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

Filed in 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?

Filed in Blog, Climate change and energy, Policy by on October 17, 2017
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 😡

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 6, 2017
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 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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