Groups gather across province to ban pesticide

Josh Pennell
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Fifty or so people gathered at Bannerman Park on Saturday as part of a provincial day of action against the use of Tordon 101.

Tordon 101 is a pesticide used in the provincial government’s roadside spraying program and also for 1,100 kilometres of the transmission link in the Muskrat Falls project. The herbicide used to kill roadside vegetation is banned from personal use in this province and has been banned altogether in other places.

The gathering at Bannerman Park was one of several taking place across the province to raise awareness about the use and potential hazards of the chemical and also to fuel a signature drive calling for its use to be banned altogether in this province.

John Parsons, a board member of the Social Justice Co-operative of Newfoundland and Labrador, was one of the people who spoke to the crowd.

He told The Telegram afterwards that the goal is to collect 15,000 signatures provincewide.

“It’s an ambitious number but we’ve already got, I would say, 1,000 today from the various people who have been out,” Parsons said. “It’s a doable goal and we think something that will be harder for the government to ignore.”

Paula Graham was at the gathering with her dog, Jerry Garcia. Graham had a “Danger — Poison” sign on her dog’s collar to help bring Jerry Garcia into the campaign to ban Tordon 101. Graham is also a member of the Social Justice Co-operative but had shown up to join the signature drive.

“I don’t know why we’re using chemicals when there’s obviously alternatives,” Graham said.

Graham added the deeper issue for her is how the government is still making the decision to use the chemical.

“What decision-making process is happening such that they’ve decided to use this Tordon 101 instead some other alternative?” she asked.

The chemical isn’t banned by Health Canada, but that hardly makes it safe, Parsons said.

“Government keeps relying on what Health Canada says. Even though this very chemical is one on the very top of the list for review by Health Canada, and even though Health Canada does say there are concerns with this chemical, our (provincial) government has continued to rely on their approval of this stuff to use it,” he said.

The NDP’s George Murphy recently called for government to end its use of Tordon 101.

Organizations: Social Justice Co, Health Canada

Geographic location: Bannerman Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

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    June 09, 2014 - 19:09

    NORAHG RESPONDS TO SMALL NON-EXPERT MINORITY WHO ARE WASTING EVERYONE’S TIME The government of Newfoundland has come under fire from New Democrats for using pest control products that are no more dangerous than table salt. Why are a non-expert minority wasting everybody’s time on the issue of pest control products ? Not surprisingly, this non-expert minority could not even be bothered to have used the extensive toxicology database that is available from either Health Canada or U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These agencies have concluded that pest control products are scientifically-safe, and will not cause harm to children, adults, animals, or the environment. Not surprisingly, this non-expert minority has never conducted a serious scientific study on pest control products, evidently because they are not competent or not motivated to do so. Health Canada, and NOT this non-expert minority, has the essential expertise on the subject of pest control products. This non-expert minority is wasting everybody’s time on the issue of pest control products for mere political gain, and seemingly prefer to deal in politics rather than scientific facts. They are NOT competent to give advice concerning pest control products, but have somehow deluded themselves into believing that they know better than Health Canada. In fact, they have NO competent expertise, recognized training, or background, in matters concerning pest control products. And yet, this non-expert minority ridiculously implies that their non-expert assessment is somehow being withheld from Health Canada and every other regulatory agency in the world. Clearly, this non-expert minority wants roadsides and rights-of-way for the power cables to become #@!!% vegetation-infested and dangerous garbage dumps. On this issue, the REAL danger to society is NOT pest control products, but rather this non-expert minority that seeks to impose reckless and arbitrary life-style choices, such as anti-pesticide prohibition. They are blatantly and consistently wrong with their false allegations concerning pest control products. For more information about NEWFOUNDLAND & HERBICIDES, go to The Pesticide Truths Web-Site … NORAHG is the National Organization Responding Against HUJE that seek to harm the Green space industry. WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G. Get the latest details at The Pesticide Truths Web-Site and go to The Complete Library Of Web-Pages, Reports, & References