Mystery of the pesticide ban
Charlottetown city council’s refusal to pass a pesticide bylaw is a complete mystery to me.
I live in Stratford, but I have many friends who live in all areas of the city. In the last municipal elections, my friends were telling me that when candidates for council came to their doors and were asked if they would support a cosmetic pesticide bylaw, they all said yes.
They said if they were elected it would be a priority. One of Mayor Clifford Lee’s promises was for a bylaw, and he won. So what happened to the democratic process.
I know that Crop Life ( an ironic name ), which represents the interests of the chemical companies, were objecting to the ban.
That is understandable, they are out to make money.
Charlottetown residents are not asking council to reinvent the wheel. There are many municipalities and even provinces that have banned cosmetic pesticides. So what is the problem? The P.E.I. government gave municipalities the right to create their own bylaw. Each one could tailor a bylaw, or not, specifically to meet the needs and requests of their residents. The province has repeatedly said they will not take that back.
So, do we have a mystery on our hands or a conspiracy Roger Greaves Retired manager, Charlottetown Farmers’ Market Stratford