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2011-09-22  |  John Bennett

Read a national post on the flight this morning. Seems the latest non-issue in the Ontario election is a carbon tax. Conservatives are saying the Liberals will impose one.

Back in the in 2008 Prime Minister Harper said the Dion Green Shift, which proposed a carbon tax, would somehow "screw everybody".

If carbon taxes screw everybody why haven't the tax-cutting Conservative cut the $1.5 billion carbon tax Canadians are paying to the oil companies? Yes, that's right. Canadians are paying federal taxes so the government can hand the money over to those poor struggling oil companies.

Talisman, you may remember, used some of our carbon tax money to fund Canada's climate deniers - the "Friends of Science" (talk about Orwellian).

Interestingly the Friends flatly denied taking oil money in conversation with me.

The irony of the week? Environment Canada is slashing...

2011-09-22  |  Webmaster

Be sure to watch this powerful rant by Rick Mercer on Canada’s outrageous behavior on asbestos. It's a must-see! It originally aired on September 20, 2011.

2011-09-15  |  John Bennett

Last week I was invited to Bruce County Council to talk about climate change and wind turbines. It's part of our green energy campaign.

Bruce County, you may know, is home to the Bruce Nuclear Power Station - Canada's only privately run nuclear reactors.

The speaker before me was a Bruce PR guy giving a "regular update". He described Bruce Power's response to the ongoing nuclear accident at Fukushima: Spending $11 million on a new public relations campaign, new website and social networking strategy.

They can afford it! The Harris government signed a secret contract with the company guaranteeing it a cool $250 million annual profit.

I wonder how much Japan is spending on its Fukushima response???

But back to my talk - it went really well. My presentation had a good overview of our report on wind turbines and health. No one questioned the safety of turbines and, interestingly, the only question pertained to...

2011-08-22  |  John Bennett

Sierra Club Canada expresses our sincere condolences to Jack Layton's family and the millions of Canadians who are grieving his passing. He was taken from us far too soon. The environment has lost a great champion. Jack leaves a legacy of commitment, hard work and positive energy.

One personal experience I had with Jack was at a meeting in Darcy McGee's Pub (in Ottawa’s Byward Market). While the other party leaders were hiding from the issue, Jack met with me and a number of other environmental leaders to talk about automotive fuel economy regulations – a key component of any serious climate change action plan. I will never forget his incredible energy and humanness.

Another experience was an encounter in an airport in Frankfurt – where he bought me a coffee. We were waiting for our...

2011-08-09  |  Webmaster

A Dire Dilemma

By Emma O’Connor, August 8, 2011


In the north of Canada’s Alberta province, a handful of aboriginal First Nation communities grapple with a precarious balancing act. While they reap staggering economic benefits through collaboration with the nearby Tar Sands extraction industry, local doctors, environmentalists and citizens say the oil projects have dramatically harmed native health and lifestyle. This ongoing dilemma is perhaps most potent for the Fort McKay First Nation community, which winds its way through the oil sands and sits less than 40 kilometers north of some of Alberta’s largest excavation sites.


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