Beatrice Olivastri

Beatrice has been Chief Executive Officer of Friends of the Earth Canada for over 20 years. She currently lives in Ottawa, ON.

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Help keep the pressure on

Filed in Blog, Policy by on July 26, 2018
Help keep the pressure on

It’s summer, and like bees, we are busy! Back in April, Friends of the Earth Canada, with the support of Ecojustice, called on Ontario’s Minister of the Environment to investigate the unlawful, sale of flowering plants containing banned pesticides, including bee-killing neonicotinoids. Samples collected by Friends of the Earth Canada from plants sold at RONA, […]

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When I go yard saling this spring, I’ll be looking for Friends of the Earth Bee Cause signs!

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on April 25, 2018
When I go yard saling this spring, I’ll be looking for Friends of the Earth Bee Cause signs!

Spring has sprung and, in my home town, Chatham, Ontario, that means the yard sale circuit gets underway. I have wonderful memories of taking my mother and father out for a drive in the spring. Whether heading out to Lake Erie or just around town, Mom always checked out how the trees had survived the […]

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How will your New Year’s Resolutions be good for the planet and your wallet?

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle by on December 21, 2017
How will your New Year’s Resolutions be good for the planet and your wallet?

As the head of Friends of the Earth in Canada, Bea Olivastri, is often asked around this time of year about the most important things someone can do to help protect people and the planet. Bee health is the issue closest to my heart. We know that Canadians are very concerned about the welfare of […]

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Taking the Next Step – Ask your financial planner how you can help Save the Bees while managing your assets!

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle by on November 16, 2017
Taking the Next Step – Ask your financial planner how you can help Save the Bees while managing your assets!

What if you could make a difference to the fate of the bees while giving university students unique experience for their resumes? And what if you could do this tax-effectively while planning for your own future needs? If you work with a financial planner, she or he should be able to advise you on tax-effective […]

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Access to Justice Opened for Ecuadorians – Asking Canada to Enforce a Polluter Pays Decision Against Chevron

Filed in Blog, Policy by on October 31, 2017
Access to Justice Opened for Ecuadorians – Asking Canada to Enforce a Polluter Pays Decision Against Chevron

Canada has a long history of polluter pays decisions. The precedent setting case for polluter pays in Canada occurred in 1994 in a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) case, in which Friends of the Earth intervened represented by Ecojustice. Imperial Oil had appealed to the SCC a clean up order for contamination on their 1918 refinery […]

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Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

Filed in Blog, Policy by on April 21, 2017
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 Blog, Lifestyle, Policy, 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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Wins for the bees and all of us! 🐝 🌍

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on December 1, 2016
Wins for the bees and all of us! 🐝 🌍

(but then we have to get back to work because they’re not safe yet) It’s been quite a year in Canada for action on bee killing pesticides.  And with the US EPA poised to be gutted by the new US administration, we’d better keep working hard to insist on enough scientific capacity in the federal […]

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Monsanto treats you like a guinea pig while raking in billions

Filed in Blog by on October 13, 2016
Monsanto treats you like a guinea pig while raking in billions

If you care about safe food, make time to connect with the International Monsanto Tribunal this weekend. Then, read about Monsanto’s lobbying and consider how your food is affected by Roundup, the most commonly sold pesticide in the world. There’s a line up of hard hitting and heart breaking testimony scheduled for the International Monsanto […]

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Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

Filed in Blog by on October 7, 2016
Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

As Thanksgiving is upon us, why not say a fervent thank you for all the good things bees do for us as they pollinate food and flowers, shrubs and trees. You know pollinators need our help now – challenged by habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and introduced diseases, they are in decline even as we […]

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

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

In a letter presented to Pope Francis this week, the organizations ask the Pope to be a patron for all environmental defenders who risk their lives by intimately caring about, and fighting for the preservation of nature, our common home. The signatories are concerned with the increase in violence against environmental defenders. Every week, three […]

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Close the International Accountability Gap in the Extractive Sector

Close the International Accountability Gap in the Extractive Sector

Friends of the Earth Canada is proud to join with our colleagues as organizations committed to upholding human rights, environmental protection, and fostering equitable and sustainable economic development. To recognize that there are significant challenges associated with resource extraction in developing countries, we call on the Government of Canada to ensure that people harmed by the […]

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Going to Court

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 6, 2016
Going to Court

Enough is enough.  With your help we’re heading to court to get bee killing pesticides off the market. We have asked nicely, presented scientific evidence, signed petitions even elected a new government, but politicians and bureaucrats in Ottawa have done nothing. You know the story – research findings clearly link it with immediate bee deaths […]

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Letter to Prime Minster Trudeau urging immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

Letter to Prime Minster Trudeau urging immediate protection for Gustavo Castro, injured during the assassination of Berta Cáceres

(Ottawa, ON, March 7, 2016)  Dear Prime Minister, We write with some urgency to ask your assistance in securing the safety of our friend and colleague Gustavo Castro, coordinator of Otros Mundos Chiapas A.C./Friends of the Earth – Mexico and member of the Mexican Movement of Peoples Affected by Dams and the Mexican Network of […]

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Wild bees need love

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on February 9, 2016 0 Comments
Wild bees need love

  A lot has changed since we wrote the previous federal Environment Minister about her duty to act to protect four at-risk wild bees.  Friends of the Earth and four other environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, pointed out to the then Minister that she routinely failed to list species for protection under the Species at […]

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