NS Coalition for Climate Action

Nova Scotia Coalition for Climate Action

The Nova Scotia Coalition for Climate Action formed to coordinate organizations focused on creating just solutions to climate action through provincial and national initiatives. The NSCCA is made up of environmental, faith-based, social justice, and education organizations as well as concerned individuals.

Key activities Sierra Club has engaged in with the NSCCA include:

  • coordinating annual Day of Climate Action activities for Nova Scotia;
  • hosting expert panels on topics ranging from UN climate negotiations to impacts of tar sands on downstream communities; and
  • encouraging local leaders to support Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act.

For more details on the Nova Scotia Coalition for Climate Action, please go here or contact Gretchen Fitzgerald at (902) 444-3113 or gretchenf@sierraclub.ca.

Municipality of Colchester holds public hearings on fracking waste water

There are warnings the tidal bore in the Bay of Fundy will light up by itself if a plan to dump more than four-million litres of fracking waste water into the ocean goes ahead.

The water, which has some level of naturally occurring radiation in it, is in a holding tank right now, but Atlantic Industrial Services plans to dump that water into the Debert sewer system if it can get approval.

The district manager for the provincial environment department’s Truro office has given the dump the thumbs up, but nothing is official until the Municipality of Colchester says so.

The municipality is holding public hearings on the topic tonight and tomorrow.

There are concerns fracking companies don’t reveal all the chemicals used in their “special sauce” recipe that they use to get the gas out of the ground.... Read more »

New National Sierra Club President in Halifax on Heels of Protests in Washington

February 19, 2013

Howie Chong is the new National President of the Sierra Club Canada, and he is in Halifax this week to meet supporters, and to get input and ideas about organization priorities and direction.


He is here to introduce himself to members of the Sierra Club Atlantic, based in Halifax, and to encourage involvement and participation on important regional and national issues including: oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, opposition to fracking, and promoting renewable energy.

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Donkin Coal Mine Community Forum

Come Share Your Concerns, Tell Us Your Values, and Give Recommendations

As part of the environmental assessment for the Donkin Coal Mine, Sierra Club Atlantic invites community members to join us in gathering information about local community values, features in the region that could be impacted by the project, and their recommendations regarding the project.

This information will be used as part of our submission to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency regarding the project, and will be used by regulators to reduce or eliminate environmental impacts of the project.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 29th, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm,

WHERE: Port Morien Fire Hall, Port Morien, Nova Scotia

WHY: To gather local information about concerns & possible impacts as a part of the environmental assessment of the Donkin Coal Mine.... Read more »

Atlantic Canada Must Unite on Energy, Show National Leadership

July 27, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                                               
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Sierra Club Atlantic Petition to Ban Fracking to be Presented to NS Legislature


On Thursday, April 5th, at approximately 9 am NDP MLA Gary Burrill will present Sierra Club Canada-Atlantic Chapter’s petition calling for a legislated ban on hydraulic fracturing to the Nova Scotia Legislature.


The petition garnered over 2500 signatures  collected in a couple of months and hundreds of these signatures were collected by High School student Chris Dufour.

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Atlantic Leader's Questionnaire


We asked all the candidates in Atlantic Canada to respond to 7 questions that are of concern to Sierra Club members ... and the responses are now compiled!

We believe we have made some headway in educating candidates on many of these issues, and are very grateful for the time they took to answer us during what is a very grueling and stressful time.

What remains is for them to keep their commitments, once they are elected.

We were disappointed that more candidates did not respond to our questionnaire: two candidates from the Liberals and Conservatives answered our questions. The NDP Party took the time to summarize their responses, and we received individual answers from a total 9 Green  and 12 NDP candidates.

Key points of agreement in the answers we received:... Read more »

Tankers vs. Tank Tops BBQ - Aug. 7th




Come Learn Firsthand About the Enbridge Pipeline from Grassroots Activist Greer Kaiser 


WHEN: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Tuesday, August 7th

WHERE: Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax 

WHY:... Read more »

Sierra Club Atlantic Presentation to New Brunswick Energy Commission


Presented by Larry Lack On behalf of the Sierra Club of Canada, Atlantic Canada Chapter


the New Brunswick Energy Commission

The mandate of the Commission is "to conduct a broad public consultation and report to government on a long-term energy plan. More information on the commission and its mandate is available online."

Our report made the following recommendations:

  • conservation should our very first order of business
  • New Brunswick should establish a minimum efficiency for biomass projects
  • encourage and give priority to cooperative, community controlled utilization of our crown lands and other forests
  • create disbursed, well-distributed smaller generating facilities, using diverse power sources including sustainable biomass wood-fired generators and carefully located  wind, wave, tidal and solar energy
  • create incentives for clean renewable energy sources with a policy known as the Feed-in Tariff (FIT)
  • shale gas exploration and development should not be encouraged or permitted in New Brunswick
  • rather than planning on or building for energy exports, New Brunwick should gear its economy around energy self sufficiency for our province and for its diverse regions
  • a healthy, reliable self-sufficient energy system for New Brunswick should and must include net metering of electricity 

For more details on these recommendations, please see the complete document, below.


Presentation to New Brunswick Energy Commission


On behalf of the Sierra Club of Canada, Atlantic Canada Chapter

17 February 2011

Saint John, New Brunswick


Good Afternoon Energy Commission members and Ladies and Gentlemen:

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Nova Scotia: Electro-State


Nova Scotia could soon follow in the footsteps of the Alberta tar sands energy boom. But instead of exporting upgraded bitumen, Nova Scotia – the province with the 4th largest amount of greenhouse gas emissions - would play a rather ironic role: that of renewable energy exporter.

“We’re becoming a sort of an electro-state the same way that you can be a petro-state like Alberta where, you know, very few interests really are the dominant players in the society,” says Neal Livingston. “All this hooey we heard about having to be better [grid]-connected to north-eastern North America, when you think about it now, it’s all about our preparation for export.”

Livingston, a filmmaker with 40 titles under his belt, has been a renewable energy practitioner in Cape Breton for 30 years. He owns the Black River brand of renewable energy companies, the holdings of which include a hydro facility and several industrial scale wind turbines in development. This week he delivered a public presentation to a small crowd gathered at The Hub in Halifax.

Livingston has been trying to sound the alarm on Nova Scotia’s energy policy by calling into question the motivations behind the government’s new Renewable Electricity Plan. The recently released plan requires that, by 2025, 40% of the electricity that Nova Scotia Power sells in a given year must come from renewable energy sources.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE– November 25, 2010


Nova Scotia– The battle to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence from oil and gas development received a major boost this week when Canadian-born Hollywood celebrity, Jason Priestley, lent his support to the cause. Priestley donated his time and considerable talents to shooting a short video asking for a moratorium on oil and gas in the Gulf.


“We are thrilled to have Jason Priestley join the battle to protect our Gulf,” says Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club Canada. “We hope he will draw greater attention to the critical need for action on this issue.”

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Call for a Moratorium on Oil and Gas in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Action Deadline: 
Sun, 2012-12-30 23:00

Submit Your Comments to the C-NLOPB Today!


The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board is accepting comments on their strategic environmental assessment for oil and gas off Western Newfoundland. Although we question the legitimacy of the consultation process, our silence could mean rigs are allowed in to our Gulf as soon as next year!

Please write your comments to the Board by emailing here: dburley@cnlopb.nl.ca.

Make sure to CCStephen Harper - Prime Minister of Canada: harper.s@parl.gc.ca, Thomas Mulcair - Leader of the New Democratic Party: thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca, Bob Rae - Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada: bob.rae@parl.gc.ca, Vivian Barbot - Leader of the Bloc Québécois: barbot.v@parl.gc.ca, Elizabeth May - Leader of the Green Party of Canada: leader@greenparty.ca, Hon. Kathy Dunderdale- Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador: premier@gov.nl.ca, Hon. Pauline Marois  - Premier of Québec: ministre@mrnf.gouv.qc.ca, Hon. Darryl Dexter - Premier of Nova Scotia: premier@gov.ns.ca, Hon. Robert Ghiz - Premier of Prince Edward Island: premier@gov.pe.ca, Hon. David Alward - Premier of New Brunswick: david.alward@gnb.ca.

Some things you want to raise:

1. Ask for the Board to tell you how your comments are being used to protect the Gulf and let them know consultation process was inadequate (Federal Envirnment Minister Kent stated that "thorough consulation" was required as part of the assessment);
2. 2. Endangered blue whales are found in the Gulf - and their migratory pathway is right next to where they want to drill. Lots of other endangered and theatenned species are found there too like leatherback turtles and imperiled cod stocks: how will these species be protected?
3. How will coastal communities and national treasures, like Gros Morne National Park, be protected from a massive spill like BP’s?
4. Tell them you want a moratorium as this is the only way to protect this precious ecosystem, shared by five of Canada's provinces.

For more detals on the Western Newfoundland Strategic Envirnmental Assessment, please go here: 




The shoreline of the Gulf of St. Lawrence -  the magnificent St. Lawrence River, the sandy beaches of Prince Edwards Island, the breathtaking vistas of Cape Breton, and the rugged shores of Newfoundland - are iconic Canadian seascapes.

The Gulf contains a variety of habitats, ranging from deep-sea corals to sandy clam beds, and is home to over 2000 marine species - including the endangered blue whale and imperiled cod stocks.

Five Canadian provinces bound the Gulf: Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Ocean currents in Gulf mean that what happens in one part of the Gulf could impact the entire region.

Right now, however, offshore oil and gas regulators act like their “piece” of the Gulf has no connection with the others: as a result, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, acting alone, allowed seismic testing to go ahead at an oil lease in the middle of the Gulf - known as "Old Harry" - in October 2010.

Organizations, scientists, and concerned individuals have joined together to stop oil and gas in the Gulf. Our worst fear is that a spill on a scale of that which occurred in the Gulf of Mexico would damage the entire Gulf of St. Lawrence. We need your help now to stop oil and gas in the Gulf!

Write to the Prime Minister, Federal Party Leaders, and Gulf Premiers:

Contact info for the leaders:
Prime Minsiter Stephen Harper, pm@pm.gc.ca
NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, thomas.mulcair@parl.gc.ca
Bloc Quebecois Leader Daneile Paillé (online form): http://www.blocquebecois.org/joindre.aspx
LIberal Leader Bob Rae, bob.rae@parl.gc.ca
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca
NS Premier Darrell Dexter premier@gov.ns.ca
NL Premier Kathy Dunderdale, premier@gov.nl.ca
NB Premier David Alward, premier@gnb.ca
PEI Premier Robert Ghiz premier@gov.pe.ca
Premier Jean Charest (Online form) http://www.premier-ministre.gouv.qc.ca/premier-ministre/joindre-pm/index.asp

You can use our draft letter to get you atarted, but please remember, personalized letters expressing your concerns are far more effective!... Read more »

Coalition Applauds NL Offshore Inquiry Recommendations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2010

Nova Scotia- Save our Seas and Shores, a coalition of fishermen, environmental groups and First Nations, is urging provincial and federal governments to implement the recommendations put forth by Commissioner Robert Wells in his report on safety in the offshore oil industry.


"Commissioner Wells has recommended that responsibility for safety for workers be taken from the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board and be given to an independent and powerful agency. We couldn't agree more," says Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club Canada. "For over a decade now, our coalition has said that Canada's offshore petroleum boards are in a conflict of interest as both promotors of oil development and protectors of workers and the environment," she said. 

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