|April 30, 2001|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
Windsor, Ontario - On Tuesday, April 17, 2001 Windsor City Council declared the week of April 29 - May 5, 2001, Pesticide Awareness Week. In recognition of this, the Citizens Environment Alliance will submit a petition calling for the elimination of pesticides on municipally owned property in the City of Windsor. "With over 1,200 signatures calling upon Windsor City Council to eliminate the use of pesticides on public land, this petition cannot be ignored," said Alliance President Shawn Hupka.
The petition will be delivered to Windsorís City Clerk on Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at 1pm.
Although Windsor City Council stated on October 4, 2000, that its goal is the elimination of pesticide use on municipal properties, the Citizens Environment Alliance feels that firm timetables and reduction strategies need to be established soon and in a transparent manner. "With so much community concern about this issue, pesticide use by the various departments of the City of Windsor needs to be publicly examined and publicly debated," stated CEA anti-pesticide crusader Dianne Lockwood.
City Council has a responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our children who are the most vulnerable to the consequences of pesticide use. Through the elimination of these chemicals, the City can provide a safe and healthy environment in which our children play. When it comes to pesticides, if the City truly wishes to assume leadership on this issue, there is no better place to start - than to stop.
For more information contact:
President, Citizens Environment Alliance