Media releases

Health Canada to End Outdoor Use of Two Bee Killing Neonicotinoids

Filed in 2018 Media Releases, 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

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

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

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

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 2017 Media releases, 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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Major Grocery Retailers Across North America Reject Genetically Engineered Fish

Major Grocery Retailers Across North America Reject Genetically Engineered Fish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the world’s first sale of genetically engineered fish is underway in Canada, the top food retailers across Canada and the U.S. have made public statements that they have no plans to sell the genetically engineered salmon. Sobeys (TSX:SBY) is the latest and last of Canada’s national retailers to inform customers that it will not be selling the genetically engineered […]

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Environmental groups back in court as government, industry make second attempt to kill pesticide case

Filed in 2017 Media releases, Media releases by on November 15, 2017
Environmental groups back in court as government, industry make second attempt to kill pesticide case

Neonicotinoid pesticides have been linked to mass bee die-offs and declining pollinator populations 15 November, 2017 TORONTO — Environmental groups, represented by Ecojustice, are back in Federal Court tomorrow in an effort to protect pollinators from a harmful class of pesticides and fend off a second attempt by multinational pesticide companies and the federal government […]

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Groups urge PM to stop coal bid by CPP

Groups urge PM to stop coal bid by CPP

Canada’s climate leadership claim undermined by coal bid by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (Ottawa) – More than 20 Canadian and international organizations are concerned that the actions of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are undermining Canada’s leadership for a global phase-out of coal-fired electricity.  In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, the […]

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Ontario’s Top Court Lifts Barrier to Epic Struggle Against Chevron

Filed in 2017 Media releases, Media releases by on October 31, 2017
Ontario’s Top Court Lifts Barrier to Epic Struggle Against Chevron

October 31, 2017 (Ottawa, Canada) – Today, Ontario’s top court reversed the decision of a lower court that ordered Ecuadorian villagers to put up almost a million dollars before moving ahead with their case against Chevron. The Ecuadorian Indigenous people and settlers came to Canada seeking enforcement of the ruling of their court that the […]

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UN treaty moves towards curbing transnational corporations’ impunity, human rights violations

Filed in 2017 Media releases, Media releases by on October 31, 2017
UN treaty moves towards curbing transnational corporations’ impunity, human rights violations

Geneva, Monday (30 October 2017) – Friends of the Earth International welcomes the positive conclusion of the 3rd session of the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on a UN treaty on transnational corporations and human rights (1), after substantive discussions on content, impressive and diverse participation of social movements and a record presence of 101 member states. […]

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UN Human Right Council to negotiate elements for a Treaty on Transnational Corporations

UN Human Right Council to negotiate elements for a Treaty on Transnational Corporations

Amsterdam and globally (19 October 2017) – Friends of the Earth International is urging states to enter constructively on negotiations for a legally binding treaty to hold transnational corporations to account on human rights and environmental abuses UN treaty on transnational corporations and human rights in Geneva on 23 – 27 October 2017. This will […]

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A Cocktail of Bee-harming Pesticides Found in North American Honey

A Cocktail of Bee-harming Pesticides Found in North American Honey

October 5, 2017 (Ottawa) – New research, published in Science today, found widespread contamination of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides in honey around the world. Friends of the Earth Canada CEO, Beatrice Olivastri, said, “The discovery of a cocktail of bee-harming pesticides in honey samples across North America, Europe and Asia reinforces the need for a complete […]

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