24 Mar A Chemical Reaction: Canada’s first pesticide ban turns 20!
A Chemical Reaction: Canada’s first pesticide ban turns 20!
We all understand that the choices we make have effects on human health and our air, land and water. We all want to ensure that our communities are safe and healthy ones. But what does it mean to ensure health and safety?
For Dr. June Irwin it meant voicing concerns about the effects of chemical pesticide and herbicide use in Hudson, Quebec. For the town of Hudson it meant enacting a bylaw banning the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides and defending the bylaw’s validity – and the town’s right to protect its citizens – all the way to the Supreme Court.
On Sunday April 17th, the Environmental Law Centre and several partner organizations will be co-hosting the premiere Edmonton screening of A Chemical Reaction, a film that depicts the struggle that the town of Hudson faced as it became the first municipality in Canada to adopt a bylaw banning the non-essential use of pesticides in 1991.
Following the film, Executive Producer Paul Tukey will join Dr. Raquel Feroe and other local experts to discuss the film and the health, environmental and legal issues it raises.
Tukey, an American journalist and lawn care professional who founded the non-profit foundation known as SafeLawns.org, said his trip to Canada holds special significance due to the timing.
“May 6, 2011, will mark the 20th anniversary of the town of Hudson’s historic ban,” he said. “What better time than Earth Day to celebrate this accomplishment?”
For more information on Paul Tukey’s presentations and screenings of the film, visit www.safelawns.org.
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