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(Pesticide) free at last! (pesticide) free at last! Rossland bypasses the bylaw but takes a stand against cosmetic 'cides nonetheless

Following an Oct. 24 notice-of-motion by Coun. Hanne Smith and Coun. Kathy Moore, the city's gears got to grinding away on the third attempt to pass an anti-pesticide bylaw.

The first two attempts failed to receive council approval—the first due to genuine dissent, the second time due to a technicality—and the third attempt could not have been adopted within the term of the present council.

Instead of pursuing the bylaw any further, staff suggested the option for council to endorse a "pesticide-free proclamation." This document passed with unanimous council support on Monday evening.

Coun. Kathy Moore requested that the proclamation be forwarded to BC Premier Christy Clark, among other provincial politicians, and the mayor agreed this would be done.

The proclamation is just a slightly modified version of the preamble to the draft bylaw, and the text is reproduced below:

"WHEREAS Pesticides, which include insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, are inherently perceived to be products harmful to the humans and animals in the environment;

"AND WHEREAS residents of the City of Rossland are concerned about the nonessential use of pesticides and the risks that they may pose to the health and well-being of the environment, residents and animals;

"AND WHEREAS the application of pesticides are perceived to contribute to the cumulative chemical load absorbed by the natural environment if left unmitigated;

"AND WHEREAS pesticides cannot be necessarily confined to a single location, but move through the environment in the air, land and water and may have an impact on non-target organisms, plants and other living organisms;

"AND WHEREAS alternatives to the application of pesticides exist;

"AND WHEREAS for the general good of the community the City supports preventing threats ofharm to the environment, even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically;

"AND WHEREAS the City of Rossland wishes to take precautionary action to reduce the exposure of pesticides to the citizens of Rossland.

"NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, I, Greg E. Granstrom, Mayor of the City of Rossland, proclaim Rossland as Pesticide-Free in accordance with Federal and Provincial Legislation."