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Canada’s Minister of Health challenged to uphold independent science and ethical standards

Filed in Media releases, Pesticide action, The Bee Cause by on December 18, 2018

Minister asked to hold independent, transparent review of Canada’s most heavily used pesticide: glyphosate Media release: December 18, 2018 Environmental & health groups and individuals have sent an Open Letter to the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, challenging her to uphold independent science and ethical standards, as she promised to do when appointed Canada’s Minister of […]

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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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PMRA Misses the Mark On Bee Protection

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on December 19, 2017
PMRA Misses the Mark On Bee Protection

19 December, 2017 (Ottawa) – Today, after five years of study, Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has again failed to protect bees and pollinators.  Its re-evaluation report on two neonicotinoids proposes to allow continued use of clothianidin and thiamethoxam in Canada. A complicated mix of phase down of some uses and re-labelling does not […]

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2017 Bumble Bee Count Calls for Volunteer Census-takers

2017 Bumble Bee Count Calls for Volunteer Census-takers

August 3, 2017 (Ottawa, Ontario) ­– In response to global concerns about declines in pollinator biodiversity, Friends of the Earth is launching its second “Great Canadian Bumble Bee Count” and offering downloadable “Census Cards” to help identify the bees. The campaign asks people to look for and take photos of bumble bees and to upload […]

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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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Judge orders a hearing of environmental groups’ pesticide case

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on July 17, 2017
Judge orders a hearing of environmental groups’ pesticide case

For Immediate Release Jul 17, 2017 Judge orders a hearing of environmental groups’ pesticide case   TORONTO – A Federal Court judge has ruled that a case to protect pollinators from neonicotinoid pesticides must be heard before the courts. Ecojustice lawyers on behalf of their clients at Ontario Nature, Wilderness Committee, David Suzuki Foundation and […]

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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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Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on July 5, 2017
Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Groups ready to fight off federal government’s attempt to dismiss lawsuit  |  6 July 2017 TORONTO – Ecojustice lawyers are in court this week to tell the federal government to buzz off. “Our clients – and the bees and other wild pollinators – deserve their day in court,” said Julia Croome, Ecojustice lawyer. “The federal […]

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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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House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel

Filed in Blog, Media releases, The Bee Cause by on March 6, 2017
House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel

For immediate release (update) March 6, 2017 Version française 11th-hour invitation to testify issued to coalition of NGOs pressing government to proceed with proposed phase-out to protect biodiversity and long-term food security OTTAWA – Leading environmental groups, health advocates and campaign movements are raising concerns about MPs’ one-sided review of the proposed phase-out of pesticides formulated […]

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Le Comité de la Chambre des communes débute les audiences sur les pesticides néonicotinoïdes sous une influence disproportionnée de la part de l’industrie

Filed in Blog, Media releases, The Bee Cause by on March 6, 2017

Pour publication immédiate 6 mars 2017 English version Une coalition d’ONG qui demande l’interdiction des néonicotinoïdes pour protéger la biodiversité et la sécurité alimentaire à long terme invitée à participer à la toute dernière minute   Ottawa, le 6 mars 2017 — Les principaux groupes environnementaux, des défenseurs de la santé et des mouvements de mobilisation […]

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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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This story will make you angry 🐝 ⏰

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on November 10, 2016
This story will make you angry 🐝 ⏰

  Join us in demanding Health Minister Philpott take immediate steps to fix pesticide regulation in Canada! This is a story of an arrogant government agency more dedicated to helping pesticide manufacturers to profit than doing its job to protect human health and the environment. It’s a story that will make you angry. It proves […]

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Share Your Love For Wild Bees

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on August 17, 2016
Share Your Love For Wild Bees

We are thrilled that Matt & Nat have selected Friends of the Earth Canada’s Let It Bee campaign to be featured in their 2016 Hope Charity Bag campaign. Upon purchasing one of these beautiful, vegan handbags, you can choose Friends of the Earth Canada as the recipient of the full purchase price to support our work […]

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