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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.


2011-08-09  |  John Bennett

Someone recently emailed me to say that the Harper government’s cutting 700 jobs at Environment Canada was no more than plain "vindictiveness".

It is tough to argue against that.

The environment is the only file where the government spin masters have failed to win the communications battle. The people being laid off are largely scientists associated with climate change and other areas that have embarrassed the government in the past (and will likely do so again in the future).

In my 30 years doing this work I have never been treated with such contempt and arrogance by a government. There is an utter refusal by the Harper government to even politely listen to reasoned argument.

But there is a qualitative difference between marginalizing environmental organizations and explaining a policy that is contradicted by your own government scientists and researchers. So getting rid of them will prevent future...

2011-08-09  |  Webmaster

Cartoon Source:Toronto Sun, August 6, 2011

2011-07-22  |  John Bennett

Canada's energy ministers met in Kananaskis this week. This was the first meeting since the meltdown of the Fukushima reactor in Japan. The first since the unprecedented floods in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Québec. The first since 900 temperature records were set in the United States. The first since the Town of Slave Lake was nearly destroyed by a wild fire. And it was taking place while Canada was in the midst of a record-setting heat and scientists were marveling over the appearance of an ice sheet off Newfoundland half the size of New York (that broke off in Greenland).

You would think the ministers might have been taking about what all this means to Canada and our future. Or at least what Canada should be doing energy wise to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and phase-out nuclear power. At least I did, but then again I'm environmentalist and by definition an optimist.

No, instead of talking about climate change and clean...

2011-07-18  |  Webmaster


A big thanks to Christopher Gill for the great cartoon.

-- The Sierra Club Canada Team


A big thanks to Christopher Gill for the great cartoon.

-- The Sierra Club Canada Team


A big thanks to Christopher Gill for the great cartoon.

-- The Sierra Club Canada Team

JULY 2011


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