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Pesticides get most blame for bee deaths, survey suggests

Margo McDiarmid of CBC News spoke with CEO Beatrice Olivastri about our new national survey and what Canadians think – and know – about wild, native bees

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bees-survey-friends-of-the-earth-1.4178524

 


Multinationals descend on Parliament as feds review pesticide ban

Riley Sparks of the National Observer caught up with Senior Policy Advisor John Bennett regarding the imidacloprid review, who shared his thoughts on the “slow motion ban”

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/03/07/news/multinationals-descend-parliament-feds-review-pesticide-ban

 



Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count on CFRA 580 – Ottawa Now with Evan Soloman

Kristy Cameron filling in for Evan Soloman, talks to Friends of the Earth’s CEO Beatrice Olivastri about the Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count.  Interview starts at 68:30.

http://devel.autopod.ca/chum/222/podcasts/

 


Shutterbugs Buzzing Over Bees

CBC News-Ottawa, June 22, 2016

CBC News reporter, Simon Gardner joins the Friends of the Earth Bee Cause team at Fletcher Wildlife Garden to learn more about The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count. Interview starts at 8:18.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/730708547932/

 


Ontario Introducing New Rules to Protect Pollinators – Regulations to Reduce Neonicotinoids Effective July 1 2015

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, June 9, 2015

Starting July 1, 2015, Ontario will be the first jurisdiction in North America to protect bees and other pollinators through new rules to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017.

http://news.ontario.ca/ene/en/2015/06/ontario-introducing-new-rules-to-protect-pollinators.html

 


Chatham native-turned-CEO making environmental waves

Chatham Daily News.ca, May 31, 2015

Beatrice Olivastri is coming home. In fact, she already has.

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2015/05/31/chatham-native-turned-ceo-making-environmental-waves


Could Canadian Fish Farms Harm California’s Wild Salmon?

KCET, December 15, 2014

For the last few years, British Columbia has been the site of swirling controversy as biologists charge that salmon farms may be spreading exotic diseases to the province’s formerly numerous wild Pacific salmon runs.

http://www.kcet.org/news/redefine/rewild/commentary/could-canadian-fish-farms-harm-californias-wild-salmon.html


Canada Blocks NAFTA Investigation Into British Columbia Fish Farm Impacts on Wild Salmon Decision Threatens Salmon Runs Along Entire Pacific Coast

Montreal, QC, December 12, 2014

A petition by tribal, fishing and conservation groups calling for an investigation into Canada’s failure to enforce laws regulating damage to wild salmon caused by aquaculture operations in British Columbia has been wrongly dismissed by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an environmental dispute body established under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/fish-farms-12-12-2014.html


 Health Canada has 100,000 new reasons to rethink approval of controversial pesticides

Ottawa ON, November 5, 2014

More than 110,000 people have told Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) not to register flupyradifurone, Bayer’s latest bee-killing pesticide.

http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/100k-reasons


Vancouver park board adopts pesticide ban to help save honeybees

The Vancouver Sun, October 30, 2014

Vancouver’s park board will no longer plant or purchase plants treated with a class of pesticides implicated in honeybee die-offs after passing a motion banning “neonics” on Monday night. While the park board does not use neonics in its own nursery operations, it does purchase about $175,000 worth of plants each year from third parties that may be using these pesticides.

http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/10/30/vancouver-park-board-adopts-pesticide-ban-to-help-save-honeybees/


Lowe’s swarmed by bee activist protests on pesticides

CNBC, October 31, 2014

Environmental groups are trying to put a scare into Lowe’s this Halloween.

Locations of the home improvement store across the U.S. and Canada have been targeted this week with protests and petitions that ask it to not be a “little shop of horrors” for bees.

The campaign, spearheaded by Friends of the Earth, is designed to get Lowe’s to eliminate products and plants that are treated with neonicotinoid pesticides— the world’s most widely used class of insecticide—which some consider harmful to bees.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102137984#


Indian Nations Call for NAFTA Investigation on Harm to Wild Salmon From Industrial Fish Farms in British Columbia

Montreal, October 28, 2014

More than a dozen British Columbia Indian Nations, as well as 16 fishing and salmon conservation groups in Canada and the United States, are requesting that a NAFTA environmental commission investigate Canada’s failure to protect wild salmon from disease and parasites from industrial fish farms in British Columbia.

Earlier this year a key NAFTA body recommended a formal investigation by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, an environmental dispute body established under the North American Free Trade Agreement. The commission was supposed to respond to this recommendation by Aug. 12, but there has been no response.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/fish-farms-10-28-2014.html


Home Depot raises warning flag on a pesticide to bee deaths

Globe and Mail, July 8, 2014

Home Depot Canada Inc. plans to begin labelling plants that contain the pesticide that is blamed for the deaths of bees and other pollinators of crops and flowers.

A study by Friends of the Earth found the pesticide in more than half of the garden plants tested at three Home Depot outlets across Canada. The group said plants at other garden centres in Canada contained similar amounts.

The same group commissioned a poll of 1,000 Toronto residents and found more than 80 per cent wanted to be able buy plants that did not contain the pesticide.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/home-depot-raises-warning-flag-on-a-pesticide-tied-to-bee-deaths/article19517082/


Garden Centre flowers test positive for pesticides harmful to bees: Study

Global News, July 7, 2014

More than half of samples of flowers bought in Canadian garden centres tested positive for neonicotinoids, a pesticide that many scientists say harms bees.

The recent study done by the environmental group Friends of the Earth showed 100 per cent of samples collected from one city, London, Ont., contained at least one neonicotinoid.

http://globalnews.ca/news/1436337/garden-centre-flowers-test-positive-for-bee-killing-pesticide-study-says/


Pesticide linked to bee deaths to be restricted in Ontario

Globe and Mail, July 6, 2014

Ontario intends to become the first province to restrict the use of a controversial pesticide linked to bee deaths, requiring farmers and other commercial growers to apply for permits to plant seeds treated with neonicotinoid insecticides.

The government wants to limit the blanket use of the seed treatment, while balancing the protection of insect pollinators with the needs of farmers to guard their crops and livelihoods against insects.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/pesticide-linked-to-bee-deaths-to-be-restricted-in-ontario/article19480431/


Some ‘bee-friendly’ plants treated with harmful pesticides

Vancouver Sun, June 26, 2014

Half of the “bee-friendly” plants sampled among nursery plants in B.C. tested positive for a class of pesticides implicated in widespread bee die-offs, according to a new study released by a consortium of environmental groups in the United States and Canada.

Plants widely promoted as attractive to pollinators were collected from London, Ontario, Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver-area nurseries and home stores and tested for the presence of neonicotinoids, also known as neonics, a class of pesticides mainly used on corn and soybean seed, but also on lawns and nursery plants, according to the report released Wednesday by Friends of the Earth Canada.

http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2014/06/26/some-bee-friendly-plants-treated-with-harmful-pesticides/


Garden Centres sell plants with bee-killing pesticides

Georgia Straight, June 26, 2014

The Canadian Branch of an international grassroots environmental group has warned bee-loving gardeners that top garden centres and nurseries—including some in Vancouver—are selling bee-friendly home-garden plants that have been treated with neonicotinoid pesticides that kill or harm bees.

Friends of the Earth Canada released details of a new North American study on June 25 that tested plants purchased at retail garden outlets in 18 cities in the U.S. and Canada (the Canadian samples were collected in Montreal, Vancouver, and London, Ontario).

http://www.straight.com/news/674881/garden-centres-sell-plants-bee-killing-pesticides


Signs of the environmental times

The Ottawa Citizen, March 22, 2014

Signs, an iconic song by the Five Man Electrical Band, is being used by the Friends of the Earth to promote environmental concerns.

The 1971 hit, written by Les Emmerson, reached No. 4 in Canada, No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold more than a million copies. The Five Man Electrical Band was originally The Staccatos a group that formed first in 1963.

The band has allowed the lyrics to be changed in what is the first time the band has allowed one of their songs to be used by another organization. But it was a long time coming together.

http://ottawacitizen.com/entertainment/signs-of-the-environmental-times

Watch and listen to the new version Signs4Change!


Five Man Electrical Band: A Sign of the Times

The Music Express, March 12, 2014

There are some songs that survive due to great lyrics and there are other songs that transcend even great lyrics to take on a meaning that continues to evolve with time. Five Man Electrical Band’s Signs is one such song.

Written by lead vocalist Les Emmerson who noticed a plethora of signs during a band trip along the now legendary Route 66 in the late 60’s, that song has survived the test of time, it’s lyrical meaning changing with the times, evoking political change at one point, and more recently, ecological change.

An entertainment agent, Lawrence Sherman was an agent for Five Man Electrical Band. He knew Karen Cartier (Ottawa-based Friends Of The Earth Canada) socially and in a discussion with her he suggested that they contact Five Man Electrical Band because she kept making references to the idea that if people in the world could only see the obvious `signs’ of environmental damage and do something positive to change things, it would be fabulous.

http://themusicexpress.ca/five-man-electrical-band-a-sign-of-the-times/

Watch and listen to the new version Signs4Change!


Canada should follow E.U. to prevent bee deaths: U.K. expert

OurWindsor.ca, November 13, 2013

A noted U.K. bee expert says Canada is behind the times when it comes to recognizing the dangers of a controversial pesticide known as neonicotinoid, noting the similarities of present-day debate here and those faced in the European Union almost 20 years ago.

http://www.ourwindsor.ca/news-story/4207621-canada-should-follow-e-u-to-prevent-bee-deaths-u-k-expert/


Poll suggests Ontarians support bees over agriculture pesticides

gallondaily, November 7, 2013

A poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth and published today suggests that Ontario residents are much more concerned about bee health than we expected.

http://gallondaily.com/2013/11/07/poll-suggests-ontarians-support-bees-over-agricultural-pesticides/


Stop Honey Bee Carnage Say Eight out of Ten Ontarians

SiloBreaker, November 7, 2013

Respondants agree that honey bees are crucial to agriculture sector.

http://news.silobreaker.com/stop-honey-bee-carnage-say-eight-out-of-ten-ontarians-5_2267227029122318425


Greenview: Stop Honey Bee Carnage Say Eight out of Ten Ontarians

Northumberland View, November 7, 2013

Respondants agree that honey bees are crucial to agriculture sector.

http://www.northumberlandview.ca/index.php?module=news&type=user&func=display&sid=25236#.UnzpzZQ6Xlx


Stop Honey Bee Carnage Say Eight out of Ten Ontarians to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Cornwall Free News, November 7, 2013

Respondants agree that bees are crucial to Ontario’s agriculture sector

CFN- A new public opinion poll released today finds that more than eight out of every ten people in Ontario support a ban on pesticides linked by scientists to bee deaths.

Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE) commissioned the poll to discover whether or not Ontarians were concerned about Neonicotinoids (neonics) and their effect on the steadily declining bee populations in the province.

http://cornwallfreenews.com/2013/11/stop-honey-bee-carnage-say-eight-out-of-ten-ontarians-to-premier-kathleen-wynne/

Canadian Food Inspection Agency tangles with P.E.I. fish scientist

Toronto Star, December 14, 2012

Denis Calnan

CHARLOTTETOWN — There’s something fishy going on in Prince Edward Island.

A professor at Atlantic Veterinary College says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is trying to discredit his work after tests he conducted showed a virus in British Columbia’s valuable wild salmon population.

Dr. Frederick Kibenge, who found the infectious salmon anemia (ISA) virus in October 2011, is recognized by the World Organisation for Animal Health — known as the OIE — as an expert on the virus.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1302712–canadian-food-inspection-agency-tangles-with-p-e-i-fish-scientist


Decision disappoints Friends of the Earth
Court missed chance to affirm “polluter pays” obligation

[Grand Falls-Windsor, NL] Advertiser, December 13, 2012

Sue Hickey

Members of the public as well as the provincial government weren’t the only ones disappointed with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that said AbitibiBowater didn’t have to pay for the cost of cleaning up its mill properties.

Friends of the Earth, represented by Ecojustice, intervened in the case to argue that the law requires insolvent corporations retain environmental obligations through restructuring. The cost, they argued, should not be shouldered by taxpayers.

http://www.gfwadvertiser.ca/Community-/2012-12-13/article-3139405/Decision-disappoints-Friends-of-the-Earth/1


Province to rewrite laws in the wake of Abitibi decision

[St. John’s] The Telegram, December 11, 2012

James McLeod

Premier Kathy Dunderdale said Monday that as far as she’s concerned, the government would be on the hook for cleaning up an environmental mess at the abandoned Abitibi mill in Grand Falls-Windsor even if it hadn’t accidentally expropriated it in 2008.

Dunderdale is also promising legislation to change the province’s environmental protection laws to make sure the government doesn’t get stuck with the bill again.

Abitibi dominated question period in the House of Assembly after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday the paper manufacturer isn’t responsible for cleaning up environmental liabilities at the mill it once operated in Grand Falls-Windsor.

http://www.thetelegram.com/Business/2012-12-11/article-3137637/Province-to-rewrite-laws-in-the-wake-of-Abitibi-decision/1


Premier Looking at Clean-up Legislation

VOCM, December 11, 2012

The Premier says government is looking at new legislation that would prevent the province from having to pick up environmental bills. After a Supreme Court of Canada ruling Friday, the province is on the hook for more than $100-million of remediation at former Abitibi Bowater sites. Kathy Dunderdale says the law would have companies prove they can clean up a site before they even start work. Dunderdale says it will be a similar process to that used with new mining operations. She says companies would provide the security up front.

http://www.vocm.com/newsarticle.asp?mn=2&id=29074&latest=1


Supreme Court rules in AbitibiBowater case

CBC News — The National, December 9, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of a pulp and paper mill that the province of Newfoundland and Labrador accuses of not paying for environmental clean-up. Margo McDiarmid reports.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/TV+Shows/The+National/ID/2314360872/


Province loses bid to force Abitibi to clean up contamination
Supreme Court of Canada ruled 7-2 against government

[Grand Falls–Windsor, NL] Advertiser, December 8, 2012

Barb Sweet, The Telegram

Finance Minister and Attorney General Tom Marshall said the province fought the good fight on the Abitibi mill cleanup, but doesn’t regret the expropriation of the company’s assets.

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against the government in its effort to force insolvent newsprint giant AbitibiBowater Inc. to pay for an environmental cleanup.

http://www.gfwadvertiser.ca/News/2012-12-08/article-3136415/Province-loses-bid-to-force-Abitibi-to-clean-up-contamination/1


Top court: N.L. can’t force AbitibiBowater cleanup
Ruling tells province to get in line with other creditors

[Halifax] Chronicle Herald, December 8, 2012

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against the government of Newfoundland and Labrador in its effort to force insolvent newsprint giant AbitibiBowater Inc. to pay for an environmental cleanup.

The high court acknowledged the so-called “polluter pay” principle, but ruled it wasn’t enough to give the province the victory it has now failed to achieve in three levels of court.

The court’s 7–2 ruling was greeted with disappointment by the environmental group that intervened in the case.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/229262-top-court-nl-can-t-force-abitibibowater-cleanup


Supreme Court sides with Abitibi in environmental cleanup case

Globe and Mail, December 7, 2012

Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled against the government of Newfoundland and Labrador in its effort to force insolvent newsprint giant AbitibiBowater Inc. to pay for an environmental cleanup.

The high court acknowledged the so-called “polluter pay” principle, but ruled it wasn’t enough to give the province the victory it has now failed to achieve in three levels of court.

The court’s 7–2 ruling was greeted with disappointment by the environmental group that intervened in the case.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/supreme-court-sides-with-abitibi-in-environmental-cleanup-case/article6078535/