Roadside Herbicide Spraying is Coming!

Are you Ready For Spraying?
Are you Ready For Spraying?

What can you do if you don’t want your roadsides sprayed?
If you live in:
Drummond-North Elmsley Township: Call Scott Cameron (613) 267-6500 anrequest a “No-Spray” sign.

• Montague Township: Call (613) 283-7478 and request a “No-Spray” sign.

• Township of Lanark Highlands: You have 3 options (www.lanarkhighlands.ca for more information):

1. Adopt a Road. A program where groups(minimum 3 individuals with insurance) canenter into an agreement with the township to complete various vegetation management activities. This carries a 2-year term.

2. No Spray Agreement. An agreement between the Township and a landowner (occupant) who takes vegetation control actions to control noxious weeds within the road allowance adjacent to their lands.

3. Call Tom McCarthy (613) 259-2398, ext. 239 and ask not to be sprayed due to extenuating circumstances.

Examples of extenuating circumstances may include:
• A member of your household has health reasons which would be negatively impacted by spraying (Residents should not be asked to give any details because health matters are private information.)

• You are an engaged in organic agriculture and your property would be negatively impacted by spraying.

Don’t Delay!

• Drummond-North Elmsley and Montague Township residents can get a “No-Spray” sign by calling the numbers listed above.

• All Lanark Highlands residents wanting “extenuating circumstances” exemptions must request them before Thursday May 18, 2017. by calling Tom McCarthy (613) 259-2398, ext. 239 and asking not to be sprayed due to extenuating circumstances. Friends of Lanark County.

Where are they spraying in Montegue and Drummond North Elmsley?

Drummond North Elmsley Roads To Be Sprayed

Road Name Side of Road From To
BOOM SPRAYING
Armstrong Rd both Burns Road PIN 915
Carroll Rd west side CPR Tracks Scholton Road
Carroll Rd west side Kelly Jordan Rd Ferguson Tatlock Rd
Code Road both Drummond Conc 5B Tennyson
Drummond Conc 1 both County Rd 43 Ebert Rd
Drummond Conc 1 both Richardson Side Rd Burns Rd
Drummond Conc 4D both Code Road The Old Rd
Drummond Conc 5B (E of Hwy 7) both HWY 7 Code Rd
Drummond Conc 5B (E of Hwy 7) both Tennyson Road Dead end
Drummond Conc 5B (W of Hwy 7) both Richmond’s Rd Dead end
Drummond School Road both Conc 7 HWY 7
Elmsley Crescent both Rideau Court Otty Way
Frizzel Rd both County Rd 43 go 500m south
Hands Road both Tennyson Road Drummond Conc 2
Hudson Road both Conc 4B Wayside
Leaches Road both Drummond Conc 5B Tennyson
Moore’s Rd both Drummond Conc 1 County Rd 43
Otty Way both Elmsley Crescent Trillium Dr.
Rathwell Rd both County Rd 43 Right Angle Turn
Rideau Court both Elmsley Crescent Dead end
Tennyson Road both Drummond Conc 7 Hwy 7
Wild Life Rd (E of Cty Rd 1) both Cty Rd 1 go 500m east
Wild Life Rd (W of Cty Rd 1) both Otty Lake Side Rd go 1 km east

Montague Township Roads To Be Sprayed

Road Name Side of Road From To
BOOM SPRAYING
Rainbow Valley Drive Both Highway 43 End
Rideau River Road Both Highway 43 Highway 43
Wood Road Both Rosedale Road McCrea Road
McCrea Road Both Wood Road Highway 43

Report Pesticide Problems

Coughing? Headache? Skin rash? Vomiting?
Have you, your pets or your livestock ever had any of these or other health problems after using pesticides? Then you may have experienced a pesticide incident. If so, it’s important that you report it to Health Canada or the pesticide company.

What is a pesticide incident?
A pesticide incident is a negative effect to humans, animals or the environment that can result from being exposed to
a pesticide. Common types of pesticide incidents include:
• effects to humans (e.g. skin rash or headache),
• effects to a pet or a farm animal (e.g. vomiting),
• effects to the environment (e.g. dead fish or birds), or even
• problems with pesticide containers.

How do I report a pesticide incident?

There are two ways to report them:

1. Contact the pesticide company using the information on the product label. They are required by law to report all incidents related to their products to Health Canada.

2. Go to www.healthcanada.gc.ca/pesticideincident and fill out one of the forms under the section called “How to report a pesticide incident.” If you have any questions about the forms, or need help filling them out, call Health Canada at 1-800-267-6315.

Report Pesticide Problems

Did You Know? If you experience a pesticide incident it is important that
you report it.

More information is available at:
www.healthcanada.gc.ca/pesticideincident
or by contacting Health Canada at:

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency
2720 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
A.L. 6606D2
K1A 0K9
(Attention: Pesticide Incident Reporting Program)

Within Canada: 1-800-267-6315
Outside of Canada: 1-613-736-3799 (long distance charges apply)
Email: PMRA-incident-ARLA@hc-sc.gc.ca

Why do I need to report pesticide incidents?

Health Canada is in charge of registering pesticides in Canada. Reporting problems helps Health Canada identify possible unexpected issues. For example; if an issue related to the eyes is identified with the use of a pesticide, Health Canada may add a condition to the product label requiring the use of protective glasses.

IMPORTANT!
Health Canada will not contact your employer. You do not need to provide Health Canada with any personal information (name or address) when you report an incident. You may view the report on the Health Canada website.

Request for No Spraying Form Due by May 18

The County of Lanark has provided a way for you to stop spraying on your road allowance. You must submit an application by May 18, 2017. The county weed control policy is posted here. There is an article about the spray exemptions on Lake88 here.

There are a couple of versions of the exemption form going around. The one linked to the aforementioned Lanark policy page looks the most official. Download that PDF here. Or save and print the images below.

THE PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT ARE: The Corporation of the County of Lanark 99 Christie Lake Road, Perth, Ontario K7H 3C6 Phone: (613) 267-1353; Fax: (613) 267-2793 E-Mail: roads@lanarkcounty.ca (“County”) AND: ___________________________________________________________ } Full Name(s) ___________________________________________________________ } Mailing Address ___________________________________________________________ } ___________________________________________________________ } Phone Number ___________________________________________________________ } Email (“Landowner/Occupant”) BACKGROUND: 1. County is the “road authority” under the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.50, (“PTHIA”) and is responsible for all weed control on its roads pursuant to the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. W.5 (“WCA”). 2. The term “road” has the same meaning as “highway” pursuant to the PTHIA and includes but not limited to all highways, streets and ditches under the jurisdiction of County (“County Road”). 3. County uses various herbicides as vegetation control measures on County Road. 4. The Parties wish to enter into this No Spray Agreement (“Agreement”) to outline the rights and responsibilities of the Landowner/Occupant in respect to vegetation management on certain parts of County Road. AGREEMENT: The parties to this Agreement, in consideration of the mutual promises, terms, covenants, and conditions contained in this Agreement, agree as follows: 1. County agrees to grant permission to the Landowner/Occupant whose lands abut County Road to provide vegetation management on certain parts of County Road on the terms and conditions contained herein. 2. The Landowner/Occupant shall carry out and be responsible for vegetation control measures in accordance with paragraph 4 herein on that portion of the County Road lying between the edge of the shoulder of the roadway and the boundary line of the Landowner/Occupant property, legally and graphically described as: Civic Address (PIN #): Road Name: Lot: Concession: Geographic Municipality: GPS Coordinates: (to be completed by County) (“Control Area”) ☐ Check this box if Agreement is NOT for the entire property (just at a specific location i.e. garden area) (If you selected this option, attach a diagram indicating where the agreement applies to. Indicate your house or significant landmark to assist County staff to ensure your request is clearly identified.) 3. The Landowner/Occupant hereby certifies to County that he/she is the registered owner of the lands abutting the Control Area or is the occupant of the lands abutting the Control Area and has authority to enter into this Agreement. 4. The Landowner/Occupant agrees to undertake vegetation control measures in the Control Area according to the following standards: (a) All “Noxious Weeds” as per the list of Noxious Weeds in the WCA will be completely destroyed (all parts of the plant); and, (b) Control the spread of all Noxious Weeds as per the list of Noxious Weeds in the WCA for the full season. (“Vegetation Control Measures”) NO SPRAY AGREEMENT 5. The Landowner/Occupant shall carry out their responsibilities, as outlined in paragraphs 2 and 4. (a) above on or before June 19, 2017. In the event County, in its absolute discretion, determines that the Landowner/Occupant has not undertaken adequate Vegetation Control Measures, County shall notify the Landowner/Occupant in writing at the email and/or mailing address provided on page 1 and the Control Area shall return to County’s regular Roadside Vegetation Management Program, which may include roadside spraying. 6. The Landowner/Occupant shall at all times save harmless and indemnify County, its elected officials, officers, employees, agents and assigns from and against all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, actions, suits or other proceedings by whomsoever made, sustained, brought or prosecuted in any manner resulting from or attributable to any term or provision of this Agreement including but not limited to liability for personal injury, sickness, disease, death, damage to property or loss of any kind and however caused, whether arising out of or allegedly attributable to the negligence, acts, errors, omissions, misfeasance, nonfeasance, fraud or willful misconduct of County, its elected officials, officers, employees, agents, or anyone acting on behalf of the County, or any of them, in connection with or in any way related to this Agreement. MISCELLANEOUS 7. In this Agreement the number and gender shall be construed as the context requires. 8. The headings in this Agreement are for convenience only and do not constitute part of the terms of the Agreement. 9. Time shall be of the essence of this Agreement. 10. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision and any invalid provision will be severable. 11. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and no other warranties are given or implied. 12. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario. 13. This Agreement shall be binding upon the heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns respectively of each of the Parties hereto. 14. This Agreement shall not be amended or modified in any respect otherwise than in writing and executed by the parties hereto or their respective heirs, administrators, successors or assigns. 15. The parties agree to execute all reasonably necessary documents in order to give effect to the terms and effect of this agreement. 16. The term of this Agreement shall be from the date of signing by County to April 1, 2018. The Agreement may be delivered in person, by email, by fax or mail. Only those Agreements that are signed and dated will be accepted. IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have hereunto affixed their hands and seals. THE CORPORATION OF THE COUNTY OF LANARK Per: * Date: Terry McCann, Director Public Works (I have authority to bind the corporation) * * (seal) Date: Witness Print Name: Occupant/Landowner THE PARTIES TO THIS AGREEMENT ARE: The Corporation of the County of Lanark 99 Christie Lake Road, Perth, Ontario K7H 3C6 Phone: (613) 267-1353; Fax: (613) 267-2793 E-Mail: roads@lanarkcounty.ca (“County”) AND: ___________________________________________________________ } Full Name(s) ___________________________________________________________ } Mailing Address ___________________________________________________________ } ___________________________________________________________ } Phone Number ___________________________________________________________ } Email (“Landowner/Occupant”) BACKGROUND: 1. County is the “road authority” under the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.50, (“PTHIA”) and is responsible for all weed control on its roads pursuant to the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. W.5 (“WCA”). 2. The term “road” has the same meaning as “highway” pursuant to the PTHIA and includes but not limited to all highways, streets and ditches under the jurisdiction of County (“County Road”). 3. County uses various herbicides as vegetation control measures on County Road. 4. The Parties wish to enter into this No Spray Agreement (“Agreement”) to outline the rights and responsibilities of the Landowner/Occupant in respect to vegetation management on certain parts of County Road. AGREEMENT: The parties to this Agreement, in consideration of the mutual promises, terms, covenants, and conditions contained in this Agreement, agree as follows: 1. County agrees to grant permission to the Landowner/Occupant whose lands abut County Road to provide vegetation management on certain parts of County Road on the terms and conditions contained herein. 2. The Landowner/Occupant shall carry out and be responsible for vegetation control measures in accordance with paragraph 4 herein on that portion of the County Road lying between the edge of the shoulder of the roadway and the boundary line of the Landowner/Occupant property, legally and graphically described as: Civic Address (PIN #): Road Name: Lot: Concession: Geographic Municipality: GPS Coordinates: (to be completed by County) (“Control Area”) ☐ Check this box if Agreement is NOT for the entire property (just at a specific location i.e. garden area) (If you selected this option, attach a diagram indicating where the agreement applies to. Indicate your house or significant landmark to assist County staff to ensure your request is clearly identified.) 3. The Landowner/Occupant hereby certifies to County that he/she is the registered owner of the lands abutting the Control Area or is the occupant of the lands abutting the Control Area and has authority to enter into this Agreement. 4. The Landowner/Occupant agrees to undertake vegetation control measures in the Control Area according to the following standards: (a) All “Noxious Weeds” as per the list of Noxious Weeds in the WCA will be completely destroyed (all parts of the plant); and, (b) Control the spread of all Noxious Weeds as per the list of Noxious Weeds in the WCA for the full season. (“Vegetation Control Measures”) NO SPRAY AGREEMENT 5. The Landowner/Occupant shall carry out their responsibilities, as outlined in paragraphs 2 and 4. (a) above on or before June 19, 2017. In the event County, in its absolute discretion, determines that the Landowner/Occupant has not undertaken adequate Vegetation Control Measures, County shall notify the Landowner/Occupant in writing at the email and/or mailing address provided on page 1 and the Control Area shall return to County’s regular Roadside Vegetation Management Program, which may include roadside spraying. 6. The Landowner/Occupant shall at all times save harmless and indemnify County, its elected officials, officers, employees, agents and assigns from and against all claims, demands, losses, costs, damages, actions, suits or other proceedings by whomsoever made, sustained, brought or prosecuted in any manner resulting from or attributable to any term or provision of this Agreement including but not limited to liability for personal injury, sickness, disease, death, damage to property or loss of any kind and however caused, whether arising out of or allegedly attributable to the negligence, acts, errors, omissions, misfeasance, nonfeasance, fraud or willful misconduct of County, its elected officials, officers, employees, agents, or anyone acting on behalf of the County, or any of them, in connection with or in any way related to this Agreement. MISCELLANEOUS 7. In this Agreement the number and gender shall be construed as the context requires. 8. The headings in this Agreement are for convenience only and do not constitute part of the terms of the Agreement. 9. Time shall be of the essence of this Agreement. 10. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this Agreement will not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision and any invalid provision will be severable. 11. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and no other warranties are given or implied. 12. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Province of Ontario. 13. This Agreement shall be binding upon the heirs, executors, administrators, successors and assigns respectively of each of the Parties hereto. 14. This Agreement shall not be amended or modified in any respect otherwise than in writing and executed by the parties hereto or their respective heirs, administrators, successors or assigns. 15. The parties agree to execute all reasonably necessary documents in order to give effect to the terms and effect of this agreement. 16. The term of this Agreement shall be from the date of signing by County to April 1, 2018. The Agreement may be delivered in person, by email, by fax or mail. Only those Agreements that are signed and dated will be accepted. IN WITNESS WHEREOF the Parties have hereunto affixed their hands and seals. THE CORPORATION OF THE COUNTY OF LANARK Per: * Date: Terry McCann, Director Public Works (I have authority to bind the corporation) * * (seal) Date: Witness Print Name: Occupant/Landowner

Where in Lanark are They Spraying?

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LANARK HIGHLANDS
Council Meeting
April 25th, 2017
Wild Parsnip Control PW 2017-13

STAFF RECOMMENDATION
“THAT that the Township of Lanark Highlands participates in the Clearview spraying program organized by the County on selected Township roadsides in 2017; AND FURTHER THAT this matter be presented at the Council meeting of April 25th, 2017 for consideration.”

BACKGROUND
Township staff and members of council have received concerns from residents about the risk of exposure to Wild Parsnip and encroachment of the plant onto their property. The wild parsnip spraying program began in 2015 in Lanark County and was successfully completed in Lanark Highlands in 2016.

DISCUSSION
The medical officer of Health has declared Wild Parsnip as a Public Health Risk and further determined that the Wild Parsnip is a risk to the health of  the residents of Lanark County. Lanark County is planning to continue the spraying in 2017 with Clearview on approximately 750 (lane) km of County Roads. Local municipalities have an option to join the program on Township Roads.

OPTIONS CONSIDERED
1. Accept the tender from Green Stream Lawn and Vegetation Management Inc and participate in the 2017 spraying program.
2. Reject the tender and decline participation.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The price tendered by Green Stream Lawn and Vegetation Management Inc is $1040.00 for application. The Township then purchases the spray at the price set by the manufacturer of $1,951.68 per 3.68kg. In 2016 the Township spent $3,348.24 on product and application.

CONCLUSION
Township staff recommend that Lanark Highlands participate in the Clearview spraying program organized by the County on selected Township roadsides in 2017.ATTATCHMENT Road Name From To Length (KM) Boyds road Ramsay Con 1 Ferguson Falls Road 0.5 Crampton Road Ferguson Falls Road Twp Boundary 0.8 11th Con A Lanark Ferguson Falls Road end 0.3 10th con A Lanark Ferguson Falls Road end 0.1 Upper Perth Road Ferguson Falls Road Ramsay Con 1 5.5 Giles Road Pine Grove Road Upper Perth Road 0.8 5th Con A Lanark Rosetta Road End 0.2 7th Con A Lanark End End 1.8 10th Con B Lanark Upper Perth Road Miller 0.3 Miller Road 10th Con B Lanark Ramsay Con 1 2.7 Purdy Road Wolf Grove Road Rosetta 1.2 Floating Bridge Road Thompson Road End 0.1 Galbraith Road 11th Con E Lanark 6th Con D Lanark 0.3 6th Con D Lanark Galbraith end 0.4 Darling Road Wolf Grove Road Tatlock Road 0.6 8th Con A Lanark Pine Grove Road end 0.2 Rosetta Canning St Wolf Grove 2.5 Paul Drive Rosetta Road Hwy 511 0.2 6th Con A Lanark Pine Grove Road Phelans Road 1.5 Phelans 5th Con A Lanark 6th Con A Lanark 0.1 Robertson Drive Hwy 511 Hwy 511 0.4 Forbes Road Robertson Drive 1st Con A Dalhousie 0.3 Rodger Road Hwy 511 Herron Mills 0.3 Dobie Road Watsons Corners Hwy 511 0.3 3rd Con Dalhousie South Lavant Road Sugarbush Way 0.1 4th Con B Dalhousie Lodore End 0.3 Waddle Creek 1st Con Lavant French Line 0.2 French Line Waddle Creek River Farm Lane 0.2 Sheridans Rapids Road 3rd Con Dalhousie River Drive 2 9th Con B Dalhousie Purdons Bay North Shore Road 0.1 Bathurst Line East McDonalds Corners Road end 0.1 North Street Hwy 511 Wilis Street 0.2 8th Con B Wolf Grove Road Rosetta 0.3 12th Con C Lanark Upper Perth Road Wolf Grove 0.2 Total 25.1

Tay Valley Council Meeting Tuesday May 2nd, 7:00pm

Is Tay Valley Toxic Free? Not Yet!

It is great news that our township has decided not to spray alongside their roads.
But…
Lanark County will spray Aminopyralid,
Metsulfuron Methyl and toxic adjuvants onto:
Are you Ready For Spraying?

Bennett Lake Road
Fallbrook Road
Scotch Line
Christie Lake / Althorpe Road
Narrows Lock Road
Elmgrove / Murphy’s Point
Elfin / Maberly Road
Bolingbroke Road
McDonalds Corners Road
County Road 511

Experts say the risk of these chemicals outweighs the risk of
preventable contact with wild parsnip.
Come to support our councillors who have heard our concerns
and are willing to speak for us!

Tuesday May 2nd, 7:00pm
Tay Valley Township Council Chamber
217 Harper Road, Perth K7H 3C6

Scientists warn of pesticide peril at Perth meeting

Dr. Vicki Wojcik, research director for the global Pollinator Partnership, warned a large audience at a Perth event on April 6 that bees, flies, and other pollinators are threatened by the overuse of chemical cocktails in pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. Photo credit and article by:
Matthew Behrens in Discover Perth
editorial@pdgmedia.ca

As Lanark County prepares another controversial season of roadside pesticide application targeting wild parsnip, a group of concerned residents who oppose the toxic implications of spraying held a standing-room-only public information session in Perth on April 6 featuring two high-profile scientists.

“I live in the land of poison ivy, and I’m no stranger to rashes,” said Dr. Meg Sears, a researcher and lead scientist with the national group Prevent Cancer Now. “Yet that is far more difficult to evade than wild parsnip.” Implying that concerns about wild parsnip are overblown, she pointed out that burns from the plant require a three-step combination of breaking the stem, getting sap on the skin, and being exposed to the sun. Casually brushing against it, she said, is unlikely to cause a rash.

In a wide-ranging presentation, Sears questioned the manner in which pesticides come to market, noting only single chemical elements – and not the final product as a whole – are subject to Health Canada screening. Notably, the state of New York declined to certify aminopyralid, the main ingredient in Clearview which, along with Truvist, is being used in Lanark County – after finding the company-supplied data inadequate.

“We can’t be healthy in a sick world,” Sears said, arguing common sense and education about the plants around us are better alternatives to releasing dangerous chemicals into the environment, where wind drift, as well as leaching into soil, fractured rock, and water tables poses much greater threats to human, animal and plant life. Sears said among the perils associated with pesticide use is the disturbance  of hormone signalling, leading to chronic diseases from prostate and breast cancer to diabetes and obesity.

Sears also warned that a “war on weeds” is bad for pollinators, whose key role in  ecosystem protection and sustainability was outlined by Dr. Vicki Wojcik, research director for the global Pollinator Partnership.

Wojcik discussed the many roles played by pollinators as diverse as bees, flies, birds, bats, butterflies, reptiles and small mammals.

One in three bites of food are pollinator-dependent, she said, as are 80 per cent of the 1,200 most common crops. Noting that “flies are actually wonderful,” given their essential role as pollinators for chocolate, tea, and coffee, Wojcik convinced audience members that “it’s a bit of a harder sell, but flies need love and protection too.”

Wojcik explored how much is at stake as pollinators face rapid population declines in direct proportion to the increasing use of insecticides, pesticides, and fungicides.
In Canada, $2 billion in crops are dependent on insect pollination (that figure is $217 billion globally), while a range of industries from dyes and textiles to fragrances and pharmaceuticals could also be at risk with pollinator declines.

Members of the anti-spraying group Friends of Lanark County plan to pressure local politicians to reconsider spraying in light of recent presentations questioning both the efficacy and safety of roadside spraying.

Among those speaking out is Elphin-based medical doctor Linda Harvey who, in a March 17 letter to Lanark Council, noted that the townships of Tay Valley, Mississippi Mills, and Rideau Lakes have successfully opted out of the spraying program.

There is “little or no solid data on how much of a problem this [wild parsnip] rash actually is, nor are we likely to get it unless we contract a formal study of our own,” wrote Dr. Harvey.  “In my experience as a physician in Ontario, the rash is not at all common.” Given this context, Harvey concluded that “the sprays, on the other hand, are toxic. Do not be fooled by claims of safety. Every pesticide that was ever on the market was considered safe when it came out. A long list of these have been banned as they were anything but safe.”

– See more at: http://www.hometownnews.ca/scientists-warn-pesticide-peril-perth-meeting