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Recent Releases from Friends of the Earth Canada

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

Published Thu, 5 Oct 2017 16:13:05 EST Read More

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 and permanent ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.” Olivastri went on to say, “The study also highlights the importance...... Click here to read this release



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

Published Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:48:41 EST Read More

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 of ten also cited other threats as important - habitat loss 68%, disease 67%...... Click here to read this release



Home Depot to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Published Thu, 3 Dec 2015 11:00:38 EST Read More

For Immediate Release: December 3, 2015 Expert contacts: Lisa Archer, Friends of the Earth, (510) 900-3145, larcher@foe.org Beatrice Olivastri, Friends of the Earth Canada, (613) 724 8690, beatrice@foecanada.org Susan Baker, Trillium Asset Management, (617) 532-6681, sbaker@trilliuminvest.com Adam Kanzer, Domini Social Investments, (212) 217-1027, akanzer@domini.com Larisa Ruoff, Sustainability Group of Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge, (617)-622-2213, lruoff@lwcotrust.com ...... Click here to read this release



Statement from Friends of the Earth Canada on RONA's announcements

Published Tue, 28 Apr 2015 11:02:30 EST Read More

RONA discloses 70% nursery plants neonic-free this year Friends of the Earth Canada congratulates RONA on its commitment and performance to reduce the use of neonicotinoids in its nursery plants. Last year, Friends of the Earth tested nursery plants for neonics and advised gardeners to buy only neonic-free plants through their "Gardener Beware" campaign. The test results indicated over half of the nursery plants considered ...... Click here to read this release



Lowe’s commits to phase-out neonicotinoids from its shelves in a move to protect bees and pollinators

Published Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:00:24 EST Read More

Friends of the Earth Canada Statement (April 9, 2015 Ottawa, ON) - Lowe’s, North America’s second largest home improvement company, announced today that they will take steps towards a 2019 phase out of bee-harmful neonicotinoids (PDF page 28...... Click here to read this release



Ontario government action on bee and pollinator protection applauded by Friends of the Earth

Published Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:06:40 EST Read More

Premier Wynne and Ministers of Environment and Agriculture cited as North American leaders (March 23, 2015, Ottawa, ON) Today, following extensive public consultation, Ontario tabled a Regulation to permanently reduce 80 percent of the bee-harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides used on corn and soy seed by 2017. This announcement makes Ontario the first North American jurisdiction to permanently restrict usage of this pesticide (for neonic-coated corn and soy...... Click here to read this release



Chemical giant Bayer loses libel action to muzzle bee protectors

Published Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:36:40 EST Read More

(Ottawa, ON, March 12, 2015) German chemical giant Bayer has failed in its attempt to muzzle Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) over the environmental group's claims that thiacloprid, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, harms bees. Thiacloprid is one of a group of insecticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics”) which work by interfering with insects' nervous systems. In February, Bayer slapped an injunction on BUND based on a booklet (published in December 2014) for gardeners inter...... Click here to read this release



Poll shows strong support for government action on pesticides

Published Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:03:55 EST Read More

Nearly 8 out of 10 say Ontario government “on right track” For Immediate Release December 16, 2014 A poll released today by Friends of the Earth Canada, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association shows nearly 8 out of 10 Ontarians believe the Ontario government is on the right track with its intention to limit use of bee-killing “neonic” pesticides by 80%. Only 12% do not agree with the action. ...... Click here to read this release



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

Published Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:31:04 EST Read More

(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 pesticides,” says Beatrice Olivastri, Chief Executive Officer, Friends of the Earth Canada. “Clearly, Ontario is rea...... Click here to read this release



Honey bees get support in Niagara Falls by-election polling

Published Thu, 6 Feb 2014 11:38:29 EST Read More

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 fruit basket -- the riding of Niagara Falls -- indicates significant public support and concern about the issue. The FOE resear...... Click here to read this release



Attention holiday shoppers - green gift and holiday polling

Published Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:17:42 EST Read More

Ahead of the biggest shopping season a poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth Canada shows buyers do consider the environment in their purchases (Ottawa, Canada November, 21, 2013) As the biggest retail blitz of the year approaches, Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE) is releasing their national holiday survey results. FOE commissioned this research to find out if environmental concerns influence holiday shopping. Th...... Click here to read this release



Bee and pesticide die off expert visiting from UK - interview opportunity in Ontario

Published Tue, 12 Nov 2013 09:06:38 EST Read More

Friends of the Earth Canada welcomes expert Who: Professor Dave Goulson, a UK biologist who specializes in bees. He has published over 200 scientific articles on the ecology of bees and other insects, and is the author of Bumblebees; their behaviour, ecology and conservation (2010, Oxford University Press) and A Sting in the Tale (2013, Jonathan Cape), a popular science book about bumblebees. In 2010 he was BBSRC "Social Innovator of the Year&q...... Click here to read this release



Stop Honey Bee Carnage Say Eight Out Of Ten Ontarians

Published Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:11:08 EST Read More

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 discover whether or not Ontarians were concerned about Neonicotinoids (neonics) and their effect on the steadily declining bee popul...... Click here to read this release



Friends of the Earth Canada Objects to Feds' Renewal of Bee-Toxic Pesticide

Published Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:38:31 EST Read More

For immediate release (OTTAWA, September 23, 2013) Friends of the Earth Canada has filed a notice of objection to Health Canada's decision under the Pest Control Products Act to renew conditional registration of a bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin, despite lack of due diligence by the applicant companies. Health Canada's agency dealing with pesticides is recommending renewing use of clothianidin on potatoes, grape, pome fruits (like apples), stone fruits and turf even ...... Click here to read this release



Ontario opinion poll shows solid support for green energy, strong opposition to WTO ruling

Published Mon, 3 Dec 2012 09:03:05 EST Read More

Opinion poll released as solar industry meets at convention in Toronto Ottawa, December 3, 2012 - A new opinion poll commissioned by Friends of the Earth Canada shows overwhelming support for green energy in Ontario, and strong opposition to the World Trade Organization (WTO)’s meddling in buy local programs that create thousands of green jobs for Ontarians. The survey conducted by Oraclepoll Research found that 83% of Ontarians believe it is important to have more renewabl...... Click here to read this release



Friends of the Earth calls for investigation into Canadian Food Inspection Agency's silencing of Canadian salmon scientist

Published Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:09:46 EST Read More

Request seeking immediate action sent to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Office of the Auditor General of Canada Ottawa, November 23, 2012 - Friends of the Earth Canada has filed a petition and requested an investigation in response to recent actions by a federal agency to silence a researcher that has played a key role in investigating infectious salmon anemia (ISA) in salmon from British Columbia. In a recent letter, the Canadian Foo...... Click here to read this release



Reporting disease in fish a crime? Proposed British Columbia law condemned by Friends of the Earth Canada

Published Wed, 30 May 2012 15:05:43 EST Read More

New legislation to muzzle journalists and scientists may have serious implications for food health and safety and freedom of speech Media Release (Ottawa, May 30, 2012) With the anticipated passage of Bill 37 – 2012 Animal Health Act tomorrow, British Columbia Minister of Agriculture Don McRae will be responsible for new and punitive legislation with heavy fines and imprisonment for people reporting diseased animal...... Click here to read this release



Friends of the Earth Canada releases “Plug and Play” model regulation to help Canada reduce greenhouse gas pollution

Published Wed, 7 Dec 2011 17:26:12 EST Read More

For immediate release Friends of the Earth donates its services to help Canada in its time of embarrassment (Ottawa, December 8, 2011) With Canada's international environmental reputation at rock bottom at the Durban climate negotiations, Friends of the Earth Canada has decided to donate its services to help Canada. "Canada's Minister of the Environment showing up in Durban without domestic regulations in place is shocking," said Beatrice Olivastri, CEO, Friends o...... Click here to read this release



Shell 'apologises' for worldwide damage in "erratum" to annual report

Published Tue, 17 May 2011 11:21:38 EST Read More

For Immediate Release New report displays 12 cases of environmental and social wrongdoing (THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS, May 17, 2011) During the Shell annual general assembly (AGM) in The Hague, today, Friends of the Earth International presented an "erratum" [1] to Shell’s 2010 annual report. In this spoof "erratum", which was distributed among shareholders, Shell 'admits' that it is "causing a lot of unwanted and unnecessary damage" in its global oil-gas- and biofuels...... Click here to read this release



New water awareness project launched in Manitou, Manitoba in celebration of World Water Day

Published Thu, 18 Mar 2010 10:57:50 EST Read More

For Immediate Release Friends of the Earth Canada, Pembina Valley Conservation District, Manitoba Department of Water Stewardship and Royal Bank of Canada celebrates world water day with launch of Be True to Be Blue (Manitou, Manitoba/Ottawa, Ontario, March 18, 2010) In celebration of World Water Day, Friends of the Earth Canada is launching its new water awareness project, “Be True To Blue” in Manitou, Manitoba in cooperation with the Pembina Valley Conservation D...... Click here to read this release



Le Canada traîné en Cour pour dérogation à la loi fédérale sur le réchauffement climatique

Published Tue, 15 Dec 2009 09:24:52 EST Read More

COMMUNIQUÉ Pour diffusion immédiate Le Canada traîné en Cour pour dérogation à la loi fédérale sur le réchauffement climatique OTTAWA (le 15 décembre 2009) - Le gouvernement canadien se voit confronté à un recours juridique historique devant le plus haut tribunal du pays, pour défaut à ses obligations quant au réchauffement climatique, et spécifiquement pour avoir refusé de respecter une loi fédérale qui lui impose de réduire ses émissions de gaz...... Click here to read this release



Canada's climate performance illegal - Friends of the Earth asks Supreme Court to rule on critical points of law (Kyoto and Copenhagen)

Published Tue, 15 Dec 2009 09:14:56 EST Read More

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Canada facing legal challenge for breaking federal global warming law OTTAWA (December 15, 2009) - The Government of Canada is facing a landmark legal challenge in the country's top court for failing to take action on global warming -- specifically for refusing to respect a federal law that requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Yesterday an appeal was filed with the Supreme Court seeking to argue that the Government is b...... Click here to read this release



Friends of the Earth Canada in Court challenging federal government failure to act on climate law

Published Wed, 14 Oct 2009 14:01:45 EST Read More

MEDIA ADVISORY Friends of the Earth Canada in Court challenging federal government failure to act on climate law Will argue governments cannot pick and choose which laws to follow What: Environmental groups are challenging Canada's federal government in court for its violation of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA). The case targets the fundamental question of whether the government is above the law. The law states that Canada must take strong acti...... Click here to read this release



Friends of the Earth launches David Brooks' new book in Halifax September 29

Published Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:58:55 EST Read More

Media Advisory Attention: Environmental, News, Community Editors and Reporters Friends of the Earth launches David Brooks' new book 'Making the Most of the Water We Have' comes to Halifax Sept. 29 Friends of the Earth will release Making the Most of the Water We Have: The Soft Path Approach to Water Management early next week. The book is co-edited by David Brooks, a geologist, economist and author who has previously written about conservation and water management. ...... Click here to read this release



Friends of the Earth launches David Brooks' new book

Published Wed, 23 Sep 2009 14:19:51 EST Read More

Media Advisory Attention: Environmental, News, Community Editors and Reporters Friends of the Earth launches David Brooks' new book 'Making the Most of the Water We Have' to be released September 25 Friends of the Earth will release Making the Most of the Water We Have: The Soft Path Approach to Water Management later this week. The book is co-edited by David Brooks, a geologist, economist and author who has previously written about conservation and water manageme...... Click here to read this release



Interview Opportunity: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to be investigated for violation of federal PCB regulations

Published Tue, 16 Jun 2009 16:13:48 EST Read More

Interview Opportunity Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to be investigated for violation of federal PCB regulations Allan Williams of New Harbour, Newfoundland, is successful in using his environmental rights to request a federal investigation of alleged violations of the federal PCB regulation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The circumstances that have lead to the PCB contamination of the landfill primarily result from disposal of transformer ...... Click here to read this release



Full text of FOE's first annual Scorecard on Environmental Rights

Published Thu, 4 Jun 2009 09:55:40 EST Read More

Click on 'Download Original Release' to view the full text of FOE's first annual Scorecard on Environmental Rights....... Click here to read this release



Les Ami(e)s de la Terre Canada publient un premier Bulletin annuel des droits environnementaux

Published Thu, 4 Jun 2009 09:52:43 EST Read More

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE Pour diffusion immédiate La majorité des provinces échouent à protéger les droits environnementaux Les Ami(e)s de la Terre Canada publient un premier Bulletin annuel des droits environnementaux (Ottawa ON, le 4 juin 2009) - À la veille de la Journée mondiale de l'environnement, Les Ami(e)s de la Terre Canada publient leur premier Bulletin annuel des droits de l'environnement reconn...... Click here to read this release



Friends of the Earth Canada releases first annual Score Card on Environmental Rights

Published Thu, 4 Jun 2009 09:48:02 EST Read More

For Immediate Release Majority of provinces fail on provision of environmental rights Friends of the Earth Canada releases first annual Score Card on Environmental Rights (Ottawa ON, June 4, 2009) - On the eve of World Environment Day, Friends of the Earth Canada releases its first annual Score Card of Environmental Rights available in law to the people of Canada. In the face of inadequate action by governments to ...... Click here to read this release



Grandfather calls on feds to investigate PCB contamination

Published Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:57:56 EST Read More

For Immediate Release Grandfather calls on feds to investigate PCB contamination (Ottawa, ON/New Harbour, NL - June 2, 2009) - Yesterday, Mr. Allan Williams of New Harbour, NL, with the support of Friends of the Earth, applied to federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice to investigate violations of the federal PCB regulation under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as others. Mr. Williams submitte...... Click here to read this release



Nestlé accused of Greenwashing – Complaint Filed Today

Published Mon, 1 Dec 2008 14:03:36 EST Read More

Nestlé accused of Greenwashing – Complaint Filed Today Advertising Standards Canada asked to probe Green Advertisement Ottawa – Friends of the Earth Canada, Ecojustice, the Polaris Institute, the Council of Canadians, and Wellington Water Watchers filed a complaint this morning under the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards alleging that Nestlé Waters North America has broken advertising rules in claims it made regarding the environmental impacts of its products...... Click here to read this release



Canada back in court over Kyoto lawsuit

Published Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:22:57 EST Read More

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Canada back in court over Kyoto lawsuit Appeal of KPIA decision launched a week before next climate change meetings OTTAWA (November 25, 2008) – Lawyers for Friends of the Earth Canada gave the Government of Canada notice yesterday that they will be appealing a recent Federal Court decision in Canada’s first ever climate change lawsuit. The much anticipated appeal comes one week before the world gathers in Poznan, Poland for t...... Click here to read this release



Canada wriggles off the hook for violating Kyoto law

Published Tue, 21 Oct 2008 09:20:33 EST Read More

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release Canada wriggles off the hook for violating Kyoto law TORONTO, October 21, 2008 - After months of deliberation, Canada\'s Federal Court released a decision late yesterday regarding the Government of Canada\'s alleged violation of the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA), a federal law that required Canada to take specific action to meet binding international commitments to fight climate change. The lawsuit was launched on behalf...... Click here to read this release



Canada in court for violating federal climate change law

Published Wed, 18 Jun 2008 09:48:30 EST Read More

Media Release – For Immediate Release Canada in court for violating federal climate change law Lawsuit demands government obey the will of Parliament TORONTO, June 18, 2008 – Today, Canada became the first country ever to be brought to court for failing to comply with its legal commitments to combat global warming. Pro-bono lawyers from Paliare Roland Barristers and Ecojustice (formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund) presented legal arguments on behalf of Friends of the...... Click here to read this release



New law gives Canadians legal right to healthy environment

Published Thu, 5 Jun 2008 10:47:23 EST Read More

For Immediate Release New law gives Canadians legal right to healthy environment Cornerstone environmental legislation introduced by environmental groups Ottawa, Ontario, June 5, 2008 - Three leading environmental organizations are using the United Nations' World Environment Day to launch the first Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights (CEBR), model legislation that would enshrine in law the right of all Canadians to a healthy environment. The proposed Environmenta...... Click here to read this release



Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights to be unveiled in Ottawa

Published Wed, 4 Jun 2008 16:49:01 EST Read More

Media Advisory Attention: News, Assignment and Environment Reporters and Editors Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights to be unveiled in Ottawa Environmental groups to call on federal government to enact legislation (Ottawa, Ontario) Tomorrow, three leading environmental groups will be at Parliament Hill to reveal a Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights. The announcement coincides with World Environment Day and there will opportunities for photography and interview...... Click here to read this release



25,000 "Energy GreenBoxes™" delivered to Ontario low-income families through Ontario's food banks

Published Thu, 6 Dec 2007 11:30:28 EST Read More

Attention News, Community and Assignment Editors 25,000 "Energy GreenBoxes™" delivered to Ontario low-income families through Ontario's food banks (Toronto, December 6, 2007) This holiday season, Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE Canada) and the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) are helping low-income families save money and energy while improving the comfort of their homes. Food Bank clients in Ajax, Barrie, Beamsville, Brampton, Lindsay, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, ...... Click here to read this release



Le Canada accusé de bafouer sa loi fédérale sur le réchauffement climatique

Published Thu, 29 Nov 2007 08:22:43 EST Read More

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE Pour diffusion immédiate (Ottawa, le 29 novembre 2007) Quelques jours à peine avant le départ du ministre canadien de l'Environnement John Baird pour la Conférence des Nations Unies à Bali sur les changements climatiques, le Canada écope d'un second recours juridique pour avoir raté une échéance critique de la loi sur le réchauffement climatique adoptée plus tôt cette année. Le gouvernement s'est vu remettre, en fin de journée hier, une deuxième Demande ...... Click here to read this release



International aviation body fails to act on climate plans

Published Fri, 28 Sep 2007 12:06:27 EST Read More

MEDIA RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 28, 2007 (MONTREAL, CANADA) The 36th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization ends in disarray and conflicts over action to reduce aviation emissions. The assembly passed a resolution that would only allow for new rules on greenhouse gas emissions controls by host countries if the non-domestic airlines agreed. "After ten years of posturing, this assembly'...... Click here to read this release



Le Canada poursuivi pour transgression de la loi fédérale sur le réchauffement climatique

Published Thu, 20 Sep 2007 08:42:05 EST Read More

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE Pour publication immédiate Le 20 septembre 2007 (Ottawa) - Le gouvernement canadien fait face à une nouvelle poursuite pour sa négligence en matière de réchauffement climatique - cette fois-ci à cause de son refus de respecter une loi fédérale imposant des réductions d'émissions de gaz à effet de serre. Une demande d'examen judiciaire a été déposée en Cour fédérale, tard hier après-midi, pour forcer le gouvernement à respecter la Loi de mise ...... Click here to read this release



Canada facing legal challenge for breaking federal global warming law

Published Thu, 20 Sep 2007 08:27:51 EST Read More

MEDIA RELEASE (Ottawa, Canada, September 20, 2007) The Government of Canada is once again facing a legal challenge for failing to take action on global warming -- this time for refusing to respect a federal law that requires reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Late yesterday an Application for Judicial Review was filed with the Federal Court seeking to force the Government to comply with the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act. Filed by eminent Canadian lawyer Chris Paliare and Ecojus...... Click here to read this release