Environmental justice

Make Canada Open for Justice, Not Just Open for Business

Filed in Corporate accountability by on May 5, 2015 0 Comments
Make Canada Open for Justice, Not Just Open for Business

  We call on the Canadian Government to prioritize human rights over mining profits and make Canada open for justice, not just open for business.   Across the globe there are hardworking activists, community leaders, and organizations working at the grassroots level to demand justice. They face an uphill battle when large Canadian extractive companies […]

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Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania

Filed in Corporate accountability by on May 5, 2015 0 Comments
Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania

Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania   Minister of Foreign Affairs and MP Open Letter Destructive Mining Abroad To: Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Official Opposition Critics for Foreign Affairs: Honourable Elizabeth May, Green Party; Honourable Paul Dewar, NDP; Jean-François Fortin, Bloc Québécois; Honourable Marc Garneau, […]

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Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Premier Wynne and Ministers of Environment and Agriculture cited as North American leaders   (March 23, 2015, Ottawa, ON) Today, following extensive public consultation, Ontario tabled a Regulation to permanently reduce 80 percent of the bee-harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides used on corn and soy seed by 2017. This announcement makes Ontario the first North American jurisdiction […]

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Violence in Uganda and Indonesia: Why plantation companies can’t be trusted to police themselves

Filed in Environmental defenders, Environmental justice by on March 17, 2015 0 Comments
Violence in Uganda and Indonesia: Why plantation companies can’t be trusted to police themselves

Posted Mar. 16, 2015 / Originally posted by Jeff Conant   On February 27, Indra Pelani (left), a 22 year-old farmer and environmental defender from Jambi, Indonesia, was travelling to a harvest festival when he was brutally murdered by the security force of PT WKS (Wirakarya Sakti), a subsidiary of Asia Pulp and Paper, an […]

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Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action to muzzle bee protectors

Filed in Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on March 12, 2015 1 Comment
Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action to muzzle bee protectors

Ottawa, ON, March 12, 2015 German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to muzzle Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) over the environmental group’s claims that thiacloprid, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, harms bees. Thiacloprid is one of a group of insecticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics”) which work by interfering with insects’ nervous systems. […]

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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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Gardeners tell Lowe’s: Don’t be a “little shop of horrors” for bees

Gardeners tell Lowe’s: Don’t be a “little shop of horrors” for bees

More than a million people ask Lowe’s to stop selling bee-killing pesticides For Immediate Release: October 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, more than 30,000 people across the U.S. and Canada will swarm Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) stores to ask the retailer to not be a “little shop of horrors” for bees and take bee-killing pesticides off its […]

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Kill wild fish to protect farmed fish? I don’t think so

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice by on October 22, 2014 0 Comments
Kill wild fish to protect farmed fish? I don’t think so

The proposed regulation for the aquaculture industry misses the mark by a mile (well, a kilometre) – and what is the mark you may well ask? The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has a duty to protect wild fish, fish habitat and Canadian fisheries waters from the negative impact of aquaculture.  Why is she abdicating […]

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New federal government regulation proposes to kill wild fish to protect fish farms

New federal government regulation proposes to kill wild fish to protect fish farms

This proposed regulation would impact all coastal provinces; Federal regulation of fresh water aquaculture ignored (OTTAWA, ON, Oct 22, 2014) Proposed regulations for the aquaculture industry do not deliver on the responsibilities of Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ (DFO) to protect wild fish, fish habitat and Canadian fishery waters from the negative impacts of aquaculture, according […]

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Bee-killing pesticides found in “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across Canada

Bee-killing pesticides found in “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across Canada

(OTTAWA, ON., June 25, 2014) A new study released today by Friends of the Earth Canada shows that over half of “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at garden centers have been pre-treated with neonicotinoid (neonics) pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. The Canadian data is part of a larger study, Gardeners Beware 2014, released […]

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Des pesticides destructeurs d’abeilles découverts dans des plantes qualifiées de « respectueuses des abeilles » dans des centres de jardinage partout au Canada

Des pesticides destructeurs d’abeilles découverts dans des plantes qualifiées de « respectueuses des abeilles » dans des centres de jardinage partout au Canada

(OTTAWA, le 25 juin 2014) Une nouvelle étude publiée aujourd’hui par les Ami(e)s de la Terre Canada montre que plus de la moitié des plantes de jardin domestique que vendent les centres de jardinage en les qualifiant de « respectueuses des abeilles » sont en fait traitées avec des pesticides à base de néonicotinoïdes (« néonics ») dont il […]

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Honey bees get support in Niagara Falls by-election polling

Filed in Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on February 6, 2014
Honey bees get support in Niagara Falls by-election polling

Friends of the Earth Bee Cause finds overwhelming voter support for action to save bees in closely fought by-election between NDP and PC front-runners in the Niagara Falls Riding (Ottawa, ON, Feb. 6, 2014) A poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE) to research voter expectations related to protecting honey bees in Canada’s […]

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Open Letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Members of Parliament: Corporate Accountability and Withdrawal of Canadian Support for Gabriel Resources in Romania

Filed in Environmental justice, Media releases by on December 5, 2013

(Ottawa) December 5, 2013: MiningWatch, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Council of Canadians and Earthworks join the call of Romanian and Canadian protesters to request the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Members of Parliament for: (1) introduction of legislation to make Canadian corporations, particularly extractive industry corporations, accountable for proposed projects and actual operations abroad […]

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The Bee Cause

Filed in Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on September 23, 2013
The Bee Cause

The Bee Cause calls for a ban on bee harmful pesticides and practices while proposing and delivering practical ways to help bees and wild pollinators. Bees are very important in Canada with estimates of $1.7 billion value for their pollination services and $146 million of honey produced annually. Bees are under many stresses in Canada. For example, […]

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Appeal to stop barbaric police action

Filed in Environmental justice by on February 11, 2013

Appeal to stop barbaric police action: Open letter to Shri Naveen Patnaik, Honourable Chief Minister, Odisha, India.

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