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An anniversary – bee mad, not glad 😡

An anniversary – bee mad, not glad 😡

I like to celebrate anniversaries, but this anniversary is nothing to celebrate. Exactly one year ago today, Friends of the Earth and three other environmental organizations, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, headed to court in a bid to protect pollinators from two bee-toxic pesticides. Our lawsuit argues that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) failed to […]

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Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Groups ready to fight off federal government’s attempt to dismiss lawsuit  |  6 July 2017 TORONTO – Ecojustice lawyers are in court this week to tell the federal government to buzz off. “Our clients – and the bees and other wild pollinators – deserve their day in court,” said Julia Croome, Ecojustice lawyer. “The federal […]

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Friends of the Earth National Poll Finds Majority of Canadians believe pesticide exposure most important threat to bees

Friends of the Earth National Poll Finds Majority of Canadians believe pesticide exposure most important threat to bees

June 27, 2017, Ottawa – Most Canadians (89%) believe “pesticides” are the most important threat to bees according to a poll conducted on behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada in May by Oracle Poll Research. Almost eight out of ten believe the loss of suitable floral resources was important (79%).  More than six out […]

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An Antidote to 21st Century Alienation – Connect With Nature

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog by on June 1, 2017
An Antidote to 21st Century Alienation – Connect With Nature

Consider 21st century life dull and alienating? Don’t fret: we’ve got a solution that will reconnect you with nature and stimulate your stunted attention span! Around the world, the United Nations is calling on people everywhere to connect with nature. Here in Canada, we have a world of possibilities. Friends of the Earth recommends three […]

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Photos: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario visits Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, Media, Photos by on May 9, 2017
Photos: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario visits Fletcher Wildlife Garden

On the afternoon of May 8th, 2017, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, visited Ottawa’s Fletcher Wildlife Garden, where we accompanied her and the Fletcher staff on a tour of the surrounding yards. Take a look at some of the moments of our tour with the Environmental Commissioner below:

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House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel

House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel

For immediate release (update) March 6, 2017 Version française 11th-hour invitation to testify issued to coalition of NGOs pressing government to proceed with proposed phase-out to protect biodiversity and long-term food security OTTAWA – Leading environmental groups, health advocates and campaign movements are raising concerns about MPs’ one-sided review of the proposed phase-out of pesticides formulated […]

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Le Comité de la Chambre des communes débute les audiences sur les pesticides néonicotinoïdes sous une influence disproportionnée de la part de l’industrie

Pour publication immédiate 6 mars 2017 English version Une coalition d’ONG qui demande l’interdiction des néonicotinoïdes pour protéger la biodiversité et la sécurité alimentaire à long terme invitée à participer à la toute dernière minute   Ottawa, le 6 mars 2017 — Les principaux groupes environnementaux, des défenseurs de la santé et des mouvements de mobilisation […]

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Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Last November, Health Canada announced its intention to ban the use of Bayer’s imidacloprid, one of the world’s most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides.  We think this could be an important Canadian win on the world stage – after four years of campaigning, we can almost taste victory.   BUT: Our excitement was muted by the […]

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Prevent Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Diseases in Canada

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on December 7, 2016
Prevent Mesothelioma and other Asbestos Diseases in Canada

Organizations call on Prime Minister for an Immediate Asbestos Ban and Expert Panel Review IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Toronto, 7 December 2016 – Over 60 health, labour, and environmental organizations from across Canada urge Prime Minister Trudeau to take the necessary steps to achieve a comprehensive ban on asbestos, beginning with regulatory actions banning asbestos use […]

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Secret TiSA Trade deal equally as dangerous as TPP and TTIP

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on December 1, 2016
Secret TiSA Trade deal equally as dangerous as TPP and TTIP

SECRET TISA TRADE DEAL EQUALLY AS DANGEROUS AS TPP AND TTIP finds new Friends of the Earth International report 1 December 2016  – While the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be dead [1] and negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) stalled [2], another similar corporate trade dealstill in the making – […]

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Care about bees and food security? Give your voice to challenge Canada’s plans for farming! 🐝 🌽

Care about bees and food security? Give your voice to challenge Canada’s plans for farming! 🐝 🌽

Concern for food quality, how it’s produced and where it’s produced has never been greater.  Canadians recognize the value of healthy food and the significant impacts its production has on the environment, climate change and local economies. We also recognize that agri-industry is responsible for significant environmental and social impacts – for example, that of […]

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This story will make you angry 🐝 ⏰

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on November 10, 2016
This story will make you angry 🐝 ⏰

  Join us in demanding Health Minister Philpott take immediate steps to fix pesticide regulation in Canada! This is a story of an arrogant government agency more dedicated to helping pesticide manufacturers to profit than doing its job to protect human health and the environment. It’s a story that will make you angry. It proves […]

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New law would create Human Rights Ombudsperson to investigate violations associated with Canadian mining, oil and gas operations overseas

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on November 3, 2016
New law would create Human Rights Ombudsperson to investigate violations associated with Canadian mining, oil and gas operations overseas

Ottawa, Nov 2, 2016 – The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability released yesterday detailed model legislation, providing the Canadian government with a blueprint for how to create an effective human rights ombudsperson in the extractive sector. Human rights abuses at Canadian mining and oil and gas sites around the world are widespread and well documented. Victims […]

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The Global Leadership in Business and Human Rights Act: An act to create an independent human rights ombudsperson for the international extractive sector

The Global Leadership in Business and Human Rights Act: An act to create an independent human rights ombudsperson for the international extractive sector

The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability released today (November 2, 2016) detailed model legislation, The Global Leadership in Business and Human Rights Act: An act to create an independent human rights ombudsperson for the international extractive sector, providing the Canadian government with a blueprint for how to create an effective human rights ombudsperson for the overseas operations […]

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Coalition of environmental and human rights organizations calls on the Pope to protect environmental defenders

Filed in 2016 Media Releases, Media releases by on October 6, 2016
Coalition of environmental and human rights organizations calls on the Pope to protect environmental defenders

VATICAN, 5 OCTOBER 2016 – Out of concern for the increasing violence against environmental defenders, a coalition of 76 environmental and human rights organizations from 19 countries asks the Pope to stand up for their protection. In a letter presented to Pope Francis this week, the organizations ask the Pope to be a patron for […]

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