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  • ward samson
    August 28, 2013 - 10:35

    I have written many articles and lobbied government to stop this spraying, but to no avail. I have an article on our website www.nlwf.ca , it is entitled pesticides on the website. Check it out. Maybe someone may listen. ward

  • sc
    August 27, 2013 - 11:47

    It's amusing that some people believe that we should simply put our faith in the hands of agencies like Health Canada to protect us from various chemicals and other threats. How quickly we forget last year's beef recall and the way that was handled. Similarly, a pharmaceutical company in Ontario received a damning report from the FDA that threatened to ban the company's products from the US unless procedures were changed. The Health Canada inspectors who accompanied their counterparts from the FDA saw nothing wrong with procedures. If these pesticides are so safe, why have countries such as Denmark and Norway banned them as is claimed in this column? Is it possible that those countries are more concerned for the environment and their populations than are others? Personally I don't believe we should just blindly put our faith in the hands of 'trained professionals' -- especially those who do not want to be questioned.

  • Boyd
    August 27, 2013 - 10:06

    Exhausted comes to mind when I hear all the compaining about pesticides, fracking, cell phone towers and more. We're becoming a province of complaining hypocrites. Pesticides - We don't want you to spray pesticides, but yet you have no issue with spraying for insects in restaurants, hospitals, etc. Fracking - We don't want FRACKING, but we want the wealth and jobs. The same people who care so much about the environment stop driving your gas vehicles, using cell phones, eating vegetables/meat sprayed with the same pesticides. People look in the mirror. All these products are appoved by HEALTH CANADA the same scientists that approve your meds. Stay of the internet and let the trained professionals make the correct decision.

    • Chantal
      August 27, 2013 - 11:27

      Firstly, Health Canada has, in recent years, become a mouthpiece for industry prompting many principled scienists to leave the organization. Secondly, the vast majoirty of scientists -- trained professionals -- regard the continued, unrestrained manufacturing and use of fossil feuls at the leading cause of global warming. I assume you agree with them.

  • W Bagg
    August 27, 2013 - 09:13

    The blueberries are some big this year bye, and real tasty too!

  • George Murphy
    August 27, 2013 - 08:48

    We're slowly poisoning ourselves... Sad to say that, even though I pushed for mechanical brushclearing, so far government has not responded to the less dangerous of the proposals for the clearing of roadside brush. the worst part of all this is that chemicals work for the rough same time period as mechanical clearing does; about seven to eight years. If its not Agent White we're spraying, it's chemicals like Sylgard 309 that will be laid out for killing undergrowth of Black Spruce, or to keep the vegetation under control along the route of the Muskrat Falls transmission line. Yes...We are slowly poisoning our environment from what was once pristine...