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Pesticides on Lawns?: Four Panelists Just Say No

With the whirlwind tour we’ve been on, I had almost forgotten that a film crew was on hand for our Vancouver premiere of A Chemical Reaction on Jan. 20. Here we have the entire panel discussion, plus some opinions about the film and its purpose:

It’s quite long, so if your short on time and want some spontaneous reviews of the movie, fast forward to about 40:30. Many, many thanks to filmmaker activists Jamie MacQuarrie and Elisabeth Baldazzi for making this happen.

Here are bios of the panelists (in order, to my left). The moderator is Leonard Schein, the theater owner and a Board member of the Canadian Cancer Society:

Arzeena Hamir
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
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.

About The Author

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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