BC Special Committee Chair Bennett weighs in on cosmetic pesticides – David Suzuki concerned, Website promoting Pre Printed Ban Pesticides Letter to Legislature

Cranbrook Daily Townsman

Bennett weighs in on cosmetic pesticides Local MLA chairs legislative committee on pesticide ban

November 16, 2011

Sally MacDonald

sally@dailytownsman.com

 

Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett has his hands full.

Back in July, he was appointed to the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides, a legislative committee made up of Liberal and NDP MLAs.

Then in September, Premier Christy Clark asked Bennett to chair the committee after Margaret McDiarmid stepped down to take a cabinet position.

Since then, the committee has met six times and been given 21 presentations on cosmetic pesticides. Speakers have ranged from career-long toxicologists, to environmental groups. Bennett said he's heard from Health Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Integrated Environmental Plant Management Association of Western Canada, and Toxic Free Canada.

Some want cosmetic pesticides banned altogether, others suggest banning their retail sale. Still others say there's no need for a ban at all.

Now, Bennett said, the only thing that's clear is the committee has a tricky job on their hands.

"I think there is a paradox for the committee that we're going to have to come to grips with," he said. "On one hand, you have a society that is largely scientifically illiterate and afraid of all chemicals.

"On the other hand, we have 350 toxicologists who work for Health Canada.

"In the case of the very readily available pesticides, they have been determined by Health Canada to be safe to use."

Last week, Bennett said, the Director of the Centre of Toxicology at the University of Guelph, Dr. Keith Solomon, gave the committee his point of view.

"This man has studied cosmetic pesticides his whole career. His statement to the committee was, 'If you ban these pesticides, at least be honest enough to admit that you're doing so for political reasons and not for scientific reasons.'"

Trying to make a report to the legislature based on so much information, and so many vastly differing opinions, is one of the hardest things he's done in his career, Bennett suggested.

"It's the most technical exercise that I have encountered since I've been an MLA. It's going to be very difficult from a political perspective. I think society is very suspicious about any chemical and we're not very well informed about these things."

Making the task even more difficult is the fact that the committee's members are not scientific experts themselves.

"We're not scientists and we're not capable of assessing the different scientific points of view. However, I think we are capable of standing back at the end of this process and looking at which groups and individuals have the most credibility when it comes to an opinion on the risk from chemical pesticides. I frankly think that a toxicologist is an expert in the field," said Bennett.

Still, the committee will need to balance scientific opinion with public perception, he pointed out.

"In that context of this public suspicion of chemicals, we are going to have to make a recommendation that is science-based but which also meets the expectations of the public."

The public consultation stage for the committee finishes on December 16. A final report should be submitted to the legislature by the first week of February.

 

via Bennett weighs in on cosmetic pesticides | Local News | Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Cranbrook, BC.

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One comment on “BC Special Committee Chair Bennett weighs in on cosmetic pesticides – David Suzuki concerned, Website promoting Pre Printed Ban Pesticides Letter to Legislature

  1. WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G November 17, 2011 11:50 am

     

    The Government of British Columbia is inviting the public to participate in a consultation by completing an on–line questionnaire or by sending a written submission concerning a proposal to PROHIBIT pest control products in the Urban Landscape.

    This is organized by the government’s « Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides », which was appointed by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

    Predictably, Anti–Pesticide Activists are already CARPET–BOMBING and TERRORIZING the government with THOUSANDS, YES THOUSANDS, OF COMMENTS that can only be described as LIES and MIS–INFORMATION.

    The issue here is CREDIBILITY of the source of information, since the VAST MAJORITY of the COMMENTS are ORCHESTRATED, through a coast–to–coast CAMPAIGN, using NON–EXPERT VOLUNTEERS with Canadian Cancer Society.

    This CAMPAIGN gives an unsuspecting public the FALSE and FRAUDULENT impression that the Anti–Pesticide Movement has considerable size and power, when in fact, IT DOES NOT. 

    Anti–Pesticide Activists have a HUGE VESTED INTEREST IN PERPETUATING IMAGINARY DANGERS about pest control products used in the Urban Landscape. 

    Doing this attracts HUGE PROFIT and BENEFITS, in the form of DONATIONS, GOVERNMENT GRANTS, and CELEBRITY.

    Anti–Pesticide Activists also have a HUGE VESTED INTEREST IN PERPETUATING IMAGINARY DANGERS about pest control products BECAUSE THEY ARE PAID TO DO SO.

    Incredibly, NOT A SINGLE Anti–Pesticide Activist has ANY recognized expertise, training or back–ground in matters concerning pest control products ! 

    Nonetheless, they CREATE MALICIOUS ILLUSION by PERPETUATING MYTHS about pest control products, and the public believes it is REALITY !

     

    POSITIVE EFFECTS ?!?!

     

    MYTH  ―  PROHIBITION in British Columbia would somehow have a positive effect on health, environment, and economy  ―  WRONG !

     

    RESPONSE  ―  PROHIBITION has led to LOSS OF REVENUES, BUSINESS FAILURES, BANKRUPTCY, and UNEMPLOYMENT, inflicting TERROR, DESPAIR, and DESTITUTION on thousands of hapless victims throughout the Green Space Industry.

     

    PROHIBITION IS NOT NECESSARY

     

    Any PROHIBITION of pest control products is NOT JUSTIFIED because STRICT REGULATIONS BASED ON SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ALREADY PROTECT OUR HEALTH and OUR ENVIRONMENT.

    ALL PROHIBITIONS are 100 per cent Politically–Based and 0 per cent Science–Based.

     

    The MAJOR SOURCE of exposure to pest control products is from FOOD SUPPLY, and NOT the Urban Landscape.

    Incredibly, some jurisdictions ARBITRARILY PROHIBIT pest control products that are, in fact,  …

     

    ●   Health–Canada–Approved

    ●   Federally–Legal

    ●   Safe For Children  *

    ●   Scientifically–Safe

    ●   Practically–Non–Toxic

     

    *  Except when stored improperly in the home.

     

    In jurisdictions like Ontario, PROHIBITION led to the DEATH of an elderly man who was forced to hand–pull TOXIC NOXIOUS WEEDS.

    PROHIBITION INFLICTED IMMENSE LOSSES to the Professional Lawn Care Industry, in the HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

    Because of PROHIBITION, green spaces are OVER–RUN WITH WEEDS, INFESTED WITH INSECTS, and DISMALLY DESTROYED  ―  they look like GARBAGE DUMPS.

    Overall, when pest control products are used properly, there are NO harmful irreversible effects to health and the environment !

     

    WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G

     

    National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green Space Industry ( NORAHG ).

     

     

    For more information, please go to the following links  …

     

    Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides in British Columbia — Get OFF Your Butt ( link )

    http://pesticidetruths.com/2011/10/24/special-committee-on-cosmetic-pesticides-in-british-columbia/

     

    2011 11 08 — Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides in British Columbia — Witnesses Keith Solomon, Jackie Doherty, CCS, Toxic Free Canada — AUDIO RECORDINGS ( links )

    http://pesticidetruths.com/2011/11/09/youtube-bc-legislature-cosmetic-pesticide-ban-nov-8-2011-witnesses-keith-solomon-jackie-doherty-ccs-toxic-free-canada/

     

    2011 10 06 — Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides in British Columbia — AUDIO RECORDINGS ( links )

    http://pesticidetruths.com/2011/10/22/youtube-bc-special-committee-on-cosmetic-pesticides-oct-6-2011/

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