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Kick Convicted Pesticide Violator off Health PEI Board

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Two men with strong ties to the potato and pesticide industries, one a convicted pesticide violator and fish killer, were just appointed to the board of Health PEI by Minister of Health and Wellness Robert Henderson. These men will advise the minister on health policy matters and will be "bringing new community perspectives and competencies to help oversee the provincial health care system."

Warren Ellis, ex-potato producer and PEI's most notorious convicted fish killer, was sentenced in 2014 to pay $72,355 for two violations of the federal Fisheries Act in 2011 and 2012 that resulted in fish kills from his use of chlorothalonil, a known fish poison and the most used pesticide in PEI.  Chlorothalonil is classed as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. government and a known carcinogen by the State of California. It was found at high levels in PEI's air by Environment Canada.

An Environment Canada investigation revealed that Ellis failed to take reasonable measures to prevent pesticides from getting into streams and killing thousands of fish in Prince County. Ellis was also sentenced for committing a provincial Agricultural Crop Rotation Act offence.

Blaine MacPherson is a potato producer and recently retired from Cavendish Farms as Vice President of Agricultural Affairs. This Irving-owned corporation drives the PEI potato industry and is affiliated with Cavendish Agri Services, dealers in chemical fertilizer, pesticides and genetically engineered seed.

We call on Minister of Health and Wellness Robert Henderson to remove these two compromised appointees from the Health PEI board and replace them with people not affiliated with the potato and pesticide industries.  PEI is one of the most intensively sprayed areas in Canada and the air we breathe is filled with high levels of carcinogenic potato pesticides, according to Environment Canada. Virtually all of our drinking water is contaminated with nitrates from chemical fertilizer according to provincial government water testing programs.

Islanders cannot have confidence in Health PEI policy decisions with board members so closely aligned with industries known to pollute our environment with toxic chemicals.

Health PEI news release re appointments:

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