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Oppose this unnecessary pipeline and demand real climate action

Oppose this unnecessary pipeline and demand real climate action

June 18, 2019 – Ottawa Friends of the Earth Canada regrets the federal government’s decision to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. It is inconsistent with Canada’s climate action goals. This pipeline threatens the welfare of future generations. “It’s clear this decision is about politics and the power of the oil industry not about what’s good […]

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Bayer Pending Charm Campaign Too Little Too Late

Bayer Pending Charm Campaign Too Little Too Late

I just received a copy of an internal Bayer memo to its employees dated today. It explains that tomorrow, June 14th Bayer is launching a major ad campaign to tell the world they’ve listened and learned. They say they’re “setting off on a journey to elevate their efforts in transparency, sustainability and how we engage […]

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Good news for Canadian bees, other pollinators and gardeners – major garden centres shut down use of neonic pesticides

Good news for Canadian bees, other pollinators and gardeners – major garden centres shut down use of neonic pesticides

June 12, 2019 (OTTAWA) – A Friends of the Earth Canada survey has revealed a major victory for bees and pollinators. Canada’s big box stores are reporting they have almost eliminated the sale of neonicotinoid-contaminated flowering plants. Friends of the Earth Canada has spent the last five years testing flowering plants from garden centres across […]

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Friends of the Earth welcomes plastics pollution initiatives announced by Canada

Filed in Media releases by on June 11, 2019

Statement from Beatrice Olivastri, CEO, Friends of the Earth Canada: Yesterday, Canada’s PM and Environment Minister announced a suite of initiatives to reduce plastic pollution and invest in innovations.  Friends of the Earth Canada welcomes this suite of measures starting with the intention to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021 with regulations under the […]

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Twelve environmental organizations call on the Canadian government to take immediate regulatory action on plastic waste and pollution

Twelve environmental organizations call on the Canadian government to take immediate regulatory action on plastic waste and pollution

(British Columbia) – Twelve leading ocean conservancy and environmental groups have requested that Canada’s environment and health ministers take immediate regulatory action on plastic wastes and pollution, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999, and call on the Government of Canada to add any plastic generated as a waste, or discharged from the use or disposal […]

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Friends of the Earth Canada national poll finds majority of Canadians do not trust Flushable Wipes manufacturers’ claims

Filed in Blog, Policy by on June 3, 2019

June 3, 2019, Ottawa – As leaders from the Canadian wastewater management sector gather in Ottawa to discuss issues like plastics in water and the impacts and costs associated with “flushable” wipes on municipal sewer systems operations and reliability, Friends of the Earth is releasing its new poll on flushable wipes. With municipal expenditures to […]

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Delay cancelling certain uses of neonicotinoid pesticide unlawful: environmental groups are pursuing Health Canada in Federal Court

Toronto, May 30, 2019 – Ecojustice, on behalf of Équiterre, David Suzuki Foundation, Wilderness Committee and Friends of the Earth Canada, is challenging the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) unlawful decision to impose a two-year “phase-out” period, as opposed to immediate cancellation of certain uses of the neonicotinoid Thiamethoxam and implementation of other necessary risk […]

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Massive Mobilisation of the International Civil Society on the Global Anti-Chevron Day

Massive Mobilisation of the International Civil Society on the Global Anti-Chevron Day

Amsterdam/Geneva/Quito – May 21st 2019 268 organisations, networks, social movements and trade unions from different continents, representing more than 280 millions of persons, are mobilised to denounce the Chevron’s impunity in Ecuador and ask the president of Ecuador to support the Chevron case in favour of the indigenous and peasant communities. After 15 years of […]

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Flushable wipes are NOT flushable

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice, Policy by on May 2, 2019
Flushable wipes are NOT flushable

I started research for this new campaign by looking at plastic pollution in our waterways. Especially in spring, I’m sure you see what I do – a huge assortment of society’s cast-offs littering the banks of lakes, rivers, and streams. It didn’t take long to zero in on so-called flushables – many wipes are made, […]

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Environmental groups say “flushable” wipe based on false and misleading claims

Environmental groups say “flushable” wipe based on false and misleading claims

Competition Bureau Canada asked to investigate and levy $230 million in fines against wipes manufacturers OTTAWA, May 1, 2019 – Today, Friends of the Earth Canada, represented by Ecojustice, filed an application seeking an investigation by the Competition Bureau into false and misleading claims made by the manufacturers of 23 so-called flushable wipes and other […]

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Ecojustice et les Ami(e)s de la Terre demandent au Bureau de la concurrence Canada d’enquêter et d’imposer des amendes de 230 millions $ aux fabricants de lingettes

Ecojustice et les Ami(e)s de la Terre demandent au Bureau de la concurrence Canada d’enquêter et d’imposer des amendes de 230 millions $ aux fabricants de lingettes

Des groupes de défense de l’environnement dénoncent des allégations fausses et trompeuses sur les lingettes dites « jetables dans les toilettes ». OTTAWA, le 1er mai 2019 – Les Ami(e)s de la Terre Canada, représentés par Ecojustice, ont déposé aujourd’hui une demande d’enquête par le Bureau de la concurrence concernant des allégations fausses et trompeuses faites par […]

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Environmental groups, beekeepers give Canada’s pesticide regulator a failing grade on neonics

Groups declare today’s risk assessment incomplete and out-of-step with leading jurisdictions, call on government to proceed with proposed ban without further delay OTTAWA – Environmental groups and beekeepers disagree with the final decisions of Canada’s pesticide regulatory agency assessing risks to pollinators from neonicotinoid insecticides. In the decisions, published today, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency concludes […]

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Canadian Government Reneges on Promise to Create Independent Corporate Human Rights Watchdog 

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2019 The Government of Canada failed today to appoint an independent Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) with real powers to investigate abuses and redress the harm caused by Canadian companies operating abroad. Canadian companies operating overseas have been associated with widespread and egregious human rights abuses including forced labour, rape […]

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THE CASE OF CHEVRON IN THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON: THE RULING OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA CLOSES THE DOORS TO END IMPUNITY

Filed in Environmental justice by on April 4, 2019
THE CASE OF CHEVRON IN THE ECUADORIAN AMAZON: THE RULING OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA CLOSES THE DOORS TO END IMPUNITY

The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples´ Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity regrets the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the case of Chevron in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and reaffirms the urgent need to establish a UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights. The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples´ Sovereignty, […]

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Canadian Supreme Court denies justice to Indigenous Ecuadorians

Filed in Environmental justice by on April 4, 2019
Canadian Supreme Court denies justice to Indigenous Ecuadorians

On April 4th 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal in the historic case of the Indigenous people of Ecuador versus Chevron, which has become known as the “Amazonian Chernobyl” due to its devastating impact on the region. The Ecuadorian plaintiffs seek to enforce a judgment by Ecuador’s highest court ordering Chevron to […]

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