Premier backs NDP bid to ban weed killers

NDP leader Adrian Dix

VICTORIA – NDP leader Adrian Dix proposed legislation Thursday to ban the use of “cosmetic pesticides” across the province, then challenged Premier Christy Clark to take action on a bill she says she supports.

Clark was asked about the issue Wednesday, and replied that she has supported such a ban for years. She said she wants to work with the opposition and the public to work out the best way to further restrict the use of lawn and garden weed killers, a move that has already been made by several other provinces and numerous municipalities.

Clark stopped short of saying the B.C. Liberal government would support the NDP bill, which refers to “pesticides” that mainly target insects and are not generally considered “cosmetic.” Clark also repeatedly used the term “cosmetic pesticides” as the target of the proposed legislation.

“I want to figure out a way that we can engage the NDP and engage the public, engage rural British Columbia to decide what that legislation should look like,” Clark said.

Dix said the NDP introduced similar legislation on Earth Day last April, but the government took no action. Ontario and Quebec have already banned “cosmetic pesticides” and have seen broad compliance from the public, he said.

The most common target of such bans is herbicides used to kill dandelions and other broad-leafed weeds.

Just Posted

Vehicle catches fire near China Creek Marina

No injuries in blaze, according to witnesses

North Island College issues brief statement on bomb threat

Threat forced college to close all campuses for one day

Premier wades into fishery closure debate

John Horgan questions the federal government’s approach

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Horse riders resurrect public riding ring near Port Alberni

Open house planned for July 22 so public can check out Beaver Creek facility

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

VIDEO: Firefighters put out brush fire in Nanaimo

Fire broke out in the area of a new development under construction in East Wellington

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Most Read