2017 Blog Posts

Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

“Follow the money” is a catch phrase popularized by “All the President’s Men”. It was “Deep Throat’s” advice on how to unravel President Nixon’s web of corruption. It’s also good advice in understanding why 30 years of talking about climate change has resulted in so little action. Government and industry say good things while subsidizing […]

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Taking a Bumble Bee Census

Taking a Bumble Bee Census

By Mireille Gauthier  |  Research assistant at Friends of the Earth The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count offers educational material to help people learn about our 40+ species of bumble bees and submit their photos and observations as part of our census. By spending time in gardens, fields, forests and parks looking for bumble bees […]

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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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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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Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

This Earth Day (April 22), I’m looking for friends – friends of the Earth, that is – who share my passion to save the bees. Here’s why… Back during the first Earth Day in 1970, I was finishing up high school and taking Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to heart. It described how DDT entered the […]

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Help Save the Bees – the Wild, Native Bees Need You

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, The Bee Cause by on April 19, 2017
Help Save the Bees – the Wild, Native Bees Need You

You want to help save the bees? Guess who is waiting for you in your garden – and it’s not me, Bea! You might have leaf-cutters, mining bees, bumblebees or sweat bees and lots more. These are wild, native bees, and there are over 825 species in Canada that need your help! Leave the hives to […]

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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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Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Ottawa, February 24 – Friends of the Earth Canada is raising serious questions about the environmental implications of the proposed federal “Clean Fuel Standard”.  In a discussion paper the group released today, they identify significant gaps in the scientific knowledge needed before deciding to increase the amount of biofuel produced in Canada. “Greenhouse gas reductions […]

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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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