VANCOUVER, May 6 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon today congratulated Premier
Christy Clark and Opposition Leader Adrian Dix for agreeing to put
forward legislation that would protect the health of children and
families by banning the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides in British
"This is a big step forward for cancer prevention in our province," said
Cathy Adair, Vice President Cancer Control, Canadian Cancer Society
B.C. and Yukon. "We applaud the government and opposition for their
non-partisan approach taken on this important matter."
In addition to welcoming this non-partisan approach to a ban on cosmetic
pesticides, the Society is encouraging the government to introduce
effective legislation quickly. Recognizing the significant amount of
public consultation that has already taken place on this issue a recent
opinion poll has confirmed that more than 70 per cent of British
Columbians favour a ban on cosmetic pesticide use.
The Society submitted a legislative proposal to the government last year
and is encouraged by the private members bill that was introduced
yesterday in the Legislature. More than 35 BC municipalities and three
Canadian provinces have already banned the use of cosmetic pesticides.
The legislated ban being proposed does not include the use of
pesticides for agricultural or forestry purposes.
"Our Society is ready to take part and support this non-partisan process
in the coming days and weeks," says Adair. "We look forward to working
with both parties to ensure effective and timely cosmetic pesticide
legislation is put forward before summer to protect children and
The Society has sent a letter today to Premier Clark and the Opposition
Leader offering to ensure legislation can be introduced in the current
SOURCE Canadian Cancer Society (BC and Yukon Division)
For further information:
Manager, Media Relations
Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division
Direct line: 604.675.7340 Cell: 604.837.5643