Friday, December 23, 2011

Tribunal Finds Pesticide Producers Violate Human Rights...

Now, 27 years later, a self-appointed international court has delivered a scathing indictment of the pesticide industry. It found the world's largest pesticide producers guilty of “gross, widespread and systematic violations of the right to health and ...

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Friday, November 11, 2011

No second look on pesticide ban (Industry still pushing their old propaganda)

9 Nov 2011

The Corner Brook Western Star

BY ANDREW ROBINSON

No second look on pesticide ban

ST. JOHN’S — The fact Minister of Environment and Conservation Terry French is new to the job was apparent Tuesday at the Atlantic Green Forum event hosted by Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador in St. John’s.

In the agenda, the time at which French was scheduled to speak was listed with the title, “Lunch with the Environment Minister Ross Wiseman.” French himself referenced his newness to the role in the opening remarks of his speech.

“Not to use a pun I’m sure you’ve all heard before, but I’m certainly green when it comes to the job,” he said to rounds of laughter.

But even though he may be new to the job, French is already hearing from parties interested in the government’s environmental policy, including Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador, a group vocally opposed to government’s pesticide ban. The ban, which comes into effect next year and was first announced in July, includes carbaryl, 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), mecoprop, dicamba, and MCPA (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid). They are commonly used to kill or control garden weeds and insects.

French said government is not prepared to revisit its decision.

“Obviously I’ll sit down with the stakeholders and try to find alternate means, but the ban is here to stay,” he said.

Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador president Don Barry, owner of Servicemaster Lawn Care in St. John’s, said the decision to implement the ban was not made with adequate foresight.

“What it really means is it has eliminated the ability for industry to control some very serious pests,” he said. “Not necessarily weed control, but certainly when we get to damaging insects like chinch bugs and grub work and grub damage, that does cause quite a concern.”

Barry said there are no alternative means for adequately dealing with such matters, and he questions whether government made its decision based on science, noting Health Canada considers the banned substances safe to use.

He also cannot understand why the ban was not implemented for golf courses. Agricultural and forestry uses were also exempt from the ban by the province.

Preparing now for the ban, Barry said his own business will be challenged to handle insect control. He has researched vacuuming technology and a product that can handle weed problems, but he deems it to be expensive and less effective.

He expects lawn care businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador will take an economic hit as a result of the pesticide ban.

The Telegram

Terry French - House of Assembly - Newfoundland and Labrador
http://www.assembly.nl.ca/members/cms/memberdetail.asp?MemberID=20


2011 Atlantic Green Forum promotes “The Green City” 
http://www.landscapenf.org/announcements.html
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Toxic Herbicide Spraying of Newfoundland's Highways - Call in with your concerns!

PUBLIC NOTICE

Please be advised that weather permitting Newfoundland and Labrador
Vegetation Control will commence an Herbicide Spray Program starting
October 3-31, 2011.

o Route 100 Argentia access Road to Trans Canada Highway
o Route 92 North Hr. Intersection to Branch
o Route 100 South of Pointe Verde to South of Ship Cove

The products that will be used in this spray program are 
Tordon 101 Reg#9007
Garlon XRT, PCP # 28945

Any questions or concerns please contact NLVC Office @ (709) 673-5898,
8am – 5 pm Monday to Friday, or Fax us @ (709) 673-5899, or Pesticide
Control Section @ 1 800 563-6181.

How does this affect you?
Do you travel these stretches of road?
Do you live in the area?
Do you hunt, fish or pick berries?

If so, you will be exposed to toxic herbicides.

Newfoundland is NOT clean and beautiful.



Garlon XRT uses the active ingredient triclopyr it's manufacturer is DOW.
Triclopyr is a selective herbicide used to control woody plants (e.g. blackberries) and broad-leafed weeds. Triclopyr has a similar structure and acts in a similar way to 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T.

Environmental effects
Triclopyr is toxic to fish, but breaks down rapidly in water. It persists much longer in soil. Animals should be excluded from treated areas for at least 17 days.

Tordon 101 is refered to as Agent White and is highly toxic and persistent.
http://www.agentorangecanada.com/hcb.php

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

LAST ADVISORY FOR THE 2011 SEASON


Please be advised that spray activities are still likely to occur throughout the coming months.

In the past 122 days June 1 until today, October 1 The St. John's region has had a total of 6 full days and 20 partial days where the weather conditions met the regulations to permit spray activities.

Every year, Annual Pesticide Summaries provided by the department of environment shows millions of liters of pesticides used by commercial operators to spray our properties.

Yet, every year, the weather conditions reported by Environment Canada shows weather conditions which would make it illegal to apply pesticides in our province for most of the summer.

And now, this year the commercial operators have a new tool which enables them to get away with pesticide misuse.  Our government are not inspecting or requiring third party calibration of wind meters used by the commercial operators, and to top it all off the department of environment are taking their word over Environment Canada's weather conditions and concerned citizens.

Commercial operators are spraying in high winds, not providing proper notification and spraying in rain.  When corncerned citizens contact the department of environment the response is that the commercial operators said their wind meter states otherwise...wind meters....which do not require inspection or third part calibration, owned and operated by commercial operators is the only method the department of enviornment are requiring to ensure our wind conditions are met...

Not acceptable.

Commercial operators are finding their way around the rules each and every year and our government continues to alow this misue putting us in danger.

Several people informed me that they have filed complaints this year.  They also told me that fines were not given as our department of environment are taking the word of the pesticide companies over concerned citizens...They were extremely frustrated by the treatment given to them by the department of environment.

One teacher and mother of two had made several complaints of violations, yet she was treated rudely by both the commercial operator and the department of environment.  She filed the complaint only to have been treated like she was overreacting and lying.  Our government turned a blind eye the commercial operators which ended up spraying in conditions which did not meet safety regulations and put the children on the road at risk.

Many more citizens have told me about their complaints being ignored by the department of environment.

These are not isolated cases.  Pesticide abuse is widespread and a regular occurance in our province.  Our government strill does not have the ability to enforce the regulations.  --Regulations put in place for our minimal protection!

These same people are going to be drafting the upcoming pesticide "Ban"...I am not confident that these people will draft and enforce anything which will help the citizens of this province be protected from pesticide pollution.

Illegal pesticide spraying causes pesticides to drift and contaminate water, soil and the air.
This harms wildlife, drinking water pets and people including our children.

Please write to the minister of environment and ask why are they allowing us to be poisoned illegally?  Please also tell them that they don't need to re-invent the wheel...Why have the very people in the department who protect the pesticide operators draft our legislation?  Quebec, Ontairo and all Atlantic provinces have successful bans in place.  We can simply follow these. We deserve the same protection as the citizens in other parts of Canada who are protected by the unnecessary use of these poisons.

Environment Minister Ross Wiseman
Executive Branch
Department of Environment and Conservation
Tel: (709) 729-2577
Fax: (709) 729-0112
Email: rosswiseman@gov.nl.ca

Also if anyone wishes to look into the legalities of the liability of our province allowing pesticide misuse, please contact me for a copy of a report contain years of pesticide misuse in Newfoundland.

Spray Advisory



NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the wind speeds and anticipated rain for the entire day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.

Current Conditions
 
Partly Cloudy
16 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:30 AM NDT Saturday 1 October 2011

  • Condition:
    Partly Cloudy
     
    Pressure:
    101.6 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    rising
     
     
    Visibility:
    24 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    2
     


  • Temperature:
    16.0°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    14.1°C
     
    Humidity:
    88 %
     
    Wind:
    WSW 26 gust 37 km/h
     











Increasing cloudiness. 60 percent chance of showers. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 22 except 18 in onshore winds.

Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

Where to report a violation

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Friday, September 30, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the wind speeds and anticipated rain for the entire day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.




Current Conditions
 
Clear
12 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
5:30 AM NDT Friday 30 September 2011

  • Condition:
    Clear
     
    Pressure:
    101.5 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    rising
     
     
    Visibility:
    24 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    1
     


  • Temperature:
    11.5°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    9.5°C
     
    Humidity:
    88 %
     
    Wind:
    W 35 gust 45 km/h
     















Increasing cloudiness. A few showers beginning near noon. Fog patches developing near noon. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60. High 20.


Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

Where to report a violation
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the wind speeds for the entire day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.




Current Conditions
 
Mainly Clear
10 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
6:30 AM NDT Thursday 29 September 2011

  • Condition:
    Mainly Clear
     
    Pressure:
    101.3 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    falling
     
     
    Visibility:
    24 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    1
     


  • Temperature:
    10.0°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    7.3°C
     
    Humidity:
    83 %
     
    Wind:
    W 39 km/h
     















Mainly sunny. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 60. High 21 except 17 along parts of the coast. UV index 4 or moderate.


Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

Where to report a violation
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the morning showers and wind speeds for the entire day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.




Current Conditions
Mostly Cloudy
6 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
7:30 AM NDT Wednesday 28 September 2011

  • Condition:
    Mostly Cloudy
    Pressure:
    101.7 kPa
    Tendency:
    rising
    Visibility:
    24 km
    Air Quality Health Index:
    1




  • Temperature:
    6.1°C
    Dewpoint:
    3.7°C
    Humidity:
    85 %
    Wind:
    NNW 17 km/h

























Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers early this morning. Clearing this afternoon. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 20 gusting to 40 this morning. High 13



Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

Where to report a violation
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

NO GO FOR SPRAY ACTIVITIES TODAY

Due to the morning showers and wind speeds for the entire day: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.




Current Conditions
 
Cloudy
7 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
Date:
5:30 AM NDT Tuesday 27 September 2011

  • Condition:
    Cloudy
     
    Pressure:
    100.5 kPa
     
    Tendency:
    falling
     
     
    Visibility:
    24 km
     
    Air Quality Health Index:
    1
     


  • Temperature:
    7.3°C
     
    Dewpoint:
    3.9°C
     
    Humidity:
    79 %
     
    Wind:
    WNW 22 km/h
     















A few showers ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning. High 10. UV index 3 or moderate.

Current provincial weather regulations:
-Wind must be between 2 and 15 km/hr for ground applications
-Winds must be between 2 and 10km/hr for trees taller than 3meters
-Air Temperature must be below 25oC
-It must not raining nor is rain anticipated over the next 2hour period
-The relative humidity must be above 50%

Where to report a violation
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St. John's Daily Spray Advisory

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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