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This story will make you angry 🐝 ⏰

Filed in Blog, Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on November 10, 2016
This story will make you angry 🐝 ⏰

  Join us in demanding Health Minister Philpott take immediate steps to fix pesticide regulation in Canada! This is a story of an arrogant government agency more dedicated to helping pesticide manufacturers to profit than doing its job to protect human health and the environment. It’s a story that will make you angry. It proves […]

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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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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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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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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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Friends of the Earth congratulates Ontario for reducing use of bee-toxic neonicotinoids

Filed in The Bee Cause by on June 9, 2015 0 Comments
Friends of the Earth congratulates Ontario for reducing use of bee-toxic neonicotinoids

(Ottawa, ON, June 9, 2015) Ontario’s new pesticide regulation requires a permanent reduction of 80% in the use corn and soybean seeds coated with neonicotinoids (imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam). This regulation is novel in its designation of the coated seeds as pesticides. Friends of the Earth is pleased and impressed by Ontario’s leadership in finalizing […]

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Statements following leak of draft PMRA Value Assessment of Neonicotoinoids

Filed in Blog, The Bee Cause by on May 22, 2015 1 Comment
Statements following leak of draft PMRA Value Assessment of Neonicotoinoids

Beatrice Olivastri, CEO, Friends of the Earth Canada’s said: “There’s a fox in the chicken coop and the fox is the pesticide manufacturers reaping huge profits from farmers. It does appear there’s virtually no benefit but vast hazards to our environment from neonicotinoids. If the Canadian government can’t get its act together to do its […]

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Rural, urban residents agree: “neonic” pesticides pose threat

Filed in The Bee Cause by on March 4, 2015 0 Comments
Rural, urban residents agree: “neonic” pesticides pose threat

90% in Peterboro Want Province to Protect Bees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2015 Ninety per cent of Peterborough residents feel it’s important for the provincial government to protect pollinators, such as bees, and 85% are concerned about the threat  posed to bees by “neonic” pesticides, a new poll shows. The poll comes as Ontario […]

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Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letters- Marching Orders in Ontario to Protect Pollinators

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on October 2, 2014 0 Comments
Premier Wynne’s Mandate Letters- Marching Orders in Ontario to Protect Pollinators

In a move for transparency, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has made public her mandate letters to the ministers of her cabinet. In this blog post, we are cherry picking points from her letters related to pollinator health. Among her opening statements she says, “The people of Ontario have entrusted their government to be a force for good,” and […]

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Fear Mongering by the Chemical Industry

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 15, 2014
Fear Mongering by the Chemical Industry

Last week, I applauded Ontario’s Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal for his decision to restrict the use of neoniotinoids on farmers’ fields. To be clear, I would prefer an outright ban, but this is an important and pragmatic step to substantially reduce use of these bee-killing pesticides and shows leadership on the North American stage. According […]

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Home Depot, Sears, RONA and Canadian Tire Respond

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on July 7, 2014
Home Depot, Sears, RONA and Canadian Tire Respond

On March 17, 2014, Friends of the Earth Canada sent letters to the four biggest garden centre retailers in Canada, asking them to: Commit to not sell nursery bedding plants and vegetable plants pre-treated with neonicotinoids Institute a corporate policy that bans use of neonics on and in their facilities and throughout their supply chain, […]

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Honey bees get support in Niagara Falls by-election polling

Filed in Environmental justice, The Bee Cause by on February 6, 2014
Honey bees get support in Niagara Falls by-election polling

Friends of the Earth Bee Cause finds overwhelming voter support for action to save bees in closely fought by-election between NDP and PC front-runners in the Niagara Falls Riding (Ottawa, ON, Feb. 6, 2014) A poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE) to research voter expectations related to protecting honey bees in Canada’s […]

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Recommendation for PMRA: Ban Neonicotinoids

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on December 16, 2013
Recommendation for PMRA: Ban Neonicotinoids

“After the 2012 bee deaths, PMRA instituted measures that have been ineffective given a comparable scale of bee deaths in 2013. Friends of the Earth views the measures proposed in this Notice of Intent to be similarly inadequate to the scale and gravity of the danger posed by neonicotinoids to managed and wild bees.” Friends […]

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