Pesticide Awareness

Will you stand up for Canadian Charities?

2015-09-14

Dear Friend, 


For decades, Canadian charities have given voice to the concerns of Canadians who want social progress, better health and a clean and safe environment. From laws banning smoking in public places and the creation of anti-drinking and driving laws, to the reversal of the depletion of the ozone layer and the curbing of the acid rain crisis -– all these achievements and more were a result of the efforts of charities and the millions of Canadians who supported them. 


It is important for a healthy democracy that charities are involved in shaping public policy.


 

We are asking all federal party leaders to fix our broken charitable laws. 


Doing so will ensure Canadians continue to have an ongoing avenue for voicing their concerns about issues that impact their daily lives.


Will you stand with us and ask for a healthy democracy in Canada? 


 

Sign the petition

Read the Report.

 

 

Yours in defence of the environment and democracy,


Diane Beckett
Interim Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation 

Pollinator Progress at Heart Lake Conservation Area

Earlier this June we partnered with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to host a Pollinator Party at Heart Lake Conservation Area. The weather was great and we were thankful to have the 19 volunteers from Peel region who helped with light gardening and maintenance at the Medicine Wheel Garden and meadow plots.

Before we began work on the gardens the Four Colors Drumming Circle hosted an Aboriginal Drumming Ceremony and storytelling session to welcome spring and educate people on the features of the Medicine Wheel Garden (Gitigaan Mashkiki). It was a really neat experience which engaged everyone and connected us to the work we were about to do.... Read more »

More than one million more bees die off near Hanover

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’s in the water and it's in the pollen.”... Read more »

Taking Action on Bee Mortalities

Ontario Government Creating Cross-Industry Working Group
July 9, 2013 9:30 a.m.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities.

The Bee Health Working Group will be comprised of beekeepers, farmers, agri-business representatives, scientists, and staff from both federal and provincial government agencies. Drawing on a broad range of expertise, the working group will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the potential risk to honey bees from exposure to neonicotinoid -- a pesticide used for corn and soybeans.

The working group will meet for the first time this month and provide its recommendations by spring 2014.

Supporting the province's agri-businesses while protecting the environment is part of the Ontario government's plan to create a fair and prosperous society.... Read more »

What's killing honeybees?

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 who have been tracking the collapse of honeybee colonies over the past decade.... Read more »

            

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