John Bennett

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National Spokesperson

Sierra Club Canada Foundation's National Spokesperson, John Bennett, has a long history of campaigning on energy and environmental issues. Back in the 1970s John co-founded the first Greenpeace office east of the Rockies and launched Greenpeace’s first nuclear power campaign. He created a media session by leading a trio of Greenpeace activists who canoed into the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant to prove it lacked security. John was Communications Director for the Green Party of Canada, including the 2008 campaign in which the Greens, led by Elizabeth May, won nearly a million votes and was the only party to increase its total. His experience has demonstrated the importance of collaborating with other groups and including as many people as possible, and their ideas, in whatever work must be done. That was especially obvious in the creation of the Green Budget Coalition, which analyzed federal budgets in terms of their impact on environmental concerns. He also wants the knowledge he and others have gained to be passed on to younger people, particularly those in the Sierra Youth Coalition, “to ensure there’s someone to take up the torch.”


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4 questions to ask candidates when they come knocking at your door

There’s an election going on. But did you notice almost none of the candidates are talking about the environment? I have, but I can’t say I’m surprised.
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We're thinking about the environment but what about our candidates?

The Federal election is well underway… Former Prime Minister, Kim Campbell, famously said “The election is not a time to discuss serious issues”.
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Do oil and whales mix?

Last week, the heads of Canada’s largest environmental organizations, including our own Diane Beckett, met in New Brunswick. The main item on the agenda was the Bay of Fundy and the Energy East Pipeline.
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More importantly, it is an abuse of power...

I have been waiting for the right time to tell you about the impending Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) audit. We like to keep focused on the issues and providing you with information about threats to our environment. And I wanted to get our spring fundraising drive out of the way. Then this morning, I read a totally misleading article by Rudy Griffiths in the Globe and Mail on the government’s audit campaign against environmental charities.
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Lock me in my office, please!

It’s week four of the Protect The Pollinators Tour, which means our (unfortunate) comedy of errors is almost over. So far we have survived a broken tooth in the airport, two missed connections, a twisted ankle (I’m typing with my foot over my head) and one heck-of-a gruelling schedule. I am getting (at least feeling) old and, at this point, the thought of sitting in my office back in Ottawa is very, very nice!

But having said that, transportation mishaps and human folly aside, the tour has been an incredible success, and incredibly empowering and inspirational. I’m more hopeful today than I’ve been in a long while. Our force is strong.