Edmonton Chapter AGM this Sunday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m. on Zoom

Dear friends and Supporters of the Edmonton Chapter of the Council of Canadians, This has been a busy year for the Edmonton Chapter of the Council of Canadians – in addition to weathering a global pandemic, the Edmonton Chapter has been focussed on pushing back on efforts to delist and sell off Alberta Parks, defendContinue reading “Edmonton Chapter AGM this Sunday, Dec. 6, 3-5 p.m. on Zoom”

Neonicotinoids Timeline, 1980’s to June 2020 from an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada perspective

Neonicotinoid pesticides, arguably called “bee killers” are scientifically understood as a problematic class of pesticides. The European Union, in recognition of mounting evidence of their danger, banned 3 neonic formulations in 2018. Health Canada, at various times after 2015, promised to enact a similar ban. Instead, in November of 2019, Health Canada enacted restrictions ofContinue reading “Neonicotinoids Timeline, 1980’s to June 2020 from an Edmonton, Alberta, Canada perspective”

Urging City Hall to Challenge Questionable Pesticide Practises and Stand Up to Troubling Federal Pesticide Regulatory Lapses

The City of Edmonton Community and Public Services Committee met this past Wednesday, June 26 to discuss the recently released updated Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy.  The Committee accepted the policy as is and has punted it  forward to the entire City Council for discussion, possible amendments and possible acceptance on Tuesday July 2nd or Wednesday,Continue reading “Urging City Hall to Challenge Questionable Pesticide Practises and Stand Up to Troubling Federal Pesticide Regulatory Lapses”

Edmonton’s Sordid History of Chlorpyrifos Use to Control Mosquitos

Facts about Chlorpyrifos:  By Sheryl McCumsey, Coordinator for Pesticide Free Canada and Pesticide Free Edmonton Chlorpyrifos is a potent and persistent neurotoxic pesticide that inhibits proper nerve function. (It kills insects by paralysing the insects muscles used for breathing. It is linked to severe birth defects, brain damage, developmental delays and behavioral problems in humans, certainContinue reading “Edmonton’s Sordid History of Chlorpyrifos Use to Control Mosquitos”

Is City Council Prepared to Challenge Questionable Pesticide Practises and Stand Up To Troubling Federal Pesticide Regulatory Lapses?

On Wednesday, June 26, the Edmonton Public Services Committee is scheduled to respond to the pending Integrated Pest Management (IPM) review and policy update.  It is disconcerting that little more than a week before that scheduled meeting, it appears that this policy update has not yet  been publicly posted.  Therefore, as concerned citizens and volunteers, ourContinue reading “Is City Council Prepared to Challenge Questionable Pesticide Practises and Stand Up To Troubling Federal Pesticide Regulatory Lapses?”