It's Time: Phase Out Cosmetic Pesticides Concert, Films & Action Blitz

Jun 19 2008 - 12:30am

Killing us softly

Arusha Action Film features political action blitz

Arusha Centre

Just how committed are Calgarians to dandelion-free parks? Calgary is the largest city in Canada still using cosmetic pesticides. Some of these chemicals could be killing us. Robin McLeod of the Coalition for a Healthy Calgary says The City of Calgary uses Killex 500, a cocktail of 2, 4-D, Dicamba and Mecoprop that has been “pervasively linked to cancers, neurological impairment and reproductive problems,” on public land.

Calgary City Council will be reviewing bylaws to legislate phasing out the use of cosmetic pesticides.

Arusha’s June Action Film event is an evening of short animated films, music and a political action blitz to send a message to City Councilors to pass tough bylaws against using cosmetic pesticides. Read more about It's Time: Phase Out Cosmetic Pesticides Concert, Films & Action Blitz


Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary , AB

Calgary pesticides campaign update and action alert

Coalition for a Healthy Calgary

Calgary’s Utilities and Environment Committee will hear a report on June 25 from the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee on the merit of phasing out cosmetic pesticide use in Calgary. They will also hear a report from The City's Environmental Management and Safety Dept. on the implementation of a phase out of cosmetic pesticides and a draft by-law. This will be the public’s chance to speak up in support of a ban at City Hall. Each member of the public is allowed five minutes to talk at the committee meeting.

In the lead-up to June 25th it is very important that people contact their alderman to let them know you support a by-law in Calgary, either by phoning, writing a letter, or emailing them. The Coalition for a Healthy Calgary also has postcards available through Sierra Club that are ready for people to sign and mail in. The Canadian Cancer Society recently did a poll which showed 87% of Albertans support a pesticide by-law. This corresponds to the poll The Sierra Club commissioned in 2006 by Oracle Poll Research, which showed 86% of Calgarians support a phase out of pesticides and a pesticide by-law. Read more about Calgary pesticides campaign update and action alert

Publication - Northern Exposure: Acute pesticide poisonings in Canada

Over 6,000 Canadians suffer from acute pesticide poisonings every year. That is one of the findings from research conducted by David Boyd for the David Suzuki Foundation report, Northern Exposure: Acute pesticide poisonings in Canada.

To download executive summary or full report (PDF-328 KB, 18 pages) go to:
Read more about Publication - Northern Exposure: Acute pesticide poisonings in Canada

Healthy Parks Parties Across Calgary

Come on out for a party in the park this June 10th in support of removing pesticide use from parks.Locations where Healthy Parks Parties are being held:

  • New Edinborough Park - Sunnyside - Corner of 5A St. and 3rd Ave. NW (the one that started it all and still the biggest)
  • Nellie Breen Park - Inglewood - Corner of 14 St. and St. Monica Ave. SE
  • Killarney Community Association Green Space - 2828 - 28 Ave. SW
  • Battalion Park - Signal Hill. Sienna Park Dr & Sierra Morena Rd SW. This is Battalion Park school park.
  • River Park/Sandy Beach - the south parking lot at 14A St and 50 Ave SW
  • Rotary Park

Don't have one close to you? Set up your local park and host a party there.

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Arusha Infoactive Happy Hour presents How to make a pesticide-free park (& party)?

The Arusha Centre hosts an Infoactive Happy Hour on the last Friday of each month.We present a different local cause through a live presentation and/or pre-recorded video. This month the event will focus on "How to set up your own Pesticide-Free Park Party?" as the Pesticide-Free Park Parties are coming up on June 10.Free admission.Beer, wine and juice available for $3 and $2 respectively.Chips and salsa and veggies and dip available by suggested donation.

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Pesticide Reduction in Edmonton - Important meeting of the Transportation & Public Works Committee


From: Pesticide-Free Edmonton We would like to make you aware of an important meeting of the Transportation and Public Works Committee of City Council on Tuesday February 27th. The commitee will be reviewing a report entitled 'Pesticide Reduction Update'. This meeting will be held at 1:30pm in the River Valley Room of City Hall. The report will be available by noon on Thursday February 22 and can be accessed on the City website, then click on Transportation and Public Works "Agendas".

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Petition to eliminate the use of cosmetic pesticides in Edmonton

From: Pesticide-Free Edmonton

We are hoping that Edmonton City Council will pass a bylaw banning the use of non-essential pesticides on city property - parks, schoolyards and playgrounds, and on private property. With enough public pressure this could happen.

This petition will be presented to City Council.

Please sign it if you believe, as I do, that pesticides are dangerous to our health and to that of our children, grandchildren, our pets and our environment. Read more about Petition to eliminate the use of cosmetic pesticides in Edmonton


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