Author: Sierra Club Canada

  • Leaked report says a ban on bee-killing pesticides will have little impact on industry

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    Filed in Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity , Environment & Climate , on by Sierra Club Canada

    A leaked report from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) will make banning bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides a lot easier.

    An economic analysis of the use of neonicotinoids on soy and corn crops shows a very tiny benefit to a very few farmers. Corn growers in some parts of Ontario may be seeing an economic benefit of only 3.6% while soy planters see almost no benefit (0.4%). These numbers are orders of magnitude lower than the doomsday predictions of the agro-chemical industry.

    “Banning neonicotinoid pesticides will have almost no impact on corn and soy production, and the vast majority of farmers will actually make more money not using them,” said John Bennett, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation.

    Read the full story and news release on the Sierra Club Canada website: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/Bee-Math

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  • Sad (police) state of affairs…

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    Filed in Environment & Climate on by Sierra Club Canada

    You may have seen the Globe and Mail story on RCMP intelligence reports suggesting Sierra (along with Greenpeace and Tides Canada) are contemplating unlawful activity around petroleum infrastructure. As John Bennett, Sierra Club Canada’s Executive Director, states, “I’m pretty sure Tides and Sierra are not, and Greenpeace might be thinking about erecting a banner somewhere.”

    Instead, John Bennett wrote to RCMP Commissioner Paulson and offered to provide workshops on the urgent issue of climate change to him and his officers so they can understand why so many of us are exercising our rights to free speech and assembly.

    Let RCMP Commissioner Paulson know that Sierra Club Canada’s idea to give climate change workshops to the RCMP are a good idea. Read the full story and take a few seconds to send the commissioner a quick note: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/police-state

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  • Pest Control Products Act ‘act’

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    Filed in Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity on by Sierra Club Canada

    Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada). But why the big rush? To get it over with quickly before the public knows what’s happening? One acute observer described the government members as ‘railroading’ the Act.

    Concerned? John Bennett, Sierra Club Canada’s Executive Director is preparing his remarks to the Committee members and you can too. Read more and voice your concerns today: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/PCPAalert

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  • Bee-ware: Bayer is Back With a New Neonic

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    Filed in Agriculture & Food , Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity , on by Sierra Club Canada

    Flupyradifurone is a new neonicotinoid pesticide from Bayer. That’s right, another one!

    Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) explained that:

    “Flupyradifurone may pose a risk to bees, non-target beneficial arthropods, and freshwater and saltwater invertebrates when used for foliar application. Flupyradifurone may pose a risk to birds and small wild mammals when used for soybean seed treatment.”

    The neonicotinoid pesticide can enter the environment through a number of different insecticide applications and covers a large number of ‘pests’ in a variety of crops. It can also enter groundwater and aquatic environments through surface run-off.

    Health Canada’s PMRA is accepting comments on Flupyradifurone until this Saturday, November 1st. Do you think Flupyradifurone should be allowed on the market? Share your thoughts today by visiting the Sierra Club website.

    Read more on John Bennett’s blog, Sierra Club Canada’s Executive Director, originally published on the Sierra Club Canada website (www.sierraclub.ca):

    http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/bayer-bee-ware

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  • “Simple”, I told him, “Get it back”

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    Filed in Energy , Environment & Climate , on by Sierra Club Canada

    The reality is that the market is changing. Climate responsibility aside, Sierra Club Canada Executive Director John Bennett asks,  “is it really wise to stake Canada’s future on dirty, low quality tarry oil that is expensive to produce, expensive to process, expensive to transport and costly to refine?”

    The message Bennett had in his heart when he took part in The People’s Climate March in New York on Sunday, September 21 echoed a speculative conversation he had with an oil executive a few years back.

    Bennett said to the executive that “Canada Ratified the Kyoto Protocol and committed to reduce emission to 6% below 1990 levels and until 2006 Canada had a plan to reach that target. You had your friends throw that away. Get it back. Then get us a commitment to reduce emission continually until Canada and its oil industry have done everything possible to avoid a climate disaster. Then we’ll have a deal.”

    Read more on John Bennett’s blog, originally published on the Sierra Club Canada website (www.sierraclub.ca):

    http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/get-it-back

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  • No one will notice…‘til she blows

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    Filed in Ecosystems, Wildlife & Biodiversity , Energy , Environment & Climate , on by Sierra Club Canada

    The National Energy Board (NEB) is continuing its undemocratic approach to satisfying its most influential stakeholder: the oil industry. On July 11th, the NEB said it was going consider a request from Chevron and Imperial Oil to soften the rules for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

    Their decision might very well lead to an ecological disaster in the Canadian Arctic where Imperial Oil and Chevron want to operate outside the rules for drilling. According to John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada, “it’s a case of pinching pennies that could risk billions”.

    Read more on John Bennett’s blog, originally published on the Sierra Club Canada website (www.sierraclub.ca): http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/blog/john-bennett/no-one-will-notice%E2%80%A6%E2%80%98til-she-blows

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  • Northern Gateway: Isn’t it time to reject the past and embrace the future?

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    Filed in Energy , Environment & Climate , on by Sierra Club Canada

    On June 17, 2014, the federal cabinet approved the Northern Gateway Tar Sands pipeline.

    Sierra Club Canada Executive Director John Bennett says that the Northern Gateway Tar Sands pipeline “could be a turning point because of the huge opposition in British Columbia —unparalleled in Canadian history”. Namely:

    • 130 First Nations and over 10,000 residents have said no to the project and told the environmental assessment panel that it was simply too risky and they wanted nothing to do with it. Period.
    • Over 300 independent, respected scientists asked the government to reject the conclusion of the panel based on numerous scientific errors and dubious assumptions.
    • There are at least five legal challenges from First Nations, with many more in works.

    Read more on John Bennett’s blog, originally published on the Sierra Club Canada website (www.sierraclub.ca):

    http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/SayNo

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