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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New Year’s Resolution: Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on December 28, 2015 1 Comment
New Year’s Resolution:  Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

  Every year, millions of honey and native bees and untold number of other insect pollinators are killed by pesticides used on seeds for corn, soybeans, sunflowers, fruits and other crops.   Hi, I’m Friends of the Earth Canada’s  CEO, Bea Olivastri,  and I’m asking you to make a New Year’s resolution to do three […]

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Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy by on December 13, 2015 0 Comments
Reflecting on The Paris Climate Agreement Makes Me Glad, Sad and Mad

Considering the contents of the Paris Agreement triggers mixed emotions.  I’m glad, sad and mad all at the same time.  Glad that 195 countries could reach an agreement that signals the end of our use of fossil fuels and commits them to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  And, I’m glad that Canada has moved from obstruction […]

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Waiting for a miracle of political will

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy by on December 11, 2015 0 Comments
Waiting for a miracle of political will

Paris. Day 12. The final draft text was released at 9pm Thursday night and exhausted negotiators are discussing it today, Friday, with the goal of releasing a final text tomorrow. Twelve days and nights of complex negotiations have not strengthened the original text but weakened it. It started off ambitiously. World leaders came to Paris […]

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Rebuild Canada’s Role in the World Starting with Climate Action

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy by on November 30, 2015 0 Comments
Rebuild Canada’s Role in the World Starting with Climate Action

  Friends of the Earth stands for a sustainable world of justice and peace, where people live in dignity and enjoy freedom of expression and conduct their lives with respect for future generations and the environment and kindness towards strangers and refugees.  To fulfill this vision of our world, we need not succumb to fear […]

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Thanks-giving

Filed in Blog by on October 7, 2015 0 Comments
Thanks-giving

Here’s a special thanks to Sam, Chayse, Jocelyn, Matthew, Tyler, Ryan, Sydney, Hailey, Ronni, Dani, Michaela, and Owen – last year’s Grade Six students at Eastview Public School in Oakville, Ontario There are many reasons to give thanks this year as Thanksgiving rolls around.  Friends of the Earth Canada has a lot of wonderful people […]

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Rona announcement on neonics

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on April 28, 2015 0 Comments
Rona announcement on neonics

On behalf of Friends of the Earth and our bee friends, I want to congratulate RONA on its commitment and performance to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in its nursery plants. Last year, Friends of the Earth tested flowering plants meant to be “bee-friendly” in 18 cities in North America. Over 50% of the flowering […]

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Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letters- Marching Orders in Ontario to Protect Pollinators

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on October 2, 2014 0 Comments
Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letters- Marching Orders in Ontario to Protect Pollinators

In a move for transparency, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has made public her mandate letters to the ministers of her cabinet. In this blog post, we are cherry picking points from her letters related to pollinator health. Among her opening statements she says, “The people of Ontario have entrusted their government to be a force for good,” and […]

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Off to the Races – and Yes, it is a Race to Paris

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy by on October 1, 2014
Off to the Races – and Yes, it is a Race to Paris

The race to Paris and a binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is off to a stellar start – last week 400,000 people joined the People’s Climate March in New York, and hundreds of thousands more in 156 countries took to the streets, joining the largest and most powerful climate demonstration in global history. Friends […]

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Local Governments Step Up To Support Bee Health – So Can You

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 25, 2014
Local Governments Step Up To Support Bee Health – So Can You

Prince Edward County took a step that all communities can take. They passed a resolution asking the federal and provincial governments to declare a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides as soon as possible pending further study. While they are very clear that agriculture is the foundation of their municipality, they also state the […]

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Who Speaks for Canada’s Wild Bees?

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 24, 2014
Who Speaks for Canada’s Wild Bees?

The news for honey bees is grim. Again. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) delivered their national report on winter-kill of honey bees. Ontario’s loss at 58 %, a jaw-dropping number, is homogenized into the average for the country at 25% – still considered high when compared to the “acceptable” winter losses considered to […]

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Fear Mongering by the Chemical Industry

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 15, 2014
Fear Mongering by the Chemical Industry

Last week, I applauded Ontario’s Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal for his decision to restrict the use of neoniotinoids on farmers’ fields. To be clear, I would prefer an outright ban, but this is an important and pragmatic step to substantially reduce use of these bee-killing pesticides and shows leadership on the North American stage. According […]

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Ontario Needs A Renewed Climate Action Plan

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy by on July 10, 2014
Ontario Needs A Renewed Climate Action Plan

If Ontario’s newly minted Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, needed a road map for priority action, it was delivered with pizzaz yesterday by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Gord Miller. The Commissioner is required under the Environmental Bill of Rights to prepare an independent annual report on Ontario’s progress on reducing greenhouse […]

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Quick Start On Ontario Bee Health Promise

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 7, 2014
Quick Start On Ontario Bee Health Promise

Congratulations to Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal – he’s fast out of the gate on the Government’s election promise to restrict use of neonicotinoids. Friends of the Earth is pleased to see Ontario move on neonics. The Minister is planning a licensing system to be in place by Fall 2014 that limits the blanket use of […]

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Protecting your garden from bee-killing pesticides

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on July 3, 2014
Protecting your garden from bee-killing pesticides

Did you enjoy your garden in bloom over the Canada Day holiday? Did you plant your garden to provide habitat for bees and other pollinators? Now you might look at those blooms with new eyes. Friends of the Earth tested nursery plants in 18 cities in North America and found Neonicotinoid pesticides (neonic) in more […]

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Making a difference for bees

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on June 25, 2014
Making a difference for bees

It’s an article of faith that a few caring people can change the world. That you or I can make a difference. But when it comes to gardening, we’re being hoodwinked. By now, we’re all familiar with the havoc wreaked upon bees and other pollinators by a class of pesticide called neonicotinoids.  We know the […]

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