Pesticides have a very real job to do

Taking them out of circulation would hurt Parksville, Qualicum Beach

Harvey Dorval is absolutely right (The News June 24). It’s going to be a mess if a pesticide ban is implemented in Qualicum Beach and Parksville.

Before any pesticide can be sold in Canada it must undergo a comprehensive scientific review and risk assessment by Health Canada. 

In addition to over 200 tests covering health and environmental effects, Health Canada also reviews credible studies that exist. As part of their safety assessment, Health Canada specifically takes into consideration all demographics of the population before approving a product for use.

Through this process pesticides receive a greater breadth of scrutiny than any other regulated product. 

A municipal ban would do nothing in terms of adding to the overall human health or environmental benefits of you community.  All it would do is prevent residents from using safe and effective tools, approved by Health Canada, to protect their personal property from insect, weed and disease infestations.

Dorval’s suggestion that pesticides may harm pets or kids is not only wrong, it’s exactly the misguided fear that has led to the divisive debates about the use of pesticides by provincial and municipal governments.

Pesticides can be safely used and Canadians should feel comfortable if they choose to use them.

Lorne Hepworth

President, CropLife Canada





Editor’s Note: A cosmetic pesticide 

ban is  already in effect in Qualicum Beach. Contact the town at 250-752-6921 for more information on what 

can and cannot be used.


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