Rural Municipality of Daly: DRAFT July 12, 2011 Regular Council Meeting
5. DELEGATIONS (continued)
b) Sid Lewis – Midwest Weed
Weed Supervisor Sid Lewis gave council a report on the Province of Manitoba’s proposed cosmetic spray ban and explained the effects it may have on the municipality. Mr. Lewis also provided as report on weed spraying in the municipality.
RESOLUTION NO. 11-132
Dyer – Fast
Whereas according to a May 27, 2011 CBC story, the Manitoba Roundtable for Sustainable Development has recommended a ban on non-essential cosmetic use of chemical insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides for residential, institutional , and recreational facilities near water and all urban and rural areas;
And to noxious weed control required under the Noxious Weeds Act. Weeds in urban areas act as an abundant seed bank to infest surrounding agricultural and other natural areas. Sports fields and parks in particular would become difficult to maintain to a safe standard which would lead to sports injuries and personal injury claims;
And whereas a cosmetic pesticide ban would also adversely affect producers as their costs would also increase from additional weed infestations from these urban areas. Additionally as pesticides are continued to be used by producers, but pesticides are considered, but not proven, to be “unsafe” for people, producers would be negatively impacted;
Therefore Be it Resolved that the Council of the RM of Daly request that the Provincial Government not implement legislation on a Cosmetic Pesticide ban as they are not based on scientific knowledge and have a high likelihood of having a greater adverse impact on the residents of Manitoba.