Pesticide Awareness

P.E.I. pesticide ban to differ from Nova Scotia's

P.E.I.'s pesticide ban — which comes into effect April 1 — differs from legislation proposed in Nova Scotia, meaning a different set of lawn care products could be sold on either side of the Northumberland Strait.

P.E.I.'s banned list includes more than 240 products, many of which contain the chemical 2,4-D. It also includes any pesticide sold in concentrated or granular form.... Read more »

If You Love This Planet…

OTTAWA—Valentine’s Day may bring thoughts of romance, but according to Sierra Club Canada, it’s also a time to think of the environment and our consumer choices.  Although traditional gifts like chocolate and cut flowers can have serious environmental, health and social impacts, fortunately there are organic, fair trade and socially conscious alternatives available across Canada.

“Environmental Activist Helen Caldecott used to open her speeches with, ‘If you love this planet…’  What Sierra Club Canada is saying is if you love someone, and you love the planet, choose Valentine’s gifts with care and respect,” said John Bennett, Executive Director.
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Illegal Pesticide in the US Still Used in Canada

Worsening the Honey Bee Crisis
OTTAWA—Sierra Club Canada is calling on the Canadian Government to review a pesticide deemed perilously toxic to honey bees and recently declared illegal for sale in the United States.

Overview of the toxic effects of 2,4-D

2,4-D is a common herbicide used around the home and garden, on golf courses, ball fields, parks, in agriculture and forestry. Despite industry efforts claiming the safety of this chemical, there is a large body of evidence indicating major health effects, from cancer to immunosuppression, reproductive damage to neurotoxicity. This paper, prepared by the Sierra Club of Canada, aims to provide an overview of the scientific body of evidence demonstrating the toxic effects of 2,4-D.

Sierra Club of Canada supports private members' bill banning cosmetic use of pesticides


(Ottawa) – Environmentalists are watching closely, as today’s Opposition Day will be dedicated to debate on a federal ban of non-essential pesticide use.  

Six years ago, the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development issued its report (Pesticides, Making the Right Choice), calling for a federal ban of non-essential pesticide use.  On April 23rd, 2006, Pat Martin, M.P. for Winnipeg Centre introduced Bill C-225, aimed at making that recommendation a reality.... Read more »


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