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

Ottawa

 

 

 

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.

 

Just Posted

Retired Nanoose Bay teacher ‘Set for Life’ after $675K lottery win

Shannon plans to buy new sails for his sailboat

Country music star Aaron Pritchett back in Qualicum Beach to play benefit concert

Singer to headline Thalassa restaurant fundraiser for Ronald McDonald house

Qualicum school district sees utility costs go down

Capital funding opportunities promote clean energy and drive efficiencies

Order in the chambers: Qualicum Beach votes for council code of conduct

Coun. Robert Filmer’s motion passes unanimously at town meeting

Rainbow crosswalk in Qualicum Beach covered in mysterious black substance

‘It was disappointing to see this act of disrespect take place inside our community’

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

Wife charged in husband’s death in Sechelt

Karin Fischer has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her husband, Max

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Speculation tax forces sale of Greater Victoria’s iconic ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Most Read