Pesticide Issue Update - November 2013

12.02.01.Pesticide Debate200By Jerry Rousseau

The BC Ministry of Environment released proposed IPM Act regulatory changes to stakeholders and the general public on October 9th.  We of course immediately forwarded the announcement to all WCTA members and allied stakeholders with encouragement to read the Intentions Paper and submit any comments/questions by the December 8th deadline.   It was noted that the implementation timeframe for the proposed regulatory revisions is relatively short with the Ministry intending to have changes enacted in two stages between 2014 and 2015.

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Regulated Pesticides Safe, Effective

12.02.01.Pesticide Debate200Letter to Winnipeg Free Press 09/15/2013

Dear Editor,

Manitoba's Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, Gord Mackintosh, has made baseless claims about the health and safety of pesticides that totally contradict the comprehensive health-and-safety assessments done by Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), the federal body responsible for approving pesticides in Canada.

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BC Ministry of Environment Pesticide Regulations To Reflect Public Input BULLETIN
Feb. 20, 2013

 VICTORIA – Taking into account over 8,000 comments from a public consultation as well as recommendations from the bi-partisan Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides, the proposed amendments to the Integrated Pest Management Act will address public concern over the use of cosmetic pesticides on private landscaped areas.

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