The David Suzuki Foundation is regularly consulted by media on issues relating to sustainability and conservation. Our scientific and policy experts welcome requests. To reach a Foundation staff member for comment, media are urged to contact a communications specialist (listed on the right side of this page). If you wish to use content from this website, read our copyright and permissions page. Please see the press releases below for our latest news, reports and events.

National survey reveals growing majority support for government action on climate change and renewable energy

September 28, 2015

VANCOUVER, September 18, 2015 — Support for an international agreement to cut fossil fuel emissions is growing in Canada, according to a poll released as Canadians prepare to vote on October 19 for the government that will represent them at the United Nations' climate change conference in Paris in December.

VANCOUVER, September 18, 2015 — Support for an international agreement to cut fossil fuel emissions is growing in Canada, according to a poll released as Canadians prepare to vote on October 19 for the government that will represent them at the United Nations' climate change conference in Paris in December.

Toronto's tastiest musical parade crawls upstream this Sunday

September 23, 2015

Charity event brings parade of music, food and drink, art through four city parks

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 — Thousands of Torontonians are expected to join the David Suzuki Foundation's third annual Homegrown Park Crawl on Sunday, September 27, 2015. The free event will feature a parade led by adventurous musical acts through parks and residential streets along the former Garrison Creek in the city's downtown west end. At Christie Pits and Trinity Bellwoods parks there will be more music, plus food and drink from some of the city's top chefs, art and crafts from dozens of local artists and fun kids' eco-activities.

WHO: The David Suzuki Foundation's team of volunteer Homegrown Park Rangers, four bands, 20 food and drink vendors, dozens of local artists and community groups and #Gnomezuki. (See full list of musicians, food vendors, groups and performers below).

WHAT: The third annual Homegrown Park Crawl is a celebratory event that will bring participants through four city parks along Toronto's former Garrison Creek. Crawlers will sample food and drink from some of Toronto's best restaurants, enjoy kid-friendly activities and crafts and join in musical parades between each park. The event will raise funds for the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project (, which aims to create a green, butterfly-friendly corridor through the city, one fun green intervention at a time.

WHERE: The event will begin at noon at Trinity Bellwoods Park, where there will be food vendors, local groups, art and butterfly craft activities and music from Midnight Vesta. At 2 p.m., local funk band Turbo Street Funk will lead participants from Bellwoods to Fred Hamilton Park, where there will be a brief musical dance performance. Brazilian samba troupe Maracatu Mar Aberto will lead participants through Bickford Park to Christie Pits. At 3 p.m., the parade will end at Christie Pits Park, where there will be food and drink vendors, a dozen community groups and the Christie Pits Art Crawl. Woodshed Orchestra will play while folks enjoy food, drink and art until 6p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, September 27, 2015, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

The event is free admission, rain or shine. Food tickets are available online until the event at Limited food and drink tickets will be available onsite, cash only.

Food and drink vendors: Banjara Indian Cuisine, Chocosol, Cookie Martinez; CSI Coffee Pubs; FRANK restaurant; Harvest Kitchen; Jon's Pops; Le Dolci; My Crème Caramel; One Love Vegetarian; Pizzeria Libretto; Southbrook Vineyards; Steamwhistle Brewery; Tallboys; The County General; The Vegan Duchess; Treeline Catering; Two Bite Saloon; Wenona Craft Beer Lodge

Musical acts, performers & interventions: Midnight Vesta; Turbo Street Funk; Maracatu Mar Aberto; The Woodshed Orchestra; Julia Aplin Dance; Biozone (Centre for Applied Bioscience and Bioengineering); Love Lettering Project; ParkHive; Christie Pits Art Crawl

Community groups: David Suzuki Foundation; LEAF; Toronto Beekeeper's Co-op; Fresh City Farms; Toronto Master Gardeners; Friends of Roxton Road Parks; Toronto Green Community; Park People; Friends of Christie Pits Park; Beekeeper's Naturals; North American Native Plant Society

For further information, please visit or contact:
Jode Roberts, David Suzuki Foundation, 647-456-9752,, @joderoberts

Feds urged to protect wild bees

September 17, 2015

Listing of four wild bee species under Species at Risk Act overdue, requires immediate action

TORONTO - Five environmental groups are pressing the federal Minister of the Environment to list four wild bee species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Listing these bees is the crucial — and overdue — first step in protecting them from threats to their survival and recovery, including the use of harmful neonicotinoid pesticides.

"The Minister has a legal obligation to list these essential wild pollinators under SARA," said Lara Tessaro, Ecojustice lawyer. "We need to ensure that wild bees are protected from threats to their survival, including neonicotinoid pesticides, habitat loss, diseases, and climate change."

On behalf of the Wilderness Committee, David Suzuki Foundation, Equiterre, Friends of the Earth and Ontario Nature, Ecojustice lawyers sent a letter to the Minister today, urging her to take immediate action.

The Gypsy Cuckoo Bumble Bee, Western Bumble Bee occidentalis and mckayi subspecies, and Macropis Cuckoo Bee have been identified as endangered, threatened, or of special concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The Committee provided assessment reports to the Minister more than nine months ago, but these four bee species have still not been added to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. No species receives any protection under SARA until it has been added to the List.

"These wild bees desperately need help now," said Gwen Barlee, Policy Director for the Wilderness Committee. "Even though the writ has dropped, the federal government's responsibility for species doesn't grind to a halt. Just as the criminal code applies during the writ period so does the Species at Risk Act."

The letter can be viewed here:

- 30 -

For media inquiries

Lara Tessaro | Ecojustice
416-368-7533 ext. 531

Gwen Barlee | Wilderness Committee
604-683-8220 (work) | 604-202-0322 (cell)

Jode Roberts | David Suzuki Foundation

Nadine Bachand | Equiterre

Beatrice Olivastri | Friends of the Earth
613-724-8690 (cell)

John Hassell | Ontario Nature
416-444-8419 ext. 269 (work) |416-786-2171 (cell)

Will "butterflyways" save the monarch butterfly?

September 10, 2015

Research has begun along Ontario rail, hydro and municipal corridors

TORONTO — This week the David Suzuki Foundation launched an ambitious multi-year research project with University of Guelph researchers Tyler Flockhart and Ryan Norris that is expected to provide a roadmap for international efforts to bring back migratory monarch butterfly populations. Flockhart was recently awarded a prestigious Libre Ero Fellowship that allows him to continue his leading research into population dynamics of monarch butterflies.

"Linear infrastructure corridors are the landscape of greatest opportunity for monarch butterfly conservation across North America," said Flockhart, University of Guelph Conservation Biologist. "For the next two years we'll be working to find the most ecological and cost-effective methods to restore monarch habitat— providing scientifically-based guidance for the growing movement to recover dwindling pollinators through habitat restoration. We hope to engage citizen scientists as well."

Initial research will be conducted along three corridors in southern Ontario, including the Uxbridge Subdivision on Metrolinx's Stouffville GO Train corridor; lands adjacent to a Hydro One Transformer Station in Vaughan; and a habitat restoration site within the Milne Dam Conservation Park in the City of Markham.

"We're excited that progressive agencies like Metrolinx, Hydro One, and the City of Markham have joined the growing, continent-wide effort to help monarch butterflies," said Rachel Plotkin, David Suzuki Foundation policy manager. "Our hope is that findings from these initial studies will help spur thousands of kilometres of "butterflyways" along the monarch's migratory pathways."

The eastern monarch population has dropped by more than 95 per cent since the 1990s, largely due to the dramatic loss of an estimated 67 million hectares of milkweed plants and monarch habitat — comparable in area to Alberta — along the migratory path from Mexico to southern Canada. The milkweed loss was caused largely by widespread use of the controversial herbicide glyphosate. This has led scientists to speculate that the monarch migration — one of the most awe-inspiring insect journeys on the planet — might come to an end.

This spring, U.S. federal and state agencies made encouraging announcements, including a commitment of US$3.2 million for programs to grow milkweed in schoolyards and gardens and on highway roadsides from Mexico to Minnesota. The U.S. plans to plant millions of milkweed.

In Toronto, the David Suzuki Foundation has spurred planting of more than 15,000 milkweed and pollinator-friendly plants through its annual Got Milkweed campaigns over the past two years. However, the scale of response needed to ensure the continuation of the monarch migration is greater than these local efforts, so the David Suzuki Foundation is keen to continue finding additional agencies and collaborators.

- 30 -

For more information, please contact: Jode Roberts at 647.456.9752