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Canadians Protected From Lawn Pesticides Reaches 77 Percent

American Lawn Crusader Visits PEI

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — With the America SafeLawns Foundation in Prince Edward Island to offer educational seminars and a screening of A Chemical Reaction to help celebrate the province’s new ban on lawn pesticides, the total percentage of Canadians now protected has reached 77 percent.

According to statistics updated yesterday by Canadian Mike Christie (http://www.flora.org/healthyottawa/news-flash.htm), at least 166 municipalities now have bylaws to eliminate the applications of 2,4-D and many other “cosmetic” lawn and garden pesticides. Prince Edward Island is the fifth province to enact laws affecting an entire province, following Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

“This is a day to celebrate,” said Marion Copleston, president of the PEI Environmental Health Co-op that organized seven appearances by SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey from Friday, April 9, to Monday, April 12. “We still have more work to do to strengthen the law and add more toxic chemicals to the list, but it’s a start.”

Prince Edward Island’s ban came into effect April 1, but the start of the law’s implementation was to begin today.

“Education is the key,” said Coppleston. “People need to know there are viable alternatives.”

Here is a complete list of Paul Tukey’s appearances in PEI:

Friday April 9th
SUMMERSIDE
Evening presentation 7-9 pm.
Target audience: General Public
Location: Loyalist Lakeview Resort, 195 Harbour Dr.

Sat April 10
NEW LONDON
Morning presentation 11am –12pm
Target audience : Watershed Alliance
Location: New London Community Complex, Rte 6

CHARLOTTETOWN
Afternoon presentation 2-4 pm.
Target audience: General Public
Location: Farm Centre, 420 University Ave.

Evening presentation 7:30-9:30 pm.
Viewing of the film A Chemical Reaction with discussion following
Location: UPEI, Duffy Amphitheatre, 550 University Ave.

Monday Apr 12
CHARLOTTETOWN
Morning presentation 9-11 am
Target audience: Lawn care professionals
Location: Farm Centre, 420 University Ave.

Afternoon presentation 2-4 pm
Target audience: Municipal and provincial government representatives and employees
Location: Farm Centre, 420 University Ave.

MONTAGUE
Evening presentation 7-9pm
Target audience: General Public.
Location: Kaylee Hall, 2316 Georgetown Rd (Rte 3), Pooles Corner

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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