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PESTICIDES IN WASCANA PARK

Posted by strattof on June 27, 2014

Wascana Park, officially known as Wascana Centre, is a 9.3 square kilometer urban park located in the heart of our city. Owned by the City of Regina, the University of Regina, and the Province of Saskatchewan, it includes Wascana Pool, the Science Centre, the Legislative Building, the University of Regina, and SIAST.

Every week, from early spring through the fall, the Wascana Centre Authority sprays Wascana Park with pesticides, including RoundUp and 2-4-D, one of the ingredients of Agent Orange.

PARK USERS BEWARE: According to the Canadian Cancer Society, “Research linking pesticides to serious health issues is significant and growing.”

TYPICAL WASCANA CENTRE SPRAYING SCHEDULE

WEEK OF JUNE 23 – 27, 2014 – Weather Dependent

MONDAY, June 23, 2014 Roundup – F.N.U.C. – Wascana Parkway – Roadways 2-4-D – F.N.U.C. – Wascana Parkway Dipel – Wascana Parkway – U of R Gopher Control – Douglas Park Mice Bait Control – All areas

TUESDAY, June 24, 2014 Roundup – F.N.U.C. – IMAX – Douglas Park 2-4-D – F.N.U.C. – Wascana Parkway Dipel – SIAST – U of R Gopher Control – Douglas Park Mosquito Control – U of R to Douglas Park

WEDNESDAY, June 25, 2014 2-4-D – T.C. Douglas – Research Park Dipel – T.C. Douglas – Wascana Rehab Gopher Control – T.C. Douglas Mosquito Control – North Wascana Park – Legislative area

THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 Roundup – President’s residence 2-4-D – Research Park – President’s residence – Goose Hill from Broad St to Douglas Park north side

“Research linking pesticides to serious health issues is significant and growing. Leukemia and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, breast, brain, prostate, lung, pancreatic, stomach, kidney and other forms of cancer have all been linked to pesticides. Learning disorders, reproductive issues and acute health effects are also associated to pesticides. By eliminating the non-essential use of pesticides, exposure to these harmful chemicals will drastically decrease, contributing to better overall public and environmental health.” —Canadian Cancer Society

3 NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF PESTICIDES

  1. Children and unborn babies are at high risk for health problems related to pesticides. These include developmental problems, lower intelligence scores, birth defects, endocrine disruption, allergies, asthma, and leukemia, as well as several other types of cancer. Pesticides drift far on the wind and can be breathed in or land on toys, food, and clothes. They can also be tracked into buildings. Children are particularly vulnerable as their bodies and brains are still developing and their immune system is immature. Older children doing active sports breathe in more air with its burden of toxins.
  2. Seniors are also at high risk. Immune systems and organ functions weaken with age. These systems which help the body deal with toxins are often already overworked by daily medications and chemically grown food. So exposure to pesticides has a more damaging effect.
  3. Pesticide exposure damages the same brain areas as those linked to multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimers, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). It is also becoming clear that pesticides are hormone disrupters. Thus long exposure to chemical pesticides can cause cancers such as prostate cancer and other degenerative diseases.

 PESTICIDE BANS

  • Five Canadian provinces have banned the cosmetic use of pesticides: Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick. Manitoba will bring the number up to six in 2015.  In Saskatchewan, it is still legal to use dangerous pesticides in parks and on lawns and gardens. When will Saskatchewan join the ban?
  •  Over 170 Canadian municipalities have banned the cosmetic use of pesticides. But not Regina. Here it is still legal to use dangerous pesticides in parks and on lawns and gardens. When will Regina join the ban?

TAKE ACTION

STOP WASCANA CENTRE AUTHORITY FROM USING PESTICIDES FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES

Contact Darcy Schenk, Manager of Horticulture and Forestry at Wascana Centre Authority, and tell him:

  • You want the Centre to stop using pesticides for cosmetic purposes.
  • In the meantime, you want the Centre to display signage where and when pesticides are being applied so as to give the public fair warning.

darcy.schenk@wascana.ca

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