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"For Immediate Release" - COMMUNIQUÉ.
JEAN-DOMINIC LÉVESQUE-RENÉ
ILE-BIZARD, QUÉBEC
TEL: (514) 696-5974
EMAIL:
levesquerene@qc.aira.com

FEBRUARY 7th 2001

FINALLY PESTICIDE-FREE ON L'ILE-BIZARD

Seven years ago at the age of ten I suffered cancer, a non-hodgkin
lymphoma
. During my stay in the cancer ward at St.Justine's hospital
I discovered that I was not the only one in Ile-Bizard suffering from
cancer.

After researching to find the possible environmental link between
chemical pesticides and children cancer I discover that l'Ile-Bizard
children were at a higher risk of getting cancer. The need for
restrictions on chemical pesticides became very clear to me.

That's why in 1994 during my chemotherapy treatment I visited
l'Ile-Bizard Mayor and councillors to ask them to ban chemical
pesticides in our community.

Finally February 6th 2001, the elected voted for a complete pesticides
ban in l'Ile-Bizard.

L'Ile-Bizard children now have hope and now can play in playgrounds,
public parks and their own backyard safely !



TRANSCRIBED FROM VILLE DE L'ILE-BIZARD PRESS RELEASE


VILLE DE L'ILE-BIZARD
350, rue de l'Église
Ile-Bizard, Qc
H9C 1G9
tel: (514) 620-6331


A QUESTION OF HEALTH - PESTICIDES FREE ON L'ILE-BIZARD


Dear Citizens,

Now that winter has arrived, our thoughts have turned from cutting
grass to shovelling snow. But before we leave lawn-care behind,
I would like to take this opportunity to discuss some important
environmental issues regarding our town, specifically the use
of pesticides for cosmetic purposes and the steps we will be taking
together to ensure that l'Ile-Bizard becomes a ``clean and green ``
community.

PESTICIDES POSE A HEALTH RISK

I am sure you are well aware of all the recent publicity regarding the
potential health hazards associated with pesticide use. Toxicity ranging
from poisoning to more chronic effects such as increased incidence of
cancer, birth defects, disruption of reproductive, endocrine, and immune
systems has all been attributed to the increased use of pesticides.
While supporters of pesticide use state that controlled, discriminate
application poses no hazard, there is little evidence to suggest that any
chemical pesticide is ``safe``. Understandably, makers and distributors
of pesticides are trying to protect their business, but are you willing
to risk the health of your family for a perfect looking lawn ?

WHAT IS A PESTICIDE ?

A pesticide includes any chemical substance used to kill an undesirable
organism, including weeds (herbicides), insects (insecticides), fungus (fungicides) and rodents (rodenticides).

A pesticide is made up of two components: an active ingredient that
does the actual ``killing`` and an inert part that acts as a solvent or
vehicle for the active component. ``Inert`` doesn't necessarily mean
non-toxic or without effect. In fact, these ingredients may even be
more toxic than the active ingredients.

HOW ARE PESTICIDES APPLIED TO A LAWN ?

Pesticides are either sprayed in liquid or granular form, commonly in
conjunction with a fertilizer. Applied pesticides can be absorbed
through the skin, swallowed or inhaled; they can settle on outdoor play
sets, toys, pools and pets and can be tracked indoors.

BEWARE THE WORD ``SAFE``

No one can assure your safety when using pesticides. Most pesticides
have some health risk associated with them. ``Safe`` has become a
catchall phrase meant to placate the consumer.

L'ILE-BIZARD HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST CANCER RATES IN CHILDREN

I too have heard this statement regarding our community. Indeed many
children from l'Ile-Bizard have been victims of cancer; some are heroic
survivors and regrettably, some are not statistically, however, the
population of l'Ile-Bizard is too small to draw such conclusions, but
the issue does warrant attention. I believe that l'Ile-Bizard is an ideal
place to raise a family and I will work to ensure that it will be even
better.

CONTROLLING PESTS AND DISEASES...THE ECOLOGICAL WAY

There are many alternatives to chemical pesticide application that are
effective in maintaining a healthy, balanced lawn with none of the
associated dangers of traditional pesticide use. Whether you undertake
the maintenance of your yard yourself or hire a service, beautiful
pest-free grass is easily achieved. Extensive resources are available
by calling the Ville de l'Ile-Bizard.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING ?

Many of you may have already noticed restrictions on pesticide use
this past summer: application was only allowed before June 1st and
after September 15th.

Next we are attempting to educate and inform the citizens of l'Ile-Bizard
through billboards, bulletins and a new town website on the dangers
of pesticide use and on the ecological alternatives.

Our new by-law adopted last February 6th, completely forbid pesticides
on our territory, allowing for exceptions. Be careful, the companies
who solicit you must apply only natural products and obtain a permit
from the City.

Following in the footsteps of such beautiful Montreal neighbourhoods
as Westmount, we are certain that we can respect both the desire to
have an attractive property as well as a healthy environment.


Normand Marinacci, LL.L.
Mayor