Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Action Alert: RNAO urges Thunder Bay Council to Pass a Strong Pesticide By-law

July 24, 2008

Deadline: Monday, July 28, 2008

We are asking Thunder Bay RNAO members to contact their Councillors and the Mayor to urge them to pass a strong pesticide by-law, to protect the health of Thunder Bay residents. Two weeks ago, we sent you an action alert about a July 14 Council meeting in which the pesticide issue was scheduled for public input, but at that meeting, Council rescheduled the pesticide session for July 28, as the first agenda item.  Because of the delay, there is still time for you to send a message to the Mayor and one or more Councillors.  Our thanks and apologies to any members who took the trouble to go to Council on July 14.

Background

In 2007, Thunder Bay struck a stakeholder group to consider a by-law to regulate the non-essential use of pesticides in the City.  On Monday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m., Council will hold a meeting at which the by-law will be discussed, at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium.  Public support for pesticide by-laws is strong across the province, and we are sure that a majority of Thunder Bay councillors understands that the public wants more protection from pesticides.  If the by-law is passed, Thunder Bay would join a long list of Ontario municipalities with such protection, including Toronto, Hamilton, London, Oakville, Markham, Vaughan, Peterborough, Newmarket, Kingston, Thorold, and Collingwood.

RNAO members have been very active in many of the municipal pesticide campaigns, and we find that councillors do weigh the input of RNs and their Association highly.  In its letter to each member of Thunder Bay Council, RNAO outlines the argument for a strong by-law, and why Thunder Bay should proceed, even with provincial pesticide legislation being implemented in the future.  Success in Thunder Bay would also help to maintain momentum for strong provincial legislation.

Immediate Action Requested

Please send a quick message urging Mayor Peterson and other Council members to support the strongest possible pesticide by-law, particularly if you have not had a chance to send a message yet. Encourage your neighbours and colleagues to do so as well.  Deadline: Monday, July 28, 2008.

You can use the form below to send messages to all. Please insert your name at the bottom of the letter. Please feel free to customize the note and add your own message.

For contact information for the Mayor and Council members please go here .

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