Mississauga's Natural Capital: The Foundation of Our Health and Well Being

Natural capital refers to stock of natural resources and environmental assets and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective tries to quantify the wide range of benefits that are provided by these natural resources and environmental assets for free.

Democratic Participation: Interesting and Unique Opportunity

February 28, 2013

Dear Friend,

Sierra Club Canada is a proudly non-partisan organization; we’ve always strived to work with ALL political parties, federal, provincial and municipal. Our history is well-documented. That’s not to say we don’t engage in the democratic process, we do! For example, during federal elections we issue a report fairly analyzing and comparing the party platforms. Our mission is to empower people to protect, restore and enjoy a healthy and safe planet, after all!

Pickering Nuclear: A Cracking Bad Idea

Extending the operations of the Pickering Nuclear plant for up to an additional 10 years beyond its designed life of 2014-2016 is a Cracking Bad Idea. This is the position of Sierra Club Canada’s Ontario Chapter as it participates in the current Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s public hearing into the Ontario Power Generation’s application for a renewal of Pickering A and B licenses. Public hearings begin May 29, 2013 in Pickering, Ontario.

Thank you for taking action to protect sharks

Do you live in Calgary? If you can, please attend the Council meeting in Calgary City Hall at 9:30 am on January 28th to show your support in person.

If you can’t make it in person, a quick, friendly phone call to your alderman can be a huge help. Click here to find out your Alderman’s details and then call (403) 268-2430 and ask to speak to him or her. (Expect to leave a message - you rarely get through the first time, but all voice messages are heard loud and clear!)

Action Alert: Ban the sale, trade and possession of shark fins!

Dear Friend,

Over the past two years, a growing number of individuals, businesses, and governments in Canada and around the world have been rallying against the cruelty and ecological destruction caused by the practice of shark finning. Next Monday, January 28th, all eyes will be on Calgary City Council when they vote on a proposed bylaw to ban the sale, trade and distribution of shark fins in the city. If successful, Calgary will become the largest city in Canada to ban shark fins, and the 18th municipality in Canada to do so.

Thus far, Calgary City Council has shown resolve in moving this bylaw forward, and they have been strongly encouraged to do so by over 11,000 Calgarians who signed petitions to show their support. But Monday is the final vote, and City Council needs to hear your support more than ever.

BREAK’S OVER: Urgent action needed on proposed changes to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act

Dear Friend,

The break is over and we only have a few days to convince the Ontario government not to weaken its already inadequate enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.

The Natural Resources Ministry wants to stop issuing permits to developers wanting to build in areas where endangered species are living. Instead of being required to obtain a permit (as is the case now) when working in sensitive habitat areas home to endangered or threatened species, developers and industry would only have to voluntarily comply with existing rules and regulations. In our business "voluntary regulation" is an oxymoron; a misnomer for deregulation or the wholesale gutting of regulation (remember voluntary labeling of GM foods – 10 years later we’re still waiting for that to happen).

SCC Supplemental Submissions on Darlington

At the request of Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Sierra Club Canada sent in extra submissions on Darlington Nuclear Generating Station (Clarington, Ontario) on Jan 14.  This paper goes into greater detail on the issue of the binational Air Quality Agreement and lack of notice given to the US related to pollutants released at Darlington.  The Sierra Club's Atlantic Chapter (New York) has submitted a letter of concern as well.