• Grow a Lush Garden Organically
  • Driving Near Recently Sprayed Fields Exposes People to Pesticides
  • Learn to Manage Pests Naturally
  • SNAP Display at Event
  • Link to SK Organic Resources
  • SNAP Tour of Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Learn About Pesticides in Foods
  • Learn About Colony Collapse Disorder and How to Protect Bees
  • Learn To Manage Weeds Without Chemical Pesticides
  • Learn to Keep Insects Out of your Crops

Archives for 2013

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)


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.


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

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Neonocotinoids insecticides threaten bees and our ecosystem. Please sigh the petition.

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Take a mainute to sign this Sierra Club petition. Neonicotinoids are not only deadly to bees but CWS bird scientist Pierre Mineau wrote a recent paper inplicating them in reproductive decline of birds and quoted another paoer implicating them in many of the epidemics that are decimating wildlife such as bats and frogs.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sign health professional letter to support pesticide ban in BC

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) has created an open letter allowing Canada’s health professionals to support a lawn pesticide ban across British Columbia. The letter — which was signed by nearly 100 doctors, nurses, and

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Access the letter hereSign the letter if you are a health professional living anywhere in Canada;

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

URGENT Regina Pesticide Use in Parks and Open Space

Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m., in Henry Baker Hall, Main Floor, City Hall.

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The Public Works Committee will be considering the attached report.You are welcome to attend this meeting and give a presentation. 

At the very least, please contact your city councillor ASAP and let him/her know that you support  Option 2 (Plant Health Care) of this report which shoud maintain the current 5-% of parks which get no herbicides in good enough shape that they may not need any more herbicide in the future. 

the members of the Public Works Committee are:

Sharron Bryce
John Findura
Barbara Young
Bob Hawkins
Terry Hincks
You can find their contact information by clicking here.

Link to Pesticide Use in Parks and Open Space reportappendices and letter writing campaign the pesticide industry circulated in Regina and sent to Mayor and Council. Click on Saskatchewan - at the top of the Regina subsection.  

You can get a copyof this report and appendices and the letter by contacting 

Elaine Gohlke

Committee Assistant

Office of the City Clerk

This is necessary if you want to benefit from the daily parking permit.

If you plan to attend the meeting, you are welcome to use a daily parking permit for that day. Present this e-mail to the staff at the Information Kiosk on the Main Floor at City Hall, and they will issue you a permit, along with an information sheet for instructions on how to use the permit/pass. If you wish to make a presentation at the meeting, you may do so by filling out a delegation form, which will be available in Henry Baker Hall. Each delegation will be allotted 10 minutes for a presentation, following which there may be questions by the Committee

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Save The Bees

BAYER pesticides causing global bee decline.

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International campaign by the Coalition against BAYER Dangers (ongoing)