Ban the application of pesticides and herbicides in Calgary's parks and Recreation fields
  • Petitioned Naheed Nenshi

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Office of the Mayor, The City of Calgary
Naheed Nenshi

Ban the application of pesticides and herbicides in Calgary's parks and Recreation fields

    1. Kim Smith
    2. Petition by

      Kim Smith

      calgary, Canada

Calgary is my home and I love being a part of this city but come spring and summer time you start seeing warning signs all around neighborhoods at each park, about herbicide application. This is extremely disappointing considering the amount of research out there that has been showing how toxic these applications are to our health and well being.  It not only leaves me frustrated and angry that no one is doing anything about it, but it makes me apprehensive about going outside and enjoying our beautiful city. The saddest, most alarming part is, these parks are primarily populated with young children and animals.

Children face unique hazards from pesticide exposure. They take in more pesticides relative to their body weight than adults in the food they eat and air they breathe. Their developing organ systems often make them more sensitive to toxic exposure. The body of evidence in scientific literature shows that pesticide exposure can adversely affect a child's neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine system, even at low levels.
Many people think that the pesticides “wear off,” and that children are not being exposed. However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found multiple pesticide residues, including the herbicide 2,4-D, in the bodies of children ages 6-11 at significantly higher levels than all other age categories. Herbicides such as 2,4-D and Mecoprop, chemicals tied to respiratory ailments, are found in 15 percent of children tested, ages 3 to 7, whose parents had recently applied the lawn chemicals. Additionally, scientific studies show that herbicides such as 2,4-D are tracked indoors from lawns where residues may remain for up to a year in carpets, dust, air and surfaces.

Applying these known toxins to our parks puts all of our health at risk, no matter what part of the city we live in.

We as a community need to stand up for what is right.

There is absolutely NO reason why a city like Calgary should still be using harmful pesticides when healthier, non-toxic alternatives are readily available. A substantial aspect of sustainability is the health, safety and quality of life of the population.

Can we honestly say, that we as a community, have put the health and safety of our children at the top of the priority list if we continue to expose them, and ourselves, to toxic posions?  Are you as a member of society aware of the immediate and long term impact of pesticide use and the effect on the lungs and overall health of our children? Is this not worth our attention?

Please sign this petition to prevent our parks from becoming a toxic play area, and keep our community happy and healthy.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures
    2. CAPE sends letter to BC government urging gov to ban cosmetic pesticide use

      Kim Smith
      Petition Organizer

      Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment sends letter to BC government urging government to ban cosmetic pesticide use province-wide. Soon it will only be Albertan bathing in cosmetic, toxic pesticides!

      Doctors lobby for total B.C. ban of home pesticides - British Columbia - CBC News

      Group urges ban on chemicals applied for cosmetic purposes to lawns and gardens Posted: Mar 5, 2013 10:48 AM PT Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment say pesticides applied to residential lawns and gardens can lead to serious long-term health problems. (iStock) A group of Canadian doctors and citizens concerned with rates of diseases thought to be caused by chemicals are calling on the B.C.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Contact with the Office of Alderman Gael MacLeod, Ward 4

      Kim Smith
      Petition Organizer

      "A Notice of Motion to phase out the cosmetic use of pesticides was brought to Council in 2008, but it did not go through. More work and research needed to be done on this, and it is my understanding that it is still being worked on, though I have not heard any updated information as of yet. Councillor MacLeod supports the limiting of pesticide use, but not a complete ban of it. This is because there are some arguments to be made for trained and targeted use, such as in the case of controlling noxious weeds."

      It is a partial win. Now to hear from the remaining aldermen.

    5. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jan Marquart AUSTIN, TX
      • about 1 month ago

      I am against pesticides -- they kill and make people sick

      • 6 months ago

      Please watch shows "Healthy Living" on

    • Dario Hudon-Verrelli CALGARY, CANADA
      • 7 months ago

      As a homeowner living near Confederation Park, it's important for my family to enjoy the cities green space without health concerns.

    • Coirnne Sandhurst CALGARY, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      Because my children will inherit this planet. Banning pesticide use is a simple and possible way to help make take care of the planet they will inherit from us.

    • Anne Edgington CALGARY, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      I walk daily in Calgary's off-leash parks, and often my dog is in a field where yellow signs are posted stating pesticides just sprayed, before I see the sign! Cancer is on the rise with dogs like never before and there is a direct link to pesticides/herbicides and cancer, as has been proven through numerous research. Can the City not switch to an organic form of spraying where animals are involved?


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