Programs and Campaigns

FOE Canada’s programs and campaigns focus on the most pressing environmental issues affecting the planet and its people today. Our work is supported in large part by ordinary Canadians who are concerned about the health of the environment and of current and future generations’ well-being. Learn more about our campaigns, listed below, and help us make the positive, lasting changes that are needed now.

Protecting Fresh Water
Water is central to our health, economy and future prosperity. Faced with increased demand, continuing contamination and the impact of global warming, it’s time for deep changes in our relationship with water and how we use and abuse it.

 

Environmental Rights & Justice

FOE stands on guard for the planet and people, in particular, vulnerable people, whether low income, elderly or young, whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by environmental contaminants or inappropriate development. We use environmental rights and justice to tackle both environmental problems and social exclusion through the same lense.

 

Stop Global Warming

Global warming is the defining issue of our time. How we respond to this threat will shape our lives and livelihoods for decades to come. Friends of the Earth addresses the need to act in the courts of law, in policy and regulation and, in communities to protect vulnerable citizens.

Call for an immediate ban on imidicloprid

Filed in Blog, Food, Agriculture & GMOs, Policy by on August 24, 2018
Call for an immediate ban on imidicloprid

So I know we celebrated when PMRA announced its proposed decision to ban two neonics earlier this month.  But we said at the time there’s more work to do.  It’s time to push for an immediate ban on imidacloprid, the neonic in longest use in Canada. August 29 is the last day for public input. […]

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Help keep the pressure on

Help keep the pressure on

It’s summer, and like bees, we are busy! Back in April, Friends of the Earth Canada, with the support of Ecojustice, called on Ontario’s Minister of the Environment to investigate the unlawful, sale of flowering plants containing banned pesticides, including bee-killing neonicotinoids. Samples collected by Friends of the Earth Canada from plants sold at RONA, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Toxics in my garden!

BREAKING NEWS: Toxics in my garden!

Today, Friends of the Earth Canada filed evidence (from our 2017 flower testing results) to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario to begin investigation of RONA, Canadian Tire and Home Depot for selling gardeners plants containing harmful, banned cosmetic pesticides, namely boscalid, imidacloprid, pyraclostrobin napropamide, and spinosad. These corporations and their directors could be fined millions of dollars. Here’s […]

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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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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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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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Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

Is Canada really committed to coal phase out?  Or is it just trying to drive down the value of coal assets so it can buy them cheaply?

“Follow the money” is a catch phrase popularized by “All the President’s Men”. It was “Deep Throat’s” advice on how to unravel President Nixon’s web of corruption. It’s also good advice in understanding why 30 years of talking about climate change has resulted in so little action. Government and industry say good things while subsidizing […]

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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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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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An anniversary – bee mad, not glad 😡

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

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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Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

Looking for “friends” on Earth Day #47

This Earth Day (April 22), I’m looking for friends – friends of the Earth, that is – who share my passion to save the bees. Here’s why… Back during the first Earth Day in 1970, I was finishing up high school and taking Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring to heart. It described how DDT entered the […]

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Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Slow Motion Neonic Ban – good ban / bad speed!

Last November, Health Canada announced its intention to ban the use of Bayer’s imidacloprid, one of the world’s most widely used neonicotinoid pesticides.  We think this could be an important Canadian win on the world stage – after four years of campaigning, we can almost taste victory.   BUT: Our excitement was muted by the […]

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