P.E.I. guidelines much too lenient

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Editor: Health Canada has guidelines on the safe use of pesticides. They state "never spray a pesticide if wind speeds are more than eight km-h. On Thursday, July 31, 2014, they made this the issue of the day using their Healthy Canadians Facebook page.

Meanwhile, P.E.I. regulations state pesticides may be sprayed as long as wind speeds don’t exceed 20 km-h.

I’m pretty sad that P.E.I. government is willing to let farmers and cosmetic pesticide users do things that even Health Canada says are not safe.

As an Islander, I ask that the government that is voted in to represent me, you, our families, friends, farmers, farm workers, and all Islanders bring our provincial legislation — in this case regulations that fall under the responsibility of your department, Minister — in line with the safety guidelines from Health Canada, and keep our Islanders safer from the effects of pesticides!

Similarly, I request you introduce improved measures that Islanders can trust to enforce these and related limits, not people tied to the farming industry who find themselves unsympathetic to the enforcement of regulations, and regular islanders concerned for their health and that of the environment. I trust that your government has no interest, once brought to your attention, in allowing the continuation of a conflict of interest which puts the health of Islanders and our living environment at unnecessary risk.

Angela Court,

East Royalty

Organizations: Health Canada

Geographic location: P.E.I.

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