for Pesticide Reduction
In the spring and
summer of 2004, we developed and circulated a petition throughout
Maple Ridge, which garnered a tremendous showing of community
support. The signatures of over 3,600 citizens
gave strength to this request:
the safety to human health and wildlife of chemical pesticides
now routinely used cosmetically is unproven; and,
WHEREAS: many towns and cities in Canada
have already put in place policies to restrict the use of
non-essential pesticides in their communities; and,
WHEREAS: New Westminster, Vancouver and
Port Moody, amongst other BC locations, have passed by-laws
restricting residential use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes
and are preparing their citizens for change with public
education campaigns; and,
WHEREAS: sustainable, healthy and effective
yard and lawn care alternatives to currently-used chemicals
the undersigned, petition the District of Maple Ridge as
THE DISTRICT OF MAPLE RIDGE [MUST] ALLOCATE RESOURCES TO
DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM TO PROMOTE
THE VIABILITY OF SAFE LAWN AND GARDEN MAINTENANCE PRACTICES.
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO SEE A BY-LAW ESTABLISHED
RESTRICTING THE COSMETIC USE OF PESTICIDES IN THE DISTRICT
In the winter of ’04, we presented to Maple Ridge
Council the 3,600+ signatures collected
in Maple Ridge.
CPR! MR later created a simple communication
strategy and budget for the municipality that would begin
the important work of engaging the community in discussions
on pesticide avoidance over the next year.
In the spring of 2005 Council partnered with our campaign
and asked David Boag, director of Parks and Recreation,
to make some funds available for an education campaign.
These funds were used so far to invite speaker Carole Rubin,
(‘’How to Get Your Lawn and Garden Off Drugs’’),
for Earth Day 2005, to educate about alternatives to pesticides
and to help develop this website.
The municipality is also supporting our efforts and helping
to spread awareness by putting a notice about our pesticide
campaign in the upcoming newsletter mailed out with tax
notices to every household in Maple Ridge.
CPR! MR is also hoping that an oversight
committee of concerned citizens, industry representatives,
municipal staff and politicians will be established to create
a unique By-Law that meets the needs of Maple Ridge.