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Keystone XL approval hinders the growing global renewable energy economy

March 24, 2017

VANCOUVER The U.S. government's decision to approve the Keystone XL construction permit puts the country behind in a global economy that is rapidly shifting to renewable energy — and could slow the necessary transition from fossil fuels, according to the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Budget 2017 moves towards a clean energy economy, misses nature protection

March 22, 2017

VANCOUVER The David Suzuki Foundation is encouraged to see the federal government following through on its commitments to invest in clean energy and transit in the 2017 budget. However, the budget misses crucial protection for nature — the backbone for a healthy environment and thriving economy.

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House of Commons committee to open hearings on neonic pesticide with industry-biased panel

March 6, 2017

11th-hour invitation to testify issued to coalition of NGOs pressing government to proceed with proposed phase-out to protect biodiversity and long-term food security

OTTAWA - Leading environmental groups, health advocates and campaign movements are raising concerns about MPs' one-sided review of the proposed phase-out of pesticides formulated with imidacloprid, one of three controversial neonicotinoid insecticides ("neonics") in widespread use. Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has proposed to phase out the main uses of imidacloprid in three to five years, after an environmental assessment found dangerous levels of the chemical contaminating the environment.

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B.C. budget falls short on critical transit investment and climate action

February 21, 2017

VANCOUVER — The B.C. government has failed to prioritize badly needed transit infrastructure investment in its latest budget. Based on details provided, investment over the next three years will continue to fall short of what Metro Vancouver and the province need to build and maintain fast, effective public transit.

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Canadian environment ministers must protect caribou habitat

February 20, 2017

TORONTO — Conservation groups are calling on federal, provincial and territorial environment ministers to act quickly to recover Canada's imperilled woodland caribou herds through habitat measures. The call comes in advance of the environment ministers' meeting in Ottawa February 21 to 22.

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