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Report Rates Strength of Canadian Pesticide Bans

Although approximately 80 percent of Canadians now live under the protection of some sort of restriction on weed killers and other pesticides, not all of the laws and ordinances are created equally. Today the David Suzuki Foundation issued a report ranking the strength of the bans in the six different provinces that have regulated these toxic chemical products: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2011/05/ontario-and-nova-scotia-lead-the-way-on-pesticide-bans/

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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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  • http://none D. Murrray

    We live on the main floor of a 4 story pet-friendly condomimium (142 units) overlooking a wild ravine in east Edmonton. The water which runs from time to time in the ravine enters the North Saskatchewan River through a series of ponds in Hermitage Park. The park around the ponds are seeded with fingerlings, and support a good group of nesting geese, a variety of ducks, and other water birds. The woods of the ravine have deer, foxes, rabbits, coyotes, squirrels and an occasional wolf. Our personal condominium is perhaps 50 feet away from the woods. We learned that a contract by The Board through Mayfield Management Company for a company named Green Oasis “to apply 3 applications over the spring/summer and approved Ecopest to treat the foliage (trees around the property including a deep root fertilizer”, with this email were three sheets of information on Trillion-P Liquid Turf Herbicide – which is also going to be applied on the property. Several of us met with the Board last evening and got nowhere. I asked for an exclusion zone around our unit and met with avoidance. There are a significant number of people in the condominium who have medical conditions that make this spraying campaign hazardous to them. There are dogs and cats who are family to many & whom, being closer to the ground, are even more vulnerable with their “bare paws” and noses that like to dip to the ground. Then there are the nesting and visiting birds and animals – I don’t suppose that the mallards (a mated pair) that like to fly up from the park and rest under the spruce outside, or the chickadees, or the squirrels and bush bunnies are listed as an endangered species – but we would rather have them around than watch the grass grow. I don’t suppose many have wondered why we have no robins this year – or why an expert should be hired to render an opinion – one whose end game is not to charge more based on the number of chemicals he can find a reason to use.
    What can we do next. The same issues will emerge next year I am certain.

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