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2013-12-08  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

As you likely know by now, millions and millions of bees and other life-sustaining insect pollinators are being killed-off by neonicotinoid pesticides.

Dr. Peter Kevan is a professor in biology at the University of Guelph and a member of the Ontario Beehealth Working Group. Here’s what he recently had to say in his address to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority:

“We have a situation with neonicotinoids now which is an exact parallel with the previous situation with DDTs...where there was broad scale use over the entire landscape, and where this poison was everywhere.... It is my feeling that we're in for a kick in the back side as neonicotinoids are being spread over huge areas of farmland… Neonicotinoids could be a disaster waiting to happen.

If you’re with...

2013-12-05  |  John Bennett

Blog by John Bennett

I was on CBC’s The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti last week talking about the chilling revelations the Canadian government was spying on us and other environmental groups. I find it a great irony that police forces resort to spying on groups like us because we make a point of being very public about our plans.

It was my third appearance on the show this year. Back in the spring, the topic was the new rules the (supposedly independent) National Energy Board is employing to prevent the public from participating in hearings on pipelines – a power given to the NEB via the undemocratic Omnibus Bill-38...

2013-10-23  |  John Bennett

Last Thursday, the RCMP launched a military style raid on a peaceful, though illegal, blockade of a compound containing “thumper” seismic testing trucks (used to search for the presence oil/natural gas below the surface). These thumper trucks have been operating on the territory of the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation in search of fracking opportunities.

The Mi'kmaq have objected to the presence of SWN—a Houston, Texas-based energy company—due to absence of consultation. This goes back several months when they first began protests against SWN trespassing on their territory.

On Friday, Sierra Club Canada issued a short press release containing a graphic linking the police action to the federal government’s “Economic Action Plan”.

After listening to the Governor General’s Speech from the Throne outlining the government...

2013-10-10  |  Paul Beckwith

In recent months we have endured incredible tropical-equatorial-like torrential rain events occurring at mid-latitudes across the planet. For example, in North America we experienced intense rainfall in the Banff region of the Rockies from June 19th to 24th and the enormous volume of water moved downhill through the river systems taking out small towns and running into the heart of Calgary where it caused $5.3 billion dollars of infrastructure damage; the largest in Canadian history.

Next, it was Toronto’s turn, with 75 mm of rain falling from 5 to 6pm on July 8 (with up to 150 mm overall in some regions) leading to widespread flooding and $1.45 billion dollars in damages. As bad as these events were, they were dwarfed by the...

2013-09-26  |  John Bennett

First, I want to thank you for signing our petition to #SaveTheBees. Over 4400 Canadians signed the petition, so know you are not alone in your concern. Please also know we are doing everything we can to raise public awareness - we won’t stop until we win a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.

There is a lot to report as much has happened since Sierra Club Canada called for a ban in May.

The latest news flash is we’ve gone to court! On September 19th, Sierra Club Canada and others filed an objection to PMRA’s decision to re-license Clothianidin -- a neonicotinoid pesticide made by Bayer. We’re using a complex legal action in...

 
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