Pesticides are associated with lung, breast, brain, prostate, stomach, kidney, and pancreatic cancers along with Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia. Pesticides threaten reproductive health, contribute to underweight babies and birth defects.
The Pesticide Commmittee has worked successfully to have the District of Sechelt (DOS) pass a Bylaw to Ban the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides in February 2008. We needed this bylaw to help protect people, animals, and the environment from the harmful effects of pesticides.
With passage of the bylaw, the DOS allocated $8,000 over the next two years for an educational campaign to help people get their lawns and gardens off pesticides. They have provided convenient, free drop off sites for the pesticides. They have sponsored free workshops to help people use non-toxic products and plant so they don't need pesticides at all. They have also printed a brochure for residents that give good tips on alternatives to the toxins. Education, not enforcement, is the approach. While the DOS is doing its part to educate the residents, it's really up to all of us to eliminate pesticides and to get the word out to friends and neighbors. Most people want to stop using pesticides once they learn of the dangers, but often they don't know how to garden without pesticides.
There are alternatives. Personnel at most of the nurseries and garden supply stores on the Sunshine Coast have alternative products and can give suggestions. Just ask for and insist upon the non-toxic alternatives. This website provides links to other websites that provide copious materials. They could answer any question you have.
This bylaw will be reviewed in two years to see if it's effective and if there's community support. It's worth the effort for all of us to be part of the education campaign as individuals and as an organization."
From our blog
- 10 Easy Steps for Clean Air Day
- Clean Air Day Success!
- Sign the petition to ban cosmetic pesticides in British Columbia
- Gardening Expert Ed Lawrence Applauds Ontario Government’s Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
- Banning of weed and feed pesticides in Alberta
- Creating Gardens and Lawns for a Pesticide Free Future
- Upcoming events regarding the new herbicide/pesticide bylaw
- District of Sechelt Council adopted the Bylaw to Ban the Cosmetic Use of Pesticides
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- Groups asks Summerside council to ban cosmetic pesticides
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- Calling for a ban
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:40:30 -0700 City couple asks Summerside council to cut out cosmetic pesticides
- Proposed ban on cosmetic pesticides causes turf war in Montgomery County
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 16:34:54 -0700 Opponents cite health and environmental concerns associated with lawn chemicals.
- Leventhal gets roughed up on radio defending ‘gentle’ ban on pesticides
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:44:00 -0700 WMAL (AM 630) host Brian Wilson wants to know whether county government is overstepping.
- Stratford residents demand council act to ban cosmetic pesticides
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 19:04:04 -0700 The time for talk is over. Many residents in Stratford are demanding action on cosmetic pesticides. Dozens of residents attended Wednesday night’s monthly meeting of town council, many of whom got up to speak, calling on council to enact a bylaw banning the use of cosmetic pesticides. Stratford ...
- Expert: Science won’t end Montgomery lawn debate
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:40:32 -0700 A cancer researcher says there?s no conclusive evidence about possible health risks of law pesticides.
- Speed up pesticide ban, Stratford council told
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 05:27:08 -0700 Stratford council heard from Pesticide Free P.E.I. Wednesday night that it is time for P.E.I. municipalities to stop talking and implement bans on cosmetic pesticides. Last fall the province gave municipalities the power to ban some pesticides, and Stratford resident and Pesticide Free P.E.I. member Roger Gordon told council Wednesday night it is time to act. "The Stratford town council is in ...
- P.E.I. municipalities work together on possible cosmetic pesticide bylaws
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 09:35:06 -0800 CORNWALL - As P.E.I.'s municipalities consider cosmetic pesticide bans, staff for Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford have been working together on potential bylaws. Kevin McCarville, Cornwall's chief administrative officer, told a small crowd at a pre-budget meeting Wednesday it was ...
- Municipalities consider joint cosmetic pesticide ban
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:18:08 -0800 A district-wide cosmetic pesticide ban is being considered by Charlottetown, Stratford and Cornwall. Last fall, the provincial government gave municipalities some power to regulate use of non-domestic pesticides, namely, commercial, industrial and agricultural products. Cornwall council hasn't voted yet on whether to regulate cosmetic pesticides, but Cornwall CAO Kevin McCarville sees the ...
- Parksville takes wait-and-see approach to possible ban of cosmetic pesticide use
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:32:15 -0700 The City of Parksville will wait to see what the provincial government does with new laws governing pesticides.