Monday, May 7, 2012

Cheers & Jeers - The Telegram (Pesticides)


May 7, 2012


Cheers & Jeers

Jeers: to buyer beware. Here’s a little something to keep in mind if you go looking for lawn pesticides. While you might find some of the newly banned pesticides on shelves in local stores, you could be fined if you buy them and use them — at least, that’s what the environment minister seemed to be saying in the House of Assembly last week. NDP MHA George Murphy asked Environment Minister Terry French about the fact that Murphy had seen several banned pesticides on store shelves: “Mr. Speaker, in July of 2011, this government instituted a ban on five pesticides used for cosmetic purposes. Such chemicals as 2,4-D, mecoprop and dicamba were supposed to be removed off store shelves before the next growing season. In spite of the weather, we are there. Mr. Speaker, any product that contained any of these five chemicals was also supposed to fall under this ban. Mr. Speaker, yesterday I went chemical shopping and found these pesticides still on the store shelves.” The minister’s response? “They are banned. They are not allowed to be used as of May 1 this year. I just want to remind the honourable Member, he seems to have bought them recently. I hope they were not on the black market, Mr. Speaker. I also hope he does not use them, because if he uses them, he will be facing a significant fine.” So, all you gardeners out there, mind your Ps and Qs and 2,4-Ds.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Critics fear new pesticide ban isn't working


Questions are being raised about the effectiveness of Newfoundland and Labrador's new ban on some pesticides.
The regulations went into effect on May 1, but provincial NDP environment critic George Murphy said he found banned products in stores on Friday.
“You know we have to see some action on this,” said Murphy. “If the government is going to do something, then go ahead and do it ...get to the job that's supposed to be done here, get these products off the shelves,” he told CBC News.
Under the new rules, five cosmetic pesticides are banned. Critics have said the list should be much longer....READ MORE
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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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