Canada resources

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Welcome to SEJ's Canada page!
The Internet resources below are useful for journalists covering environmental issues in Canada, as well as for those covering trans-border issues. Many of these links are from SEJ's fully searchable Useful Links Database, sorted here by type of resource. For more Canadian links on, go to Useful Links and click on the category 'Canada.' (Note: If you know of missing links, you can add them to the database yourself using this online submission form.)

Know of an essential, front-line resource we should add to this page? Send your suggestion to SEJ Web Content Manager (and fellow Canadian) Cindy MacDonald.

Additional resources:

  • SEJ-Canada: A listserv for discussion of both Canadian and cross-border issues. Contact the SEJ office to join up.
  • Regional meetings: SEJ members and friends get together informally in various locales across the country. Victoria, BC folks meet bimonthly; contact Peter Fairley. Toronto, ON vicinity: the first Tuesday of every month; contact Craig Saunders. Ottawa, ON vicinity: Glen Blouin. If you'd like to receive notice of other upcoming gatherings, contact Cindy.

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Job banks
Journalism groups partnering with SEJ
Private organizations

View of Lake Huron, off the coast of Point Clark, Ontario. Photo courtesy Gord MacNay.


Canada and the Oceans, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Canada has the longest coast line in the world. This site looks at pollution issues and actions related to the country's Ocean Strategy and Oceans Act of 1997.

Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment
Encourages intergovernmental cooperation on regional environmental issues such as toxic air pollution.

Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Promotes environmental assessment as a planning tool.

Canadian Museum of Nature
The Museum's press room offers the latest news, research, discoveries and insights in natural history and biodiversity in Canada and around the world; access to experts in many fields of natural history, science, education and museology; concepts for science journalists (of any nationality) to know when interviewing a palaeontologist; and more. Aussi en Français.

Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
The "nuclear energy and materials watchdog" in Canada.

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
Committee of experts tracks lists, species, status, candidates, government actions.

Environment Canada
Canada's version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Special sections on acid rain, ozone, climate change, pollution prevention, water, wildlife, air pollution, including the National Pollutant Release Inventory (similar to the U.S. Toxics Release Inventory.) Visit EC's National Water Research Institute which provides media experts on its many research topics.

National Climate Change Process
A summary of efforts by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments to address climate change.

National Energy Board
An independent federal agency that regulates international and interprovincial aspects of the oil, gas and electric utility industries.

Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources
Parliament site on a range of environmental issues.

Job banks

FIMS Job Web
Hosted by Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario (Canadian)

Jeff Gaulin's Journalism Job Board
Media and communications

Masthead Online

Media Job Search Canada

Journalism groups

The Canadian Association of Journalists
St. Patrick's Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6
Telephone: 613-526-8061

Canadian Journalism Foundation
117 Peter St., 3rd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2G9
Telephone: 416-955-0394

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE)
489 College St., Suite 403
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1A5
Telephone: 416-515-9622

SEJers and friends.
Canadian Science Writers' Association / Association canadienne des rédacteurs scientifiques (CSWA/ACRS)
P.O. Box 75, Station A,
Toronto, Ontario M5W 1A2
Telephone: 800-796-8595

Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite #123
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2C7
Telephone: 416-504-1645


Produced by the National Film Board of Canada; submit your socially engaged audio pieces (documentaries, interviews, discussions, experimental) to be hosted on the CITIZENShift website as part of its weekly podcast series.

Daily Newspaper Directory
Lists major Canadian newspapers and press associations by province/city.

Photo courtesy VIA Rail Canada.The Green Majority
This environmental feature originates as a radio show, rebroadcast as a podcast, from CIUT 89.5 F.M. in Toronto, Ontario. It includes environmental news headlines from across Canada, plus in-depth features and interviews, such as this enlightening October 12, 2007, edition on the Alberta tar sands.

Internet Sources for Journalists and Broadcasters — Canada
Here you'll find journalists' websites, education links, professional journalism associations, awards, writers' organizations, information for freelancers, journalism-related mailing lists and more.

Radio Ecoshock
From Vancouver, BC, Canada, this environmental station offers podcast reports on endangered species, toxic technologies, deforestation, smog, climate change, nuclear weapons and reactors, overfishing in the oceans; follows the activities of environment groups; features interviews; and more.

Private organizations

Alternatives Journal
Based at the University of Waterloo, this bimonthly publication is the official journal of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada.

Canada Green Building Council
The Canadian equivalent of the USGBC, CaGBC is a coalition of design/building industry reps.

Canadian Access and Privacy Association
Canada's association of people who work professionally with the country's Access to Information Act.

Canadian Association for Renewable Energies
Developments in the renewable energy world.

Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee
Panel of experts forced by the Canadian government to address biotechnology issues and the Canadian Biotechnology Strategy.

Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention
Nonprofit that coordinates services and meetings about pollution prevention.

Canadian Environmental Network
With support from Environment Canada, CEN advocates networking between environmental organizations. Tools, caucauses, weekly news bulletins, a Greenlist guide to Canadian environmental organizations and agencies (to access publications and government websites,) contact info for provincial and territorial environmental networks.
A citizen-run wiki advocating open government.
FOI blog with a strong interest in environmental issues. The project is "a loose collection of data activists, who wish to collect, disseminate, and discuss issues around access to government data in Canada." Although the model is one of open collaboration, the project was started in June 2007 by Carleton University geographer Tracey Lauriault and Montreal writer Hugh McGuire.

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Huge player in wetland preservation and restoration in Canada, and elsewhere.

This program, launched by the federal government in 1988 and currently managed by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, is the only North American standard accredited by the Global Ecolabeling Network for environmental labelling of goods and services.

Ecoportal Canada
A guide to environmental directories, portals and networks in Canada and beyond. Start here to find environmental groups, organizations, people, places, activities, news, events calendar, information and opportunity. Painstakingly compiled by People and Planet.

Environmental Defence Canada
Nonprofit group supports research and public education on a variety of environmental issues. Coordinates a Young Reporters for the Environment program for students from grades five/six up until the end of high school. of Alasdair Roberts
Resources on Canadian FOI law: a searchable database of requests filed under Canada's Access to Information Act (ATIA); information on CAIRSWeb and public access to the CAIRS (Coordination of Access to Information Requests System) database; research publications; links (such as access to information policies of intergovernmental organizations); datasets, including ATIA departmental statistics in Excel format; and more. No longer available; see WatchDog TipSheet of Aug. 11, 2004. Contact: Canadian Professor Alasdair Roberts, a FOI expert at Syracuse University in New York.

Metro Vancouver Planning Coalition
Strategic Sustainable Planning sessions on peak oil and climate change put on by Vancouver City Planning Commission/New City Institute/Post Carbon Institute; Nelson Food Security Conference of 2007, upcoming development work for food conference in Winnipeg July 2008; and more.

Nature Conservancy of Canada
Works in every province to conserve ecologically significant land across the country.

North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation
Information about environmental laws and enforcement in Mexico, United States, Canada. Commission formed by the three countries to complement NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. In Spanish, English and French.

Ontario Clean Air Alliance
This coalition of ~90 organizations advocates coal phase-out, energy conservation, renewable energy, and natural gas as a transition fuel for electricity generation. Lots of energy facts, figures and reports.

Open Government Canada
A new Freedom of Information coalition seeking a national voice for FOI users. Started primarily by a group of journalists associated with the Canadian Association of Journalists, OGC seeks to help educate, assist and advocate on behalf of people who use the federal Access to Information Act and provincial freedom of information laws.

The Pembina Institute
This environmental group advocates sustainable energy solutions and follows Canada's federal and industry energy actions on matters such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Alberta's oil sands. You'll find sections on climate change, energy solutions, green economics and policy, educational initiatives, and a searchable library of publications.

Polaris Institute
Based in Ottawa, this organization advocates democratic social change by assisting citizen movements. Focus areas: energy including Tar Sands Watch, trade, water, security. Offers related links, news coverage, studies, publications.

A joint effort of the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Canadian Institute of Environmental Law and Policy, and Environmental Defence Canada. Type in an entire or partial postal code to see what sources of pollution occur in that area; find maps and lists of top polluters in Canada; detailed definitions and explanations about the NPRI and pollution regulatory information from provincial to international levels; analyse pollution trends from 1995 to 2001.

Quebec-Labrador Foundation/Atlantic Center for the Environment
Supports rural communities in eastern Canada and New England, focusing on preserving natural resources and cultural heritage.

Sources Select Online Directory
A free directory, operating since 1977, for journalists, writers, editors, and researchers which lists experts and media spokespersons in Canada and internationally, cross-indexed by areas of expertise, for thousands of issues and topics. Sources also provides a news release service, an events calendar, and media lists.
A web resource directory of Canadian environmental web sites, news, events and related activities. Includes, a daily index of news and articles from popular publications.

Vancouver Peak Oil Executive
A citizens' group creating awareness and action plans to prepare for oil depletion; offers a blog, web resources, related links, events.

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