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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...

2013-09-12  |  Derek Leahy


There are alerts of a disaster occurring just north of Kingston along Unity Road. Local residents appear to have been overwhelmed by a terrible flood of tar sands oil!

All have been mutated into what can only be called… BITUMEN ZOMBIES!!

The playfully written fake emergency broadcast above is from the Kingston group decLINE 9 Cataraqui as part of their announcement for their 'Bitumen Zombie March' on July 27th of this year.

“We do try to use humour to engage people when we can,” says Aric McBay, a founding member of decLINE 9 Cataraqui.

decLINE 9 Cataraqui is one of the many groups that has emerged...

2013-09-09  |  John Bennett

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America

Dear President Obama,

We learned late Friday that Prime Minister Harper has written to you with an offer of reducing Tar Sands emissions in exchange for your approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Please know that the majority of Canadians support strong action on greenhouse gas emissions and want to prevent runaway climate change. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister represents the interests of multi-national oil companies, not Canadians.

In 2005, Canada had a solid (albeit, not perfect) climate change plan designed to meet our commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Regulations were written and ready to go into effect on January 1, 2008. The plan was the result seven years of consultation with the provinces, industry, experts and environmental organizations, and included a cap on all industrial emissions (including...

2013-07-11  |  Webmaster

It's summer and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy Canada’s majestic parks and wilderness areas!

When I was a kid, I used get up early on Saturday mornings, pack a lunch and head to the creek! That was my wilderness area where I forded rivers, climbed trees & scaled cliffs. You see I was an explorer, or maybe that day I was a soldier or some other heroic figure I saw on TV the night before. Down by the creek I was free and could be anything I wanted for a few hours every Saturday…until they built the golf course, that is.

One fall day the Canadian Tire catalogue arrived in the mail. That was a big deal for me – I think I spent the next 3 days ogling through the product packed pages. I particularly remember circling backpacks in the catalogue hoping Mom or Dad would notice! After all, any real outdoor...

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