Dear CAPE Community,
We are glad to share a good news story on an issue we know is important to the CAPE community.
Recently, the Government of Canada invited comments on the Proposed Maximum Residue Limit for Glyphosate, PMRL2021-10.
CAPE submitted a comment speaking to the documented health impacts associated with glyphosate.
Owing to the volume of responses and interest, and considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government issued a 45-day extension of the consultation period.
Then, just last week, a news release from Health Canada notified the public that the Government of Canada was pausing a decision on glyphosate until 2022 “as it strengthens the capacity and transparency of the review process for pesticides.” This was welcome news and, as The National Observer reported it, “stirred cautious optimism among environmentalists, who have long called for the ban of the pesticide.”
We think this is an important signal that advocacy works!
Given Health Canada is only on pause on this decision until 2022 and that the announcement noted a commitment to a targeted review of specific provisions of the Pest Control Products Act, we know that we must continue to advocate!
We want to support the Government in its efforts to protect people and the environment from toxic chemicals. And you are a vital part of that support!
Thank you, CAPE community.
Dr. Jane McArthur, Ph.D.
Toxics Campaign Director, CAPE-ACME
P.S. As we all await an expected Federal election call, we are busy at CAPE preparing to support you in our collective efforts to ensure election candidates and the new government make the health of the planet and everyone on it a priority. Keep an eye on our website for suggestions about how to use your voice in shaping our future government – we know advocacy works, so let’s keep at it!