Tales from the Road
The Park Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, was rocking last night, with more than 200 patrons viewing A Chemical Reaction with SafeLawns, the Canadian Cancer Society and a coalition of more than a dozen other organizations who are passionate about pesticide reform.
I could go on and on and on if I had the time, but I’ve got to run off soon to the next press interview. Two highlights for me, though, were seeing our film on the marquis with Avatar and hearing mayor Joe Trasolini talk about his town’s pesticide ban in Port Moody, British Columbia. He emphatically stated that the public and private properties in the town have NEVER looked better. He said that even though the ban on private property has only been in place since 2001, the town’s parks and playing feels have been tended organically since 1988. Every town manager in the nation needs to hear this message.
Here are the bios of the other speakers on the panel last night. We hope to post excerpts of the panel discussion on our web sites within the week:
Arzeena Hamir is a Professional Agrologist with a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture. As Coordinator for the Richmond Food Security Society, a non-profit group that promotes growing and purchasing local food, she oversees various community projects including community & school gardens, organic gardening workshops, and the launch of the new Richmond Farm School. She can be heard on CBC Radio’s BC Almanac where she is the organic gardening consultant. Arzeena is also a member of the Richmond Pesticide Awareness Coalition, which, with help from the Canadian Cancer Society, helped to push for a cosmetic pesticide by-law in Richmond.
Mayor Joe Trasolini
Elected for a fourth term, Port Moody’s mayor, Joe Trasolini, had three years of Council experience behind him when he took over the mayor’s chair in December of 1999. A tireless supporter of the environment, Joe advocates economic development and balanced growth, while remaining committed to preserving the natural environment. Along with his mayoralty responsibilities, Joe is CEO of Pug Investments, Ltd. The City of Port Moody adopted a cosmetic pesticide bylaw in 2003, and was the first in BC to do so.
Kathryn Seely is a former oncology nurse and civil litigation lawyer who is the Public Issues Manager for the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon. Working at the Society for the past six years, she has been instrumental in advocating to all levels of government to adopt healthy public policies that prevent cancer and promote healthy living.