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Health Canada rejects bid for an independent review of Roundup

Filed in Blog, Pesticide action, Policy, The Bee Cause by on January 14, 2019

There is something wrong with Canada’s regulation of pesticides. A year and a half ago Friends of the Earth filed what’s called a Notice of Objection questioning Health Canada decision to re-register glyphosate for 15 years – glyphosate is a key component of Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp.  As usual Health Canada investigated itself, concluded it was […]

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Canada’s Minister of Health challenged to uphold independent science and ethical standards

Minister asked to hold independent, transparent review of Canada’s most heavily used pesticide: glyphosate Media release: December 18, 2018 Environmental & health groups and individuals have sent an Open Letter to the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, challenging her to uphold independent science and ethical standards, as she promised to do when appointed Canada’s Minister of […]

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Will the Canada Pension Plan and your retirement be hit by climate chaos? Or thrive by adapting its investment plan?

Filed in Blog, Policy by on November 29, 2018
Will the Canada Pension Plan and your retirement be hit by climate chaos?  Or thrive by adapting its investment plan?

We don’t have years to think about acting on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report makes it clear we need action now! Even the US government report just released agrees urgent action is needed. Friends of the Earth is warning that if the CPPIB does not take immediate action, it will […]

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Will the Canada Pension Plan be hit by climate chaos? Or thrive by adapting its investment plans?

Filed in Media releases by on November 28, 2018

Toronto, Nov. 28, 2018: “The CPP Investment Board is currently misleading Canadians. It is not taking climate risk seriously. It must take immediate action and stop investing in fossil fuels” observed  John Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor, Friends of the Earth – Canada (FOE-C). If the CPPIB does not take immediate action warns Friends of the […]

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Canada’s approval of pollinator-killing pesticide violates federal law

Filed in Media releases by on November 19, 2018

Groups in court over neonicotinoid pesticide linked to declining pollinator populations   TORONTO — Environmental groups are in Federal Court today to protect pollinators from a harmful neonicotinoid pesticide, Thiamethoxam, by challenging the lax oversight of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Lawyers from Ecojustice representing the David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth […]

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Call for an immediate ban on imidicloprid

Filed in Blog, Policy by on August 24, 2018
Call for an immediate ban on imidicloprid

So I know we celebrated when PMRA announced its proposed decision to ban two neonics earlier this month.  But we said at the time there’s more work to do.  It’s time to push for an immediate ban on imidacloprid, the neonic in longest use in Canada. August 29 is the last day for public input. […]

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First Nations, NGOs condemn federal plans for defunct nuclear reactors

Filed in Media releases by on August 21, 2018

Ottawa, August 21, 2018 — Forty First Nations, citizen groups and NGOs have asked Canada’s Auditor General to hold an inquiry into spending by Natural Resources Canada, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on nuclear reactor decommissioning. “The plan to entomb and abandon radioactive carcasses of nuclear reactors next to […]

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Health Canada to End Outdoor Use of Two Bee Killing Neonicotinoids

Filed in Media releases by on August 15, 2018
Health Canada to End Outdoor Use of Two Bee Killing Neonicotinoids

 “It’s about time,” says Friends of the Earth Canada August 15, 2018 (Ottawa) – Friends of the Earth Canada welcomes the proposed decision by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to end outdoor use of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam, two of the most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides in the world. Neonicotinoids (neonics) are systemic chemical insecticides […]

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236 International Organizations Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to Quit Support for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Filed in Media releases by on May 25, 2018
236 International Organizations Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to Quit Support for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2018 Contact: David Turnbull, Oil Change International, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org Dani Heffernan, 350.org, dani [at] 350 [dot] org Today, an open letter signed by 236 international civil society organizations in 44 countries called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop backing the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline project and begin […]

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Tell the Feds you want strong environmental laws

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice, Policy by on May 2, 2018
Tell the Feds you want strong environmental laws

Friends of the Earth has joined with other environmental groups across the country to insist that the government fulfill its promise for strong environmental laws.  Here’s the situation. Bill C-69 — the omnibus bill covering EA (now called Impact Assessment), the Canadian Energy Regulator Act and the Navigable Waters Act — has gone to committee and witnesses […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Toxics in my garden!

Filed in Blog, Policy by on April 19, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Toxics in my garden!

Today, Friends of the Earth Canada filed evidence (from our 2017 flower testing results) to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario to begin investigation of RONA, Canadian Tire and Home Depot for selling gardeners plants containing harmful, banned cosmetic pesticides, namely boscalid, imidacloprid, pyraclostrobin napropamide, and spinosad. These corporations and their directors could be fined millions of dollars. Here’s […]

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Banned pesticides found in plants at Ontario garden centres

Filed in Media releases by on April 18, 2018
Banned pesticides found in plants at Ontario garden centres

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Environmental groups file request for investigation under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of rights April 18, 2018 (TORONTO) Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Ontario Minister of the Environment Chris Ballard to investigate the ongoing, and unlawful, sale of flowering plants containing banned pesticides, including bee-killing neonicotinoids. Acting on behalf of Friends […]

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Federal Court rules bee-killing pesticide lawsuit will go to full hearing

Filed in Media releases by on April 12, 2018

Lawsuit brought by environmental groups survives second attempt to shut it down. April 12, 2018 TORONTO — A lawsuit launched by environmental groups in a bid to protect pollinators from harmful neonicotinoid pesticides will proceed to a full hearing, despite repeated attempts by the federal government and companies that make the pesticides to shut the […]

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Record environmental judgement, moves to Ontario Superior Court in Toronto

Record environmental judgement, moves to Ontario Superior Court in Toronto

Long running dispute between petro-giant Chevron and Ecuadorian citizens has Canadian component April 5, 2018 (Toronto, Canada) – This morning, Friends of the Earth Canada, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund and Amazon Watch filed an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice calling on the court to unseal documents in the historic legal effort to […]

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Official Ombudsperson Announcement

Official Ombudsperson Announcement

After 11 years of campaigning for greater corporate accountability, the CNCA is encouraged by the federal government’s creation of a human rights ombudsperson regarding the overseas operations of Canadian companies. Across the country, our member organizations, allies, and grassroots activists have kept this issue on the political agenda through sustained engagement with their members of […]

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