Endangered Species

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 »

New roadway a turtle hurdle -Greens

Environmentalists are crying foul over the extension of Terry Fox Drive, saying the roadway will pave over a pristine habitat" and the home of several endangered species. The Sierra Club of Canada blasted the City of Ottawa and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, saying plans to develop the land were fast-tracked" to take advantage of federal stimulus dollars. There is no need for this road other than to satisfy the greed of speculators and developers," said Sierra Club of Canada executive director John Bennett.

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Federal Stimulus Claims Ottawa Victims

OTTAWA---The endangered Blanding’s turtle is to be sacrificed on the alter of political indifference just to grab some easy money. The Terry Fox Extension project which was not planned for at least another ten years is going ahead now because the relaxation of federal environmental regulations and the callousness of the City of Ottawa and Infrastructure Minister John Baird.

The City of Ottawa is fast-tracking construction of Terry Fox Drive in order to pave over the evidence of a pristine habitat and endangered species. The City began pressing ahead with construction this week while permits from the province have yet to be issued.

"Claiming a fence in the snow will protect endangered species is just silly," said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada.

Sierra Club is continuing to gather support from across Canada to oppose the issuing of provincial permits by the Ontario government.... Read more »

Please help save the Blanding's Turtle in Ottawa!

Nestled on the western edge of suburban Ottawa lies a wetland under threat from urban expansion. This wetland has long been home to a population of threatened Blanding’s turtles as well as a number of other listed species.

Sierra Club Canada has just learned that the City of Ottawa is rushing the approval of a road extension that would cut right through this crucial habitat. To make matters worse, the extension is unneeded by the surrounding community – it is simply an attempt by the City to claim some of the federal government’s economic stimulus funds.


We can and must stop this from happening. Will you help us?



Blanding's Support--From: Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association

Letter of Support for the Save Blanding's Turtle Campaign


I am the president of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association and I agree with the Sierra Club on this issue.  Earlier in the decade, I chaired a group that tried to mitigate environmental damage to the natural lands west of Kanata.   

I am aware of Dan Brunton's work in the area and, I am certainly aware of Blandings Turtle.  In fact I gave testimony in front of the Ontario Municipal Board review of the KNL lands where I explicitly mentioned Blandings Turtle and its habitat in the Kizell Pond.  As designed the Kizell Pond will become a storm sewer in the new development thereby eliminating the turtle's habitat.

City staff and the OMB ignored our efforts.


Gord Henderson



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