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Spring has sprung, along with the first delectable flowers of the season. As proud Canadian bees, we are getting busy with the job at wing: gathering nectar and pollinating plant species. But for years now, our frenzied dance has brought us into contact with the poisons that you humans use to coat your seeds or spray your fields. The name of this poison is neonicotinoids, but...
Actualité - 18 May 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, Neonicotinoid, Pesticides
Dear Minister: An ​American judge ruled last week that some of Canada’s top-selling pesticides contributed to an American citizen’s cancer, and that Monsanto knowingly covered up the risks. It was only last year that you said that the active ingredient in these pesticides - glyphosate - did not pose any unacceptable risks to Canadians. Surely, this ​court case...
Actualité - 28 August 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, glyphosate, Pesticides
Environmental groups say immediate action needed -  ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE, ÉQUITERRE and DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION Ottawa, August 15, 2018 —  Canada’s proposed decision to ban two major neonicotinoid (“neonic”) insecticides is a significant step towards safeguarding bees, pollinators and other important insects.
Communiqué - 15 August 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, Neonicotinoid, Pesticides
When I was a child, doctors used to smoke in hospitals—in front of patients! And my friends used to smoke in lectures at university! Tobacco companies have known for a long time that cigarettes are bad for our health, but they funded studies saying the opposite and discredited independent studies that suggested tobacco was a concern. And our governments trusted their...
Actualité - 29 March 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, Pesticides
An unprecedented crisis is shaking the world of agriculture and public agricultural research. Équiterre has been fighting this situation for years. It has to stop!
Actualité - 15 March 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, Agriculture, MAPAQ, Pesticides
Équiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation hail today’s announcement by the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC) as a significant step forward in regulating pesticides and for the health of people, pollinators and the environment.
Actualité - 19 February 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, Pesticides
  Widespread use of world’s most extensively sold pesticide will continue in Canada, despite international concerns about health and ecological risks   Ottawa - April 28, 2017 — Health Canada has dismissed credible evidence in its re-evaluation of the world’s most extensively-used pesticide, glyphosate, in today’s decision to continue its...
Communiqué - 28 April 2017 - Tag : Advocacy, GMOs, Pesticides
Ottawa, march 31, 2017 - In a decision released today, Health Canada approved atrazine for continued use in Canada, and launched a new special review to assess environmental and health risks ignored in the first review. Environmental and health groups are deeply concerned that another extended delay leaves Canadians exposed to the risks of this pesticide.
Communiqué - 31 March 2017 - Tag : Advocacy, Pesticides
Blog entry by Karen Ross, Ph.D. Project Manager - Pesticides and Toxic Substances at Équiterre and Muhannad Malas, Program Manager - Toxics at Environmental Defence.
Actualité - 21 March 2017 - Tag : Pesticides, Petition, Public Intervention
Toronto, March 14, 2017 - Drinking water testing, commissioned by Environmental Defence and Équiterre found levels of atrazine, a harmful pesticide linked to hormone disruption in humans, fish and frogs, in Montreal and Toronto’s public distribution systems. Atrazine was found in concentrations above the European safety level, which underlines the need for the federal...
Communiqué - 13 March 2017 - Tag : Advocacy, Dangers of pesticides, Pesticides