Stratford officials are taking poetic licence with the results of the fourth annual residents’ survey released this week. The town interprets the numbers to paint a generally positive picture with the direction being taken by the municipality. And it concludes that residents seem to be happy with the town’s position on the controversial topic of cosmetic pesticides.
That isn’t necessarily the case. In response to a survey question, 74 per cent are in favour of some sort of a ban or restriction. That doesn’t mean they are happy with what the town has done to date on the issue. The topic has been front and centre on the town’s radar for more than 12 years. After years of delays and false starts, it was only in the past several weeks that the town finally said that some sort of bylaw would take effect on Jan. 1, 2016. The delays have frustrated many pro-active residents in the town who have lobbied long and hard for action.
If the question were asked: ‘Are residents happy with what the town has done to date on cosmetic pesticides?,’ the answers would surely be very critical. Only 12 per cent of residents responding don’t support a ban while 14 per cent didn’t know, didn’t answer or didn’t care. Public comments will be accepted until July 7 on what the new bylaw should contain.
Is Stratford Mayor David Dunphy serious when he says the idea is to enact a consistent bylaw that would set up rules…
Take a minute to consider what wild Atlantic salmon means to Prince Edward Island. It’s part of our identity, intermingled with our past, present and future. From long before European settlers landed here, salmon was a mainstay of aboriginal life and is still a centerpiece of native livelihood and ceremony.
How many generations of Islanders have shared the bond of standing in waders casting into a pool, content in that tranquil moment, yet hoping it will be shattered in the split second of a strike?
When you consider salmon and its place in our history, lifestyle, economy, and culture, especially with respect to First Nations, its value is immeasurable.
But considerable pressures are being placed on our salmon, from environmental factors in our oceans and rivers to over-fishing by the international commercial fishery. And while we know that there are good years and bad years for our salmon runs, the current trend is troublesome.
Since the 1970s, returns of adult salmon to Eastern Canadian rivers have dropped from 1.8 million per year to less than half that, an average of 0.7 million per year. In 2014, 70 per cent of the 60 rivers monitored by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) fell short of their conservation limits for salmon.
Given salmon’s importance, and its precarious situation, the work of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) is vital.
The Foundation was formed nearly 10 years ago, when the Government of Canada provided a $30 million endowment to fund wild Atlantic salmon…
Bravo to Catherine Mullally for her fair and balanced views recently published in your newspaper, for I do not wish to take part in the often rancid debate over abortion. Nonetheless, I must make a statement, one that I hope will not engender ill will in anyone's heart.
While often valid concerns have arisen about the health of the mother (but not of the father's state of mind), I have failed to hear many speak of the rights of the child in the womb.
Surely the fate of the living human in the womb deserves our compassion also, does it not? And I use the word human advisedly, for that living being is not a bodily part, but a person at the first stage of life.
Moreover, childless couples who would welcome a child do exist - otherwise they wouldn't search for one in other lands.
Or, has our entire society merely de-humanized the developing infant as a mere fetus? How sad. How inhuman. How pitiful! May God forgive those of us who lived.
And, is euthanasia the next real possibility?
Colmán O'Hare, OP, PhD,
In Alberton last January, Dr. Matsusaki talked about how West Prince soil blows off plowed fields because the soil is dead and lacks cohesion. Now, Sharon Labchuk informs us that 82 per cent of the pesticides used on P.E.I. are fungicides, 700 percent higher than normal. Are the preceding statements related?
In earth's early ocean, 2 to 3 billion years ago, organisms appeared which used chemical, thermal and radiant energy to order a less ordered environment; example biological kingdoms are bacteria, protozoa and fungi. Fungi were the first organisms to migrate onto land 1.3 billion years ago. Fungi colonized the land by making a soil habitat for themselves. Later, fungi were joined by land plants and animals as well as bacteria and protozoa.
Fungi are soil builders. Fungi, by excreting enzymes, decompose rocks and recycle organic matter into minerals, nutrients and energy thereby building soil. Fungi create microcavities that improve the soils aeration and allow the soil to breathe. Aeration increases soil porosity thereby allowing the soil to absorb, retain and transfer water. Fungi bind the soil together and build soil cohesion thereby resisting erosion. Fungicides kill fungi and destroy the soils ability to absorb and store water and recycle minerals and nutrients. Fungi's lost services are compensated by irrigation wells and fertilizers.
Human gut bacteria play a central role in human immune functions, hence human health. By extension, soil fungi and soil bacteria support gut bacteria; that is, human health is based on soil health. Dr. Matsusaki said 'The…
I listened to a federal Conservative attack ad containing terrorist music and propaganda. Is this not a crime based on their own new terrorist bill?
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Reg Shields and the staff at the Queen Street Co-op. It is indeed very sad to see the store go, and I would like to acknowledge the store and all the customers who bought 50/50 tickets over the years.
The numerous not-for-profit organizations who received funds raised from the regular 50/50 draws benefitted greatly from the generous support they received from the Queen Street Co-op.
Young at Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors was one of them. Each year our organization, among many others, works hard to raise enough funds to carry out the work that we do. It is not easy. To find another source of funding now that the Co-op is gone, will be a big task.
The Queen Street Co-op will be missed - not just for the funding they provided, but also for the dedication to the customers who relied on the helpful service that was always given with a smile.
Young at Heart Musical Theatre
for Seniors, Inc.,