Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lawn care isn't health care

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The Telegram

Some people would say that I am a member of that blind and loud anti-spraying group who are against the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes; however that does not make me an anti-landscaper.

What I am is a person who would like to be able to go outside and walk around St. John's, Mount Pearl or any other community in our province without having to worry about inhaling any so-called "plant health product."

As of now, I can't even be guaranteed of that, since spraying can take place about two doors down from me.

So much for Canada or our province having a strenuous regulatory system. I don't remember giving permission to be used in an experiment where these pesticides are used.

Forgive me if I don't feel safe because Health Canada supposedly regulates those products.

Could our provincial and federal governments be influenced by the fact that the ornamental horticulture industry in our province is worth over $90 million? That makes a rich, large lobbying group which is able to shout loudly behind the scenes and bend the ear of governments.

After all, isn't it the legal right of rich organizations to contribute money to political parties in Canada to ensure political success?

At the opposite end there are politicians of the people, like St. John's city councillor Sheilagh O'Leary, who was recently elected and listened to independent citizens and independent professional groups like the Canadian Association of Physicians for the environment.

Recently, Gideon Forman, executive director of that association gave this professional opinion: "Recent scientific studies have show that people exposed to pesticides are at a greater risk for very serious medical conditions..." In addition, Dr. David Saltman, chair of oncology at Memorial University stated on June 16 in this newspaper, "We are all at risk from the toxicities of pesticide use. Young children may be more vulnerable..."

But don't take their word as gospel: be sure to call the offices of any lawn (but not human) care company and get the results from their "unbiased" scientific research.

They were supported by Coun. Wally Collins at a recent St. John's city council meeting who stated that some pesticides were made from plant roots "and you can eat that, right?"

Send in the clowns.

R.B. Collins

St. John's

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My Past Articles

More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 413 words
Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone

Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
The Telegram (St. John's) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 253 words
Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires Paradise

Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
The Telegram (St. John's) - 08-28-2004 - 613 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic the province will ban cosmetic use

Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - 08-30-2004 - 712 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the

Province lagging behind in pesticide control
The Telegram (St. John's) - 09-04-2005 - 496 words
Squires, Judie - it to do is to prohibit the cosmetic use of synthetic pesticides altogether in order to protect our citizens and the environment. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

The two sides to pesticide use
The Telegram (St. John's) - 07-16-2006 - 781 words
Judie Squires - health of your families. When Canada's most respected health authorities tell us pesticides threaten our health, we should all be listening. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

Inquiry implicates BTk
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 353 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that

Delayed pesticide laws 'disappointing'
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 833 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't

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Time for provincial lawn pesticide regulation
The Telegram (St. John's) - 03-14-2009 - 419 words
pesticides. Please join me in lobbying our province for a pesticide ban Judie Squires Portugal Cove...

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