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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- Group calls for pesticide ban near schools, seniors homes
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- CLINGING to chemicals
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- Group calls for pesticide ban near some public buildings
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:52:14 -0700 A group of Islanders is calling on the province to enact legislation protecting children and seniors from the potential risks of cosmetic pesticides.
- PEI needs pesticide ban, group says
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 05:36:54 -0700 A group of Islanders is calling on the province to enact legislation protecting children and seniors from the potential risks of cosmetic pesticides.
- Charlottetown police seek public's help in locating woman
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 05:57:57 -0700 Charlottetown Police Services are requesting the public's help in identifying the female depicted in the attached video. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this individual may contact police at 902-629-4172 or P.E.I. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. CLICK HERE TO VIEW POLICE VIDEO
- Ontario looking to restrict use of bee-killing pesticides
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:28:29 -0700 Ontario plans to consult with growers and agricultural representatives over the next few months to reduce or eliminate use of neonicotinoids – a class of chemicals implicated in the deaths of bees.
- RCMP cancel search for elderly man in medical distress
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:28:56 -0700 RCMP have located 73-year-old O'Leary resident Willy Dunbar and have called off a search for the man. Dunbar is now home after hewas reported missing early Sunday morning. Police thanked the public for help assisting with the search.
- Country music festival continues today
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 08:57:57 -0700 Country music fans will strap back into their boots today for this year’s final major hoedown on Prince Edward Island’s north shore. After being cancelled Saturday, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival continues at 1 p.m. today. Yesterday’s cancellation was due to safety concerns created by the ...
- Country music festival continues today in Cavendish
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 09:57:45 -0700 Country music fans will strap back into their boots today for this year’s final major hoedown on Prince Edward Island’s north shore. After being cancelled Saturday, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival continues at 1 p.m. today. Yesterday’s cancellation was due to safety concerns created by the ...
- Moncton man arrested for fleeing P.E.I. police
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:28:52 -0700 NORTH RUSTICO - A Moncton man is facing charges of fleeing from police and impaired driving after an incident here Saturday evening. Police attempted to stop a truck for speeding on Route 6 near North Rustico. The truck did not stop immediately for police, but rather travelled approximately 500 ...