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May 17, 2011

Langley Advance

Growing reaction

More and more communities are banning cosmetic pesticide use. Find out why.

By Heather Colpitts

The issue of cosmetic pesticides will be examined when the documentary A Chemical Reaction is shown at a special viewing May 18.

The Canadian Cancer Society, in partnership with Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s School of Horticulture and the Green Ideas Network, are inviting residents to learn more.

“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 Nichole Marples, LEPS cxecutive director.

The film is a bonus Green Wednesday event. Green Wednesdays are monthly environmental gatherings at Kwantlen. The regular series wrapped up in April but the different organizations involved teamed up with the CCS for this showing, which starts at 7 p.m.

A Chemical Reaction tells the story of a community initiative that eventually resulted in Canada’s first bylaw to ban the use of all chemical pesticides and herbicides, in the town of Hudson, Que.

The bylaw withstood a challenge by the chemical industry in the Supreme Court of Canada and so far the provinces of Quebec and Ontario have implemented provincial bans on the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides. So far 168 Canadian municipalities have adopted similar bylaws.

“We hope that this public screening will help to further educate our communities on the health risks associated with unnecessary cosmetic pesticide use,” said Mandip Kharod, the Canadian Cancer Society health promotion coordinator.

Admission is by donation and Kwantlen has paid parking. Refreshments are provided by the partner organizations A Bread Affair and LadyBug Organics but people are asked to bring a mug.

People planning to attend are asked to register in advance for planning purposes. Contact one of the following: 604-599-3311,, 604-532-3511 or

To learn more about A Chemical Reaction, go to or

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