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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Help keep the pressure on

Filed in Blog, Policy by on July 26, 2018
Help keep the pressure on

It’s summer, and like bees, we are busy! Back in April, Friends of the Earth Canada, with the support of Ecojustice, called on Ontario’s Minister of the Environment to investigate the unlawful, sale of flowering plants containing banned pesticides, including bee-killing neonicotinoids. Samples collected by Friends of the Earth Canada from plants sold at RONA, […]

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

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on April 25, 2018
When I go yard saling 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!

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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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 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

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle by on December 6, 2017
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 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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