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2013-08-16 11:31   |   Pesticides
 Elmwood area beekeeper says the Ontario government needs to act now to ban a pesticide that he claims has killed millions of his honeybees and millions of others in the province.Dave Schuit, owner of Saugeen Country Honey Inc., said the province needs to declare a moratorium on the neonicotinoid pesticide while the government investigates its affects on the bee population. Schuit and the Ontario Beekeepers Association have also launched a petition to get the province to ban the pesticide...
2013-08-14 10:14   |   Pesticide Awareness, Protecting Biodiversity
There is more troubling news for beekeepers.Another die-off has a local producer sounding the alarm, and provincial inspectors have stepped in to get to the bottom of the issue.Beekeeper Dave Schuit estimates that 1.3 million bees have died in his yard north of Hanover in the past 24 hours. Schuit says he has seen this before, and it looks like the bees have been poisoned“I believe it's in the soil, the neonicotinoids,” says Schuit of Saugeen Country Honey. “I believe it...
2013-08-14 10:06   |   Government
The federal Conservative government consulted with both environmental organizations and industry associations before making controversial changes to the Fisheries Act last year, but listened primarily to industry.When a section of one of the government’s massive 2012 omnibus budget bills limited the scope of the legislation governing the protection of fish and their habitats, some ecologists said it was the biggest setback to conservation law in more than 50 years.One of the most...
2013-08-02 11:17   |   Climate Change, Ecosystems, National, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Trade and Environment, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
OTTAWA — Faced with uncertainty over its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would link Canada’s oil sands with the American Gulf Coast, TransCanada said on Thursday that it would build a pipeline to eastern Canada.The pipeline company announced that it would proceed with a $12 billion pipeline that could move up to 1.1 million barrels a day to New Brunswick, to serve a region that now relies on imported crude oil for the overwhelming majority of its supply.TransCanada announced...
2013-07-15 11:37   |   Atlantic Chapter, Climate Change, Ecosystems, National, Energy Onslaught, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Oceans, Renewable Energy, Newfoundland and Labrador, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
There is no denying the amount of fight still left in Farley Mowat. Just let him get going on the “evil forces” who are sacrificing the environment in their lust for oil.The writer, conservationist and conversationalist, who completed what he declared to be his final book nearly three years ago at the age of 89, is irate. A proposal to put an offshore oil and gas well in the Gulf of St. Lawrence will not go away, and Mr. Mowat is aghast at the depths of human folly.Back in 1984, he...
2013-07-09 10:16   |   Climate Change, Ecosystems, National, Quebec Chapter, Alberta Tar Sands Pipelines, Energy Onslaught, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Protecting Marine Areas from the Threat of Oil and Gas Development, Renewable Energy, Toxics, Trade and Environment, Government, Atmosphere & Energy, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity, Transition to Sustainable Economy
Following a massive, deadly fire sparked by the derailment of a train in Quebec, questions are being asked about the safety of hazardous goods rail networks in British Columbia.Early Saturday morning, a parked train carrying crude oil rolled away and crashed, sparking multiple explosions and a major fire in the community of Lac-Mégantic. Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and around 50 remain missing as of Monday.The incident has shone the spotlight on the contentious political...
2013-07-09 09:34   |   Ecosystems, National, Pesticide Awareness, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Wilderness and Species Conservation, Toxics, Government, Pesticides, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity
Beekeeper John Van Blyderveen is troubled by the silence in his laneway in Ontario's Oxford County.The familiar summertime buzz of bees hovering over the lush cherry blossom trees is noticeably absent. The flowers sit untouched."This is extremely unusual for this being a bee farm, there are no bees here," Blyderveen says. "This is really sad."This increasingly familiar scene, which is playing out across North America and Europe, worries beekeepers, farmers and scientists...
2013-05-28 13:08   |   National, Ontario Chapter, Nuclear Phaseout, Nuclear Subsidies, Renewable Energy, Nuclear-Free Canada, Atmosphere & Energy
Ontario’s oldest nuclear plant pleads its case this week for a few more years of active life.But nuclear skeptics say it’s time to bring down the axe on the Pickering nuclear station.It’s an old debate that pits hardened nuclear campaigners such as Greenpeace against low-profile supporters such as the Pickering Soccer Club.It comes to a head because the Pickering station’s operating license runs out this year. But Ontario Power Generation, which owns and operates the...
2013-05-13 13:50   |   Climate Change, Ecosystems, Pesticide Awareness, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Government, Pesticides, Health & Environment, Protecting Biodiversity
Food production and bees: Believe it or not, the two go hand-in-hand … like milk and honey.Bees serve an all-important role in transferring pollen and seeds from one flower to another - a practice that supports at least 30 per cent of the world's food crops and 90 per cent of our wild plants, according to the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defense Council.But despite a bee's integral role in cross-pollination, news that their population is on the decline is unlikely to come up at...
2013-05-13 13:07   |   Climate Change, Ecosystems, Pesticide Awareness, Safe Food and Sustainable Agriculture, Pesticides, Health & Environment
Canada has no plans right now to follow the European Union's decision to ban a class of pesticides it believes is responsible for the deaths of many honey bees.Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency said it already started a comprehensive review of three pesticides in the neonicotinoid class following last year's accidental poisonings of more than 200 apiaries in Ontario and Quebec by farmers applying the pesticides during plantings.But it said that review is continuing...

            

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