Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Action Alert: RNAO urges the Town of Tillsonburg Town Council to Pass a Strong Pesticide By-law

Dear Tillsonburg members:

We are asking Tillsonburg RNAO members to contact their Councillors, Mayor and Deputy Mayor to urge them to pass a strong pesticide by-law, to protect the health of Tillsonburg residents. We are also asking you to consider speaking briefly to Council on November 13 at a special meeting on a proposed pesticide by-law.

Background

Tillsonburg Town Council has a draft pesticide by-law governing public and private property in Tillsonburg, and is receiving input on a possible by-law restricting nonessential pesticide use. Public support for pesticide by-laws is strong across the province, and we would like you to help Council to understand that the public wants more protection from pesticides, and why. If the by-law is passed, Tillsonburg would join a long list of Ontario municipalities with such protection, including Toronto, Hamilton, London, Markham, Oakville, St. Catherines, Guelph, Peterborough, Newmarket, Thorold, and Collingwood.

RNAO members have been very active in many of the municipal pesticide campaigns, and councillors do weigh the input of RNs and their Association highly. In its letter to each member of the Tillsonburg Town Council [PDF - 43 KB], RNAO outlines the argument for a strong by-law. RNAO is particularly concerned about the greater risk to children.

Immediate Action Requested

RNAO urges members to contact Mayor Stephen Molnar and to other Council members, and ask them to support the strongest possible pesticide by-law. Encourage your neighbours and colleagues to do so as well.

To quickly send a letter to Council members, enter your name and e-mail address below. You can send the letter below as is, or make any modifications you wish. Please make sure to mention that you are an RN and a resident of Tillsonburg. Be sure to sign the bottom of your letter, as well.

We also encourage you to present a submission to Council in a special meeting on the proposed by-law on November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Marwood Lounge in the Tillsonburg Community Complex. Individuals will be able to make a five minute presentation. They do not have to submit ahead of time only that evening. The time will be watched carefully and adhered to closely. Council will be there to learn but not answer questions. The public will get to ask questions at the end.

If you intend to present to Council, would you please contact Kim Jarvi at kjarvi@rnao.org or 416-408-5614, so that we can coordinate with local pesticide campaigners from the Canadian Cancer Society and other health organizations.

For contact information on individual Council members, please visit Tillsonburg’s Town Council page.

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