Policy

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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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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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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Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

Filed in Blog, Policy by on April 21, 2017
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

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, Policy, The Bee Cause by on April 19, 2017
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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