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Friday, May 5, 2017

Contact SaskPower about the 2017 wood pole Maintenance Program

Ask they install steel or concrete power poles instead.

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re 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post @ re 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post

5 May 2017

To SaskPower

SaskPower is going on with business as usual by replacing toxic posts with more toxic posts because that is what they have always done. The difference between then and now is that NOW, we KNOW about the health and environmental risks of pentachlorophenol. In 2015, penta was added to Annex A (elimination) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and, in three years, the chemical will be phased out. Poles are being planted now that are going to be giving off toxic penta for 50, 60 or 70 years to come. Is ths acceptable? Adding the cost of over $8000 of incinerating each post and the health and environmental costs to the purchase cost should make it obvious that new posts that SaskPower installs are either steel or concrete.

Thanks to Yvonne for putting this issue on the map.

More backgound information and SNAP's response to Sask Power's 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post can be found at http://www.snapinfo.ca/issues/treated-wood

Please tell SaskPower to install posts made of steel or concrete rather than pentachlorophenol treated ones.

Sask Power's 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post at http://www.saskpower.com/about-us/blog/5-questions-with-ming-qian-on-our-2017-wood-pole-maintenance-program/

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Will Your MP Vote To Label GMOs And Uphold Your Right To Know?

CANADA: Tell Your MPs To Support Bill C-291 to Label GMOs in Canada!

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Will Your MP Vote To Label GMOs And Uphold Your Right To Know? (HuffPost The Blog, 2 May 2017) A good review article on the issue with lots of linked references including the following: GMO Myths and Truths
An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety
and efficacy of genetically modified crops and foods                            which I found to be an excellent analysis of an important paper, the Nicolia review and the 1700 publications listed in the supplementary materials. "This analysis is not exhaustive, but focuses on the most important aspects of the review. A full analysis would take months and would result in an impractically long report. However, even this level of investigation reveals many shortcomings in the Nicolia review and supports the conclusion that it fails to provide convincing evidence of the safety of GMO foods and crops." 

There is currently a campaign to inform your MP of your wanting GMO labeling in Canada. CANADA: Tell Your MPs To Support Bill C-291 to Label GMOs in Canada! Please consider writing. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Organic Connections Conference and Trade Show

Nov 3-5, 2016, Conexus Art Centre, Regina

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Organic Connections Conference and Trade Show 

Organic Resilience in a Time of Change

Nov 3-5, 2016, Conexus Art Centre, Regina

link to Conference program and Soil and weed workshop

Friday, September 23, 2016

EPA Proposes that Glyphosate (Roundup) Does Not Cause Cancer

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EPA Proposes that Glyphosate (Roundup) Does Not Cause Cancer

(Beyond Pesticides, September 21, 2016)

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has reached the same conclusion in 2015, 'However, EFSA’s report is limited in that it reviewed glyphosate alone, unlike IARC, which reviewed glyphosate and its formulated products (Roundup) which are more relevant for evaluating risks to human health.' The EPA's new position is contrary to its previous position.

'The issue paper was released in preparation for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting, October 18-21, which convenes to review EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate.'

EPA’s selection of advisory board members and past FIFRA SAP nominees have been criticized because of conflicts of interest, but it is not known how this particular panel will react to EPA’s proposal.(links in link above)

We encourage you to submit written comments for the FIFRA SAP to review and consider during their meeting. How to information in the link to the article. 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Pest Control Products Act 'act' Urgent Action Alert

Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada). The Act--like many laws--contains a mandato

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Pest Control Products Act 'act'       Urgent Action Alert

URGENT and MPORTANT Please take a minute to support this campaign by signing and sending the letter.

February 4, 2015

Government members of the Federal Standing Committee on Health are using their majority to force a very quick review of the Pest Control Products Act (the law that governs the licensing of pesticides in Canada). The Act--like many laws--contains a mandatory review clause, which means the Standing Committee on Health must undertake an examination at set intervals and recommend changes to Parliament.

The Sierra Club has five reasonable recommendations:

1. The Precautionary Principle should be the basis of all approvals.
2. The Act should be amended to ensure that the need for a new pesticide be demonstrated as part of the approval process.
3. Qualified requests for a reconsideration of a Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) decision should result in a timely, mandatory review.
4. The public should be informed at the beginning and not the end of the approval process.
5. A Citizen Review Committee should be established to review PMRA decisions, policies and practices and advise the minister of its findings.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

SNAP signed on a campaign to ban triclosan

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SNAP signed on the following campaign to ban triclosan organized by CELA
http://www.cela.ca/publications/environment-and-health-groups-statement-triclosan

For more on triclosan, its persistence and its effects on health and environment, go to http://www.snapinfo.ca/info/antibacterials

Sunday, October 12, 2014

TAKE ACTION! Tell the National Organic Standards Board: Keep Organic Strong!

A lot of the organic food coming into Canada from the USA. Organic needs to mean something. Please take a few seconds to sign this letter.

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A lot of the organic food coming into Canada from the USA. Organic needs to mean something.
Please take a few seconds to sign this letter.

TAKE ACTION! Tell the National Organic Standards Board: Keep Organic Strong! -

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Consultation to Amend the Saskatchewan Pest Control Products Regulations, 1995.June 16, 2014. Return by August 15, 2014.

Contact for an electronic copy of the document or questions below

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A Consultation to Amend the Saskatchewan The Pest Control Products Regulations, 1995. June 16, 2014. Return by August 15, 2014.

Several years ago, SNAP requested to be a stakeholder and will comment. If you are interested in reading the changes and making your own comments, read below.

For an electronic copy of the document or questions. please contact Mr Richard Dwkins, Provincial Specialist, Pesticide Regulatory, at 306-787-5207 or by email at Richard.Wilkins@gov.sk.ca

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Friends of the Earth Bee-Action Campaign

to deal with large retailers selling bedding plants contaminated with neonicotinoids

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New Tests Find Bee-killing Pesticides in ‘bee-friendly’ Plants sold in Portland, ME Garden Centers (Organic Consumers Association, June 25, 2014) in Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) stores. “Our data indicate that many plants sold in nurseries and garden stores across the U.S. and Canada (Vancouver, BC; London, ON;Montreal, QC) are being pre-treated with systemic neonicotinoid insecticides, making them potentially toxic to pollinators,” said Timothy Brown, Ph.D., co-author of the report from the Pesticide Research Institute. The study and report:Gardeners Beware (2014)  Friends of the Earth Bee-Action Campaign

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Canada’s pesticide regulators want to know your thoughts about saving bees (LAST CHANCE)

deadline: December 12th, 2013, link to Sierra Club petition to the PMRA and SNAP letter to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

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RE: Review of neonicotinoid pesticides use in Canada

December 9, 2013

Attention: Pest Management Regulation Agency

I am writing to officially provide comment on the use of bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. I have reviewed the evidence and am persuaded that neonicotinoids are a serious threat to bees and other pollinators, and pose a serious threat to our ecosystem and food supply.

I have first contacted you on behalf of the Saskatchewan Network for Alternatives to Pesticides (SNAP) about this issue in 2006, after I was convinced by the evidence coming out of Europe.

Instead of curtailing the use of these insecticides, I have seen an ongoing increase in uses and crops they are allowed to be used on, including many insect-pollinated ones.

The evidence is well passed deliberations and the precautionary principle. Please do the right thing.

I strongly urge you to ban neonicotinoid pesticide use in Canada.

Paule Hjertaas,

President and spokesperson of the Saskatchewan Network for Alternatives to Pesticides ( SNAP) www.snapinfo.ca

15 Olson Place

Regina, SK, S4S 2J6

Background   http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/Bees and  http://www.snapinfo.ca/issues/bee-die-off

Canada’s pesticide regulators want to know your thoughts about saving bees (LAST CHANCE)

Paule

As you likely know by now, millions and millions of bees and other life-sustaining insect pollinators are being killed-off by neonicotinoid pesticides.

Dr. Peter Kevan is a professor in biology at the University of Guelph and a member of theOntario Beehealth Working Group. Here’s what he recently had to say in his address to the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority:

“We have a situation with neonicotinoids now which is an exact parallel with the previous situation with DDTs...where there was broad scale use over the entire landscape, and where this poison was everywhere.... It is my feeling that we're in for a kick in the back side as neonicotinoids are being spread over huge areas of farmland… Neonicotinoids could be a disaster waiting to happen.

If you’re with Peter, us, the National Academy of Sciences and the bees, PLEASE send a message to government regulators right now--it only takes a moment!

The deadline for public comment is a fast-approaching December 12th, 2013, so 'there’s no time like the present' to send a message to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

We are pressing you to today because the pesticide industry lobby group “CropLife” is in high gear in their campaign to prevent a ban on thebee-killing pesticides. If you live in rural Ontario, you’ve likely seen their ads and/or planted letters/op-eds. We told you on November 15th, 2013, how they scandalously hired long-time Conservative MP Ted Menzies as CEO.

It’s now or never for the bees—their future is in our hands

The stakes have never been higher friends. CropLife may have millions to spend on their bee-killing status quo campaign, but our voices can be louder and stronger.

We owe it to the bees, the voiceless sustainers of life on this planet.

Stand up and be heard by acting now for the bees. They’re counting on us.

Sincerely,

John Bennett, National Campaign Director
Sierra Club Canada Foundation
412-1 Nicholas Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7B7
Executive.Director@sierraclub.ca
John on Twitter / Bennett Blog