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
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- 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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- Province of Prince Edward Island tables pesticide legislation
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:46:21 -0800 P.E.I.’s municipalities will soon be able to pass bylaws regulating cosmetic pesticides after the Liberals tabled legislation giving them that power.But Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan said the provincial government will maintain the authority to regulate pesticides for other uses, such ...
- Pesticide legislation fails to impress municipalities
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:15:54 -0800 The P.E.I. government has tabled legislation to allow municipalities to regulate the use of cosmetic pesticides, but the Federation of P.E.I. Municipalities says it is too restrictive. The P.E.I. bill only involves cosmetic pesticides and doesn't allow municipalities to restrict their use on golf courses or on land used for agriculture, forestry or transportation. “I do have to admit to being ...
- County may ban use of cosmetic pesticides
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:12:54 -0800 ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County may become the latest jurisdiction to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides if the County Council approves a bill by Council Vice President George Leventhal (D-At large). The bill would ban the use of pesticides for personal use but would not ban the use of pesticides for farm, golf course or agricultural uses. Leventhal said health concerns – including permanent brain ...
- Sheridan prepared to grant new powers on pesticides to municipalities
Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:45:46 -0700 It appears that municipalities will be getting power from the province to ban cosmetic pesticides. Finance Minister Wes Sheridan told The Guardian that he will table legislative amendments in the upcoming fall session. “We’ve had a request from a number of municipalities (asking) for the ...
- Montgomery council bill would ban pesticides used on lawns
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:12:31 -0700 Measure aims to protect public health, water quality
- Education focus of throne speech
Wed, 12 Nov 2014 10:13:41 -0800 The government announced plans for the first common assessment for high school students, a math test to be delivered to grade 11 students. The speech noted improvements in test results for elementary and junior high school students, and promised the same at the high school level. The government is also planning new investments in information technology in schools.
- Doctors, nurses call for ban on pesticides that many say are killing bees
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:33:18 -0800 The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario have launched a campaign to ban a group of pesticides linked to bee deaths in Ontario and Quebec.
- Montgomery council bill would ban pesticides used on lawns -- Gazette.Net
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:07:04 -0700 Pesticides could soon be banned from lawns in Montgomery County.
- Beyond Pesticides Supports Maryland County's Landmark Lawn Ordinance Introduced Today to Protect Human Health and the ...
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:25:00 -0700 WASHINGTON, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A landmark ordinance to protect children, pets, wildlife, and the wider environment from the hazards of unnecessary lawn and landscape pesticide use was introduced today in Montgomery County, Maryland by County Council Vice President George Leventhal, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. ...
- Montgomery bars questions about criminal records in initial job interviews
Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:34:00 -0700 The law bars employers from asking job applicants if they have criminal records until after an initial interview.