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Safe School Act | Pesticide Free Failure | Public Act 99-165| Organic Pesticides Don’t Work | Pesticide, herbicide ban makes field maintenance challenging

WALLINGFORD — Whenever Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Marc Deptula walks the grounds at the town’s elementary and middle schools, he usually finds overgrown infields.

“When I see an infield overgrown, I get really upset,” Deptula said. “We’re working with our Parks and Rec Department to try and make these fields better because they want to use (the fields) more.”

At Moran Middle School a person can see how overgrown the fields are from the street, Deptula said. To address the problem, Deptula and his staff resort to manual labor. They use a special kind of rake to remove the weeds.

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Pesticide Ban Failure | Richmond BC | Failing $150,000 Pesticide program extended for another year – Richmond Review

Pesticide program extended for another year

By Matthew Hoekstra – Richmond Review
Published: September 23, 2013 4:00 PM

UPDATE: Staff's recommendation was not supported by public works committee members and the program has been extended for one year.

ORIGINAL STORY: City of Richmond bylaw enforcement officers have yet to issue a single ticket to violators of a four-year-old bylaw that bans the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes.

Council approved the bylaw in 2009. It came with a budget for enforcement and education—an amount totalling $143,048 this year.

Now staff are recommending budget be cut in half—reducing a focus on educating residents, landscapers and retailers about the bylaw and low-toxicity alternatives to pesticides.

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Anti-pesticide group gains traction; gets spraying moratorium on city property | The Castlegar Source

Anti-pesticide group gains traction; gets spraying moratorium on city property

City council's Transportation and Civic Works (TCV) committee met today, and heard from TCV director Chris Barlow that the city will be declaring a moratorium on pesticide spraying on city property until such time as feedback has been garnered and report sent to council for its approval or rejection.

"(Barlow) has asked for comment from the user groups (ball, soccer, field hockey, etc.)," said committee chair and city councillor Kevin Chernoff. "We're hoping to have some feedback before next council meeting. We're not doing any spraying or anything until we get that feedback."

In fact, he said, they won't be spraying at all anymore until council has an opportunity to vote on the issue.

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Ontario Streams Polluted Even With Pesticide Ban ?? | Pesticide Ban Failure | Hundreds of dead fish found floating in High Park | CTV Toronto News

CTV Toronto
Published Saturday, August 3, 2013 11:31AM EDT

City cleanup crews were working Saturday to remove hundreds of dead fish found floating in a pond in Toronto’s High Park after what is being described by conservation officials as a die-off.

Residents who frequent the popular park began to notice the dead fish along the shore of Grenadier Pond last week.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources the die-off happened on July 28. Ninety-five per cent of the dead fish are sunfish.

Pesticide Ban Saves Money | Letter from MisInformed council candidate | Antoinette Halberstadt |re: pesticide use | The Castlegar Source

Letter from council candidate re: pesticide use

by Contributor on 31 Jul 2013

Dear Editor,

Did you know that being cosmetic-pesticide-free will save tax dollars in the long run?

A recent “Thanks & Spanks” post (in the Castlegar News), bewailing City parks being watered almost daily while residents are fined if they do so outside of their allotted days, reminded me not only that pesticide-treated lawns need frequent watering, wasting both water and hence tax dollars, but also that the lawns’ dependence on the purchase of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers becomes an increasingly expensive addiction.

Evidence shows that converting to organic turf-maintenance, i.e. nurturing healthy soil microbiology and hence strong grass that overtakes the weeds, is cheaper in the long run. More labour-intensive care such as proper aeration, compost topdressing and natural soil amendments, cost a bit more for the first two years and then drop significantly. Vancouver, Port Moody, Burnaby, Ottawa and Halifax have found pesticide-free care to be cost effective.

To quote a rigorous report prepared for members of the New York State legislature in 2010, which thanks to the Canadian Cancer Society we found via the reputable “Beyond pesticides” webpage, http://www.beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/?p=3318 , “the annual cost of maintaining a field using natural products and techniques can be as much as 25% lower than the cost of conventional programs using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

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