FEDERAL BILL TO
BAN COSMETIC PESTICIDES
On February 14th Marlene Jennings' Private Members Bill C-388 was re-introduced in the House of Commons under a new number Bill C-267, An Act to Prohibit the Use of Pesticides for Non-essential Purposes. The bill calls for "a moratorium on cosmetic use of chemical pesticides in the home and garden and on recreational facilities such as parks and golf courses until scientific evidence that shows such use is safe has been presented to Parliament and concured in by a parliamentary committee."
Jennings' bill is an attempt to put the precautionary principal into immediate action in the case of cosmetic, non-essential pesticide use. For more info on the bill see Feds Slow on Pesticide Progress, UPdate, Winter 2001 .
The government let this bill die in the last session of Parliament. Now that the bill has been reintroduced, pressure is needed to make sure it passes.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TURN UP THE HEAT !!!
HERE ARE THREE POSSIBLE ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:
Action # 1 -
Write/E-mail/Call Prime Minister Jean Chretien
IF YOU CAN ONLY DO ONE THING, PLEASE DO THIS NOW!!!
ACTION # 2
- Call or E-mail the Federal MP for your riding
If they do not support immediate action on the bill, ask what they and their party plan to do to reduce public health dangers resulting from unnecessary exposure to chemical pesticides?
ACTION # 3
- Circulate This E-mail Widely
ADDRESSES FOR THE PRIME MINISTER AND MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT:
Prime Minister of Canada
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Send copies of your e-mail/letter to:
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House of Commons
The Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien,
RE: Immediate moratorium on non-essential use of pesticides
Dear Prime Minister Chretien,
This would show that you are willing to act decisively to protect the health
of Canadians and that you take our concerns and the recommendations of
the report on pesticides by the Standing Committee seriously. Vague responses
from the Minister of Health have failed to address the 'real
As you know, the Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable
Development tabled its report, Pesticides: Making the Right Choice, on
May 16, 2000. In section 12.8 the Report says: "The Committee firmly believes
that a moratorium on pesticide use for esthetic purposes is necessary
Canadians are anxiously waiting for you to implement the necessary legislation
that guarantees to protect the health of our communities and our environment
from unnecessary exposures to chemical pesticides. You have been given
the perfect opportunity with Bill C-267. Don't disappoint
IT'S UP TO YOU MR. PRIME MINISTER TO TAKE THE LEAD on this issue. Please
reply and tell me when I can expect action from you on this urgent health
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