- August 01, 2012 - 19:44
While I agree with the points about the risk to health, I belive this draws attention to a bigger issue... Cutting the drees along highways and roads in moose / wild life prevalent areas... Many other provinces with wildlife have a system in which highways and roadways are maintained safely. As motorists we have to watch for moos, watch for potholes, try and figure out where the middle of the road is because we can't seem to figure out how to buy road paint that lasts longer then a year .... oh yeah and other cars! Toxic spray is par for the course I'd say
- August 01, 2012 - 12:07
Can anybody tell me if this chemical was sprayed around Quidi Vidi Lake? I planned to pick some of the Saskatoon berries/Churckly Pears that grow there (this year they are in abundance) but I noticed the berries and are full of a white powdery substance.
- Kelly Porter Franklin
- August 01, 2012 - 10:39
It may interest readers that news of this planned spraying of Agent White in NL is being discussed all over the world (even in Da Nang, Viet Nam). When will the Department of Transportation and Works learn that spraying Biological Warfare weapons on the countryside is unwise to the point of endangering the public? During the Vietnam War, even Monsanto scientists objected to the use of Agent White (AKA Tordon 101) in Southeast Asia (see Picloram in Vietnam, published in Scientist and Citizen, September 1968). What does that tell you?
- July 31, 2012 - 19:41
It has taken NL a long time to recognize the dangers of pesticide use, yet the battle for healthy air free of toxins has just begun. Add to the mix residential wood working chemicals, tenfold the danger of pesticides, as wood workers often use such every day, all day, in the outdoors. Banning pesticides is fruitless if other toxins are allowed to roam freely and poison citizens unknowingly. Laws and education are necessary to inform and protect the innocent public. Please ban pesticide spray, but regulate like chemicals, or the ban of pesticides is redundant.
- Geoff Eaton
- July 31, 2012 - 19:28
So disappointed to learn of this news... important to ask questions on this issue and get answers. Thanks for raising this issue Russell!
- July 31, 2012 - 17:29
Well Mr. Rogers, that's great for New Brunswick. But we still have an ecosystem here and I for one do not want to see my highways lined with fences and chemicals because of a few butt-hurt townies who can't drive according to the conditions or deal with a few dandelions by hand.
- S Dean
- July 31, 2012 - 15:39
Thanks for this article. It is absolutely inexcusable that our provincial government is engaging in this kind of spray program. I intend to contact the Depts. Of Health, and Transportation to express my concerns.
- Cyril Rogers
- July 31, 2012 - 11:26
Mr. Wangersky, like most everything else done by this government, it is all about short term gain for long term pain, even if it means "do as I say, not as I do". The abysmal efforts of this government in proper road construction and maintenance are nothing short of appalling! How is it that New Brunswick, with far fewer resources, can build the Trans Canada Highway to a four-land standard across its entire length PLUS install moose fencing along virtually the entire route? Here we have fifty miles out to Whitbourne and another 15 or so from Pasadena to Corner Brook, at a time in our history when money is not in short supply, relatively speaking. It is clear that they have spent BILLIONS, but on what? Certainly not our highways, that in any way makes them safer or brings them up to a standard equivalent to other jurisdictions. There is a need for a higher standard, for effective fencing to prevent many of the moose-vehicle collisions that occur at alarming rates, and effective roadside landscaping to allow for the wide and gradual tapering tapering of ditches where possible. Designs should allow for grass to replace the foliage that chokes our roadsides and for a broad expanse to the tree line to make moose spotting more effective. In the long term, they would save money by establishing a solid foundation and better runoff that would preserve roads that now get only a couple of good years before the inevitable ruts and potholes become the norm. THAT would be a solid investment, and certainly would be more appealing to our tourist trade, instead of the ugly eyesores that we now call highways.
- Too funny
- August 01, 2012 - 08:02
"The abysmal efforts of this government in proper road construction and maintenance are nothing short of appalling!" You must have been born yesterday. Otherwise you'd remember how bad the roads were under previous governments.