Tag: pollinators

Environmental groups back in court over pollinator-killing pesticides

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on July 5, 2017
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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Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

Filed in Blog by on October 7, 2016
Put your garden to bed with saving the bees in mind

As Thanksgiving is upon us, why not say a fervent thank you for all the good things bees do for us as they pollinate food and flowers, shrubs and trees. You know pollinators need our help now – challenged by habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and introduced diseases, they are in decline even as we […]

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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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A Heavenly Message for Bayer Inc. – Bayer Neonics Non!

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on April 28, 2016
A Heavenly Message for Bayer Inc. – Bayer Neonics Non!

        (Montreal, QC, April 28, 2016)  Around 9 am today Friends of the Earth Canada delivered a heavenly message to draw the attention of Bayer AG stockholders. The multinational corporation is a major manufacturer of bee killing neonicotinoid pesticides. The message “Bayer Neonics Non!” was written on a 50 foot banner towed […]

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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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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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Ontario’s New Neonicotinoid Phase Down

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Ontario’s New Neonicotinoid Phase Down

In a North American first, the Ontario government has introduced their plan to permanently reduce use of systemic neurotoxin pesticides by 80% by 2017.  They’ve picked the biggest opportunity in Ontario to make change to protect pollinator health. Of the almost seven million acres of field crops planted each year in Ontario, the two largest […]

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Ontario on the right track with restriction on bee-killing pesticides says Friends of the Earth Canada

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on November 25, 2014 0 Comments
Ontario on the right track with restriction on bee-killing pesticides says Friends of the Earth Canada

(Toronto, ON November 25, 2014) Today, Ontario announced North America’s first phase down of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides used to coat corn and soy seeds. This decision should deliver a permanent reduction of 80 percent of neonicotinoids currently used to coat corn and soy seeds. “We congratulate Ontario for its decision to control these systemic neurotoxin […]

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Canada about to license another bee-killing pesticide

Filed in Media releases, The Bee Cause by on October 30, 2014 0 Comments
Canada about to license another bee-killing pesticide

(OTTAWA, ON., October 30, 2014)  – Environmental organizations are calling on Health Canada to stop approving systemic pesticides that are toxic to bees and threaten to interfere with ecosystem functioning. The most widely used group of systemic pesticides, neonicotinoids, have come under increased scrutiny as a contributing factor in large-scale bee die-offs and other harmful effects. […]

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Demonstrators in Ottawa and Windsor Swarm Lowe’s

Filed in Blog, Policy, The Bee Cause by on October 30, 2014 0 Comments
Demonstrators in Ottawa and Windsor Swarm Lowe’s

On October 29, 2014, demonstrators in Ottawa, Ontario and Windsor, Ontario swarmed Lowe’s stores to send the retailer a strong message: its time to remove plants and seeds treated with bee-harming pesticides from your shelves! Despite science showing that plants and seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides are contributing to a decline in bee populations, and other retailers across North America […]

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Gardeners tell Lowe’s: Don’t be a “little shop of horrors” for bees

Gardeners tell Lowe’s: Don’t be a “little shop of horrors” for bees

More than a million people ask Lowe’s to stop selling bee-killing pesticides For Immediate Release: October 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, more than 30,000 people across the U.S. and Canada will swarm Lowe’s (NYSE:LOW) stores to ask the retailer to not be a “little shop of horrors” for bees and take bee-killing pesticides off its […]

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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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Friends of the Earth Hosts Awesome UK Bee Expert Dave Goulson in Toronto

Filed in Blog, The Bee Cause by on November 7, 2013
Friends of the Earth Hosts Awesome UK Bee Expert Dave Goulson in Toronto

Friends of the Earth Canada is hosting Professor Dave Goulson in Toronto, Ontario, November 12-14.

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Stop Honey Bee Carnage Say Eight Out Of Ten Ontarians

Filed in The Bee Cause by on November 7, 2013
Stop Honey Bee Carnage Say Eight Out Of Ten Ontarians

Respondents agree that bees are crucial to Ontario’s agriculture sector (Ottawa, ON, November 7, 2013) A new public opinion poll released today finds that more than eight out of every ten people in Ontario support a ban on pesticides linked by scientists to bee deaths. Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE) commissioned the poll to […]

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