Media Releases

POLL: ATLANTIC CANADIANS OVERWHELMINGLY WANT SHIFT FROM FOSSIL FUELS

June 22, 2021

HALIFAX / K’JIPUKTUK — More than 4 out of 5 people in the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador want to see a transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency, which would include training and income support for affected workers, according to regional polling conducted in spring 2021 by The Atlantic Quarterly and commissioned by the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, and the Ecology Action Centre.

New Federal Policy Statement on Thermal Coal Mines “a No-Brainer” 

For Immediate Release, June 14, 2021

The Sierra Club Canada Foundation couldn’t agree more with Federal Environment Minister Jonathon Wilkinson that getting off thermal coal is a “no-brainer.” On Friday, June 11, the Minister announced that the Federal government would make it harder for companies to obtain permits for new thermal coal mining projects in Canada.  

Federal Court Judge Comments on Land Acknowledgments, Indigenous Consultation, and Two-eyed Seeing

Statement on behalf of Sierra Club Canada Foundation, EcoJustice, World Wildlife Fund Canada, and Ecology Action Centre:

Our organizations are committed to the work of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and Nations in Canada. 

We recognize that Indigenous peoples face barriers within the legal system, an extension of the systemic racism which permeates Canada’s public institutions. As predominantly settler organizations, it is incumbent on us to name and address systemic inequities and biases that disproportionately harm Indigenous peoples and communities. 

Diverse Faith Groups to Pray for Mi’kmaw Fishery

In the days leading up to the Sipekne’katik First Nation’s plans to fish outside of the commercial fishing season, members of multiple faith traditions will be taking time to pray and meditate for two things: that the Sipekne’katik First Nation fishery will not be subjected to violence; and that Indigenous moderate livelihood fishing rights be respected.

Flawed environmental assessment of offshore drilling faces scrutiny in Federal Court

Environmental groups head to court to fight blanket exemption for exploratory drilling

ST JOHN’S, N.L./TRADITIONAL TERRITORY OF THE BEOTHUK AND MI’KMAQ –

Ecojustice will be in court today to challenge the federal government’s failure to properly assess the impact of exploratory drilling for oil and gas on ecosystems off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, and its attempt to exempt all future exploratory drilling from assessment.

Offshore Alliance Welcomes Nova Scotia’s Commitment to Protect Georges Bank from Oil Drilling

For immediate release: April 22, 2021

Kjipuktuk (Halifax, NS) - The Offshore Alliance applauds NS Minister of Energy and Mines Chuck Porter’s commitment to extending the moratorium on oil drilling on the vital and rich fishing grounds of Georges Bank off Southwest Nova Scotia. Minister Porter stated his commitment to extending the moratorium on April 12th.