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What is Mackenzie WILD?

Deh Cho, the Mackenzie River, is Canada’s wildest big river flowing through globally important forests and tundra teeming with caribou, moose, geese, wolves, and bears. Indigenous People have conserved and stewarded the lands, waters and wildlife of the Mackenzie Valley from time immemorial. Sierra Club Canada believes that the proposed $16 billion Mackenzie Gas Project brings significant sustainability challenges to the North, for Canada and the planet, harming ecosystems and wildlife and disrupting communities, while creating few permanent jobs in the Northwest Territories. The Mackenzie WILD program says that oil and gas industrialization is not the only option for the North. Mackenzie WILD envisages a future for the Mackenzie Valley in which biodiversity and ecological integrity are maintained, sustainable and healthy communities are developed, rights of Indigenous People are respected, and Canada keeps its commitments to protect our climate by upholding our legal responsibilities under the the Kyoto Protocol.

Our Demands:

* Support Canada’s commitments to protect the global atmosphere * Protect the biodiversity and ecology of the Mackenzie Valley * Ensure sustainable, healthy Mackenzie Valley communities * Respect the rights of Mackenzie Valley Indigenous People Available evidence is such that none of these objectives will be met if the Mackenzie Gas Project proceeds as proposed, on account of the environmental and social damage that the MGP itself will cause, not to mention the environmental damage caused by oil and gas industrialization of the Mackenzie watershed that the MGP would trigger.

Latest Posts

Sierra Club Canada - Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy (Re: C-38)

May 31, 2012

Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy

Re: Bill C-38

John Bennett, Executive Director

Sierra Club Canada

Thursday, May 31 201

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UPDATE: #BlackOutSpeakOut Events

Media Release, May 29, 2012

#BlackOutSpeakOut Update

We are just a week away from #BlackOutSpeakOut day (June 4th). I can tell you the campaign momentum is building! The list of participating organizations is over 100 and growing! Maude Barlow just told me The Council of Canadians is also joining the protest. All across the country Canadians are recognizing that silence is not an option in face of the war on nature and democracy.

This week here in Ottawa we have two events:

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Groups slam changes to environmental process

Groups are slamming the federal Conservative government's plan to speed up the environmental review process, suggesting it will become a rubber stamp that won't protect the health and safety of Canadians.

"This is about bulldozing things through over the objection of people or without thinking it through," the Sierra Club's John Bennett told CTV's Power Play.

Streamlining the environmental review process was a key plank in the Tories' first majority government budget, released Thursday.

But Bennett, the executive director of the environment watchdog, said the changes will result in weaker environmental assessments, as well as projects being approved without a full understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts.

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In war, first disrupt communications …

We got the word last night. The federal government won't be funding the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN) any more. The network consists of 600 groups from coast to coast to coast.

The news came about the same time Heritage Minister James Moore tweeted the announcement of his new War of 1812 iPhone App - part of a $29 million program to celebrate a 200 year old war.

CEN is a coordinating body that doesn't take stands. It just helps environmental organizations network and facilitates communication with the federal government. It’s the very definition of non-partisan. ... Read more »

Decision day for Mackenzie pipeline

The National Energy Board will hand down its ruling Thursday on the $16-billion Mackenzie Valley natural gas pipeline project. [...] Peter Linder with Delta One Capital tells 660News he doubts the pipeline will ever be built. [...] The executive director of Sierra Club Canada agrees. John Bennett says thanks to bleak return prospects, it looks like the environmental movement won't have to worry about the impact the development will have on the northern Canada.

 
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