District of North Vancouver will vote on cosmetic pesticide ban

Tomorrow evening (June 16), District of North Vancouver  council will vote on a staff recommendation to limit the use of pesticides in the municipality.

A district  staff report  calls for a ban on cosmetic use of pesticides on residential properties. There will be exception for golf courses and district parks that use approved integrated pest-management programs.

The staff also recommend that residential property owners can apply for a permit based on threats to human or animal health or structures.

Council will also be asked to refer  a request for $25,000  to the 2009 financial plan to implement the  Pesticide Use Control Bylaw.

Stacey Berasavac, community action coordinator for the Canadian Cancer Society, wrote a May 20  letter to Mayor Richard Walton and council noting that 12 B.C. municipalities and 139 municipalities across Canada have introduced bylaws restricting the use of pesticides.

Berasvac's letter asked for an opportunity to address the Monday council meeting.

David McNeilly, the general manager of the Seymour Golf and Country Club, wrote to council stating that he hopes to present two speakers.

According to McNeilly's letter, the two speakers will discuss how the  "commercial noncosmetic use of mainly  fungicides" at the club differs from the proposed bylaw's targeting of cosmetic pesticide applications.