Black Friday for Climate Change

Programs Cut, People Laid Off

Thursday 6 April 2006, by Sierra Club

(Ottawa) The Harper government has begun disassembling Canada’s Climate Change Program, the Sierra Club of Canada has learned. All climate change programs announced in Action Plan 2000 have not been renewed and Natural Resources Canada has begun laying off staff. Included in the cuts is the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network (C-CIARN).

“Apparently, the federal government has launched a stealth campaign against action on climate change,” said John Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor - Energy, Sierra Club of Canada.
C-CIARN was a national network that facilitates the generation of new climate change knowledge. C-CIARN was set up to: improve knowledge of Canada’s vulnerabilities to climate change; identify ways to minimize the negative effects of future impacts; and explore opportunities that take advantage of any positive impacts.

“The Harper minority government has no mandate to destroy more than decade’s worth of research programs and knowledge networks needed to provide a science-based response to climate change,” Mr. Bennett said. “If they want to do this and respect the democratic principles they espouse, a public debate is needed and not silent backroom program chopping.

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Sierra Club of Canada is continuing to assess the full impacts of these events. For more information, please contact :

John Bennett

Senior Policy Advisor - Energy

Cell 613 291 6888

E-mail aajb@magma.ca

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