Saturday, April 2, 2011

More support for a ban - The St. John’s Telegram

April 2, 2011

The St. John’s Telegram

More support for a ban

As a city councillor to the residents of our capital city, St. John’s, and as an active committee member of the Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides Newfoundland and Labrador, I feel compelled to promote the legislation of a ban on the use of nonessential pesticides in our province.

The statistics are regularly discussed in the public forum and there is incredible support for this initiative.

The ban of non-essential pesticides has been enacted in Ontario, Quebec and all Maritime provinces, as the documented hazards of these chemicals are well known.

Several polls have been conducted and they indicate approximately 70 per cent public support for a cosmetic pesticide ban to be enacted in our province.

Research also states that lawn care industries have not suffered as a result of this health-care initiative.

This causes me to ask why this province is taking so long to address what other provinces, national lawn care corporations and national health associations have already recognized as an essential step to human, animal and environmental health?

From the city’s perspective, we have been actively advising the public to reject the use of non-essential pesticides and our St. John’s city parks have eliminated their use for many years.

Last year, with the support of city council, I put forward a resolution to indicate the city’s desire to create a ban on cosmetic pesticides for lawn care.

As well, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador and the City of Mount Pearl have been very active in requesting legislation from the province on this issue. To date, we have not had a clear response from the province.

Representing this beautiful province is a privilege and with it comes a great deal of responsibility to the health and well-being of our citizens and our environment.

Let’s not be a province that lags behind on important issues such as this.

I am hopeful that the government will show real leadership before the 2011 spray season begins, as I continue to do in the capital city, by addressing the risks involved in continuing to allow the use of these non-essential pesticides in our province.

Coun. Sheilagh O’Leary
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