Endangered Species

Appeal date set for Gas N Go case

The fate of the legal challenge to a controversial gas station on Comox Road will be heard June 14, 2010 in Vancouver.

That's the date the BC Court of Appeal has set aside to hear the Sierra Club of Canada's appeal on the Dyke Road Gas N Go gas station.

Comox Valley Sierra Club president Mike Bell made the announcement at an event Tuesday to preserve the Flathead River Valley as a national park.

The event also served as a fundraiser to help the local club raise the $25,000 to $50,000 it needs to continue the legal challenge.

"We've done all this work and spent all this time, we've got to appeal," Bell told a crowd of supporters.

The Sierra Club took the Comox Valley Regional District and the Gas 'N Go Petroleum North Ltd. owner Wayne Procter to court last year on the grounds that they believed the regional district didn't have the legal right to issue a development permit.... Read more »

Province questions Terry Fox work process

The city is going ahead with construction of the second part of the controversial Terry Fox Drive Extension after the federal government gave its environmental approval Tuesday.

But the Ontario Ministry of the Environment is still demanding answers from the city on whether the proper environmental approval process was followed for the roadway.

"If the city went ahead (with construction) and it was determined later that they haven't met the environmental assessment process, the ministry would have to decide what action to take," said Vicki Mitchell, environmental assessment co-ordinator for the Ministry of the Environment's Kingston office. She would not elaborate.

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John Bennett, president of the Sierra Club Canada, said he would continue his fight to stop the road. "We are still researching legal avenues. As soon as we have one, we'll act on it."


Federal Tories gut environmental assessments with sneaky changes: critics

OTTAWA - Environmental groups and opposition politicians say the federal Conservatives are trying to gut environmental assessment laws by sneaking in new rules in budget legislation.

"This is a big step backward about 20 years," John Bennett of the Sierra Club said Wednesday.

Budget legislation introduced in the House this week would give the environment minister the power to divide a large project up into smaller components for the purpose of studying its environmental impact.

"The minister may ... determine that the scope of the project in relation to which an environmental assessment is to be conducted is limited to one or more components of that project," says the legislation.... Read more »

Turtles vs. Road: Terry Fox Dr. Extension Debate

OTTAWA--Sierra Club Canada's Executive Director, John Bennett, debates Briarbrook Morgan's Grant Community Association President Matt Muirhead on the subject of the Terry Fox Dr. extension this evening, Wednesday, March 24th.  The event will be moderated by Gord Henderson, President of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association.

The proposed Terry Fox Dr. extension will destroy critical habitat for a number of species including the threatened Blanding's Turtles as well as further fragment a unique ecological area to the Ottawa region.

When: Wednesday, Mar. 24th, 7:30 pm
Where: Beaverbrook Community Centre (west end of the Calian Mall, entrance off Beaverbrook Road, just west of Teron Road).
Link: http://www.facebook.com/sierraclubcanada#!/event.php?eid=364503812790&ref=mf

More Buses, Less Roads

OTTAWA—Sierra Club Canada says federal infrastructure spending should be invested on developing and maintaining public transportation, not wasted on new roads. OC Transpo Route 245 was recently cut from the City’s budget without public consultation leaving residents south of Manotick without public transportation.

“We should be making it easier for residents to leave their cars at home and take the city bus to work; instead we’re canceling bus routes and building unnecessary roads to new urban sprawl, exasperating traffic and climate change,” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Route 245 was the only bus route canceled in the City’s budgeting process. Residents south of Manotick upset with the cut petitioned the City to reinstate the route. Meanwhile, they are forced to pay an $80 transit levy until the end of the year despite having no access to public transportation.... Read more »


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