Sierra Club Blog Posts

This page shows a collection of all of Sierra Club Canada's blog posts, shown in chronological order. To view the full post, click on its title.

Last lump of coal, first refugee

By John Bennett

There were four events of note this week--well five, actually. The first two demonstrate the dissonance between the Government of Canada and the rest of the world.... Read more »

Invasive Asian Carp threaten Canadian waters

By Mary Muter,

Chair, Great Lakes Section, Sierra Club Canada Foundation

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers recently released a report on options to prevent the very invasive Asian Carp from getting into not just the Great Lakes but also into all waterways and lakes connected to the Great Lakes.... Read more »

One Sweet Day Family Fun Event April 19th

Celebrate Earth Day at our One Sweet Day Event with the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Artists, Local Vendors, Bee Keepers and more for a day of Celebration of Honey Bees!!  

The event will be held on Saturday April 19th from 10:30am – 4pm at Sorauren Park in Roncesvalles neighbourhood, Toronto.

A great day to celebrate Spring and honey with the family.  There will be music, games, educational workshops, face painting, a silent auction and more.   

Check out the event on our Facebook page and invite your friends too! ... Read more »

Happy Birthday Greenbelt!

By: Thaia Jones

Speech to be given at the Greenbelt Celebration on February 28th at Mississauga's Celebration Square: 

Happy 9th Birthday Greenbelt!  I’m Thaia Jones of Sierra Club of Peel.  I’m excited to be here even though I don’t have any skates.    Why, you might ask, am I so excited to celebrate down here in Mississauga, when the Greenbelt is way up there in north Caledon and beyond?  ... Read more »

Autosaurus Rex: A story of dinosaurs

Should a CBC radio and television commentator be accepting speaking fees for pro-Tar Sands speeches on the side without publicly disclosing the financial conflict of interest to viewers? Should a national newspaper consider--let alone sign--a strategic partnership with the oil industry (a.k.a. Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers) to produce content? Would such a move render the paper a non-news organization? Should it?

These two stories emerged over the last week and received almost no attention in the media. There has to be a better explanation than Olympic coverage eating up air time.

We’re all familiar with the National Post’s ‘tendencies’ (sorry Terrence) so I wasn’t overly shocked with the latter. But I have to say I was taken aback by the news about Rex Murphy.... Read more »

Bee Action Alert

ACTION ALERT / February 5, 2014

Tell the Senate to Speak Out Against Neonicotinoid Pesticides

The Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry is now holding hearings on widely-used, bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. The committee has invited beekeepers, grain-farmers, and scientists to present evidence at the hearings.

The Senate Committee will undoubtedly hear a repeat of what the Ontario Bee Health Working Group heard last summer -- that something was wrong and the beekeepers want a moratorium on the prime suspect: neonicotinoid pesticides.... Read more »

Ignorance is never an excuse…

First, thank you for your patience and the generous support you’ve shown during our year-end fundraising push. Believe me when I say we don’t like to “push” for donations, but the reality is we have to in order to keep our doors open.

BACK TO WORK

We’re back to work now and I want to talk about mercury pollution.

Most people my age cite Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” when asked how they first became aware of the environment and the need to protect and preserve it. For many, the moment was the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970.

My moment of truth was the mercury poisoning at the Grassy Narrows Reserve in northwest Ontario. Between 1962 and 1970, two First Nations communities’ staple food — fish — had been contaminated with record-high levels of mercury from a chemical plant up the river. But no one knew, and for almost a decade they consumed the poison.... Read more »

Bloomin' Amazing

“Oil” is, rightfully, a dirty word for many people when it refers to that stuff we take out of the ground  to fuel cars and become easy-break knife handles. For once I actually feel kinda good reporting some oil news. Just in time for Santa's annual visit!

There has been more advancement in the field of converting algae into oil... to the point where the process is almost within reach of the (sigh) holy grail label, “economically viable.” I don't know enough science to really get into it, but Pacific Northwest's website toots their own horn:

http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=1029... Read more »

Sorry, we won’t shut up and be quiet.

By John Bennett

The “Radioactive Road Trip”, thanks to you and many others on both sides of the US/Canada border, is still parked. You’ll remember that Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) proposed shipping the highly toxic and unstable enriched uranium (dissolved in nitric acid) to the Savannah River facility in Carolina for ‘reprocessing’. It’s been stalled by U.S. officials asking excellent questions about the use of dry containers (designed for dry, solid waste) to carry the dangerous radioactive liquid concoction. Apparently the U.S. also has restrictions on shipping radioactive materials in winter.... Read more »

Good news! You created a lot of buzz...

Dear Friend,

Thank you for being part of our campaign to help save the bees! I didn’t need to tell you how important the bees and other pollinators were to our ecosystem and food supply--you understood the situation was dire, took action and made a difference.

So here are the numbers: Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) comment period on neonicotinoid pesticides closed this past Thursday, December 12th having received 10,241 comments from YOU (via the Sierra Club Canada website). Pat yourself on the back – you deserve it.

Obviously we cannot rest on our laurels as there’s much more to be done, but it’s important to take a moment and be proud of our accomplishments to date.

More good news…

I’m excited to report a large foundation is seriously considering a major grant to support our bee work in 2014 through a $120,000 pollinator health education program.... Read more »

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