More than 8,000 comments, signatures on petitions or submissions were received between December 2009 and the end of February 2010 in response to the ministry’s request for comments on the cosmetic use of pesticides in British Columbia. These responses included: petitions with individual signatures (more than 4,000 signatures); copies of letters or e-mails sent to Members of the Legislature (MLAs) or the Minister of Environment (about 3,000 individual items of correspondence); individually signed form (or template) letters (more than 500); and responses or submissions specifically addressing the consultation issues and topic areas identified in the consultation paper prepared by the ministry (more than 800 by e-mail, fax or attached file). A number of respondents also submitted or included reference to supplemental materials for the ministry to consider, including: newspaper articles and letters to the editor; scientific papers in-cluding toxicology and health studies or reviews; "model" legislation or municipal bylaws ad-dressing the cosmetic use of pesticides; and detailed legal briefs or organizational programs re-lated to integrated pest management programs or the cosmetic use of pesticides. All comments and materials have been compiled and are being reviewed by ministry staff.
Petitions and Template Letters :
"Cancer has and will continue to have a tremendous impact on British Columbian commun-ities. The provincial government plays an important role in supporting British Columbians to take control of their health and reduce their risk of cancer. By committing to consult with the public on new statutory protections to further safeguard the environment from cosmetic chemical pesticides, the government has taken a good first step in the right direction. Ac-tion by the B.C. government is necessary as it has the power to restrict the sale of cosmetic pesticides across the province. The cosmetic use of pesticides is harmful to public health and the environment. Pesticides has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, adult and childhood leukemia, brain, kidney, pancreatic, prostate, and some lung cancers, and studies show the children are more vulnerable. The use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes is unnecessary, as safe and effective alternatives exist. For several years, the Canadian Cancer Society and its partners have been advocating for strong, province-wide cosmetic pesticide legislation. British Columbians are strongly in favour of a ban, British Columbia municipalities are also calling on the B.C. government to pass provincial cosmetic pesticide legislation, and several provinces have bans in place or in progress. Now is the time for the B.C. government to take its next step with the creation of a quick timetable for action. This is to request that the government put a stop to the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides by January 2011. Please implement a strong and effective ban on the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides province-wide."