Sierra Club Blog Posts
ALERT: THIS IS NOT A CALL TO ACTION. DO NOT CALL FOR CHANGE OR CONTACT YOUR GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVE...Submitted by John Bennett on Thu, 2013-12-05 15:02
Blog by John Bennett
I was on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti last week talking about the chilling revelations the Canadian government was spying on us and other environmental groups. I find it a great irony that police forces resort to spying on groups like us because we make a point of being very public about our plans.... Read more »
By Dan McDermott
Premier Kathleen Wynne’s announcement that she would propose legislation to ban the generation of electricity through the burning of coal provides some level of confidence that Ontario’s twice delayed coal phase-out may finally become fact. It has been a long journey and I have been on board for much of the ride. I joined Sierra Club in 1998 with a project, The OntAIRio Campaign, aimed at getting Ontario off coal.
Our province’s doctors can claim the credit for getting the off-coal movement going in earnest. The Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA) May 1998 report linking coal plant emissions to increases in asthma and other respiratory diseases firmly established the credibility of the environmental message to ban coal. Jack Gibbons’ Ontario Clean Air Alliance was in action and pushing for an Ontario Government commitment to phase out its coal-fired power plants.... Read more »
By: Jeff Alan-
Rob Ford mania has surpassed fever pitch today (this twitter feed is exploding). Contrasting the fact that this criminal fiasco has (momentarily?) sidelined the PC's genius plans to elevate some Fords, it's also been the perfect federal distraction from pretty much every important recent issue. While the left hand was flailing about crack pipes, the right hand (in hand with the left hand) was just busy preparing to build pipes. Pretty sneaky, guys. Speaking of pipelines, I'm still finding people I know who have never heard about Line 9.... Read more »
This fall, Atlantic Chapter is hosting education and activist training events throughout the region to help people take action and get results on fracking.
We want to get the word out about fracking and how people can take action ... and we need your help!... Read more »
By Sarah Archibald – SYC’s Campus Food Systems Project Coordinator
When we speak of the food system, we often use the sayings “farm to plate” or “field to fork”. Most of the time, we miss out on some key parts of the food systems when we forget to use terms like “modified atmosphere to box” or “ground to hydro-cooling station”.
Excuse me, modified hydro-what?
Let’s start at the beginning… Most of our food begins its life in the form of a seed or spore, it grows in the ground, or in trees and is often harvested by farmers and farm workers. This food can be directly sold on site or at farmers markets. However, most of the food we eat goes through a few more steps before reaching our plates.... Read more »
Last Thursday, the RCMP launched a military style raid on a peaceful, though illegal, blockade of a compound containing “thumper” seismic testing trucks (used to search for the presence oil/natural gas below the surface). These thumper trucks have been operating on the territory of the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation in search of fracking opportunities.
The Mi'kmaq have objected to the presence of SWN—a Houston, Texas-based energy company—due to absence of consultation. This goes back several months when they first began protests against SWN trespassing on their territory.
In recent months we have endured incredible tropical-equatorial-like torrential rain events occurring at mid-latitudes across the planet. For example, in North America we experienced intense rainfall in the Banff region of the Rockies from June 19th to 24th and the enormous volume of water moved downhill through the river systems taking out small towns and running into the heart of Calgary where it caused $5.3 billion dollars of infrastructure damage; the largest in Canadian history.... Read more »
First, I want to thank you for signing our petition to #SaveTheBees. Over 4400 Canadians signed the petition, so know you are not alone in your concern. Please also know we are doing everything we can to raise public awareness - we won’t stop until we win a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.
There is a lot to report as much has happened since Sierra Club Canada called for a ban in May.... Read more »
If you don’t closely follow the Ontario Greenbelt (one of the largest in the world – don’t miss out!) you may not know that in early 2013 they amended the provincial Greenbelt Act to add an Urban River Valleys (URV) designation. Before this, the Greenbelt was a best fit for protecting rural agricultural or natural heritage features in the Greater Golden Horseshoe around Lake Ontario. Urban areas have their own issues – requirements for dealing with storm water and utilities infrastructure among them. For more information on URV, click here.
Mississauga momentum... Read more »