Questioning pesticide use

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Why is Eastern Health using them?

I visited St. Patrick's Mercy Home on June 30. I was shocked and dismayed to see several signs warning of recent pesticide use scattered across the front lawn.

I am confused.

In the past few years, Eastern Health has taken a very strong stand on eliminating unnecessary toxins in the environment (such as cigarette smoke and various scented products).

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I visited St. Patrick's Mercy Home on June 30. I was shocked and dismayed to see several signs warning of recent pesticide use scattered across the front lawn.

I am confused.

In the past few years, Eastern Health has taken a very strong stand on eliminating unnecessary toxins in the environment (such as cigarette smoke and various scented products).

Why would this same organization allow the use of harmful cosmetic pesticides? This is especially puzzling to me given the City of St. John's recent request that its citizens refrain from the use of these chemicals.

St. Patrick's Mercy Home borders one of the most popular walking trails in the city and also encourages its residents to enjoy their beautiful gardens.

Cosmetic pesticides poison these areas for everyone.

Susan Green

St. John's

Organizations: Mercy Home

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Anon
    July 20, 2010 - 13:03

    Pesticides to poison us all ^ do ten minutes of basic ecology research and youll see how these chemicals alter foodgenes and reproduction for hundreds of species from small grass dwellers to larger predators to us. Not to mention they are also helping the massive die off of bees we are seeing all over North America and Europe. There is no need for them anywhere especially at a hospital.

  • mark
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    'COSMETIC pesticides POISON this area for everyone'!!! Give me a break. This debate is growing old and is based on a bunch of zealots and their excess use of dramatic phrases and adjectives. You do your cause less credit with every foolish letter. Beware the O'Lear and her crew.

  • Red
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The bees are dying off due to a mite that was introduced to different countries by a strain of bees from Australia. Pesticides have been around for tens of decades, and the stuff years ago was even nastier, yet it is only the past decade that the bees have started to die. When this government allows industry to dump poison into ponds and Placentia Bay, I don't think pesticides are going to have an impact.