Media Releases

Broad-spectrum of groups welcome federal vote on environmental racism bill

Urgent need for national strategy and law to address environmental racism

For immediate release: March 24, 2021

Ottawa/The traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people  – Social justice organizations, health organizations, academics, rights campaigners and environmental groups have welcomed the support shown by the majority of MPs for the National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism Act (Bill C-230) and urge all MPs to make this important legislation law at the bill’s second reading in the House of Commons today. 

New Nova Scotia Climate Commitments A Welcome Start - Beware of Devil in Details

Forest or Against Us, Halifax Climate March, Sept. 27, 2019
Media Release: February 25, 2021

K’jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) - Sierra Club Atlantic welcomes NS Premier Iain Rankin’s Day 1 announcement on climate action and hopes to see firm regulatory and funding commitments going forward. On February 24th, NS Premier Rankin and Environment and Climate Change Minister Irving announced a commitment to achieve 80% clean energy by 2030, $9.5 million electric vehicles rebates, and $9.5 million for energy efficiency.

Canada Needs to Act Now to Save the North Atlantic Right Whale from Extinction

Canada Needs to Act Now to Save the North Atlantic Right Whale from Extinction

Kjipuktuk / Halifax, NS, Oct. 29, 2020 - Science released this week by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows North Atlantic right whale numbers are even lower than previously thought, and that we are not doing enough to stop right whales from going extinct, according to Sierra Club Canada Foundation. Research released by NOAA showed there are 356 North Atlantic right whales left, down from estimates of approximately 400 of these whales left on the planet.

Small modular nuclear reactors:

Media Release Small modular nuclear reactors: A nightmare, not a dream for Canada in this week’s Throne Speech
A nightmare, not a dream for Canada in this week’s Throne Speech

For immediate release

OTTAWA, September 22, 2020 — In anticipation of this week’s Throne Speech, environmental groups across Canada are sending a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan that “small” nuclear reactors would be a nightmare and not a dream for Canada’s Northern and First Nations communities and are not the solution to climate change.

Statement In Solidarity - Calling on Canada to Uphold Peace & Friendship Treaties & Mi’kmaq Right to Fish

Statement of Solidarity with Mi’kmaq

We are all Treaty People.

Sierra Club Calls on Canada to Uphold Peace and Friendship Treaties and Mi’kmaq Right to Fish

Kjipuktuk / Halifax, NS, Sept. 21, 2020 - Sierra Club Canada Foundation condemns the racism that Indigenous people are experiencing as they practice their right to fish in Nova Scotia, and stands in solidarity with the Mi’kmaq in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation.

NL court hands down landmark victory for protection of Gulf of St. Lawrence

Court confirms that NL Offshore Petroleum Board was wrong to extend Corridor Resources’s exploration licence

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, July 7 2020 – Ecojustice lawyers and their environmentalist clients are celebrating a landmark victory in the wake of a court decision rendered July 3, which protects the Gulf of St. Lawrence and other sensitive ocean ecosystems. 

A Newfoundland and Labrador court quashed a licence for oil exploration in the Gulf, agreeing with the environmentalists that the offshore petroleum board was wrong to extend it beyond its legal term limit. 

Flawed Environmental Assessment of Offshore Drilling in NL to be Scrutinized in Court

Flawed Environmental Assessment of Offshore Drilling in NL to be Scrutinized in Court
Environmental groups disappointed exploratory drilling will proceed in the interim


St. John’s, NL, June 04, 2020 – Ecojustice and its clients welcome the Federal Court’s decision to reject the federal government’s attempt to shut down a judicial review application challenging a flawed Regional Assessment (RA) on the impacts of exploratory drilling off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Flawed Enviro Assessment of Offshore Drilling Puts Marine Ecosystems At Risk

Flawed Environmental Assessment of Offshore Drilling in Newfoundland and Labrador Puts Marine Ecosystems At Risk

Environmental groups taking legal action against federal government over flawed environmental impact assessment

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Environmental groups are taking legal action against the federal government for failing to properly assess the impacts of exploratory drilling for oil and gas in Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore waters. It is the first Regional Assessment (RA) to be conducted under the new Impact Assessment Act.