WHO: Twenty-two major organizations, including the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Lung Association of B.C. are releasing a statement supporting a province-wide ban on non-essential pesticides.
WHAT: The 22 organizations are urging B.C. to pass legislation that prohibits the use and sale of chemical pesticides for lawns, gardens, and non-agricultural landscaping. Recent polling shows more than 70% of British Columbians support provincial legislation to restrict pesticide use. Such legislation already exists in the Maritime provinces, Quebec, and Ontario.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Kathryn Seely, Director of Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon
(604) 675-7108 (office)
(604) 999-4659 (cell)
Gideon Forman, Executive Director, Cdn Assoc of Physicians for the Environment
(647) 703-5957 (cell)
(416) 306-2273 (office)
Lisa Gue, Environmental Health Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
(613) 594-5428 (office)
(613) 796-7699 (cell)