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When I go yard sailing this spring, I’ll be looking for Friends of the Earth Bee Cause signs!

When I go yard sailing this spring, I’ll be looking for Friends of the Earth Bee Cause signs!

Spring has sprung and, in my home town, Chatham, Ontario, that means the yard sale circuit gets underway. I have wonderful memories of taking my mother and father out for a drive in the spring. Whether heading out to Lake Erie or just around town, Mom always checked out how the trees had survived the […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Toxics in my garden!

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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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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How will your New Year’s Resolutions be good for the planet and your wallet?

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, Lifestyle by on December 21, 2017
How will your New Year’s Resolutions be good for the planet and your wallet?

As the head of Friends of the Earth in Canada, Bea Olivastri, is often asked around this time of year about the most important things someone can do to help protect people and the planet. Bee health is the issue closest to my heart. We know that Canadians are very concerned about the welfare of […]

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Lifestyle Recipe: Vegan Sugar Cookies

Lifestyle Recipe: Vegan Sugar Cookies

  Instead of buying this holiday season, think about baking! It’s a great way to spend time with friends & family, while doing something great for the environment. If you can buy your ingredients local, all the better! You’ll be saving our Earth from the environmental impacts associated with transportation, while also supporting your neighbour. […]

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Taking the Next Step – Ask your financial planner how you can help Save the Bees while managing your assets!

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, Lifestyle by on November 16, 2017
Taking the Next Step – Ask your financial planner how you can help Save the Bees while managing your assets!

What if you could make a difference to the fate of the bees while giving university students unique experience for their resumes? And what if you could do this tax-effectively while planning for your own future needs? If you work with a financial planner, she or he should be able to advise you on tax-effective […]

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Access to Justice Opened for Ecuadorians – Asking Canada to Enforce a Polluter Pays Decision Against Chevron

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, Policy by on October 31, 2017
Access to Justice Opened for Ecuadorians – Asking Canada to Enforce a Polluter Pays Decision Against Chevron

Canada has a long history of polluter pays decisions. The precedent setting case for polluter pays in Canada occurred in 1994 in a Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) case, in which Friends of the Earth intervened represented by Ecojustice. Imperial Oil had appealed to the SCC a clean up order for contamination on their 1918 refinery […]

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Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

“Follow the money” is a catch phrase popularized by “All the President’s Men”. It was “Deep Throat’s” advice on how to unravel President Nixon’s web of corruption. It’s also good advice in understanding why 30 years of talking about climate change has resulted in so little action. Government and industry say good things while subsidizing […]

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Taking a Bumble Bee Census

Taking a Bumble Bee Census

By Mireille Gauthier  |  Research assistant at Friends of the Earth The Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count offers educational material to help people learn about our 40+ species of bumble bees and submit their photos and observations as part of our census. By spending time in gardens, fields, forests and parks looking for bumble bees […]

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An anniversary – bee mad, not glad 😡

An anniversary – bee mad, not glad 😡

I like to celebrate anniversaries, but this anniversary is nothing to celebrate. Exactly one year ago today, Friends of the Earth and three other environmental organizations, represented by Ecojustice lawyers, headed to court in a bid to protect pollinators from two bee-toxic pesticides. Our lawsuit argues that the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) failed to […]

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An Antidote to 21st Century Alienation – Connect With Nature

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, Lifestyle by on June 1, 2017
An Antidote to 21st Century Alienation – Connect With Nature

Consider 21st century life dull and alienating? Don’t fret: we’ve got a solution that will reconnect you with nature and stimulate your stunted attention span! Around the world, the United Nations is calling on people everywhere to connect with nature. Here in Canada, we have a world of possibilities. Friends of the Earth recommends three […]

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Photos: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario visits Fletcher Wildlife Garden

Filed in 2017 Blog Posts, Blog, Media, Photos by on May 9, 2017
Photos: Environmental Commissioner of Ontario visits Fletcher Wildlife Garden

On the afternoon of May 8th, 2017, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, visited Ottawa’s Fletcher Wildlife Garden, where we accompanied her and the Fletcher staff on a tour of the surrounding yards. Take a look at some of the moments of our tour with the Environmental Commissioner below:

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Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

This Earth Day (April 22), I’m looking for friends – friends of the Earth, that is – who share my passion to save the bees. Here’s why… Back during the first Earth Day in 1970, I was finishing up high school and taking Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to heart. It described how DDT entered the […]

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Help Save the Bees – the Wild, Native Bees Need You

Help Save the Bees – the Wild, Native Bees Need You

You want to help save the bees? Guess who is waiting for you in your garden – and it’s not me, Bea! You might have leaf-cutters, mining bees, bumblebees or sweat bees and lots more. These are wild, native bees, and there are over 825 species in Canada that need your help! Leave the hives to […]

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House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel

House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel

For immediate release (update) March 6, 2017 Version française 11th-hour invitation to testify issued to coalition of NGOs pressing government to proceed with proposed phase-out to protect biodiversity and long-term food security OTTAWA – Leading environmental groups, health advocates and campaign movements are raising concerns about MPs’ one-sided review of the proposed phase-out of pesticides formulated […]

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