Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador dawdles along through ‘due diligence’

May 9, 2011

The St. John’s Telegram 

Other provinces move ahead

Newfoundland and Labrador dawdles along through ‘due diligence’

Easter has come and gone, and spring is coming, and with it the spray season on our lawns and gardens and the “Keep off the Grass! Poison !” signs will be out.

I would like to thank the Ontario minister of the environment, John Wilkinson, for his recent good news.

Minister Wilkinson said recently that pesticide levels in the 10 urban streams that are monitored by Ontario’s Department of Environment continue to drop.

Minister Wilkinson said on Wednesday past, “that since 250 products were removed from store shelves in 2009, the concentration of the most common pesticides has dropped, including 2.4D, one of the most common pesticides used in urban areas.”

Big drop

In fact, the Ontario environment studies show that all four of the most commonly used pesticides show a very large drop in concentration in urban streams — from 78 per cent to 97 per cent reduction.

The CBC reported that “Some additional products will no longer be readily accessible on store shelves.”

Minister Wilkinson said, “There has been some opposition to the ban on 2.4-D but the Ontario government is standing by its decision,” saying that “the people’s health is at risk.”

So far six Canadian provinces — Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Alberta have restricted the use of “cosmetic” pesticides, and the current premier of British Columbia has made it clear that legislation in her province is a priority.

What a shame that it is taking so long for our Newfoundland government to do the same thing and bring legislation to our province.

Old news for ministers

The ministers of health and the environment have been aware of the scientific and health studies for a long time.

Ross Wiseman, our minister of environment, having recently met with concerned citizens, is doing “due diligence,” and it appears that no decision is likely in the immediate future.

But he had all the necessary information two years ago when he was minister of health, so a decision on legislating pesticides should not be allowed to yet again be postponed indefinitely.

The scientific literature is encyclopedic in volume and overwhelmingly documents the links to human health, especially to children.

Never mind the cats and dogs and the rest of the environment that are silenced by pesticides.

Wouldn’t it be a lovely spring present from our government to our citizens, to be told that legislation is coming very soon, just before the spray season?

Giving something to celebrate

Easter celebrates the return of life after the death of winter.

Come on, Ministers Wiseman and Jerome Kennedy, let’s all celebrate life, not death. 

Dr. Ian Simpson 
Corner Brook

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