Articles

Here you will find links to articles of interest about our campaign to have a pesticide bylaw passed and about reducing pesticide use in general.

We only occasionally post articles here. If you want to keep updated on a regular basis on pesticide issues, visit and/or subscribe to PanUps -  the Pesticide Action Network of North America's  newsletter for one or two updates a week. Click here.

Articles

July 14, 2007 - How Should Your Garden Grow? - Editorial Calgary Herald.
An editorial urging Calgary City Council to take some environmental leadership and ban pesticides. It suggests natural ways to manage lawns that are "no-hassle. . . .None of these things require great effort or expense to switch to - indeed, they're more costs-effective than paying for chemically-addicted lawns to get their seasonal fixes, but they do require an incentive - the place to start is with a pesticide ban." Read more . . .

July 12, 2007 - Albertans have yet to get the Green Bug - Calgary Herald.
Article on how Albertans householder's use of pesticides has gone up from 36% to 39% over the last 12 years, while the Canadian average has gone down from 31% to 29%. Read more . . .

early July, 2007 - Healthy Calgary requires Strong Leadership and Political Will.
Paula Arab's blog in the Calgary Herald on Urban Scrawl laments the lack of political leadership in Calgary to pass a pesticide bylaw and naturalize open spaces. Read more . . .

early July, 2007 - Dandelion Whine
. Naomi Lakritz's blog in the Calgary Herald stating that Calgary should follow the example of other cities in Canada and reduce herbicide use on open spaces. She says Calgarians need to give up the idea of a perfect lawn having no dandelions. Read more . . .

June 24, 2007 - Calgary Parks Need to Go Native.
Lead editorial in the Calgary Herald on how natural vegetation planted in City parks and open spaces could help the city reach more sustainable landscaping practices. Aldermen should mandate city staff to come up with a plan that will win the public over. Click here to read the editorial.

June 21, 2007 - Pesticide Poisoning Called "Huge Concern."
Article in the Calgary Herald about the David Suzuki Foundation's report on Paesticide poisoning in Canada. More than 6000 Canadians suffer every year from pesticide poisoning and Alberta has the second highest rate in Canada for poisoning.
Click here for the article.

June 20, 2007
- Rocky View School Division Reaps Rewards of Being Pesticide-Free. The Rocky View School Division has been pesticide-free for 13 years. Steve Repic - the Chief Groundskeeper explains how and why they do it.  Click here.

June 13, 2007 - Chemical-free Park Gets a Spraying
. Article in the Calgary Herald. The Killarney Park was designated a pesticide-free park by the City and the community celebrated with a Healthy Parks Party Sunday June 10th. The next day, the City of Calgary did spot spraying of pesticides. Click here.
If you want copies of photos of the park with the spray signs up, contact the webmaster@healthycalgary.ca.

June 3, 2007 - Good Government Policies Can Prevent Many Cancers.
Calgary Herald Opinion Editorial.  Elizabeth May - Federal Green Party Leader and David Swann - MLA for Calgary Mountain View write about how politicians of all stripe should be backing policies that prevent cancer by reducing people's exposures to toxins, including pesticides. Click here.

May 17, 2007 - Poison-Free Parks. 
Article in Fast Forward Weekly about the Pesticide Bylaw Campaign featuring Rebecca O'Brien, Gerald Wheatley, Doctor David Swann.  Click here.

May 15, 2007 - Rebecca O'Brien Letter to the Editor re Halifax Insecticide Use.
Rebecca O'Brien, who was featured in the May 10th Calgary Herald article responds to City of Calgary's Parks representative's inaccurate comments about Halifax insecticide use. Click here.

May 10, 2007 - Calgary Herald- Coalition pushes for herbicide ban.
An article about our pesticide bylaw campaign launch. Click here.

An article from the Calgary Herald about the need for pollinating insects to protect our food supply and about how city dwellers can help preserve pollinating insects by having flowering plants in their yards.
Click here.

Cynthia Berger, “What are Bugs Worth?” National Wildlife Magazine.  Oct/Nov 2006, 44(6)  Click here.

Mittelstadt, Martin, “Pesticides are What is Killing Our Kids”, Globe and Mail, Dec. 12, 2006. Click here.

Even something so simple as wearing your shoes in the house can be a problem. Learn more here

Learn more about Discovery Channel's coverage of lawn pesticides by clicking here.
 

Click here for actions you can take to support a pesticide bylaw.
Click here for how to use natural landscaping practices for your yard.