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Pesticides kill non-target organisms in the soil and water. They stay in the environment for years. Toxicity from the interaction effects of different pesticides in the soil and water are insufficiently studied and unknown.

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

News on this topic from around North America

  • Pesticide ban should be province-wide: Cancer Society

    Mon, 13 Apr 2015 03:56:33 -0700 New provincial legislation allowing municipalities to control some cosmetic pesticide use doesn't go far enough, says the P.E.I. chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society. Executive director Jane Farquharson told CBC News the society is asking the party that forms the next government to implement a province-wide ban. "The municipalities don't have the resources from an enforcement point of view to ...
  • Calling for a ban

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:40:30 -0700 City couple asks Summerside council to cut out cosmetic pesticides
  • Groups asks Summerside council to ban cosmetic pesticides

    Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:50:06 -0700 SUMMERSIDE — Health is not negotiable and poisoning people must be banned. It was a strong statement from Karl Hengst who, with his wife Hiltrud, members of Pesticide Free P.E.I., called upon Summerside city council to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides. Hengst made a 10-minute presentation at ...
  • Parksville takes wait-and-see approach to possible ban of cosmetic pesticide use

    Fri, 03 Apr 2015 20:44:19 -0700 The City of Parksville will wait to see what the provincial government does with new laws governing pesticides.
  • Global Markets for Agrochemicals

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  • A ban is difficult

    Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:40:43 -0700 City’s CAO says more research needed
  • Our kids’ bodies contaminated with chemicals (Part 18)

    Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:51:20 -0700 Last week, I finished discussing the recommendations of Christopher Gavigan, author of Healthy Child, Healthy World and CEO and Executive Director of the non-profit www.healthychild.org in order to protect children’s health from toxic chemicals everywhere in our environment.
  • EDITORIAL: Uninspiring start for Parksville city council

    Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:02:15 -0700 Perhaps some councillors should consider a little more preparation in the weeks between meetings
  • Quillaja: Coming to your beer, soda and shampoo

    Wed, 25 Mar 2015 03:11:16 -0700 Two men with chain saws stand in the warm Chilean sun, cutting branches from trees. 
  • Deadline: A comms conundrum, DIY video and NZ mouth cancer

    Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:04:42 -0700 SMC Science Deadline: A comms conundrum, DIY video and NZ mouth cancer Issue 322, 02 Apr 2015 New from the SMC In the news: NZ falling behind in human rights issues Expert reaction: Does watching TV increase diabetes risk? Expert reaction: Mouth ...