The City of Trois-Rivières is asking the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change to adopt a provincial policy on the control of biting insects concerning, in particular, the supervision of the use of larvicide (BTI) and assessment of its impact on the environment.
The City has been questioned on several occasions concerning the use of BTI in certain sectors of the territory to control biting insects. More recently, an open letter published in Le Nouvelliste invited the city council to attend a conference by biologist Ginette Méthot, specializing in limnology (freshwater ecology), about the BTI.
“We want to bring the debate to the right place. It is the provincial government that has the scientific expertise to rule on this issue, argues Mayor Jean Lamarche. We will have to live with the government’s positioning. ”
The objective is to ask the government to clarify the situation and propose to the minister to use a strategic environmental assessment to do this. According to Dominic Thibeault, Division Manager – Environment at the City of Trois-Rivières, this would be the best way to have a public and objective discussion on this subject among the population.
Trois-Rivières is also counting on the support of the City of Shawinigan in this process.