‘Cide with govt over chemicals

Reader disputes Tom Fletcher's column about the pesticide Roundup.

To the Editor,

Re: Premier bitten by pest problem (B.C. Views, May 19).

As a former guest chair of a scholarly session at the University of Alberta (2000) who delivered several scholarly papers, I am shocked that one of their retired professors would voice opinions of this kind in his letter to the editor.

Suggesting that one may safely drink a herbicide such as Roundup makes one shudder.

I wonder if Professor Neil Madsen sprays herbicides on his breakfast eggs?

Anyone who enjoyed Tom Fletcher’s column and makes sweeping comments on the alleged innocence of pesticides is not to be trusted on this important issue.

On May 29, in a letter to the editor of Langley Times, Fletcher’s views were challenged by Marjanne Vrijmoed of Free Spirit Nursery. According to Ms. Vrijmoed, “We are farmers ourselves, and have not used herbicides or pesticides since we have owned our plant nursery (1985). Yet Roundup would have been a big time saver for us. Fletcher’s article, which bluntly states that the use of glyphosates (like Roundup) is safe, could do a lot of harm indeed and is highly irresponsible.”

The only problem with her comment is her reference to “herbicides and pesticides”. Herbicides are pesticides.

K. Jean Cottam,

Ontario

Just Posted

Retired NHL referee Rob Shick heads to BC Sports Hall of Fame

Shick got his first licks at refereeing in small Port Alberni rink

Vancouver Island wife brings husband back to life with CPR, thanks to 911 dispatcher

‘The only reason he was alive was that 10 minutes of CPR before paramedics got there’

Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni hopes to ‘raise the reds’

Lily Diotte of Swale Rock Cafe is fundraising to replace the theatre’s red curtains

Alberni’s development soccer program doubles in size

Development practice had hardly started, but there were already more than 30… Continue reading

Catalyst Paper to sell U.S. mills to Chinese company

Sale will allow company to focus on B.C. interests, says president Ned Dwyer

Trans Mountain pipeline: Is it worth the risk?

Concerns range from the threat of an oil spill to the impact of tanker traffic on wildlife

B.C. to spend $181M to create 200 general practitioner jobs

Jobs will go to new medical school graduates

Federal leaders trade barbs about India trip at press gallery dinner

Justin Trudeau’s infamous trip to India earlier this year was the focus of many of the jabs

B.C. VIEWS: Our poverty reduction plan is already in place

NDP has another promise it needs to appear to keep

WestJet pilot strike averted as parties agree to mediation

Pilots had warned they could go on strike starting May 19

Out of control wildfire prompts restriction around Allie Lake

One of the first large wildfires of the 2018 season is blazing out of control

Most Read