The Bee Cause

Who Is Responsible For Wild Bees in Canada?

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on August 16, 2016
Who Is Responsible For Wild Bees in Canada?

August 16, 2016 (Ottawa) Friends of the Earth Canada says Canada urgently needs a study of the impact of neonicotinoid pesticides used on canola crops in light of a new study out of Britain. The study links neonicotinoid pesticide use on canola crops to large scale, long term declines in wild bee species. Canada is the […]

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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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Environmental groups head to court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on July 6, 2016
Environmental groups head to court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to mass bee die-offs and declining pollinator populations. TORONTO, July 6, 2016 — Environmental groups are headed to court in a bid to protect pollinators from a harmful class of pesticides. The David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth Canada, Ontario Nature and the Wilderness Committee have been tracking the […]

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Province-wide bee protection campaign launched – Friends of the Earth calls on city folks to “Let It Bee”

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on May 5, 2016
Province-wide bee protection campaign launched – Friends of the Earth calls on city folks to “Let It Bee”

May 5, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario)  In response to global concerns about declines in pollinator biodiversity, Friends of the Earth, with the support of Ontario Power Generation, is launching its “Let It Bee” campaign. More than two-thirds of the food crops we depend on benefit from pollination by native bees, honey bees and other pollinators. “Let […]

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Un message céleste pour Bayer Inc. : Bayer Neonics Non!

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on April 28, 2016
Un message céleste pour Bayer Inc. : Bayer Neonics Non!

(Montréal, QC, le 28 avril 2016) Vers 9 heures ce matin, Les Ami(e)s de la Terre Canada ont inscrit un message dans le ciel pour alerter les actionnaires de la firme Bayer AG. Cette multinationale est un important fabricant des pesticides néonicotinoïdes qui dévastent les populations d’abeilles. Le message «Bayer Neonics Non!» a été remorqué […]

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A Heavenly Message for Bayer Inc. – Bayer Neonics Non!

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on April 28, 2016
A Heavenly Message for Bayer Inc. – Bayer Neonics Non!

        (Montreal, QC, April 28, 2016)  Around 9 am today Friends of the Earth Canada delivered a heavenly message to draw the attention of Bayer AG stockholders. The multinational corporation is a major manufacturer of bee killing neonicotinoid pesticides. The message “Bayer Neonics Non!” was written on a 50 foot banner towed […]

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Wild bees need love

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on February 9, 2016 0 Comments
Wild bees need love

  A lot has changed since we wrote the previous federal Environment Minister about her duty to act to protect four at-risk wild bees.  Friends of the Earth and four other environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, pointed out to the then Minister that she routinely failed to list species for protection under the Species at […]

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Show your love for bees this Valentine’s Day

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on February 9, 2016 3 Comments
Show your love for bees this Valentine’s Day

We’re asking you to show your love for bees this Valentine’s Day by sending Canada’s Beekeeper-in-Chief (a.k.a. Minister Catherine McKenna) this Valentine’s Day e-card. Help us in this great warm and fuzzy ask (like the bumble bees themselves) to a new government committed to restoring the rightful place of science and scientists in decision-making. Join […]

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PMRA Must Go!

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on January 26, 2016 0 Comments
PMRA Must Go!

The Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development audit results confirm that Canada must replace the PMRA Friends of the Earth Canada says no trust left for PMRA (January 26, 2016 – Ottawa) Canada’s Commissioner on Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, delivered a stinging audit of five key areas of performance for the Pesticide Management […]

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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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Too little but not too late to fix Canada’s broken pesticide ‎regulation!

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on January 20, 2016 0 Comments

Ottawa – Friends of the Earth Canada welcomes the end of conditional registrations of pesticides announced by the Minister of Health but says that discontinuing the practice won’t fix an industry-biased and scientifically out of date system.  In a new report issued for public response, Health Canada says it will cease issuing conditional registration of […]

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New Year’s Resolution: Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on December 28, 2015 1 Comment
New Year’s Resolution:  Bea asks you to do three things for the bees in 2016

  Every year, millions of honey and native bees and untold number of other insect pollinators are killed by pesticides used on seeds for corn, soybeans, sunflowers, fruits and other crops.   Hi, I’m Friends of the Earth Canada’s  CEO, Bea Olivastri,  and I’m asking you to make a New Year’s resolution to do three […]

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Home Depot to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Filed in The Bee Cause by on December 3, 2015 1 Comment
Home Depot to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Coalition presses for all retailers to make commitment to protect bees   (WASHINGTON, D.C., December 3, 2015) — Home Depot (NYSE: HD),  the world’s largest home-improvement chain, has announced that it has removed neonicotinoid pesticides, a leading driver of global bee declines, from 80 percent of its flowering plants and that it will complete its phase-out in […]

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Bee-ing Thankful

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on October 9, 2015 0 Comments
Bee-ing Thankful

Think about our daily habits and you can’t escape the fact that bees are an important part of our lives.  Morning coffee and tea, honey on toast, an apple in our child’s lunch, mid-day snacking on almonds or grapes, a cranberry martini after work or apple pie for dessert at a dinner party.  Our holidays […]

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Falling For Bees

Filed in Blog, Lifestyle, The Bee Cause by on September 23, 2015 1 Comment
Falling For Bees

There’s one thing that Mother Nature hasn’t yet wreaked havoc with and that’s bringing the cooler comfortable temperatures for fall, like clockwork.  You unpack that sweater from the bottom drawer and think about dragging out your summer stowaway bins from the basement.  On second thought, maybe Indian summer is around the corner?  Unlike us, bees […]

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