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Canadians Say Politicians Need to Tackle Plastics Pollution

Filed in Media releases, Water and plastics by on October 1, 2019
Canadians Say Politicians Need to Tackle Plastics Pollution

October 1, 2019, Ottawa – Half way through the federal election, Friends of the Earth Canada has a message for Canadian politicians.  The electorate wants action to stop plastics pollution: 86% of Canadians want you to take more action on plastics as a way of reducing climate harmful greenhouse gases. And 8 out 10 Canadians […]

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Plastic pollution meets climate damage

When you’re talking to your candidate for the federal election, ask them what they’re doing to get to zero plastic waste. Every stage in the lifecycle of plastics is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions – extracting and transporting fossil fuels as feedstock, refining, manufacturing of the plastic products, use of the plastic products and waste […]

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International agency’s findings confirm serious concerns about Canada’s radioactive waste handling and radiation protection practices

(Montreal, Quebec, September 18, 2019)  The need for urgent reform of Canada’s approach to radioactive waste has just been confirmed by findings from the global authority on nuclear matters, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which completed an 11-day review mission to Canada on September 13.  Canadian civil society groups say the IAEA findings validate their […]

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The Climate Emergency Inspires an Ottawa student and entrepreneur

Filed in Blog, Policy by on September 18, 2019
The Climate Emergency Inspires an Ottawa student and entrepreneur

It was a phone call out of the blue. “Hi! I’m Jordan, and this was the summer that I changed my life.  I just knew it was time to do what I can to address the climate emergency.  I’ve change my diet to vegan.  And I’m calling to ask if I can link up with […]

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Environmental Groups Call for Seafood Industry Boycott of AquaBounty’s Salmon Eggs to Prevent Mix-Ups at Fish Farms

Filed in Media releases, Water and plastics by on September 17, 2019

Caution needed to prevent accidental GM salmon production in ocean net-pens Thursday, September 12, 2019. Halifax. Ahead of the Canadian Seafood Show, September 25-26 in Montreal, Canadian and U.S. environmental groups (1) are calling on the aquaculture and seafood industry to boycott AquaBounty’s Atlantic salmon eggs in order to eliminate the risk of any accidental […]

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Breaking News – Canada’s Competition Bureau inquiry underway on “flushable” wipes

Breaking News – Canada’s Competition Bureau inquiry underway on “flushable” wipes

August 28, 2019 (Ottawa) – Friends of the Earth is pleased with the news that Canada’s Competition Bureau has started an inquiry on alleged false and misleading advertising on 23 so-called “flushable” wipes. With regard to the Section 9 application filed with the Competition Bureau of Canada by six applicants supported by Friends of the […]

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Supporting the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment

Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister Environment and Climate Change Canada Ottawa July 17, 2019 Dear Minister McKenna, With this letter, we the undersigned call on you and the Canadian government to support the ratification of the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits developed countries like Canada from exporting their hazardous wastes to developing countries. The amendment is […]

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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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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

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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