Ban cos­metic pes­ti­cides now

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Due to the re­vised Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Act, all P.E.I. mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties now have an obli­ga­tion, not a priv­i­lege, to safe­guard res­i­dents’ health and must there­fore and im­me­di­ately ban haz­ardous cos­metic pes­ti­cide spray­ing within their ju­ris­dic­tion.

The health in­dus­try is a source of un­bi­ased in­formed ad­vice — the pes­ti­cide in­dus­try is not.

The province has the man­date to safe­guard Is­lan­ders’ health, and it has the man­date to write the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Act such that a por­tion of that re­spon­si­bil­ity is trans­ferred to the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. This is not for the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to give back.

This man­date re­ceived by the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties from the Province is not an op­tional priv­i­lege, but a bind­ing li­a­bil­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

All mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are now forced by the Province to safe­guard their res­i­dents’ health, at least un­til the Province de­cides to take back this man­date.

So, all you elected mu­nic­i­pal peo­ples’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives, don’t keep star­ing at one another as if you don’t know what to do. Res­i­dents al­ready know what they want you to do, and they told you loud and clear.

Don’t be in­tim­i­dated by the pes­ti­cide lobby.

Don’t lis­ten to the pes­ti­cide in­dus­try. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are re­spon­si­ble to the peo­ple, not to the cor­po­ra­tions. Econ­omy is not more im­por­tant than health!

Write a lim­ited by­law, pro­hibit­ing all cos­metic ap­pli­ca­tion of haz­ardous in­or­ganic chem­i­cals within your al­lowed ju­ris­dic­tion — lim­ited un­til the province takes over with a uni­fied, re­vised pes­ti­cide ban providewide.

If trusted and elected mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers can­not do that job, then they are not qual­i­fied to be in of­fice or they may be rightly seen as cor­rupt. Karl Hengst Summerside

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