This may shorten Debbie and Megs Career as an advocate for Cancer. Now that the public knows the truth.
WCAT Decision Number: WCAT-2008-00782
WCAT Decision Date: March 11, 2008
Panel: Randy Lane, Vice Chair
The worker’s widow, Ms. M (not her real initial), has appealed to WCAT from the October 12, 2006 decision of a review officer with the Review Division of the Workers’ Compensation Board, operating as WorkSafeBC (Board). The review officer confirmed January 4, 2006, February 8, 2006, and March 2, 2006 Board decisions that the worker’s lung cancer was not due to the nature of his employment as a groundskeeper.
Dr. Sears, Dr. Bell and a host of other professionals and lay people are working towards the ban of cosmetic uses of pesticides in Canada, something that began in Hudson, Quebec in 1991. Hudson’s bylaw 270 was the first to restrict the use of pesticides in Canada. A 10-year legal challenge from pesticide manufacturers ensued, which eventually went to the Supreme Court. There, in a unanimous decision, the court upheld Hudson's pesticide bylaw. Today, restrictions or outright bans on pesticides are in place in 127 municipalities across the country, including the entire province of Quebec. In the whirlwind that has become her life, Debbie Lazar became an advocate with the Canadian Cancer Society, going from one municipality to another, telling Brad's story and encouraging elected officials to ban pesticides. "We want people to know this is causing cancer," said Debbie. She has been to Kamloops and Kelowna (both considering pesticide-banning bylaws) and will be off to the Kootenay's shortly, to spread the message of the danger of pesticides. In addition to being a pesticide-banning advocate, Debbie wants the Workmen's Compensation Board to set up a new category in its books for pesticide applicators who have been stricken with cancer. Debbie has one other goal, a big one, and one that that is near and dear to her heart: seeing a bylaw enacted in Peachland banning pesticides in the town where her husband tended the gardens. Mayor Graham Reid said Tuesday he hasn’t heard any complaints from the public about pesticides. He said it is standard for the town to see what other Central Okanagan municipalities do in regards to new policies and try to piggy-back on new bylaws.