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Exposed: Tony Constantino – Kamloops BC – [Secret Evidence] 2,4-D is Dangerous ‘Buy from Me’ – TURF LOGIC – Ignores Facts from IEMPA – Jacquie Doherty

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Organic Farmers Market Treasurer – Community Activist — Anne Grube – Letter to Editor Response: ” No need for province wide ban ” – Kamloops B.C. — Jacquie Doherty

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HERO: B.C. doesn’t need pesticide ban | Letters | Kamloops Daily News

March 19, 2011

I respectfully must disagree with Mr. Donovan Cavers’ statement, “A province-wide cosmetic-pesticide ban would demonstrate a strong start in your tenure as B.C.’s minister of the environment.” (March 16, The Daily News).

As a citizen of British Columbia I would expect more from our newly appointed minister of environment when dealing with the issue of a provincial pesticide ban. Ramming through such a ban just to strengthen his tenure would certainly prove Hon. Lake is not capable of handling this important position.

Before making a knee-jerk decision I would expect Hon. Lake to refer to experts on the subject. And, by experts I don’t mean the Canadian Cancer Society or other advocacy groups as they do not have any expertise in the field of pesticides.

Experts are toxicologists, doctors and scientist whose expertise is in the field of pesticides. Health Canada would be a good start. If Hon. Lake refers to such experts, he and Premier Clark will find the current Integrated Pest Management Act, regulations and legislation are all that is needed.

There is no evidence that the combined federal and provincial acts are failing to protect the health of British Columbians. B.C. does not need a ban on these safe, tested, regulated and legislated pest control products.

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BC Cosmetic Pesticide – Consultation – Summary of Comments : ACTIVISTS CLAIM 88% FOR A BAN??? – Read it here and you decide!

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.

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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."

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