It's Time: Phase Out Cosmetic Pesticides Concert, Films & Action Blitz

June 19, 2008 - 12:30am

Killing us softly

Arusha Action Film features political action blitz

Arusha Centre

Just how committed are Calgarians to dandelion-free parks? Calgary is the largest city in Canada still using cosmetic pesticides. Some of these chemicals could be killing us. Robin McLeod of the Coalition for a Healthy Calgary says The City of Calgary uses Killex 500, a cocktail of 2, 4-D, Dicamba and Mecoprop that has been “pervasively linked to cancers, neurological impairment and reproductive problems,” on public land.

Calgary City Council will be reviewing bylaws to legislate phasing out the use of cosmetic pesticides.

Arusha’s June Action Film event is an evening of short animated films, music and a political action blitz to send a message to City Councilors to pass tough bylaws against using cosmetic pesticides.

Films: 10 short films from the Youth Animation Project (YAP) who mentored with Alberta Wilderness Association. YAP provides young people with employability skills training in communication, resume writing, and project management and planning, while giving them the opportunity to be creative as a catalyst to personal and social development. Contact Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi, Youth Animation Project Team Leader, 261-5644

Music: Performances by local musicians Anne Loree, The Widow Makers, Micel and Original Medecine and Lorrie Matheson.

Political Action Blitz: participate on the spot in a letter writing, email and phone blitz to encourage City Council to support this bylaw.

Don’t miss this awareness-raising ­ and fun ­ event.

When: Wednesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. doors open at 6 pm
Where: Plaza Theatre - 1133 Kensington Road NW
Cost: $10 C$ accepted
Contact: Sharon Stevens, Gerald Wheatley 270-3200 Robin McLeod 703-0018

The Arusha Centre is a collectively run, member-supported organisation that provides resources and programming on local and global social justice issues. (

Info/Active - The Arusha Centre Society
106, 223 - 12 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2R 0G9
Phone: 403 270-3200
Fax: 403 270-8832
Info/Active is funded by The Calgary Foundation, The Alberta Lottery Board and Friends of Arusha


Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary , AB