- The Alberta Environmental Network (Methane Working Group)
- The Alberta Green Energy Network
- The Alberta Pharmacare Working Group
- Climate Hub
- Climate Justice Edmonton
- CPAWS-Northern Alberta Chapter (re: Bighorn Wilderness Park Proposal)
- Pesticide Free Edmonton
As you may by now realize, the Edmonton Chapter’s recent campaign focus is City Council’s pesticide policy, especially its continued use of the potent and persistent neurotoxin chlorpyrifos (Pyrate), to control mosquitos during the spring and summer months. Edmonton’s Auditor released an audit of Edmonton’s pesticide policy and practises back in November, 2017. City Council’s Audit Committee will discuss the pesticide audit this coming Monday, Jan. 22nd at 9:30 a.m.
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 is linked to severe birth defects, brain damage, developmental delays and behavioural problems in humans. Its use correlates with increased incidence of cancer and it has caused deaths. Some of the largest lawsuits around any pesticide are related to chlorpyrifos. $23.5 million was awarded in 2010 to one US family in a lawsuit after their children were permanently harmed. New York State also sued Dow Chemical, the company that makes the chemical, for $2 million for saying chlorpyrifos is safe. Currently, seven US state attorney generals have charged the Environmental Protection Agency with violating federal law by failing to issue required safety findings on chlorpyrifos. Meanwhile, in Canada, when Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency was audited in 2015, this pesticide was specifically mentioned as not being re-evaluated as required by law.
July 26, 2017 – 5:39pm
Today, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously that the Clyde River Inuit were not adequately consulted as part of the National Energy Board approval of an energy project that would impact their territories and threaten their culture.
A five-year oil exploration project in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait (off Clyde River’s coast) had been approved by the National Energy Board (NEB) without proper consultation. This project would use seismic blasting — a process of firing loud sound explosions through the ocean to find oil — as a first step towards dangerous Arctic oil drilling. Oil industry activities like seismic blasting seriously threaten Inuit food security by putting at risk the Arctic animals they depend on for their very survival. Three years ago, Clyde River filed a legal challenge against the seismic companies, the NEB, and the federal government for failure to consult. Today, the Supreme Court ruled in their favour.