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Who Speaks for Canada’s Wild Bees?

Who Speaks for Canada’s Wild Bees? The news for honey bees is grim. Again. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) delivered their national report on winter-kill of honey bees. Ontario’s loss at 58 %, a ... Read More

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Kill wild fish to protect farmed fish? I don’t think so

Kill wild fish to protect farmed fish? I don’t think so The proposed regulation for the aquaculture industry misses the mark by a mile (well, a kilometre) – and what is the mark you ... Read More

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Ontario’s New Neonicotinoid Phase Down

Ontario’s New Neonicotinoid Phase Down

In a North American first, the Ontario government has introduced their plan to permanently reduce use of systemic neurotoxin pesticides by 80% by 2017.  They’ve picked the biggest opportunity in Ontario to make change to protect pollinator health. Of the almost seven million acres of field crops planted each year in Ontario, the two largest […]

Ontario on the right track with restriction on bee-killing pesticides says Friends of the Earth Canada

Ontario on the right track with restriction on bee-killing pesticides says Friends of the Earth Canada

(Toronto, ON November 25, 2014) Today, Ontario announced North America’s first phase down of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides used to coat corn and soy seeds. This decision should deliver a permanent reduction of 80 percent of neonicotinoids currently used to coat corn and soy seeds. “We congratulate Ontario for its decision to control these systemic neurotoxin […]

Canada about to license another bee-killing pesticide

Canada about to license another bee-killing pesticide

(OTTAWA, ON., October 30, 2014)  – Environmental organizations are calling on Health Canada to stop approving systemic pesticides that are toxic to bees and threaten to interfere with ecosystem functioning. The most widely used group of systemic pesticides, neonicotinoids, have come under increased scrutiny as a contributing factor in large-scale bee die-offs and other harmful effects. […]