2017 Media releases

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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Ottawa Round of Secret NAFTA Negotiations Threatens Climate Regulation

Filed in 2017 Media releases, Media releases by on September 27, 2017
Ottawa Round of Secret NAFTA Negotiations Threatens Climate Regulation

September 27, 2017 (Ottawa) – The third round of secret negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) draws to a close on Wednesday, September 27. As the negotiations move forward, the talks continue to threaten the capacity of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to issue and implement effective regulations to address […]

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It’s Time for Government to Invest in Nature, say 19 National Environmental Organizations

Filed in 2017 Media releases, Media releases by on September 20, 2017
It’s Time for Government to Invest in Nature, say 19 National Environmental Organizations

OTTAWA, ON (September 20, 2017) – Nineteen leading Canadian environmental and conservation organizations delivered a clear message to the federal government this week: “The time has come for serious federal investment in Canada’s ecosystems and species, which are central to Canadians’ well-being and prosperity.” Within their newly-released annual budgetary recommendations to the federal government, members […]

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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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Judge orders a hearing of environmental groups’ pesticide case

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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Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

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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Friends of the Earth National Poll Finds Majority of Canadians believe pesticide exposure most important threat to bees

Friends of the Earth National Poll Finds Majority of Canadians believe pesticide exposure most important threat to bees

June 27, 2017, Ottawa – Most Canadians (89%) believe “pesticides” are the most important threat to bees according to a poll conducted on behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada in May by Oracle Poll Research. Almost eight out of ten believe the loss of suitable floral resources was important (79%).  More than six out […]

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On the defeat of Bill C-291 Mandatory Labelling of GM Foods

Filed in 2017 Media releases, Media releases by on May 19, 2017
On the defeat of Bill C-291 Mandatory Labelling of GM Foods

Statement by Friends of the Earth Canada CEO, Beatrice Olivastri: An impressive majority of Canadians say they want mandatory labelling of genetically modified food (88% according to an Ipsos Reid poll commissioned by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network(CBAN), September 2015. www.cban.ca/2015poll).  And why shouldn’t they get it? After all, Canada already requires labelling of all […]

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

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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