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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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Exposed: Activist Melissa Cline | Quotes Canadian Cancer Society MisInformation | Letter: Passionate plea for city to think again | The Nelson Daily

Letter: Passionate plea for city to think again

by Contributor on 24 May 2013

Dear Editor,

You can find various chemical and biological hazards throughout our beautiful community. From the naturally occurring environmental hazards that are prevalent in our area such as Radon gas, to the manmade chemicals that are used in many ways throughout society, we are all exposed to a wide variety of hazards throughout our day.

Most of us do our best to limit ourselves to these toxins through the choices we make in our daily lives. When studies hit the news about the dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA), many were quick to stop using nalgene water bottles and check our plastics for the dreaded number 7 inside of the recycling symbol. As we learned more, we realized that our children’s toys, linings of tin cans, ice cube trays, and the sealants commonly used in dentistry were all in fact sources of this damaging chemical. The more we investigated, the more we learned. Information guides progress, and we, as well as governing laws and regulations, began to adapt.

We then started seeing product labeling proclaiming that certain products were now BPA free. So we purchased such products, and went on with our day – making conscious decisions about what we were putting into our bodies. Some people stopped buying canned food, as well as started to use glass and metal containers in place of plastics. Our children cannot always make these kinds of judgments, and so we do our best to make responsible decisions for them. We then buy BPA- free water bottles and send them on their way.

However, we leave many such decisions up to our municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments. Pesticide use in public parks and green spaces is one of these areas.. Much research has been done into the harmful effects of short and long term pesticide exposure, and the results are devastating. Farmers and children are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of pesticide use. The Canadian Cancer Society is one notable organization that has provided invaluable information regarding many different harmful substances throughout our country and beyond, and has campaigned vigorously against the misuse of pesticides for many years now. Much of the information and research they have made known to the public has contributed to great advances in pesticide awareness and changes in regulatory law.

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