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White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis

Filed in 2015 Media releases, The Bee Cause by on May 19, 2015 0 Comments
White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis

White House Pollinator Strategy won’t solve bee crisis Posted May. 19, 2015 / Posted by: Kate Colwell WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Obama administration released its National Pollinator Health Strategy today, which failed to adequately address the impact of pesticides, including neonicotinoid insecticides — a leading driver of bee declines — on bees and other pollinators. This […]

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Make Canada Open for Justice, Not Just Open for Business

Make Canada Open for Justice, Not Just Open for Business

  We call on the Canadian Government to prioritize human rights over mining profits and make Canada open for justice, not just open for business.   Across the globe there are hardworking activists, community leaders, and organizations working at the grassroots level to demand justice. They face an uphill battle when large Canadian extractive companies […]

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Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania

Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania

Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania   Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP Open Letter Destructive Mining Abroad To: Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Official Opposition Critics for Foreign Affairs: Honourable Elizabeth May, Green Party; Honourable Paul Dewar, NDP; Jean-François Fortin, Bloc Québécois; Honourable Marc Garneau, […]

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Statement from Friends of the Earth Canada on RONA’s announcements

Statement from Friends of the Earth Canada on RONA’s announcements

RONA discloses 70% nursery plants neonic-free this year Friends of the Earth Canada congratulates RONA on its commitment and performance to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in its nursery plants. Last year, Friends of the Earth tested nursery plants for neonics and advised gardeners to buy only neonic-free plants through their “Gardener Beware” campaign. The […]

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Guest Blog: Time for Ontario to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Filed in Blog, Protecting Fresh Water, Water by on April 22, 2015 3 Comments
Guest Blog: Time for Ontario to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Guest Post: Nancy Goucher The protection and restoration of the Great Lakes needs to be a top priority for the province. That’s why a group of forty tourist, health, faith-based and environmental organizations (including Enviornmental Defence) sent a joint submission to the province asking for quick passage of the Great Lakes Protection Act. Whether you […]

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Forty groups want the province to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Forty groups want the province to pass the Great Lakes Protection Act

Tourist, health, faith-based, and environmental organizations calling on Ontario to strengthen protection of the Great Lakes Toronto, ON — Forty tourist, health, faith-based and environmental organizations are collectively showing their support for the Great Lakes Protection Act. The groups have sent a submission to the Ontario government calling for the quick passage of the proposed […]

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Statement from Friends of the Earth on Lowe’s Announcement

Filed in 2015 Media releases, The Bee Cause by on April 9, 2015 0 Comments
Statement from Friends of the Earth on Lowe’s Announcement

Lowe’s commits to phase-out neonicotinoids from its shelves in a move to protect bees and pollinators April 9, 2015  Ottawa, ON – Lowe’s, North America’s second largest home improvement company, announced today that they will take steps towards a 2019 phase out of bee-harmful neonicotinoids (PDF page 28). Neonicotinoid insecticides are a key factor in bee declines, and are […]

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National poll shows Canadians want leadership on climate protection

Filed in Blog, Climate and energy by on April 9, 2015 0 Comments
National poll shows Canadians want leadership on climate protection

                                                        April 9, 2015 A national poll released yesterday by Climate Action Network Canada found that Canadians believe climate disruption is a moral issue and that climate protection […]

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MPP Lalonde Introduces Legislation to Phase out Microbeads

Filed in Blog, Water by on March 19, 2015 0 Comments
MPP Lalonde Introduces Legislation to Phase out Microbeads

On March 9, 2015, MPP Marie- France Lalonde introduced a private member’s bill to ban the manufacture and use of microbeads in products in Ontario. The Microbead Elimination and Monitoring Act would prohibit the manufacture of microbeads and the addition of microbeads to cosmetic and household products, while ensuring an analysis and examination of the […]

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5 Reasons We Support Restrictions on Neonics

Filed in 2015 Blog Posts, Blog, The Bee Cause by on March 17, 2015 1 Comment
5 Reasons We Support Restrictions on Neonics

Yesterday, Friends of the Earth Canada, in collaboration with a number of other organizations, sent a letter and report to all Ontario MPP’s in support of Ontario’s proposed plan to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by 80% on coated corn and soy seed within the province. The report outlined the five major reasons we […]

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Violence in Uganda and Indonesia: Why plantation companies can’t be trusted to police themselves

Violence in Uganda and Indonesia: Why plantation companies can’t be trusted to police themselves

Posted Mar. 16, 2015 / Originally posted by Jeff Conant   On February 27, Indra Pelani (left), a 22 year-old farmer and environmental defender from Jambi, Indonesia, was travelling to a harvest festival when he was brutally murdered by the security force of PT WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper, an […]

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Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action to muzzle bee protectors

Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action to muzzle bee protectors

Ottawa, ON, March 12, 2015 German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to muzzle Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) over the environmental group’s claims that thiacloprid, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, harms bees. Thiacloprid is one of a group of insecticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics”) which work by interfering with insects’ nervous systems. […]

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Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

I greet the spring with great enthusiasm – now, we can change our boots for running shoes, and put away our scarves and mitts. However- along with the melting snow comes the signs of our addiction to road salt. A dirty grey crust of salt is visible on boots, cars and trucks, sidewalks, parking garages […]

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97 per cent support Ontario’s plan to restrict bee-killing pesticides

Filed in 2015 Media releases, The Bee Cause by on March 5, 2015 0 Comments
97 per cent support Ontario’s plan to  restrict bee-killing pesticides

For immediate release: March 5, 2015   97 per cent support Ontario’s plan to restrict bee-killing pesticides Close to 50,000 comments submitted during public consultation process   TORONTO – Ontario’s proposal to restrict bee-killing pesticides received an overwhelmingly positive response from the public. Close to 50,000 comments were submitted during the official consultation on Ontario’s pollinator […]

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Rural, urban residents agree: “neonic” pesticides pose threat

Filed in 2015 Media releases, The Bee Cause by on March 4, 2015 0 Comments
Rural, urban residents agree: “neonic” pesticides pose threat

90% in Peterboro Want Province to Protect Bees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2015 Ninety per cent of Peterborough residents feel it’s important for the provincial government to protect pollinators, such as bees, and 85% are concerned about the threat  posed to bees by “neonic” pesticides, a new poll shows. The poll comes as Ontario […]

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