Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Due to the wind speeds for the entire day as well as morning showers: The weather conditions as recorded for today MAY NOT permit pesticide spray activities in the St. Johns area.

Weather conditions in the St. Johns area can swiftly change, monitor weather conditions closely throughout the day.

If you see anyone spraying pesticides in today's conditions please report the activity.

Current Conditions
Light Rainshower
15 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
6:20 AM NDT Wednesday 13 July 2011

  • Condition:
    Light Rainshower
    100.0 kPa
    24 km
    Air Quality Health Index:

  • Temperature:
    77 %
    SW 26 gust 35 km/h

Periods of rain ending this morning then cloudy with a few showers this afternoon. Risk of thundershowers early this morning. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Wind southwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 except gusting to 70 along parts of the coast this afternoon. High 20. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tip of the day:

Did you know that Health Canada (PMRA) DOES NOT study pesticides. They only review studies provided by the pesticide companies. 

Also, 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 HealthCanada'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).CLICK HERE

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%
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My Past Articles

More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 413 words
Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone

Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
The Telegram (St. John's) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 253 words
Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires Paradise

Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
The Telegram (St. John's) - 08-28-2004 - 613 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic the province will ban cosmetic use

Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - 08-30-2004 - 712 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the

Province lagging behind in pesticide control
The Telegram (St. John's) - 09-04-2005 - 496 words
Squires, Judie - it to do is to prohibit the cosmetic use of synthetic pesticides altogether in order to protect our citizens and the environment. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

The two sides to pesticide use
The Telegram (St. John's) - 07-16-2006 - 781 words
Judie Squires - health of your families. When Canada's most respected health authorities tell us pesticides threaten our health, we should all be listening. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's

Inquiry implicates BTk
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 353 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that

Delayed pesticide laws 'disappointing'
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 833 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't

Above Articles available through Trancontinental Newsnet

Time for provincial lawn pesticide regulation
The Telegram (St. John's) - 03-14-2009 - 419 words
pesticides. Please join me in lobbying our province for a pesticide ban Judie Squires Portugal Cove...

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