John Bennett's blog
We're thinking about the environment but what about our candidates?John Bennett — September 25, 2015
Do oil and whales mix?John Bennett — September 21, 2015
Lock me in my office, please!John Bennett — April 8, 2015
It’s week four of the Protect The Pollinators Tour, which means our (unfortunate) comedy of errors is almost over. So far we have survived a broken tooth in the airport, two missed connections, a twisted ankle (I’m typing with my foot over my head) and one heck-of-a gruelling schedule. I am getting (at least feeling) old and, at this point, the thought of sitting in my office back in Ottawa is very, very nice!
But having said that, transportation mishaps and human folly aside, the tour has been an incredible success, and incredibly empowering and inspirational. I’m more hopeful today than I’ve been in a long while. Our force is strong.
Bill C-51 and a dear friend's wisdom...John Bennett — March 17, 2015
Greetings from Victoria where our Protect the Pollinators Tour gets underway tonight.
I want to talk about Bill C-51, the anti-terror bill, and how it might impact Canadian environmentalists. Before I do, I want to take a moment and talk about Andrew Chisholm, who passed away over the weekend. He was the first person I ever spoke to at Sierra Club back in 1996. He took the time to talk to me about how the federal government was changing the environmental assessment laws in the middle of the night so it could sell CANDU reactors to China.
Then, when I got here a few years later, Andrew was still part of the Sierra family (on staff and later as a volunteer)...
#ProtectThePollinators TourJohn Bennett — March 2, 2015
Well...it's that time! I would like to invite you to join me and author Paul McKay on our Protect the Pollinators Tour that kicks off March 17th in Victoria and will see us visit cities and towns across Canada to talk about pollinators, pesticides and what we can do.
The Protect the Pollinators Tour will include a series of public meetings with beekeepers, farmers, academics, and environmental advocates, as well as individual Canadians concerned about the fate of bees.
It's a great opportunity for anyone who wants learn more about the issue.
We have videos, beekeepers, expert speakers...we even have (DRUMROLL) our own Tour T-Shirt...
Pest Control Products Act 'act'John Bennett — February 4, 2015
Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada). The Act--like many laws--contains a mandatory review clause, which means the Standing Committee on Health must undertake an examination at set intervals and recommend changes to Parliament...
If you think about it, that’s how we got a country...John Bennett — January 26, 2015
If you have heard anything about the Canada’s Premiers meeting in Ottawa on January 30, you probably know the Prime Minister is not attending. So--like the media--you are not paying much attention to it.
That’s unfortunate because it just might be the biggest climate change meeting ever in Canada. Or maybe it’s a good thing that the Prime Denier stays home. We’ll see...
#SaveTheWolvesJohn Bennett — January 21, 2015
In the name of protecting Woodland Caribou, the Alberta Government has killed more than 1000 wolves using poison, traps, and guns from helicopters. Hundreds of other animals have also been killed, including moose and elk to bait wolf traps. Others have died by eating poison intended for the wolves. It’s barbaric and senseless.
This is all happening in the name of protecting Woodland Caribou. They call it a “cull”. The problem is it doesn’t work...
Reminder >> Please urge Ontario to stand strong on bee-killing pesticides...John Bennett — January 12, 2015
A number of these public consultations took place this past December and the majority went very well, with farmers and other stakeholders able to give input on the new rules. A meeting on December 19th, however, was very different...