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Deal confirms government’s right to ban ‘cosmetic' pesticides, minister says
by BARRIE MCKENNA
OTTAWA— Globe and Mail Update
Governments in Canada can continue restricting so-called “cosmetic” pesticides and weed killers in spite of the settlement of a closely watched NAFTA trade case, federal Trade Minister Ed Fast says.
On Thursday, U.S.-based Dow AgroSciences LLC settled a $2-million (U.S.) lawsuit stemming from Quebec’s 2006 ban of the pesticide 2,4-D, used in products such as Killex.
Dow agreed to drop its case, and in return, Quebec acknowledged that 2,4-D does not “pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.”
Mr. Fast said the deal confirms the right of governments to regulate the use of pesticides in Canada.
“This right will not be compromised by Canada’s participation in NAFTA or any other trade agreement,” he said in a statement on Friday.
Dow, which makes the pesticide, said a deal to drop its North American free trade agreement challenge vindicates its contention that the product is safe if used as directed.
“Quebec’s decision never had a basis in science,” said Brenda Harris, the company’s Calgary-based manager of regulatory and government affairs. “And it cast a shadow on the safety of our product.” Ms. Harris said the case is about making sure governments are “transparent in their decision-making.”
In a statement, Quebec said its ban remains firmly in place and that 2,4-D continues to be a restricted chemical.
The pesticide 2,4-D is prohibited for lawn care in most provinces east of Manitoba as part of a much broader prohibition on so-called cosmetic lawn care products. The chemical is still widely used in agriculture and forestry. It’s also sold for cosmetic uses in the four western provinces and throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
In justifying the ban, Quebec had initially identified 2,4-D as a possible carcinogen – a claim it failed to demonstrate. And that put the province at odds with Health Canada, which deems the product safe, sparking the company’s NAFTA case against the federal government. Claims can only be brought against NAFTA’s three signatories – Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Lisa Gue of the David Suzuki Foundation said the settlement would have little effect because even the threat of a NAFTA challenge did not dissuade provinces from banning the chemical. She also suggested the company may have withdrawn its lawsuit because it feared it would ultimately lose the case.
In 2009, Dow filed a challenge under NAFTA’s chapter 11, which allows companies to sue governments for actions that affect their investments. The company was seeking $2-million (U.S.) in damages. No cash was involved in this week’s final settlement.
For its part, Quebec agreed to a statement that “products containing 2,4-D do not pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment, provided that the instructions on their label are followed.”
More significantly, the repudiation of Quebec’s health warning helps the company protect a much larger market for the product in farm and forestry use, worth at least $120-million (Canadian) a year.
The pesticide, used since the 1940s, is popular because it’s relatively cheap compared to other newer chemicals that are still protected by patents.
According to Didier Bicchi, the Quebec Ministry of the Environment’s director of agriculture and pesticides, 2,4-D will continue to be prohibited in Quebec because the government has found the product to be “non-essential” as a weed killer in the province.
“The Pesticide Management Code remains as is. The ingredient 2,4-D continues to be prohibited in the province. The situation for the company’s product hasn’t changed. The only difference is that it will no longer be labelled as a dangerous product,” Mr. Bicchi said in an interview.
According to the government expert, the settlement may eventually help the company fight a potential ban being considered by other provinces.
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Demand a strong law controlling pesticides
I just have to be sure that they come from our property and that the little ones don’t run onto some lawn with the miniscule pesticide warning signs.
These signs, by the way, are merely a token gesture towards compliance with the law.
No one is allowed to spray poisons when the wind is more than 15 kilometers an hour, or in the 24 hours after a rain or when rain is forecast within the next 24 hours.
Adequate notice has to be given to adjacent property owners, as well.
In my experience, these regulations are broken quite routinely.
In any case, little children and pets, those most in danger from pesticides, cannot read the warnings.
As noted by Dr. Ian Simpson in his recent letter to The Western Star, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador is poised to enact some kind of legislation regarding the use of lawn chemicals.
Let us hope that they bring in a meaningful law and not some wishy-washy “ integrated pest management” nonsense, as the chemical companies are pressuring government to do.
Integrated pest management allows the use of poisons for cosmetic lawn care, so no change in current practices will take place.
I urge all people who are more interested in health and safety than in eradicating dandelions to tell your MHA to vote for strong anti-pesticide legislation and against integrated pest management.
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Ban on cosmetic use of pesticides coming: Premier
By Andrew MacLeod
A day before the B.C. New Democratic Party planned to put forward a bill to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides, Premier Christy Clark said she supports just such a ban.
"I've supported this for years now," she said in a scrum with reporters at the legislature. "We are going to do it."
Clark said she wants to engage with the NDP and the public, especially in rural B.C., to design legislation.
"The NDP are concerned about it, I'm concerned about it," she said. "I think as a new way of governing one of the things we can do is engage everyone who's interested in it, set aside all these partisan divides that pull us apart and find something that we can come together on, and I think this is that issue."
This morning the NDP announced it plans to re-introduce "legislation to ban toxic pesticides from everyday use" since the "BC Liberal government has failed to take any action to protect children from these cancer-causing substances."
"More than 70 per cent of British Columbians support the phase-out of cosmetic pesticides," the release quoted NDP leader Adrian Dix saying. "It's clear that this is another case where New Democrat values are mainstream values."
Clark said she would look at the NDP legislation and it might be a good way to start the process. She would like a bi-partisan committee to consider the issue and how to proceed, she said.
Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee’s Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Reach him here.
May 3, 2011
NEW DEMOCRATS TO RE-INTRODUCE LEGISLATION BANNING COSMETIC PESTICIDES
Law needed to keep cancerous chemicals away from children, says BC NDP critic
VICTORIA - More than a year after New Democrats introduced legislation to ban toxic pesticides from everyday use, the B.C. Liberal government has failed to take any action to protect children from these cancer-causing substances says New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix.
"Last Earth Day we introduced legislation to ban the frivolous use of cosmetic pesticides but the B.C. Liberals refused to support it," said Dix. "More than 70 per cent of British Columbians support the phase-out of cosmetic pesticides. It's clear that this is another case where New Democrat values are mainstream values."
According to the Canadian Cancer Society there is a significant body of evidence suggesting that exposure to cosmetic pesticides increases the risk of developing cancers like leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, brain cancer, and lung cancer in both adults and children.
"More than 30 B.C. communities have passed by-laws restricting the use of cosmetic pesticides but municipalities don't have the legal power to take these water-polluting, cancer-causing products off of store shelves," said New Democrat Environment Critic Rob Fleming. "Christy Clark needs to tell British Columbians whether or not she intends to take immediate action to protect families from these cancer-causing chemicals."
Fleming noted that more than half of Canadian provinces have implemented some form of cosmetic pesticide ban, with Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia having strong legislation which protects children and the environment.
"New Democrats have introduced legislation to ban cosmetic pesticides twice, and both times the B.C. Liberals let it fall off the order paper," concludes Dix. "The B.C. Liberal government's failure to take action on this issue shows how out-of-step they are with the environmental values of British Columbians.
For more information, contact Michael Roy at 778-928-7132.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
After nearly a decade of dedicated advocacy and numerous meetings with health and environment ministers, including when Wiseman was Minister of Health, we finally appear to be in a position to follow Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI, and New Brunswick with this important legislation.
They were told he would make a recommendation to Cabinet in a matter of weeks, after he gave the issue “due diligence”. Unfortunately, there has not been any movement of the issue since and this is troubling. What really happens to citizen proposals? Not to mention the 1,454 people who took the time to sign the petition, presented to the House of Assembly on April 18th.
If you feel strongly about banning cosmetic pesticides before the Summer spray season starts, please write to Russell Wangersky at the Telegram and let him know. Let people know that if they feel the same way they should vote in the Fall election for whichever candidate promises to ban non-essential pesticides and adopt legislation like that of Ontario.
The more letters published the better, as cabinet ministers and MHAs will be reading them.
You can write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Also,for more information about the health and environmental effects of pesticides please have a look at our website, facebook group, twitter and youtube channel where you can see what happened at our public forum of you missed it.
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