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The Feedback from British Columbia

The goodwill continues to pour in from our whirlwind tour through Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia. The province is in the midst of a public comment period about whether or not to invoke a province-wide lawn pesticide ban and passions are running high on the issue.

I encountered bi-partisan support for the issue and overwhelmingly positive reviews of our movie, A Chemical Reaction.

“I just wanted to say Thank You so much. Your presence here has made such a phenomenal difference to this cause,” said Nancy Falconer, a community action organizer for the Canadian Cancer Society.

“I’m not sure what I was expecting, but what I saw on the screen vastly exceeded any idea I had coming in,” said Frank Nelson. “You have an intelligent, entertaining and enlightening film on your hands. I sincerely hope the CBC in Canada airs this for everyone to see.”

And this, from a former resident of Hudson, Quebec, the town depicted in the film for its historic stand against lawn pesticides that began in 1991.

“I’m from Hudson, originally, now living in Vancouver. My wife and I (soon with our two infant daughters) spend a lot of time in Hudson. We are traveling back to meet family and friends this June. One of our closest friends there is the daughter of (former mayor) Steve Shaar. I know Steve didn’t share identical opinions or positions with (current mayor) Michael Elliott; however, he did have a very memorable media sound bite during the run up to the Supreme Court hearing: “The lawns of Hudson are still green” (despite a pesticide ban for almost 10 years at that point). I don’t have to tell you that pretty much EVERYONE now is very proud of what the town did. History has proven Hudson to be a leader in this field (excuse the pun).

“I remember very well the ChemLawn trucks in Hudson in the ’80s. I can still smell “that” smell… the one immediately after a neighbor or someone sprayed their lawn. It seemed obvious to me, even as a kid, that whatever they were spraying should be avoided; it was nasty stuff. Thankfully no other kids will know that smell, growing up in Hudson.

“Thanks for bringing a lot of awareness to an important health and environmental issue. Thanks also for taking the time, energy, and resources to tell Hudson’s story.” — Craig Roberts, Vancouver

We also did a bunch of radio and video interviews while we were in town. Here are just a couple of the links:

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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