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Canadian Press Release: Tukey to Return to Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3/22/2011
(Contact: Patti Moore at the Canadian Cancer Society at 1-800-656-6426 or at pmoore@bc.cancer.ca.)

American Lawn Activist to Return to Canada

Appearances to Mark 20th Anniversary of First Pesticide Ban

EDMONTON, ALBERTA — With the bans of synthetic lawn and garden pesticides continuing to sweep across Canada, yet still facing opposition in some regions, North America’s leading advocate of natural lawn care will spend Earth Day week offering educational seminars in the western regions of the nation.

Paul Tukey, author of the best-selling book, The Organic Lawn Care Manual, will also screen his award-winning film, A Chemical Reaction, several times during his five-day Canadian tour that begins Sunday, April 17, in Edmonton, Alberta, and continues on throughout the Kootenay Region of British Columbia through Thursday, April 21. The film, centered on the town of Hudson, Quebec — that became the first municipality in North America to ban lawn and garden pesticides in 1991 — has inspired many other Canadian municipalities since its release in 2009.

“The documentary, A Chemical Reaction, is 75 minutes of pure inspiration that a community can come together and overcome great odds to effect change,” said Patti Moore, Health Promotion Coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society. “Here in the East Kootenays, four communities have adopted cosmetic pesticide bans and more are interested in taking action. Paul Tukey brings extensive knowledge about not only why it’s important to eliminate unnecessary pesticides, but also how we can change our practises to have beautiful, and healthy, lawns and gardens.”

Tukey, an American journalist and lawn care professional who founded the non-profit Foundation known as SafeLawns.org, said his trip to Canada holds special significance due to the timing.

“May 6, 2011, will mark the 20th anniversary of the town of Hudson’s historic ban,” he said. “Now 80 percent of the nation has followed suit. The entire nation of Canada should be proud of the world lead that the country is taking to protect children from toxic lawn products. What better time than Earth Day to celebrate this accomplishment.”

Many in Alberta hope Tukey’s visit will help end Edmonton’s status as one of the last major Canadian cities without a pesticide ban.

“An Edmonton City Council committee has heard many viewpoints both for and against a pesticide ban,” said Leah Orr, Communications Coordinator for the Environmental Law Centre in Edmonton. “Hearing from someone who has experienced first-hand the effects of pesticide use, as well as followed and documented the Hudson case is both timely and relevant. Who better to speak about a film and its content than someone who has created them? Paul will be an excellent addition by bringing in broader discussion about human health, environmental, economic and legal effects while our other panelists speak in more detail on their areas of expertise.”

Tukey’s tour of the East Kootenay will include the Elk Valley on Monday April 18, Golden and Invermere on Tuesday April 19, Kimberley on Wednesday April 20 and Cranbrook on Thursday April 21.

For further details on Tukey’s educational presentations and screenings of the film, please contact Patti Moore at the Canadian Cancer Society at 1-800-656-6426 or at pmoore@bc.cancer.ca.

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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