“David Suzuki: The Future of Environmental Rights” in Canada: National Town Hall Live Web Stream, Nov.16, 2016

The following video presents It’s More Than Just Love:
Canadians don’t have the right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, or live in healthy communities. In over 100 countries these rights are protected by law, but not in Canada.

It doesn’t need to be this way. Join us and take action now: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/rights

David Boyd is one of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers, an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, formerly the Executive Director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (now Ecojustice), and a recent Trudeau Scholar at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.

Credits:
Video Production: Daniel Berish from Plywood Productions

“What’s more important than the right
to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat safe food?”
David Suzuki

Join the conversation on your environmental rights!

David Suzuki and the Blue Dot Movement invite you to a discussion on environmental rights in Canada on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 8 to 9 p.m. EDT* anywhere from the comfort of your own home!

The Blue Dot movement for environmental rights has exceeded all expectations. More than 100,000 people and 143 municipalities (representing 43 per cent of Canada’s population!) are already on board!

It’s time to celebrate, and take this campaign to the next level: a federal environmental bill of rights.

There will be a celebration and national town hall on environmental rights.

  • You will hear David Suzuki and a panel of guests talk about why securing a federal bill is so crucial, and what we need to do together to win.
  • They will honour the hundreds of volunteers who helped them get here,
  • Come celebrate two years of successes as well as discuss plans for 2017 and beyond for securing a federal environmental bill of rights by 2018.

Join David Suzuki and the Blue Dot Movement via live web stream.

  • For other important info and for them to send you the info to tune in, please RSVP / register at http://bit.ly/2f943Yr
  • If you would like to ask panelists a question, please send it in advance to ccheema@davidsuzuki.org.

*Time zones for the live stream are as follows: Read more of “David Suzuki: The Future of Environmental Rights” in Canada: National Town Hall Live Web Stream, Nov.16, 2016

Ontario’s Rules to Reduce Neonicotinoid Pesticide: Protect Bees: Submit Comments Until May 7, 2015

Pesticide spraying: Image extracted from the CTV News video below.

Pesticide spraying: Image extracted from the CTV News video below.

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The following video presents 2013 09 26 – TV News Story – Canadian Bee Crisis:

“Environmental groups want federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose to reconsider Health Canada’s decision to re-approve a pesticide — severely restricted in Europe and linked to massive bee die-offs in Canada — for use on fruits, potatoes and turf. Lawyers from the Canadian Environmental Law Association and Ecojustice have filed a Notice of Objection with the health minister on behalf of Sierra Club Canada, Wilderness Committee, David Suzuki Foundation and Équiterre. The objection concerns Health Canada’s recent decision to renew the registration for clothianidin, a neonicotinoid pesticide toxic to bees, which the groups say should be banned in Canada.

Over the past two years, massive bee die-offs reported in Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec were linked to the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. In addition, a growing body of scientific literature documents the adverse effects of neonicotinoids on the foraging and homing behaviour of bees, as well as metabolic, immune and reproductive functions.”

Ontario is taking the strongest action in North America to protect bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators by proposing new rules that would reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017.

  • Some neonicotinoid insecticides are toxic to bees and other beneficial insects.
  • In the winter of 2013-2014, bee deaths in Ontario reached 58 per cent. The generally accepted level by those who care for and breed bees is 15 per cent.
  • Bees and other pollinators are responsible for pollinating roughly 13 per cent of agricultural crops in Ontario (crops worth about $897 million), and support $26 million annually in honey production.
  • Ontario’s agri-food sector employs 760,000 individuals and contributes $34 billion each year to the province’s economy.

“A comprehensive Pollinator Health Action Plan would improve the state of pollinator health in Ontario and strengthen their populations. The plan we are proposing to develop will promote a sustainable food supply, healthy ecosystems and a strong economy.”

The proposed regulation sets rules for the sale and use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds.

  • The amendments to Ontario Regulation 63/09, under the Pesticides Act would establish:
    • a new class of pesticides consisting of corn and soybean seeds treated with the neonicotinoids, imidacloprid, clothianidin or thiamethoxam,
    • rules for the sale and use of treated seeds,
    • timing and implementation of the regulatory requirements.

The draft regulation is available for public comment on the environmental registry until May 7, 2015. You can submit your comments in the following three ways: Read more of Ontario’s Rules to Reduce Neonicotinoid Pesticide: Protect Bees: Submit Comments Until May 7, 2015

This video presents “Precious Peel – David Suzuki explores a wild Yukon watershed”:

  • While the Yukon’s Peel watershed is in final stages of a land use planning process calling for 80% protection, David Suzuki travels on the watershed’s Hart River and reflects on the significance of this wilderness
  • Will the Government of Yukon heed the planning commission’s recommendations?

The Peel Watershed is:

  • “one of the world’s most precious natural treasures
  • home to the largest constellation of wild mountain rivers in North America
  • the 68,000 square kilometre watershed
  • one of the last great intact ecosystems on the continent”

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) supporters and individuals from across the country participated in consultations that helped the Peel Land Use Planning Commission shape its Final Recommended Plan, released in 2011, which:

  • recommends protecting 80% of the Peel’s extraordinary wilderness
  • honours the overwhelming support by First Nations and the Yukon public for Peel protection
    • while still leaving some of the watershed open to paced industrial development

This video presents “Why Biodiversity Matters”:

  • David Suzuki discusses the complexity of nature’s biodiversity as it relates to city living

There are three FREE green talks in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Read more of You’re Invited: 2012 Three Green Talks in Toronto Oct.24, 29, 30

CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day

CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day

Celebrate Canada is an eleven-day celebration which takes place from June 21 to July 1.

“We are justly proud of the nation we have built together over the last 143 years. Since the earliest days of our nation’s history, Canada has been a land of promise. We have built a society that celebrates achievement and excellence while, at the same time, maintaining a strong respect for human rights. Our participation in Celebrate Canada activities brings us together, strengthens our communities and helps us to understand the significance of the citizenship we all share.”

June 21st kick starts the following 11 days of Celebrate Canada which includes National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and concludes with Canada Day (July 1)!

Read more of CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day