Edmonton Risks Serious Health/Environmental Consequences with Continued Use of Persistent and Potent Neurotoxin Chlorpyrifos to Control Mosquitos

  Why is Edmonton the only municipality in Canada, if not North America,  still using chlorpyrifos, a potent and persistent neurotoxin to control mosquitos?  To consider this perplexing question, Council of Canadians-Edmonton Chapter volunteers Rod Olstad and Robert Wilde interviewed Dr. Isabelle Chapados (Edmonton paediatrician and associate clinical professor at the University of Alberta) and Sheryl McCumseyContinue reading “Edmonton Risks Serious Health/Environmental Consequences with Continued Use of Persistent and Potent Neurotoxin Chlorpyrifos to Control Mosquitos”

Chlorpyrifos: Why is Edmonton the Only Municipality in Canada That Still Uses This Potent and Persistent Neurotoxin to Control Mosquitos?

by Sheryl McCumsey – Edmonton Chapter Steering Committee Member and Coordinator, Pesticide Free Edmonton Chlorpyrifos is a neurotoxin that inhibits proper nerve functioning. It is used to kill insects by paralysing the insect’s essential muscles like those used for breathing. Of course it doesn’t just impact insects as many health studies have proven. The chemical isContinue reading “Chlorpyrifos: Why is Edmonton the Only Municipality in Canada That Still Uses This Potent and Persistent Neurotoxin to Control Mosquitos?”