Wildsight urges provincial pesticide legislation

  • May. 31, 2011 10:00 a.m.

Kimberley, B.C. – Wildsight congratulates Premier Clark and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix for announcing their united commitment to introducing provincial pesticide legislation, and urges this legislation be passed before summer.

“Passing provincial legislation would be a great way for Premier Clark to demonstrate her commitment to protecting B.C.’s environment and promoting sustainable communities for families”, said Robyn Duncan of Wildsight. “There is strong public support for this legislation and adopting it before the summer would place B.C. as a leader, with the five other provinces who have already adopted this legislation.”

In the East Kootenays, Kimberley, Fernie, Golden and Invermere have enacted cosmetic pesticide legislation, and School District No. 5 recently passed a policy restricting cosmetic pesticide use on school grounds.  Provincial legislation would go one step further and take these products off the shelf. “We look forward to a cosmetic pesticide-free British Columbia for all of our residents – humans, wildlife and aquatic species alike,” said Duncan.