Broad Support for Limiting
UPdate Fall 1999
A recent survey
for the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) shows an impressive 83 per
cent of the 508 residents contacted support a pesticide bylaw that
would place restrictions on the use of landscape pesticides. The two main
reasons given for their support are " health is too important" and
"too much risk to people."
The survey was
conducted by Corporate Research Associates. Deputy Mayor Larry Uteck
noted that the number who favour a Pesticide Bylaw is an even higher level
of support than the number who expressed support for a Harbour Cleanup.
than fifty communities across Canada have campaigns underway now for pesticide
bylaws and many municipalities already have bylaws partially or totally
rejecting toxic landscape chemicals.
began four years ago, the local campaign effort has been coordinated by
Real Alternatives to Toxins in the Environment (RATE). Now that the provincial
government has allowed the HRM to
regulate bylaws, the next step is the drafting of a pesticide control by-law.
that anyone who supports the concept of a pesticide-free community should
make every effort to attend and speak (even briefly) at the upcoming HRM
public hearings on the pesticide bylaw, which will take place sometime
be a rare and hard-won opportunity to acheive some form of regulatory control
on involuntary pesticide exposures, thereby reducing healt risks
to our community our children, and the health of those sensitive to pesticides.
want to be called on to support this bylaw when the time comes, or are
willing to help with the phoneing of others, please contact RATE by phone
(479-1440) or by e-mail ([email protected]).
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