Media releases

Environmental groups, beekeepers give Canada’s pesticide regulator a failing grade on neonics

Groups declare today’s risk assessment incomplete and out-of-step with leading jurisdictions, call on government to proceed with proposed ban without further delay OTTAWA – Environmental groups and beekeepers disagree with the final decisions of Canada’s pesticide regulatory agency assessing risks to pollinators from neonicotinoid insecticides. In the decisions, published today, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency concludes […]

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Canadian Government Reneges on Promise to Create Independent Corporate Human Rights Watchdog 

Filed in Environmental justice, Media releases by on April 8, 2019

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2019 The Government of Canada failed today to appoint an independent Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) with real powers to investigate abuses and redress the harm caused by Canadian companies operating abroad. Canadian companies operating overseas have been associated with widespread and egregious human rights abuses including forced labour, rape […]

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Crisis of Confidence in Canada’s Pesticide Police

Crisis of Confidence in Canada’s Pesticide Police

Note: you can read the French version of this release here. Need for urgent action by Minster of Health is key message to Parliamentarians (Ottawa) January 30, 2019 – Today, a team of environmental, health and legal experts are on Parliament Hill briefing Canadian Parliamentarians on why Canada needs an independent review of glyphosate.  Each […]

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

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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Will the Canada Pension Plan be hit by climate chaos? Or thrive by adapting its investment plans?

Filed in Media releases by on November 28, 2018

Toronto, Nov. 28, 2018: “The CPP Investment Board is currently misleading Canadians. It is not taking climate risk seriously. It must take immediate action and stop investing in fossil fuels” observed  John Bennett, Senior Policy Advisor, Friends of the Earth – Canada (FOE-C). If the CPPIB does not take immediate action warns Friends of the […]

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Canada’s approval of pollinator-killing pesticide violates federal law

Filed in Media releases by on November 19, 2018

Groups in court over neonicotinoid pesticide linked to declining pollinator populations   TORONTO — Environmental groups are in Federal Court today to protect pollinators from a harmful neonicotinoid pesticide, Thiamethoxam, by challenging the lax oversight of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Lawyers from Ecojustice representing the David Suzuki Foundation, Friends of the Earth […]

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First Nations, NGOs condemn federal plans for defunct nuclear reactors

Filed in Media releases by on August 21, 2018

Ottawa, August 21, 2018 — Forty First Nations, citizen groups and NGOs have asked Canada’s Auditor General to hold an inquiry into spending by Natural Resources Canada, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) on nuclear reactor decommissioning. “The plan to entomb and abandon radioactive carcasses of nuclear reactors next to […]

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Health Canada to End Outdoor Use of Two Bee Killing Neonicotinoids

Filed in Media releases by on August 15, 2018
Health Canada to End Outdoor Use of Two Bee Killing Neonicotinoids

 “It’s about time,” says Friends of the Earth Canada August 15, 2018 (Ottawa) – Friends of the Earth Canada welcomes the proposed decision by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to end outdoor use of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam, two of the most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides in the world. Neonicotinoids (neonics) are systemic chemical insecticides […]

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236 International Organizations Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to Quit Support for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Filed in Media releases by on May 25, 2018
236 International Organizations Call on Prime Minister Trudeau to Quit Support for the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2018 Contact: David Turnbull, Oil Change International, david [at] priceofoil [dot] org Dani Heffernan, 350.org, dani [at] 350 [dot] org Today, an open letter signed by 236 international civil society organizations in 44 countries called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop backing the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline project and begin […]

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Banned pesticides found in plants at Ontario garden centres

Filed in Media releases by on April 18, 2018
Banned pesticides found in plants at Ontario garden centres

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Environmental groups file request for investigation under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of rights April 18, 2018 (TORONTO) Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Ontario Minister of the Environment Chris Ballard to investigate the ongoing, and unlawful, sale of flowering plants containing banned pesticides, including bee-killing neonicotinoids. Acting on behalf of Friends […]

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Federal Court rules bee-killing pesticide lawsuit will go to full hearing

Filed in Media releases by on April 12, 2018

Lawsuit brought by environmental groups survives second attempt to shut it down. April 12, 2018 TORONTO — A lawsuit launched by environmental groups in a bid to protect pollinators from harmful neonicotinoid pesticides will proceed to a full hearing, despite repeated attempts by the federal government and companies that make the pesticides to shut the […]

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Record environmental judgement, moves to Ontario Superior Court in Toronto

Record environmental judgement, moves to Ontario Superior Court in Toronto

Long running dispute between petro-giant Chevron and Ecuadorian citizens has Canadian component April 5, 2018 (Toronto, Canada) – This morning, Friends of the Earth Canada, the Steelworkers Humanity Fund and Amazon Watch filed an application to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice calling on the court to unseal documents in the historic legal effort to […]

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Canada Creates Human Rights Watchdog For Overseas Operations of Canadian Companies

Canada Creates Human Rights Watchdog  For Overseas Operations of Canadian Companies

OTTAWA, January 17, 2018 – Friends of the Earth is encouraged by the Government of Canada’s announcement today regarding the creation of a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Business Enterprise. Canada’s Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne announced the long awaited office. The human rights ombudsperson will independently investigate complaints concerning the overseas operations of Canadian […]

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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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Canada is the 8th top backer of new coal plants around the world

Filed in Media releases by on December 11, 2017
Canada is the 8th top backer of new coal plants around the world

December 11, 2017 (Ottawa) – Today, the German organization Urgewald released a report revealing Canada as the 8th largest investor in new coal globally.  They provide a list of the top 100 investors in companies developing new coal plants. Canadian institutions on the list include: SunLife at #31 with $895 million invested; Power Financial Corporation […]

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