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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- Sheridan prepared to grant new powers on pesticides to municipalities
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- Mayoral candidates agree on cosmetic pesticides
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- Province must take lead on banning cosmetic pesticides, Cornwall councillor says
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 08:24:57 -0700 CORNWALL — Cornwall Coun. Peter Meggs wants a ban on all cosmetic pesticides but he wants the province, not the town, to do it. He voted against a recent council motion seeking power to regulate pesticides. That motion came from Coun. Corey Frizzell, calling on the provincial government to ...
- Pitt Meadows finally considering ban on pesticides
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:07:42 -0700 The City of Pitt Meadows has crafted a bylaw that bans the use of cosmetic pesticides, after years of lobbying by groups urging the municipality to encourage safer alternatives.
- 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
- 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.
- Crime rises to top in municipal election survey
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- Acclaimed Stratford Mayor David Dunphy plans for second term
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:21:20 -0700 Stratford Mayor David Dunphy, who has been acclaimed to a second term ahead of next month's municipal elections, says he already has plans for his next term in office. Dunphy says he considers running unopposed as a vote of approval by Stratford residents for the work he's done over the last four years. Dunphy also says he's concerned about safety on the Hillsborough Bridge.
- Perry seeking Summerside Ward 4 city council seat
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 07:41:22 -0700 SUMMERSIDE – James H. Perry has announced he will be seeking the Summerside Ward 4 city council seat in the Nov. 3 municipal election.