Jerseys From China Signature

Open your Mind

Minds are
like parachutes -
they only function 
when open.

Sir Thomas Robert Dewar
1864 – 1930.

BC Govt Promotes IPM

Ask about IPM."

BC Ministry of Environment
brochure and website.

Also see Ministry's
Aug 22, 2011 presentation
to Special Committee
on Cosmetic Pesticides
and Hansard record
of supplemental
Jan 25, 2012 presentation.

No IPM - Cancer Society

"Integrated Pest Management
(IPM) is Not the Answer.

IPM sounds reasonable,
but in practice
does not work
as its principles are vague
and open to interpretation.

IPM cannot be considered
an appropriate part
of a comprehensive ban
to eliminate
cosmetic pesticide use,
because IPM
still uses pesticides."

Canadian Cancer Society
BC and Yukon
Nov 8, 2011 Presentation
to BC Legislative Cttee.
See Slide 11.

Redefining Nova Scotia

"Now, Nova Scotia residents
can only use
pesticides such as
Roundupand Sevin
on lawns
and ornamental plants
if they're trying
to eradicate
an invasive species
such as Japanese knotwood,
posionous plants
such as poison ivy,
insects that
structural damage
such as carpenter ants,
or insects that can be
a health concern
such as European fire ants.  

. . . The new ban is
more about educating
Nova Scotians
about the potential
health implications
(to humans,
animals and plants)
of applying
cosmetic pesticides
to get a lawn
that looks
like a golf course
or a garden
that looks
like the cover
of a seed catalogue.

As with cigarettes,
drinking and driving, 
and seat belt use,
the cultural shift
of returning
to organic approaches
and re-defining
a "perfect" yard
will take time.

But people (and the planet)
will be better for it."

"Pesticide Ban is Here"
The Cape Breton Post 
April 3, 2011.

Low Risk Pesticides

For excellent info on
landscaping problems,
low risk
"environmentally friendly"
pesticide products,
see Revelstoke's 
Environmentallly Friendly
Pesticides brochure

Pesticides are Everywhere!

"Many people do not realize
how commonly
these toxic chemicals
are used, but,
they are applied on
school grounds, 
sports fields,
golf courses, parks,
and on
private lawns and gardens."

Sustainable Environment 
Network Society 
S.E.N.S. Vernon.

Print "Pesticide Free" Poster


Click on image
to print this poster.
Put it up in your

Together, let's make
BC pesticide free!

Help BC go Pesticide Free!

The Canadian Cancer Society
continues to lead BC's
health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

See Coalition's Feb 3, 2012
ban statement.

Review ban legislation
given to BC's Environment
Minister in 2010.

Join the CCS's "Pesticide Free
BC" Facebook discussions.

Take action! to help BC
go pesticide free.

Tell Premier Clark she needs to honour her 2011 pesticide ban commitment.

Call the Premier's office at 250 387 1715 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Together, let's make BC pesticide free.


No Ban for BC

"The majority
of the committee
does not think
the scientific evidence,
at this time,
an outright ban."

Don't ban cosmetic pesticides, B.C. MLAs recommend
May 17 2012
CBC News Post.

See Special Committee
on Cosmetic Pesticides
May 17, 2012 News Release
and Report.

See Clark Government's
February 20, 2013
minor legislative changes
for mandatory IPM
on residential lawns
. . . the only action
taken by the Liberals.

The sale and use of
cosmetic pesticides
will not be banned in BC.

Premier Breaks Ban Promise

“It’s hard to imagine
how the premier
could believe
these dangerous pesticides
increase the likelihood
childhood cancer
and do so little
to prevent
unnecessary exposure
to them.”

Premier breaks promise
to protect children
and the environment
from cosmetic pesticides.

Rob Fleming, New Democrat
Environment critic
February 21, 2013 Release.

Gaia's "Cultivating" Events

BC's Gaia College 
wants to get 
our lawns & gardens 
off chemicals 
and help BCers practice
organic land care.

2013 courses on 
organic land care,
master gardening  
growing food "in the City"
are available
throughout BC . . .
including Burnaby,
Duncan, Qualicum Beach, 
Tofino, Vancouver
and Victoria.

For details,
including new on-line
organic soil, turf and
tree management courses,
click here.  

To include your community,
contact Gaia
and help "cultivate" 
an organic, 
pesticide free BC!

Get "SOUL" in Your Yard

The Society
for Organic Urban Land Care
promotes and supports
organic practices
in BC communities
through education,
workshops, certification
and standardization.
Get "SOUL" in your 
yard and garden 
and use their 
three free ebooks . . . 

"Practical Tips for
Organic Gardeners",
"Products for
Organic Gardeners"
"Soil Testing for
Organic Gardeners".
For more on this
"grown in BC" organization,
click here

CropLife Writes Michelle

On March 26, 2009,
CropLife staff
Mrs Barack Obama,
encouraging her
to use
"crop protection"
the White House’s
new organic garden.

It’s worth reading
CropLife's letter.

Is Your Sign Up?

Is your Pesticide Free
sign up?

Your neighbours need 
to know
your lawn is safe
for their children and pets.

To get a sign, 
contact your Cancer Society's Community Action Coordinator, 

Golf can be Green

“The goal of the
Organic Golf Project
is to prove
that golf courses 
can be maintained
and thereby 
that all turf
can be maintained
chemical pesticides.”

The Neighbourhood Network Organic Golf Project website.

Golf will Survive Bans

". . . the reality is that
there was golf
before pesticides.

Bobby Jones founded
the Masters prior
to the arrival
of 2,4-D.

Rest assured
there will be golf
many of today's
synthetic chemical
are gone."

"Safe Lawns Urges
Pesticide Reduction in
British Columbia."
March 7, 2013 blog.