Media Releases

Clock Runs Out On Old Harry Licence - Fight to Protect the Gulf Continues

Media Statement: licence to explore for oil and gas in the gulf

After more than ten long years, the licence to explore for oil and gas in the Gulf has been allowed to lapse by the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador offshore petroleum board (C-NLOPB).

“We are still awaiting justice for the Gulf of St Lawrence,” according to Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director of Sierra Club Canada Foundation. “The need to protect the Gulf is even greater than ever and we and our allies continue to call for a complete moratorium on oil and gas in the Gulf.”

Sierra Club and Allies Respond to New Protections for Right Whales in Canada

Media Release - Not Enough Being Done To Prevent Extinction

Sierra Club Canada Foundation is alarmed that not enough is being done to prevent the extinction of North Atlantic right whales in Canada's waters. Sierra Club and allies have signed a joint letter in response to new right whale protection measures announced by the Canadian government.

Groups Roll Out Plastic Waste Carpet For Environment Ministers

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K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – At noon today environmental groups are rolling out a carpet covered with plastic litter for delegates to Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) which is taking place at the Halifax Convention Centre on June 26 and 27. The groups are urging the Federal Government and ministers in attendance to act swiftly to implement a comprehensive Strategy on Zero Plastic Waste, including single-use plastic bans.

Emergency Actions Needed To Protect Remaining North Atlantic Right Whales

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“With four dead right whales reported in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, more needs to be done to prevent more deaths,” states Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director at Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

The cause of the deaths of the whales has not been determined but researchers are desperately trying to find out why these whales died. The 12 right whale deaths in the Gulf of St Lawrence in 2017 were linked to entanglements in fishing gear and ship strikes.

Groups Condemn Plan To Exempt Nuclear Reactors From Bill C-69

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Ottawa, May 7, 2019 — The Government of Canada is proposing that the "project list" for Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act, exempt many nuclear reactors from any environmental assessment.  Civil society groups are condemning the exemption from environmental assessment under Bill C-69 and demanding that all new nuclear reactors be subjected to formal environmental assessment, as is now the case.


Is Nothing Sacred? Offshore Alliance Demands Sable Island Oil Leases Be Cancelled

Sable Island Media Release


HALIFAX, December 13, 2018 -- As the 193 countries currently participating in the UN climate change conference in Poland struggle to draft a survival plan for life on Earth, the Offshore Alliance is calling for the newly advertized offshore oil and gas leases surrounding Sable Island National Park Reserve to be cancelled. 

Oil Spill Shows We Are Not Prepared For Disasters At Sea

Sierra Club of Canada Media Release
Halifax, NS - An oil spill of an estimated 250,000 litres of crude oil in 7 metre seas shows we are lax in regulating our offshore. “Husky Oil is reporting they are unable to confirm extent of spill, never mind try and clean it up - a virtually impossible task in 7 metre seas. Our leaders are claiming this is world-class regulation. I think this spill shows we are far from that standard, says Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director for Sierra Club Canada Foundation.