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(OPINION) To protect our biodiversity, let’s say No to Bti – L’

The boots must follow the lips!

Wednesday evening November 11, I participated in the first consultation workshop on the theme Environmental health and biodiversity of the future environmental policy of the City of Trois-Rivières. The animation of this meeting was provided in an exemplary manner by Mrs. Saleema Hutchinson of Communagir.

In the document of ” Contextualization of themes and their objectives »And in the exchanges, among the specific objectives, we find very beautiful words, very laudable intentions, beautiful pious wishes … such as:

– Conservation strategy,

– Mitigate the impacts of city activities on the integrity of natural environments,

– Protection of wetlands and water,

– Sensitize citizens on the protection of natural environments and their enhancement,

– Consider all vulnerable / threatened species and integrate measures to protect them,

– Revise the city’s practices in terms of the use of pesticides in order to minimize their use,

– Ensure that all stakeholders in environmental emergencies have up-to-date knowledge and skills allowing them to respond as effectively as possible;

All of this is at odds with and in flagrant contradiction with the Trifluvian biting insect control program which costs, year after year, some $ 1,200,000 / year, unsolicited by taxpayers.

In addition to trying to satisfy the comfort of a few citizens during a few spring and summer weeks, this program has the collateral effect of the partial destruction of our biodiversity as well documented by anti-Bti citizens. We now know that the spreading of the so-called organic Bti pesticides over a large part of the territory of Trois-Rivières partially affects biodiversity and insectivorous birds have gone elsewhere.

While the future Trois-Rivières environmental policy aims to protect our biodiversity and ecosystems, the boots should follow the lips …! Two weights, two measures in a respectable municipal administration, is not of good quality. Thus, our elected officials should concretely apply the Vision to build the future, set out in the city’s sustainable development policy and whose guiding principles are well clarified.

In this perspective, the application of Precautionary principle would be appropriate to decree an immediate moratorium on this control of unsolicited biting insects. Moreover, the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP) has already analyzed the problem and recently concluded an orientation which recommends the application of this precautionary principle.

In its future environmental policy, will the city of Trois-Rivières continue its collaboration for the partial destruction of our biodiversity and thus reject out of hand the very well documented opinion of the MFFP.

Or will she make her Vision to build the future for sustainable development?

So, citizens who do not want a stinging nuisance for a few weeks will be able to apply the many alternative means suggested by our governments at a very minimal cost.

Philippe Giroul, Trois-Rivières