Pesticide Awareness

Province eyes ban on use of cosmetic pesticides at home

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 »

LTE: Sprays cause cancer

It is hard to believe that in this day and age with all kinds of research showing that pesticides and herbicides are harmful to humans and animals, people still insist on spraying toxic sprays without a thought to the safety issues involved -all because they would rather have a wonderfully manicured lawn.

I don't think there is a family that has not or will not be touched by cancer. These carcinogenic sprays are exactly that -carcinogenic. Combined with all the other toxins we eat, breath and drink, it's no wonder that cancer is on the rise.

If people and the city followed good lawn care, overfeeding with grass seed that is compatible with our Edmonton climate, proper watering practices, leaving your clippings on your lawn, the green areas would take care of themselves.
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LTE: Pesticide Ban worth the expense

Pesticide ban worth extra expense

Re: "Pass on pesticide ban, report urges; Prohibitions difficult to enforce, raise maintenance costs," The Journal, Feb. 19.

One hundred and seventy-two Canadian cities and towns have judged the risks of pesticides to be high enough to ban their use.

Once again, the City of Edmonton weighs the considerable added costs of using natural means of controlling weeds against health risks of continuing use of pesticides.
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Councillors embroiled in debate over proposed pesticide ban

EDMONTON — An Edmonton lawn-care consultant warned a packed meeting Wednesday that a possible city pesticide ban “panders to extremists.”

The controversy drew more than 20 speakers on both sides of the issue, some calling for action to protect human health and the environment and others arguing the chemicals are beneficial and safe when applied properly.

“What’s wrong with having a beautiful, lush, green lawn? When did that become a criminal offence, to enjoy having pride in your property?” David Montgomery asked council’s transportation and public works committee.

Montgomery, who worked in the industry when he took part in a 2003 pesticide summit, said residents have the right to use legal products available in any hardware store.... Read more »

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach won’t run again

Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach caught his colleagues flat-footed Tuesday when he announced he won’t run in the next provincial election.

“We knew there were some rumblings and rumours and discontent but there was no indication that the premier would not lead us into the next election,” Conservative cabinet minister Lindsay Blackett said in an interview in Calgary.

Stelmach, who said 25 years is enough in politics, will officially resign as Conservative party leader at a later date, paving the way for a leadership race.

With the right-wing grassroots Wildrose Alliance surging in the polls, Stelmach has been under increasing pressure to restore the Conservatives back to their glory days when Ralph Klein ruled the roost.

“My decision today will come as a shock to many and a disappointment to my friends and Albertans,” he told a news conference.... Read more »


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