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2013-03-23  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

I'm often asked to explain why people should support Sierra Club Canada? “Because we provide one of the best, most up-to-date sources of information on issues impacting the Canadian environment,” I often reply.

For example, late last night I received a high-priority email from our in-house climate expert Paul Beckwith (Paul is a climatologist, physicist and part-time professor with the University of Ottawa). In his email Paul wrote: “John, it’s urgent you see the new NASA satellite visualization of the cracking sea ice between February 17th and March 18th…this has never happened before! Normally the ice just melts at the outer edges but in this case almost the entire ice sheet is on the move and breaking up (which is indicative of the extreme thinness, and slushiness, and weakness of the ice). March is always the time of year when the ice should be strongest ... this is REALLY bad news!


2013-03-21  |  Gordon Edwards


Gordon Edwards is President of the 
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility


Here are some thoughts as to why Montreal should see it in its best interests to pass the resolution against uranium mining that has been sent to municipalities by Mayor Gaëtan Ruest of Amqui (who is trained as an engineer).


Read the text of the resolution here (PDF)


Montreal is a sister city to Hiroshima. The...

2013-03-07  |  Paul Beckwith



By Paul Beckwith

The Arctic region of our planet acts as a climatic air conditioner, and the air conditioner is conking out. We have a problem Houston.

Over the past few weeks, massive cracks have appeared in the ice that connects the Beaufort Gyre region to Alaska. As a result of last summer’s record sea ice-loss, the winter ‘refreezing’ process went dismally and the surface area and thickness never...

2013-03-07  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

A few weeks ago, the US Ambassador to Canada hinted that Canada would need to clean up its environmental act if it wanted to see the Keystone XL Pipeline approved. The ambassador was then followed by newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry, who left a similar impression at a news conference. Of course, all this came on the heels of very strong statements on climate change by President Obama in his recent State of the Union address.

Greenwash Action Plan

Predictably, this set off a hastily arranged PR campaign. The federal and Alberta governments immediately made travel plans and headed south, all the while pronouncing the ‘green-ness’ of Canada and the ‘amazing’ environmental achievements happening in Alberta. Then came the re-re-announcement of a 2012 re-announcement of...

2013-03-04  |  Gordon Edwards


Gordon Edwards is President of the 
Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility



Weapons-Grade Uranium and the Hiroshima Bomb


I and many others have long been opposed to the continued use of weapons-grade uranium at Chalk River. It is gratifying that the Government of Canada recently announced they will be phasing out the use of Weapons Grade Uranium at Chalk River in 2016, but even that is pushing the envelope. This practice should have been discontinued many years ago. It sets a terrible precedent for the...

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