PROVINCE OF ALBERTA – CONSPIRACY TO PROHIBIT PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS IN THE URBAN LANDSCAPE

 

 

 

 

Summary of the Position

of the Government of Alberta

 

 

On August 9th, 2011, the Government of Alberta stated that it STRONGLY SUPPORTS the use of SCIENCE-BASED EVIDENCE when assessing pest control products.

 

Moreover, the Government of Alberta WILL NOT CREATE RESTRICTIONS OR LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, that is relied upon for health and safety assessments.

 

According the Government of Alberta, restricting access to products that are designed and approved to be used safely CONFLICTS with its assessment of the public’s need for access to all tools available for controlling a variety of pests.

 

Consequently, the Government of Alberta has indicated that is has NO INTENT TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF ANY PEST CONTROL PRODUCT in Alberta beyond the previous action prohibiting the sale of « weed and feed » combination herbicide/fertilizer products.

 

The government has monitored Anti-Pesticide PROHIBITIONS over the past few years and the approaches taken by other jurisdictions, and has found THE BASIS FOR ACTION CONFUSING AND INCONSISTENT.

 

It has also monitored the sale and use of pest control products in the Major Urban Landscapes in Alberta, and has concluded that there is a CONTINUED NEED AND SUPPORT for such products, whether it be for weed, insect, or disease control.

 

Restricting access to products that are designed and approved to be used safely CONFLICTS WITH ALBERTA’S ASSESSMENT of the public’s need for access to all tools available for controlling a variety of pests.

 

ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT AND WATER is the agency of the Government of Alberta that is responsible for the provincial regulation of pest control products. 

 

Josh McIntosh is Pesticide Policy Advisor for Alberta Environment and Water.

 

According to McIntosh  ―

 

All pesticides for use in Canada have to be approved by the pest management regulatory agency of Heath Canada.

 

McIntosh said Alberta Environment and Water’s objective is to realize the benefits of pest control products while minimizing risks. 

 

 

 

 

Alberta DOES NOT INTEND

To PROHIBIT Pest Control Products

 

 

 

Overview

 

 

●   Alberta Environment DOES NOT INTEND TO MOVE TO PROHIBIT THE SALE OF PESTICIDES beyond its current prohibition on « weed and feed » lawn care products.

 

●  The Anti-Pesticide Terrorists have lost the battle in Alberta, but they still seek NATIONAL ANTI-PESTICIDE PROHIBITION !

 

●   Alberta Environment will continue to STRONGLY SUPPORT USING SCIENCE-BASED EVIDENCE, and WILL NOT CREATE RESTRICTIONS OR LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, who this agency relies on for health and safety assessments

 

●   Restricting access to products that are designed and approved to be used safely CONFLICTS WITH ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT’S ASSESSMENT of the public’s need for access to all tools available for controlling a variety of pests.

 

●   Alberta Environment has observed that the public is dealing with a wide variety of CONFLICTING INFORMATION on the topic of pest control products.

 

●   Alberta Environment has monitored pesticide bans over the past few years and the approaches taken by other jurisdictions, and has found the basis for municipal action CONFUSING AND INCONSISTENT.

 

●   The pesticide bans in Eastern Canada is CONTRIBUTING TO GREAT CONFUSION, and is leading to compliance and enforcement challenges.

 

●   Alberta Environment has monitored the sales and use of pesticides in the major urban landscapes, and its information reflects a continued need and support for such products, whether it be for weed, insect, or disease control.

 

●   Alberta Environment relies on Health Canada for expertise regarding the health and safety assessments and/or toxicological concerns for the pest control products approved for use in Canada.

 

 

 

Decision by the Government of Alberta ( summary )

 

 

August 9th, 2011

 

Environment Alberta

 

Selected and adapted excerpts

 

 

Summary

 

Alberta Environment is an agency of the Government of Alberta. 

 

Alberta Environment was requested to respond to a motion from Transportation and Public Works Committee of the City of Edmonton. 

 

The motion was developed at the Restriction on Pesticides Hearing, held on February 23rd, 2011. 

 

The motion was for the Government of Alberta to review the PROHIBITION of pest control products in other Canadian provinces and to determine the viability of a similar approach in Alberta.

 

Alberta Environment noted that municipal and provincial governments struggle with the shifting attitudes in public concern towards risk associated with the use of pest control products in urban landscapes.

 

Alberta Environment also observed that the public is dealing with a wide variety of conflicting information on this topic.

 

Alberta Environment intends to continue to strongly support using science-based evidence, and WILL NOT CREATE RESTRICTIONS OR LAWS that conflict with Health Canada, the federal agency relied upon for health and safety assessments. 

 

Restricting access to products that are designed and approved to be used safely conflicts with Alberta Environment’s assessment of the public’s need for access to all tools available for controlling a variety of pests.

 

 

 

Decision by the Government of Alberta

 

 

Alberta Has No Intent To Ban the Sale of Any Pesticides.

 

 

Alberta Reviewed Those Pesticides Banned in Other Provinces and Applicability in its Province.

 

 

August 9th, 2011

 

Government of Alberta

 

Province of Alberta Jurisdiction and Review

 

 

In response to this question, Alberta Environment has provided a letter from the Assistant Deputy Minister and a review of pesticide active ingredients banned in other provinces.

 

The Ministry’s response indicates NO INTENT TO BAN THE SALE OF ANY PESTICIDES in Alberta beyond the previous action prohibiting the sale of « weed and feed » combination herbicide/fertilizer products.

 

 

From :  ALBERTA ENVIRONMENT

Policy Division

10th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza

9915 – 108 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2G8

Canada

Telephone: 780-415-8183

www.alberta.ca

 

August 9, 2011

 

To :  THE CITY OF EDMONTON

City Council

Community Services Committee

City Hall

1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

Edmonton AB T5J 2R7

 

Attention : Councillors K. Leibovici, K. Krushell, T. Caterina, B. Henderson, D. Iveson [ City of Edmonton ]

 

 

Subject :  Review of Pesticides Banned in Other Provinces and Applicability in Alberta

 

Alberta Environment was requested to respond to a Transportation and Public Works Committee motion developed at the Restriction on Pesticides Hearing, held on February 23, 2011.

 

The motion was for the provincial government to review the ban of pesticide ingredients in other Canadian provinces and to determine the viability of a similar approach in Alberta.

 

A summary is attached for your review describing the approaches to pesticide bans that have occurred to date in Canada.

 

The information is recent; showing bans in effect in Eastern Canada.

 

Our review notes that municipal and provincial governments struggle with the shifting attitudes in public concern towards risk associated with pesticide use in urban landscapes.

 

We also observe the public is dealing with a WIDE VARIETY OF CONFLICTING INFORMATION on this topic.

 

Although several municipalities across Canada have imposed bans on pesticide use within their jurisdiction, they do not have the authority to restrict sales and have looked to their provincial governments for such action.

 

Alberta Environment has monitored pesticide bans over the past few years and the approaches taken by other jurisdictions, and has found THE BASIS FOR MUNICIPAL ACTION CONFUSING AND INCONSISTENT.

 

To achieve a more unified approach within their jurisdictional boundaries some provincial governments have responded to the municipal bans, which has created further CONFUSION AND INCONSISTENCY.

 

Alberta Environment has the mandate for pesticide management in Alberta, which involves the classification of pesticides and the authorizations required for their sales and use.

 

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada has the mandate for approval of pesticides for use in Canada.

 

We RELY ON and direct all individuals, agencies or governments to this federal body of expertise regarding the health and safety assessments and/or toxicological concerns for the pesticides approved for use in Canada.

 

To date, Alberta Environment has imposed a ban only on the sale and use of lawn care products that have been formulated with coupled fertilizer and herbicide ( in particular, those containing the pesticide active ingredients 2,4-D, mecoprop, and dicamba commonly referred to as « weed and feed » ).

 

Our action, which involved the assessment of years of water monitoring data and sales and use data from the two major cities in Alberta, was science-based and designed to remove a pesticide formulation ( and not the active ingredients) that contributed to unnecessary over-application causing impact on our surface water down-stream from urban centres.

 

This action was supported by all provincial governments, Alberta municipal governments and industry.

 

In addition, the federal government is no longer supporting such « weed and feed » coupled formulations for lawn and turf use and these products will no longer be available in Canada after December 31, 2012.

 

Alberta Environment will continue to STRONGLY SUPPORT USING SCIENCE-BASED EVIDENCE, and WILL NOT CREATE RESTRICTIONS OR LAWS THAT CONFLICT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, who we rely on for health and safety assessments.

 

Restricting access to products that are designed and approved to be used safely CONFLICTS WITH OUR ASSESSMENT of the public’s need for access to all tools available for controlling a variety of pests.

 

Alberta Environment has monitored the sales and use of pesticides in the major urban landscapes, and our information reflects a CONTINUED NEED AND SUPPORT for such products, whether it be for weed, insect or disease control.

 

The variation in geography and type of pests, and the episodic nature of pest outbreaks ( particularly in municipalities comprised and/or surrounded by agricultural influence ) requires flexibility and continued access to pesticide products.

 

The pesticide bans in eastern Canada have resulted in a range of activities, from the introduction of many new lower-risk pesticides to some manufacturers no longer marketing their products in Canada, and to the cross-border transport of pesticides that may or may not be approved for use in Canada.

 

Whether favourable or not, THE IMPACT ON THE CONSUMER IS CONTRIBUTING TO GREAT CONFUSION, and is leading to compliance and enforcement challenges.

 

Alberta Environment DOES NOT INTEND TO MOVE TO PROHIBIT the sale of pesticides beyond the current prohibition we have on « weed and feed » lawn care products.

 

 

Ernie Hui

Assistant Deputy Minister

Policy Division

 

 

 

Thank you,

Alberta

 

 

 

 

 

Conspiracy to Prohibit Pest Control Products in Alberta

The NORAHG Library of Force Of Nature References

 

 

Reference — Alberta — 2011 08 09 — Evaluation & Decision Against Prohibition

 

 

 

 

Conspiracy to Prohibit Pest Control Products in Alberta

The NORAHG Library of Force Of Nature Reports

 

 

 

 

Conspiracy to Prohibit Pest Control Products in Alberta

Province of Alberta

 

 

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — 2011 08 09 — VICTORY AGAINST TERRORISTS — Prohibition TERMINATED — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — 2011 08 09 — VICTORY AGAINST TERRORISTS — Prohibition TERMINATED — REFERENCE — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — 2011 10 30 — VICTORY — Wisdom of Drysdale — Decision Against Prohibition — pdf

 

 

 

 

Conspiracy to Prohibit Pest Control Products in Alberta

Beaumont, Town of

 

 

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Beaumont — 2011 10 27 — VICTORY — Ban Off The Council Table — pdf — 300 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Beaumont — 2011 09 08 — Letter to the Editor — Eshpeter — Fraser, Poll, Prec Princ — RESPONSE 2 — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Beaumont — 2011 09 08 — Letter to the Editor — Eshpeter — Fraser, Poll, Prec Princ — RESPONSE 1 — pdf

 

 

 

Conspiracy to Prohibit Pest Control Products in Alberta

Calgary, City of

 

 

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2012 05 21 — CARNAGE — GARBAGE DUMP — Dandelions Rule — IPM — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2012 01 05 — Letter to the Editor — Arab — Safe, Alberta, Prohibition — RESPONSE — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2011 12 27 — Letter to the Editor — Forman — No Longer Taken Seriously — RESPONSE — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2011 05 30 — Breakenridge — Hero — Quebec — NAFTA — Calgary — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2011 05 28 — Letter to the Editor — Forman — Carnage, Altenatives, Jobs — RESPONSE — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2011 03 28 — VICTORY — Herbicide Ban Discarded — pdf — 300 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 12 06 — VICTORY — Wisdom of Drysdale — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 17 — VICTORY — Rejection of Ban — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 17 — VICTORY — Enviro-Terror Stopped — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 16 — VICTORY — Rampage Ends — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 16 — Coalition for a Healthy Calgary — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 16 — Coalition for a Healthy Calgary — pdf — 150 dpi (Enviro-Maniac Version)

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 01 — Response to Suzuki — How do you spell BASTERDS — pdf (Maniac Version)

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 01 — Response to Suzuki — How do you spell BASTERDS — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 01 — Response to Forman — CAPE — Basterdly Lies — pdf (Maniac Version)

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 11 01 — Response to Forman — CAPE — Basterdly Lies — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 10 30 — Sierra — CAPE — Terror Spreading Across Canada — pdf (Maniac Version)

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 10 30 — Sierra — CAPE — Terror Spreading Across Canada — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 10 07 — 1 — Forman — CAPE — CCS — OCFP Report — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 10 07 — 2 — Forman — Green Alternatives — Poll — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 10 07 — 3 — Forman — Carnage — CCS — Golf — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 10 07 — 4 — Forman — Money — Carnage — Golf — pdf — 150 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Calgary — 2009 09 24 — Rodway — CCS — Pesticide By-Law Meeting — pdf — 150 dpi

 

 

 

Conspiracy to Prohibit Pest Control Products in Alberta

Edmonton, City of

 

 

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2012 02 10 — Letter to the Editor — Forman — Failures & Legacy — RESPONSE — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2012 02 06 — VICTORY — Councillors Weed Out Total Ban — pdf — 300 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2012 02 06 — FAILURE OF ORGANIC — Parks Infested With Weeds — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2011 11 12 — Letter to the Editor — Beaubien — Cancer, NO Ban — RESPONSE — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2011 09 17 — STRIKES Back — Anti-Pesticide Councillor — pdf — 300 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2011 02 26 — Hero — Montgomery — Standing tall on his turf — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2011 02 23 — Committee Presentarions — Audio Clips — Part 1 — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2011 02 23 — Committee Presentarions — Audio Clips — Part 2 — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2011 02 23 — Committee Presentarions — Audio Clips — Part 3 — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2011 02 19 — Lunatics Speak Out — Feroe — CAPE — pdf — 300 dpi

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2010 10 29 — Letter to the Editor — Cottam Ghost-Writer — RESPONSE — pdf

Force Of Nature — Alberta Conspiracy — Edmonton — 2010 10 21 — Councillors — Canadian Cancer Society — pdf — 300 dpi