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Province of BC to Ban pesticides...Still nothing for NL

May 4, 2011

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.

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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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