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2013-02-07  |  Chelsea Flook
 

The Sierra Club of Canada Prairie Chapter new location is at:

8617 104th Street, Second Floor
Edmonton, AB T6E 4G6
Email: prairiechapter@sierraclub.ca


 

Sierra Club Prairie Chapter Staff


Energy Campaigner / Community Organizer - Crystal Lameman

Crystal Lameman is a 30 year old mother of two and she is from and resides on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation which is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a college and University graduate, holding a 2 year Social Work Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Elementary Education.  She has always taken an active role in participating in the dialogue of the Rights of Indigenous People and it is through her involvement at the grassroots level that she has been given an opportunity to travel to England to deliver her message in relation to the Fuel Quality Directive and the Canadian tar sands...

2013-01-29  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

It’s been hot in the driver seat since I talked to the Vancouver Sun about Sierra Club USA’s decision to lift its 120-year old ban on civil disobedience for the upcoming (Feb. 17th) rally against the Keystone Pipeline in Washington, DC. “Will Sierra Club Canada take similar action?”, I was asked by a reporter almost immediately after the news broke.

Although this has been a major topic of discussion for some time (on both sides of the border), the Great White North was caught off guard by the controversial announcement in San Francisco. Since its inception in 1892, Sierra Club has campaigned for the preservation of our natural environment using lawful means only. It’s a big deal!

So I am, again, turning to you for help – you have an opportunity to participate in what could...

2013-01-23  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

This week we launched a campaign to convince the Ontario government to NOT end permitting for projects that impact provincially recognized endangered species (Note: if you haven't sent a letter yet please do so today). Not that we support giving anyone a permit to harass, harm or kill endangered species, it’s a defensive measure - the province is proposing replacing permits with voluntary rules developers would be expected to follow. They say it’s a government cost cutting measure.

In reality, of course, it is a cost cutting measure for...

2012-12-17  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

This time last year I told you about a storm gathering here in Ottawa that threatened to blow Sierra Club and other environmental groups out of existence. At the time I asked you to consider making a donation as it may be the last time you could do so and receive a tax receipt. I would have forgiven you for thinking I was overstating the seriousness of the situation at the time. Unfortunately, much of what I predicted came to pass in 2012.

You know all about Joe Oliver and Peter Kent calling us money-laundering radicals and anti-Canadian puppets of foreign billionaire socialists. You certainly know about the Omnibus Bills that gutted federal environmental protection – a regulatory and legal system that took 40...

2012-11-22  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

The Prime Minister took yet another unusual step this week. Instead of wishing both teams “good luck” in this week’s Grey Cup game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Calgary Stampeders, he had to -- in Harper Fashion™ -- choose sides. He chose not to deliver a neutral statement like “may the best team win”, or express hope it’ll be “a good game for the fans”. Instead, he expressed his strong desire to see Calgary beat Toronto.

Pierre Trudeau once turned the Parliament lawn into his own personal practice field just so he could prepare to deliver the Grey Cup’s ceremonial kick-off. But he knew better than to cross that sensitive line and publicly favor one part of the country over another in the big game.

On the surface this isn’t a big departure for the PM. But isn’t it, after all, irrelevant who wins or loses? Isn’t it supposed to be about the fans -- and more...

 
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