Time to get glyphosate off our shelves and out of our fields – Ecojustice
Glyphosate poised for re-registration despite unacceptable health and environmental risks
For the last six years, Canadian regulators have been quietly reviewing the registration and use of glyphosate pest control products, the most widely-used pesticide in Canada. Most of this review has been conducted behind closed doors, with little public participation. Glyphosate, however, still managed to make headlines a few months ago when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — an agency of the World Health Organization — classified it as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
This is just one reason why we were so concerned when we learned that Canada is poised to allow the continued registration and use of glyphosate, which can be found in Monsanto’s RoundUp weed-killer products. In fact, there is no indication that Canada plans to introduce any new meaningful restrictions on its use.
As we wrote in a letter sent to the Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) today, this position contradicts the growing body of scientific evidence that links this toxic substance to serious human health and environmental impacts. The PMRA’s stance is also out of step with provincial governments given that both Manitoba’s cosmetic pesticide ban and Ontario’s move to restrict neonicotinoids suggest that the tide of public opinion is turning against excessive, indiscriminate pesticide use.
We take issue with the fact that the PMRA — the body responsible for approving pesticide registration in Canada — dismissed the IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen with little rationale. Rather that rely on published, peer-reviewed science, the PMRA’s evaluation argued that glyphosate is safe by citing the unpublished, non-credible studies submitted by the very pesticide companies that stand to benefit from the continued use of this substance.
Apartment Owner Fined $2,000 For Pesticide Violation
Simcoe – An apartment owner was fined $2,000 for performing an extermination using a pesticide without a license, contrary to the Pesticides Act.
“Polluters should be aware that the ministry’s Investigations and Enforcement Branch will vigorously pursue charges when our environmental laws are broken,” Environment Minister Jim Bradley.
Julio Fernandes owns and manages a rental property in Simcoe with three apartment units. Following a complaint, ministry staff conducted an inspection of one unit, where they were informed by Mr. Fernandes that he had sprayed a pesticide to exterminate bed bugs. Mr. Fernandes had performed an extermination involving the application of the pesticide to a residential dwelling without a license. The pesticide was a commercial pesticide for agricultural use, not for use indoors.
Mr. Fernandes was fined $2,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $500 and was given six months to pay the fine.
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PALMER et al. v. NOVA SCOTIA FOREST INDUSTRIES  N.S.J. No. 534 60 N.S.R.(2d) 271; 128 A.P.R. 271* S.SN.No. 02555 Nova Scotia Supreme Court Trial Division Nunn, J. September 15, 1983
Posted: Mon 8:48 AM, Feb 25, 2013 Reporter: Steve Fullhart Updated: Mon 3:53 PM, Feb 25, 2013
Life or Death: Jury Deliberates CS Killer's Punishment – LIVE BLOG
A Brazos County jury has began deliberating the fate of convicted College Station killer Stanley Robertson The final witnesses took the stand Monday morning, the start of the fourth week of Robertson's trial. Instructions to the jury and the closing arguments in the trial started just after 1:00 p.m. Monday. It is the fifteenth day overall of the trial, and the eleventh of the punishment phase following Robertson's February 7 conviction on capital murder charges.
Robertson, 45, was found guilty of the kidnapping and death of Annie Toliver from August 2010. Toliver, the mother of Robertson's ex-girlfriend, was stabbed more than 30 times. It was an attack that started in the College Station Walmart parking lot. Her body was dumped by Robertson in Fort Worth, who then led police on a chase that ended with Robertson crashing his SUV into a patrol car. The back and forth of prosecution and defense witnesses in the punishment phase — and indeed, in the closing arguments Monday afternoon — has focused on the defendant's youth and his mental state. In order for a sentence of death to be rendered, the Brazos County jury must believe unanimously that Robertson presents a danger to others in the future, that there are no mitigating circumstances that would warrant a life sentence over death, and that Robertson is not mentally retarded.
The latter two have been the fronts the defense team has been fighting on. Robertson grew up in extreme poverty living on a farm field his family worked in Alabama. There were regular pesticide sprayings that could have harmed him, his lawyers and expert witnesses contend.
Robertson says he was sexually abused by his brother-in-law, and he was teased regularly in school for not being smart and for being poor. The prosecution's counter: many people experience some or all of the same life experiences as Robertson did, yet not many commit capital murder. Experts have also gone back and forth on Robertson's mental state.