Sunday, July 24, 2011


Due to the rain this morning and wind speeds this afternoon: 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
11 °C

Observed at:
St. John's Int'l Airport
6:30 AM NDT Sunday 24 July 2011

  • Condition:
    Light Rainshower
    100.5 kPa
    19 km
    Air Quality Health Index:

  • Temperature:
    90 %
    SSE 13 km/h

Showers ending near noon then a mix of sun and cloud. Risk of thundershowers this morning. Amount 2 to 4 mm. Fog dissipating near noon. Wind becoming south 30 km/h gusting to 50 this morning then southwest 40 gusting to 60 this afternoon. High 20. UV index 5 or moderate.

Tip of the day! 

Pesticide poisoning can mimic other common illness.

You should be aware of the early signs and symptoms of poisoning. It is important to remove the person from the source of exposure quickly. Remove contaminated clothing and wash off any chemical which has soaked through. You may save a life. A doctor or Poison Control Centre should be contacted at once if anyone who may have come into contact with a pesticide exhibits symptoms of poisoning. Give them any precautionary statements (such as an antidote) from the label and the P.C.P. Act Registration Number. Medical staff can use this informationto make a diagnosis and give advice. Always know the symptoms of poisoning that can occur from exposure to the pesticides.

Examples of some symptoms: 

Chlorophenoxys; 2,4-D,MCPA: Skin rash, muscle weakness,convulsions, coma. 

Organochlorines; endosulfan, lindane, methoxychlor: Apprehension, nausea, vomiting, weakness, excitability, dizziness, disorientation, twitching, convulsions. 

Organophosphates; Guthion(azinphos-methyl),Dyfonate (fonofos), Lorsban (chlorpyrifos),diazinon,dichlorvos, malathion, parathion:  Headaches, dizziness, weakness, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, convulsions.

Carbamates; Temik (aldicarb), Furadan(carbofuran), Sevin (carbaryl),Lannate (methomyl): Headaches, dizziness, weakness, tremors, nausea, diarrhea, blurred vision, convulsions.

Dinitrophenols; dinoseb, Karathane (dinocap),DNOC: Fever, sweating, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate.

Bipyridyliums & Pyridyliums; Reglone (diquat),Gramoxone (paraquat): Respiratory distress, lung damage.

Fumigants; methyl bromide, Telone(1-3 dichloropropene), Vapam (metam-sodium), chloropicrin: Double vision, slurred speech, uncoordination, chemical pneumonia, kidney damage.

Dithiocarbamates & Thiocarbamates; ziram, maneb, Eptam, Surpass (vernolate): Irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and lungs, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness. 

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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St. John's Daily Spray Advisory

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

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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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