Glennis, Terry and Tove spent the morning at the Almonte Farmer’s Market. Many signed the petition for “NO Spray”.
You can download the list as a PDF from the County website here.
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.
• 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.
Drummond North Elmsley Roads To Be Sprayed
|Road Name||Side of Road||From||To|
|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|
|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|
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:
or by contacting Health Canada at:
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency
2720 Riverside Drive
(Attention: Pesticide Incident Reporting Program)
Within Canada: 1-800-267-6315
Outside of Canada: 1-613-736-3799 (long distance charges apply)
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.
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.
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 CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LANARK HIGHLANDS
April 25th, 2017
Wild Parsnip Control PW 2017-13
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put up your sign and let your voice be heard. Let’s do this. They ignored the petition. They ignored the delegations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
At cost $10.00. You may need to use them next year too. Pick up at various locations. Delivery can be arranged.
Is Tay Valley Toxic Free? Not Yet!
Bennett Lake Road
Christie Lake / Althorpe Road
Narrows Lock Road
Elmgrove / Murphy’s Point
Elfin / Maberly 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
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
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.”