Atmosphere & Energy
The Canadian government says it is working with the U.S. to harmonize its environmental policies, but environmental groups say Canada is nowhere close to being on U.S. President Barack Obama's radar when it comes to fighting climate change.... Read more »
“We are disappointed and dismayed that the National Energy Board has brusquely dismissed four years’ work by the Joint Review Panel in its proposed conditions,” said Sheila Muxlow, acting director of Sierra Club Prairie. “The NEB is essentially rejecting the Joint Review Panel’s focus on ensuring economic and ecological sustainability, and the need to examine the cumulative effects of the basin-opening Mackenzie Gas Project”
John Bennett said that business and environmentalism have had an often-confrontational relationship in the past, but the relationship is evolving.
Bennett, three months into his new job as executive director of the environmental group Sierra Club Canada, was the keynote speaker at the Queen's University's Commerce and Engineering Environmental Conference on the weekend.
"It's changed a great deal and we have a tremendous number of allies in business and industry now, whereas when I first started doing this 30 years ago, there were no allies," Bennett said Saturday in an interview.
"At Sierra Club, we will do stunts, but we don't do anything where we break the law," Bennett said. "We'll try to do some things to draw attention, but mostly we like now to make a rational argument and be clear and communicate it, and to work with officials in the government."... Read more »
OTTAWA — Environment Minister Jim Prentice was forced to defend his government’s environmental policies as critics continued to slam the feds for failing to address climate change in the budget.
“If anyone ever wanted evidence the government doesn’t believe in climate change all they need to do is read this budget,” said John Bennett, executive director of Sierra Club Canada. “There’s nothing in here that’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.”
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May called the budget “a kick in the teeth” to the environment, while NDP Leader Jack Layton expressed concerns about more than $50 million in planned cuts to Environment Canada’s budget.... Read more »
t is the year 2154 on planet Pandora, and the Sky people are desecrating the land of the indigenous Navi population as they hunt for a buried mineral called unobtanium.
Rewind 144 years, and this movie plot is precisely the scenario playing out in Canada's tar sands, according to a cohort of environmental groups that ran a full-page advertisement in Variety magazine yesterday.
The ad, which runs under the headline ‘Canada's Avatar Sands,' is an obvious reference to the Oscar-nominated Avatar, an animated film centred on the plight of the Navi people and their quest to save the sacred Hometree.
Indeed, for the more than 50 international groups that backed the advertisement, the film is a science-fiction nod to a very real Canadian plot: The Navi people stand in for the aboriginal communities living near the Athabaska Oil Sands in Alberta, and the Sky people represent the oil companies with mining operations there.... Read more »