A Chemical Reaction: Edmonton premiere screening

Apr 17 2011 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Canada's First Pesticide Ban Turns 20! 

We all understand that the choices we make have effects on human health and our air, land and water. We all want to ensure that our communities are safe and healthy ones. But what does it mean to ensure health and safety? Read more about A Chemical Reaction: Edmonton premiere screening


Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
Stanley A. Milner Library (7 Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Edmonton , AB

Film Screening: “A Chemical Reaction”

Mar 9 2011 - 2:00am

Free admission and parking!

The documentary tells the story of Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist from Hudson, Quebec, who noticed a connection between her patient’s health conditions and their exposure to pesticides and herbicides.  As a lone voice in 1984,  followed by a voyage to the Supreme Court of Canada, her home town of Hudson, Quebec became the first municipality in Canada to adopt a municipal bylaw banning the cosmetic or non-essential use of pesticides in 1991. Dr. June Irwin’s relentless 7-year struggle inspired one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America and the making of, “A Chemical Reaction”.  As of December 31, 2010 almost half of Canada’s population is protected by provincial pesticide bylaws in Quebec and Ontario and 175 Canadian municipalities have adopted their own urban pesticide bylaws.  Calgary is the largest municipality in Canada without a pesticide bylaw protecting its citizens and the environment against adverse health consequences of non-essential pesticide use. Work is ongoing to develop a pesticide bylaw in Calgary. Dr. Warren Bell, founder of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), will lead discussion, post film. Read more about Film Screening: “A Chemical Reaction”


River Park Church Auditorium
3818 14A Street SW
Calgary , AB

Sierra Club Chinook Group Meeting: Updates from two Calgary campaigns: Coalition for a Healthy Calgary & CivicCamp

Nov 5 2009 - 2:00am

We will hear from two local organizations that have been busy lobbying city hall and making headlines on two issues: pesticides and the growth of our city.  We will hear from Coalition for a Healthy Calgary (CHC) on the recent happenings of Calgary’s first Pesticide Bylaw, and what we can do to support it, and we will also be hearing from members of CivicCamp, who will be talking about their work around The Calgary Plan-IT and their recent CivicCamp 2.0 workshop. Read more about Sierra Club Chinook Group Meeting: Updates from two Calgary campaigns: Coalition for a Healthy Calgary & CivicCamp


Calgary Area Outdoor Council
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB

Pesticide-Free Meeting

Nov 3 2009 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Please come and join us for bi-monthly pesticide-free meeting.

Calgary has taken its first steps to becoming pesticide-free and we’d like Edmonton to follow suit! 

Roughly 87% of Albertans support a pesticide-free law. Despite this support, pesticide use has increased in the province to from 36% in 1994 to 39% in 2005 (Canadian Cancer Society). A pesticide ban in the city of Edmonton would eliminate the use of cosmetic use of pesticides within city limits and reduce the risk of: non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Read more about Pesticide-Free Meeting


Canadian Cancer Society
1200 — 8215 112 Street NW
Edmonton , AB
Media Release

New Edinborough Park Parties In Support of Calgary Pesticide Phase Out

Fourth Annual Party in the Park

Saturday June 13, 5 A St and 3 Ave NW

The fourth annual Party in the Park will take place in Calgary, using music, food and entertainment to celebrate the City's phase out of cosmetic pesticides. New Edinborough Park is now famous across Alberta for being the first Calgary park to go pesticide-free in 1998 and for providing the Calgary impetus to phase out cosmetic pesticides. The bylaw will ban pesticide use on private land by the end of 2010 and the city is to stop using pesticides when the bylaw is approved. Read more about New Edinborough Park Parties In Support of Calgary Pesticide Phase Out


Reducing Pesticide Use in Edmonton

May 14 2009 - 7:00pm

Spring has sprung in Edmonton and the concern for lawn maintenance and weed control is a growing concern for residents. However, too many residents are turning towards harmful pesticides as an answer. The Canadian Cancer Society (Alberta and North West Territories division) has partnered with Pesticide-Free Edmonton in hopes to create awareness about alternative weed control options and establish a ban on cosmetic use of pesticides in Edmonton. Read more about Reducing Pesticide Use in Edmonton


Child Health Clinic, Mother Rosalie Health Services Centre
231—16930 87 Avenue NW Edmonton

Pesticide Party Happy Hour

Jul 30 2008 - 1:00am to 2:00am

99% pest-free, and no dandelions allowed.

You are cordially invited to the July 29 Pesticide Party Happy Hour, where complimentary "Connelly Cocktails" of Killex®500 will be served in honour of Alderman Joe Connelly's recent statement that there is "lack of scientific evidence to prove the negative impact of pesticides".

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a FREE Pesticide Shooter (or two). Get your very own "I am Joe Connelly's Guinea Pig" iron-on decal! Read more about Pesticide Party Happy Hour


Museo Poco, diminutive window gallery
924 17th Avenue SW
Calgary , AB

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

Jun 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. Read more about It's Time: Phase Out Cosmetic Pesticides Concert, Films & Action Blitz


Plaza Theatre
1133 Kensington Road NW
Calgary , AB

Calgary pesticides campaign update and action alert

Coalition for a Healthy Calgary

Calgary’s Utilities and Environment Committee will hear a report on June 25 from the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee on the merit of phasing out cosmetic pesticide use in Calgary. They will also hear a report from The City's Environmental Management and Safety Dept. on the implementation of a phase out of cosmetic pesticides and a draft by-law. This will be the public’s chance to speak up in support of a ban at City Hall. Each member of the public is allowed five minutes to talk at the committee meeting.

In the lead-up to June 25th it is very important that people contact their alderman to let them know you support a by-law in Calgary, either by phoning, writing a letter, or emailing them. The Coalition for a Healthy Calgary also has postcards available through Sierra Club that are ready for people to sign and mail in. The Canadian Cancer Society recently did a poll which showed 87% of Albertans support a pesticide by-law. This corresponds to the poll The Sierra Club commissioned in 2006 by Oracle Poll Research, which showed 86% of Calgarians support a phase out of pesticides and a pesticide by-law. Read more about Calgary pesticides campaign update and action alert


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