SafeLawns Heading to British Columbia
In the midst of a still contentious battle to make it illegal to apply synthetic chemical lawn and garden pesticides, SafeLawns founder Paul Tukey will return to the Canadian province of British Columbia during the first week of March.
While the majority of Canada has passed bans on weed-killing products such as weed ‘n feed and Roundup that are known to be toxic to humans and the environment, British Columbia has held out — despite an election campaign promise by Premier Christy Clark that she would back anti-pesticide legislation as the provincial leader. Her opponents have reacted strongly to her change of heart.
“I frankly thought this conversation in British Columbia would come to an end quickly after I first visited three years ago,” said Tukey, who will screen his Emmy nominated film, A Chemical Reaction, on Tuesday evening in the town of Okanagan. The film, which premiered at the World Film Festival in 2009, details the origins of the Canadian pesticide movement that began in the Quebec village of Hudson in the mid 1980s.
“It’s amazing to me that, after all this time and with all the evidence of the dangers of these pesticides, we’re still having this discussion,” said Tukey, who will also deliver a keynote address earlier that day to the Western Canada Turfgrass Association’s 50th annual meeting. “I’m thankful that the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment have had the stamina to keep this issue in the forefront of people’s minds.”
The Tuesday evening event is taking place at the University of British Columbia at Okanagan, with a question-and-answer session with Tukey to follow the film screening. Further details are available here: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/lifestyles/193360071.html.
Tukey will also hold a work session for the municipal employees of several British Columbia towns on Monday, March 4. For details, contact Patti King of the Canadian Cancer Society at Patti King pking (at) bc.cancer.ca.