Municipal Pesticide-Free Campaign
Submission to the Senate Committee on Energy
Re: Bill C-38
John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
Thursday, May 31 201
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We are just a week away from #BlackOutSpeakOut day (June 4th). I can tell you the campaign momentum is building! The list of participating organizations is over 100 and growing! Maude Barlow just told me The Council of Canadians is also joining the protest. All across the country Canadians are recognizing that silence is not an option in face of the war on nature and democracy.
This week here in Ottawa we have two events:
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It has been a busy few weeks here in Ottawa and across the country. People everywhere are talking about devastating changes to environmental law and regulation (Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and Fisheries Act) undemocratically crammed into the federal budget.... Read more »
ST. JOHN’S — Sierra Club environmentalists are appalled the province is doing a helicopter herbicide spray on woodlands this summer using a chemical opposed in neighbouring provinces.
Natural Resources has called tender for charter of a helicopter to apply the herbicide VisionMax in central and western Newfoundland, on about 348 cutovers and young plantations between August and September.
The herbicide has been opposed by the Sierra Club in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, with community campaigns in some areas to stop sprays.
This province has been using it since the 1980s, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
While manufacturer Monsanto has described it as a low-risk pesticide, the Sierra Club contends the active ingredient in VisionMax — glyphosate — is linked to respiratory problems, birth defects, miscarriages, cancer and is toxic to fish.
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The provincial government is working toward legislation that would ban home use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes, a practice that is linked to childhood leukemia and other cancers.
A bipartisan special committee on cosmetic pesticides headed by Vancouver-Fairview MLA and physician Margaret MacDiarmid will meet for the first time today at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The term pesticide is an umbrella for common garden insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.... Read more »