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REPORTING · 16th November 2010
Terrace Daily
As a part of an effort to create awareness around the use of cosmetic pesticides and its harmful affects, Canandian Cancer Society organizer, Brittney Parks is hosting a screening of the documentary “A Chemical Reaction.”

The film will be showing at Elephant’s Ear tonight, Wednesday Nov 17th at 7pm. It will be followed by a Q&A segment.

Chemical Reaction is a film by Brett Plymale, PFZ Media and the the Safe Lawn Foundation.

"A Chemical Reaction, is a 70 minute feature documentary movie that tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America. It started with one lone voice in 1984. Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides. With relentless persistence she brought her concerns to town meetings to warn her fellow citizens that the chemicals they were putting on their lawns posed severe health risks and had unknown side effects on the environment." - PFZ Media

To view the entire summary click here

"Screenings across the lower mainland have received good responses so far," says Parks.

Cosmetic pesticides are those generally used for the enhancement of lawns and areas deemed unnecessary such as those of farms and food producing areas.

The campaign aims at creating awareness of the affects of using these pesticide, which through studies, has exposed it's link to cancer and thus has sprung a country wide movement to ban its use.

Parks noted that there are currently 34 municpal bylaws in BC prohibiting its use, 168 across Canada and 3 provincial bylaws.

A systematic review found on a government website said that, "most studies on non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia showed positive associations with pesticide exposure" and therefore concluded that there should be a reduction in its use. To read the full review click here

The cosmetic pesticide awareness campaign has received much support and is currently supported by 19 provincial health organizations. Parks is hoping to establish a municipal ban on cosmetics pesticides.

She noted that in areas where there have been bylaws put in place, landscaping companies have successfully switched to alternate practices. She also added that in Toronto, in year following the placing of a ban, landscaping increased and that the industry has had some of its most successful years since. Halifax has had and increase of over 50% over 5 years since 2000.

“Trying to promote healthy living through public policy,” said Parks

Parks has been working as a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society for the past 2 years in Prince George. She is now continuing her work for the society in her hometown of Terrace.

Stay tuned, as there will be more posted after the event.