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Recent Releases from Friends of the Earth Canada

Groups urge PM to stop coal bid by CPP!

Published Thu, 2 Nov 2017 10:15:33 EST Read More

Canada’s climate leadership claim undermined by coal bid by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board November 2, 2017 (Ottawa, Canada) - 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...... Click here to read this release



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



2017 Bumble Bee Count Calls for Volunteer Census-Takers

Published Thu, 3 Aug 2017 12:14:18 EST Read More

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 campaigns asks people to take pictures of bumble bees and to upload the photos with observations so that scientists can better track the bees and learn more about them. The ...... 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



A Fix for the Climate Polluting Canada Pension Plan

Published Wed, 1 Jun 2016 10:02:26 EST Read More

Media Release June 1, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) Friends of the Earth Canada is calling on Canada's largest public investor, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), with $278.9 billion in assets, to stop investing in climate polluting fossil fuels and bring its investment policies in line with Canada’s commitment to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C of warmin...... Click here to read this release



FOE and OPG partner to “Let it Bee”

Published Mon, 2 May 2016 10:02:45 EST Read More

Media Advisory A call to action to protect wild bees When: May 5, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m. Where: 700 University Avenue, Toronto Mini Auditorium (please check in with Security desk at lobby) Who: Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) What: FOE and OPG will announce the “LET IT BEE” campaign to protect and save wild, native bees. Speakers will include: · Beatri...... Click here to read this release



A Heavenly Message for Bayer Inc - Bayer Neonics Non!

Published Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:33:22 EST Read More

Media Advisory (Montreal, QC - April 27, 2016) Just before 9am Thursday April 28th representatives of the media are advised to look up, way up, west of the Jacques Cartier bridge. Friends of the Earth Canada assisted by Aerogram will be delivering a message from the heavens to the maker of bee killing pesticides, Bayer Inc. The Aerogram aircraft will orbit the Bayer offices at 1250 René-Lévesque West for about 1 hour. Bayer is a major manufacturer of neonicotinoid pesticides ...... 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



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 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



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 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



Kyoto - Le Canada de nouveau devant les tribunaux

Published Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:26:24 EST Read More

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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



Friends of the Earth takes Federal Government to Court over Kyoto failure

Published Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:17:45 EST Read More

Media Advisory Attention: News, Environment, Government, Politics Friends of the Earth takes Federal Government to Court over Kyoto failure Lawyers will argue that Kyoto commitment broken TORONTO - Canada will be the first country ever to be brought to court for its failure to comply with domestic law and meet its international commitments to combat global warming. On behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE), pro-bono lawyers from Paliare Roland Barristers and ...... Click here to read this release



Canadian Government to be challenged in court for failing to uphold Kyoto Accord

Published Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:04:04 EST Read More

Media Advisory Attention: News, Environment, Government, Politics Canadian Government to be challenged in court for failing to uphold federal climate change law Lawyers will argue in court that Kyoto commitment broken TORONTO - Canada will be the first country ever to be brought to court for its failure to comply with domestic law and meet its international commitments to combat global warming. On behalf of Friends of the Earth Canada (FOE), pro-bono lawyers from P...... 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