Policy

Help keep the pressure on

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, […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Clean Fuel – climate solution or environmental disaster?

Ottawa, February 24 – Friends of the Earth Canada is raising serious questions about the environmental implications of the proposed federal “Clean Fuel Standard”.  In a discussion paper the group released today, they identify significant gaps in the scientific knowledge needed before deciding to increase the amount of biofuel produced in Canada. “Greenhouse gas reductions […]

Continue Reading »

Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Last November, Health Canada announced its intention to ban the use of Bayer’s imidacloprid, one of the world’s most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides.  We think this could be an important Canadian win on the world stage – after four years of campaigning, we can almost taste victory.   BUT: Our excitement was muted by the […]

Continue Reading »