Blue Dot Action
SENS director Terry Dyck presented numerous pages of a petition to ban cosmetic pesticides and to ask Council to honour their recent vote to become a “Blue Dot” community by implementing a ban.
Far too much valid proof already exists, to dispute the major damage to us and our environment from cosmetic pesticides.
Please take a minute and copy/paste the following email or add your own thoughts and send it to all Vernon councillors and mayor via https://www.vernon.ca/government-services/mayor-..., or
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgSubject: Support for Cosmetic Pesticide BanI wish to add my voice to SENS and am asking Vernon to protect its citizens and all who work or play in Vernon by banning cosmetic pesticides as already done in the following provinces: Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, as well as in numerous BC municipalities including Kelowna and Lumby.Your name and address
Council will decide on what action to take on December 11, now that SENS has presented on the harm that occurs with use, and has asked for a ban in the Vernon area.
Tell them their voters SUPPORT a ban on ALL cosmetic non-essential pesticide use. The evidence is overwhelming that they are toxic to humans and the environment. Their voters WANT a healthier Vernon, as other communities have done including Coldstream, Salmon Arm, Vancouver, Victoria, Revelstoke and 8 other entire provinces. City of Vernon voted FOR a Blue Dot community, now it’s time to Walk the Talk!!
If we REALLY care about our children, whose growing bodies are harmed by such chemicals, then cosmetic pesticides MUST be banned. Coldstream banned them in 2008; School District 22 banned them in 2011 and grassy areas still look just fine.
The City contracts out to spray ‘cracks and crevices' around town and also Polson Park with:
Dicamba (documented health hazards associated with phenoxy herbicides such as dicamba include developmental and reproductive problems.)
2,4-D (Despite industry efforts claiming the safety of this chemical, there is a large body of evidence indicating major health effects from cancer to immunosuppression, reproductive damage to neurotoxicity. The teratogenic, neurotoxic, immunosuppressive, cytotoxic and hepatoxic effects of 2,4-D have been well documented.)
and Mecoprop (Use caution if near water sources […] and […] understood to cause skin and eye irritation, coughing, burning sensations in the chest, dizziness, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion or bizarre behavior, increased heart rate, and kidney failure).