If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.
Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers or drizzle. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 this afternoon. High 12. UV index 4 or moderate.
Contrary to what pesticide companie say, The PMRA DOES NOT study pesticides. They only review studies provided by the pesticide companies. Many pesticides were approved before current health standards. The vast majority of the over 7000 pesticide ingredients registered in Canada were approved before 1995, most decades ago, before modern health safety standards were in place.
The PMRA have come under scrutiny as claims have been made that the PMRA's Advisory Committee representatives contain pesticide industry leaders. As stated in the Standing Committee report there is undue influence of the pesticide industry on Health Canada's PMRA.
“To a certain extent, the PMRA is already a captive of the pesticide industry. The Agency must rely on the data supplied by pesticide manufacturers in assessing whether or not to register their products since it has no independent, in-house testing capacity...The cost recovery fees collected by the PMRA represent approximately 30% of the Agency’s operating budget. The PMRA’s heavy priorities might be skewed in favor of its revenue-generating activities [e.g. registering pesticides over those that do not generate revenue [e.g. promoting alternatives to pesticides, re-evaluating older pesticides and education the public about the risks of pesticide use]." (s.15.13, p.145). Reference
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