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2013-04-15  |  John Bennett

By John Bennett

I want to alert you to the most recent attack on environmental protection and democracy in this country and share with you a letter I wrote to Gaetain Caron, Chair and CEO, National Energy Board of Canada (NEB). I was spurred to write after a frustrating experience last week.

The NEB is now operating under NEW rules created by last June’s omnibus bill and, as predicted, democratic participation has suffered – in this case regarding the environmental review process concerning Enbridge’s proposal to reverse its old “Line 9” pipeline (that has been transporting light oil from Montreal to Sarnia for decades). Enbridge wants to use Line 9 in reverse to pump corrosive Tar Sands bitumen from Sarnia to Montreal and beyond eastward (exactly where we don’t know).

Line 9 passes through some of the most populated areas in Canada. Remember the oil spill we witnessed earlier this month, running through the middle of...

2013-03-27  |  Chelsea Flook

Well, once again, the unimaginable has happened and Albertans are left with more questions than answers 24 hours after a pipe spilled into the Athabasca River. Sierra Club Prairie Chapter, alongside our friends and allies, has sent the following open letter to the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development with respect to the recent spill at the Suncor site. It is upsetting to think that still, we do not know what was in that pipe, how much leaked into the Athabasca River, and how this kind of incident could have happened in the first place. Alberta is still waiting, after 45 years of oilsands development, for a monitoring system to be put in place, so the extent to which we can survey the impacts of this leak are questionable. 




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...

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