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Guest Blog: Time for Ontario to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Filed in Blog, Protecting Fresh Water, Water by on April 22, 2015 3 Comments
Guest Blog: Time for Ontario to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Guest Post: Nancy Goucher The protection and restoration of the Great Lakes needs to be a top priority for the province. That’s why a group of forty tourist, health, faith-based and environmental organizations (including Enviornmental Defence) sent a joint submission to the province asking for quick passage of the Great Lakes Protection Act. Whether you […]

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Forty groups want the province to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Forty groups want the province to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Tourist, health, faith-based, and environmental organizations calling on Ontario to strengthen protection of the Great Lakes Toronto, ON — Forty tourist, health, faith-based and environmental organizations are collectively showing their support for the Great Lakes Protection Act. The groups have sent a submission to the Ontario government calling for the quick passage of the proposed […]

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MPP Lalonde Introduces Legislation to Phase out Microbeads

Filed in Blog, Water by on March 19, 2015 0 Comments
MPP Lalonde Introduces Legislation to Phase out Microbeads

On March 9, 2015, MPP Marie- France Lalonde introduced a private member’s bill to ban the manufacture and use of microbeads in products in Ontario. The Microbead Elimination and Monitoring Act would prohibit the manufacture of microbeads and the addition of microbeads to cosmetic and household products, while ensuring an analysis and examination of the […]

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Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

I greet the spring with great enthusiasm – now, we can change our boots for running shoes, and put away our scarves and mitts. However- along with the melting snow comes the signs of our addiction to road salt. A dirty grey crust of salt is visible on boots, cars and trucks, sidewalks, parking garages […]

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Not one step back

Filed in Extractive industries, Radio Mundo Real, Water by on December 11, 2012
Not one step back

In the early morning of Thursday, December 6, the Guatemalan riot police repressed, beat up and kidnapped members of the community of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc near Guatemala City, who have been on a vigil for ten months to block the mining equipment of the company Exmingua.

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Friends of the Earth calls for investigation into Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s silencing of Canadian salmon scientist

Filed in 2012 Media releases, Water by on November 23, 2012

Ottawa, November 23, 2012 — Friends of the Earth Canada has filed a petition and requested an investigation in response to recent actions by a federal agency to silence a researcher that has played a key role in investigating infectious salmon anemia (ISA) in salmon from British Columbia.

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Demand the release of unjustly detained Guatemalan prisoners

Filed in 2012 Media releases, Extractive industries, Water by on November 22, 2012

Join Friends of the Earth International in calling for the release of eight political prisoners in Barillas, Guatemala, who are due before a hearing on November 26.

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Golden lie

Filed in Extractive industries, Radio Mundo Real, Water by on November 20, 2012
Golden lie

Just 28 kilometres from Guatemala City, between the towns of San José del Golfo and San Pedro de Ayanpuc the peasant communities are resisting the actions of Canadian company Radius Gold Inc., which has operated a silver and gold mine in the area since 2000. Until now, the company has developed the exploration process. It decided to start the drilling this year, after the government approved the exploitation license, which allows activities in an area of 20 km2 for 25 years.

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International mission in Guatemala and El Salvador

Filed in 2012 Media releases, Extractive industries, Water by on November 19, 2012
International mission in Guatemala and El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR, November 19, 2012 — An international mission organized by the environmental federation Friends of the Earth International in Guatemala and El Salvador has verified systematic human rights violations and criminalization of environmental activists and communities resisting mining and hydroelectric projects.

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Months of resistance

Filed in Extractive industries, Radio Mundo Real, Water by on November 19, 2012
Months of resistance

San José del Golfo and San Pedro de Ayampuc are two towns near Guatemala City that have been affected by gold and silver mining. Mining activities began in the area in 2000 but the community only found out in 2010. Radius Gold Corporation is operating in the area as a counterpart for Explotaciones Mineras de Guatemala (Exmingua). Servicios Mineros de Centroamérica is a subsidiary that exerts pressure among the population and does the so called social corporate responsibility work.

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Goldcorp: Environmental crimes

Filed in Extractive industries, Radio Mundo Real, Water by on November 16, 2012
Goldcorp: Environmental crimes

The International Solidarity Mission organized by Friends of the Earth and the Transnational Institute presents an analysis of Canadian mining corporation Goldcorp’s record of exploitation in Guatemala.

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Defending the territory

Filed in Extractive industries, Radio Mundo Real, Water by on November 16, 2012
Defending the territory

At the beginning of the Friends of the Earth International tour of solidarity with the communities affected by mining, dams and megaprojects in El Salvador and Guatemala, the delegation visited the Marlin mine, operated by Canadian corporation Goldcorp.

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Poisoned rights

Filed in Extractive industries, Radio Mundo Real, Water by on November 16, 2012

On the first day of the Solidarity Mission organized by Friends of the Earth International and the Transnational Institute (TNI) of the Netherlands, which aims to reclaim the rights of communities affected and resisting open pit metal mining in Guatemala and El Salvador, the delegation visited Marlin gold mine, owned by Canadian corporation Goldcorp.

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Reporting disease in fish a crime? Proposed B.C. law condemned by Friends of the Earth Canada

Filed in 2012 Media releases, Water by on May 30, 2012

(Ottawa, May 30, 2012) With the anticipated passage of Bill 37 — 2012 Animal Health Act tomorrow, British Columbia Minister of Agriculture Don McRae will be responsible for new and punitive legislation with heavy fines and imprisonment for people reporting diseased animals and fish. One provision of the pending legislation would make it illegal for journalists or scientists to report on animal illnesses at fish farms or other agricultural operations.

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Asian Carp threat to Great Lakes

Filed in Water by on November 29, 2011

Friends of the Earth, represented by their attorneys, the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center and Ecojustice Canada, filed an amicus brief on November 22, 2011 urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the appeal by the States of Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. These States are in court to force the U.S. Corp of Engineers and other defendants to take urgent action to prevent the invasion of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes through the Chicago Area Water System.

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