Policy

Wins for the bees and all of us! 🐝 🌍

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on December 1, 2016
Wins for the bees and all of us! 🐝 🌍

(but then we have to get back to work because they’re not safe yet) It’s been quite a year in Canada for action on bee killing pesticides.  And with the US EPA poised to be gutted by the new US administration, we’d better keep working hard to insist on enough scientific capacity in the federal […]

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Care about bees and food security? Give your voice to challenge Canada’s plans for farming! 🐝 🌽

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on November 24, 2016
Care about bees and food security? Give your voice to challenge Canada’s plans for farming! 🐝 🌽

Concern for food quality, how it’s produced and where it’s produced has never been greater.  Canadians recognize the value of healthy food and the significant impacts its production has on the environment, climate change and local economies. We also recognize that agri-industry is responsible for significant environmental and social impacts – for example, that of […]

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Going to Court

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 6, 2016
Going to Court

Enough is enough.  With your help we’re heading to court to get bee killing pesticides off the market. We have asked nicely, presented scientific evidence, signed petitions even elected a new government, but politicians and bureaucrats in Ottawa have done nothing. You know the story – research findings clearly link it with immediate bee deaths […]

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One Step On The Way To An Overhaul

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on January 22, 2016 0 Comments
One Step On The Way To An Overhaul

Our campaign to save the bees, The Bee Cause, is picking up momentum.  All the effort you and I have put in is starting to pay off. I want to thank you warmly for your continuing support of this work. Last fall I told you the Environment Commissioner (CESD) was auditing the Pest Management Regulatory […]

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Rona announcement on neonics

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on April 28, 2015 0 Comments
Rona announcement on neonics

On behalf of Friends of the Earth and our bee friends, I want to congratulate RONA on its commitment and performance to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in its nursery plants. Last year, Friends of the Earth tested flowering plants meant to be “bee-friendly” in 18 cities in North America. Over 50% of the flowering […]

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5 Reasons We Support Restrictions on Neonics

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on March 17, 2015 1 Comment
5 Reasons We Support Restrictions on Neonics

Yesterday, Friends of the Earth Canada, in collaboration with a number of other organizations, sent a letter and report to all Ontario MPP’s in support of Ontario’s proposed plan to reduce the use of neonicotinoid pesticides by 80% on coated corn and soy seed within the province. The report outlined the five major reasons we […]

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Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice, Policy by on March 11, 2015 0 Comments
Signs of our Road Salt Addiction

I greet the spring with great enthusiasm – now, we can change our boots for running shoes, and put away our scarves and mitts. However- along with the melting snow comes the signs of our addiction to road salt. A dirty grey crust of salt is visible on boots, cars and trucks, sidewalks, parking garages […]

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The Truth the Agrochemical Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on February 19, 2015 0 Comments
The Truth the Agrochemical Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

In 2013, the European Commission placed a two-year moratorium on the use of three neonicotinoid insecticides (clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam) after a growing body of scientific research demonstrated their potential to harm honeybees and wild bees. Given the importance of bees in the ecosystem and the food chain, the EU decided to follow a precautionary […]

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Ontario Loves Bees!

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on January 23, 2015 0 Comments
Ontario Loves Bees!

By Gideon Forman and Beatrice Olivastri  Back in November, the Ontario government signaled its intention to reduce the use of “neonic” pesticides on corn and soy seed by 80% by 2017. A prime motivator for the proposal was a new analysis from the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides—a group of 29 independent scientists from around […]

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Ontario’s New Neonicotinoid Phase Down

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Ontario’s New Neonicotinoid Phase Down

In a North American first, the Ontario government has introduced their plan to permanently reduce use of systemic neurotoxin pesticides by 80% by 2017.  They’ve picked the biggest opportunity in Ontario to make change to protect pollinator health. Of the almost seven million acres of field crops planted each year in Ontario, the two largest […]

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Demonstrators in Ottawa and Windsor Swarm Lowe’s

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on October 30, 2014 0 Comments
Demonstrators in Ottawa and Windsor Swarm Lowe’s

On October 29, 2014, demonstrators in Ottawa, Ontario and Windsor, Ontario swarmed Lowe’s stores to send the retailer a strong message: its time to remove plants and seeds treated with bee-harming pesticides from your shelves! Despite science showing that plants and seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides are contributing to a decline in bee populations, and other retailers across North America […]

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Be not afraid of spooky creatures says Friends of the Earth to Lowes’ Staff on Halloween – But make sure bees aren’t afraid of your products

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on October 29, 2014 0 Comments
Be not afraid of spooky creatures says Friends of the Earth to Lowes’ Staff on Halloween – But make sure bees aren’t afraid of your products

Sometime in the next three days, you may find yourself face to face with a bumble bee, a witch, a skeleton or some other spooky Halloween creature that’s asking you and your employer to do your part to save the bees.  In the lead-up to Halloween 2014, Friends of the Earth and millions of its […]

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Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letters- Marching Orders in Ontario to Protect Pollinators

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on October 2, 2014 0 Comments
Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letters- Marching Orders in Ontario to Protect Pollinators

In a move for transparency, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has made public her mandate letters to the ministers of her cabinet. In this blog post, we are cherry picking points from her letters related to pollinator health. Among her opening statements she says, “The people of Ontario have entrusted their government to be a force for good,” and […]

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Local Governments Step Up To Support Bee Health – So Can You

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 25, 2014
Local Governments Step Up To Support Bee Health – So Can You

Prince Edward County took a step that all communities can take. They passed a resolution asking the federal and provincial governments to declare a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides as soon as possible pending further study. While they are very clear that agriculture is the foundation of their municipality, they also state the […]

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Who Speaks for Canada’s Wild Bees?

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 24, 2014
Who Speaks for Canada’s Wild Bees?

The news for honey bees is grim. Again. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) delivered their national report on winter-kill of honey bees. Ontario’s loss at 58 %, a jaw-dropping number, is homogenized into the average for the country at 25% – still considered high when compared to the “acceptable” winter losses considered to […]

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