
On Sunday, October 16, 2016, we invite you to run, walk or stroll with team Sierra Club Canada Foundation at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon to raise money to preserve and protect our planet.