Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Atlantic provinces consider regional pesticide application exam

August 10, 2011

Summerside Journal Pioneer
TRANSCONTINENTAL MEDIA

Atlantic provinces consider regional pesticide application exam

— Anyone who applies pesticides may soon have to undergo regional licensing thanks to an agreement between Atlantic environment ministers.

P.E.I.’s Environment Minister Richard Brown said new regional licenses will streamline the process and help move toward uniform pesticide guidelines.

“If the pesticide applicators are all trained under the same system and the standards are increased and they’re all being tested under one regime then it becomes easier to move to one regime for all Atlantic Canada,” he said.

Brown joined environment ministers Margaret Ann Blaney from New Brunswick and Sterling Belliveau from Nova Scotia at the Stanhope Beach Resort Tuesday to discuss environmental priorities.

Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Minister Ross Wiseman did not attend because of a prior commitment and the deputy went in his place.

Wastewater issues, hydraulic fracking and help for coastal communities affected by climate change were all on the agenda during Tuesday’s meeting.

Part of the discussions also involved a harmonized online exam for people who apply pesticides.

Brown said the ministers are looking at a regional curriculum that would give people who apply pesticides one exam and licence they can transfer from province to province in Atlantic Canada.

“It’s a concept. We’re looking at it,” he said.

A regional licence wouldn’t mean every province would to have the same list of banned pesticides, but it would put pressure on each jurisdiction to meet the same guidelines as their neighbours, Brown said.

“It’s peer pressure. It’s what your neighbour’s doing.”

Brown said all four provinces have a come a long way when it comes to pesticide regulation and they all agree it is an important issue.

“ We’re all on board here,” he said.

Blaney said having a harmonized approach to online exams would lead to clearer standards for pesticides in all of the Atlantic provinces.

“ To me it’s a no-brainer,” she said.

Green Party leader Sharon Labchuk joined the media for a news conference after the meeting and said she wondered why the ministers bothered to meet because nothing concrete came of it.

Labchuk said the only thing the ministers talked about in relation to pesticides was an online course to harmonize training for pesticide applicators.

TRANSCONTINENTAL MEDIA Prince Edward Island environment minister Richard Brown gestures as he makes a point during a new conference in Stanhope Tuesday. Brown, along with Margaret-Ann Blaney, New Brunswick environment minister and Sterling Belliveau, Nova Scotia environment minister, were attending the Council of Atlantic Environment Ministers meeting.

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