NDP

Environment Minister should commit to consultation ahead of glyphosate spraying

September 16, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Environment Minister Margaret Miller said in an interview today that despite calls for more consultation, she will not commit to consulting with communities and First Nations ahead of next year’s glyphosate spraying season.

“Mayors, First Nations leaders, and residents have all expressed concerns about the spraying of glyphosate in their communities. There is no reason the Minister should not consult with the people who are most directly impacted by her decisions,” said NDP Environment Critic Denise Peterson-Rafuse.

MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River Lenore Zann, along with Colchester Mayor Bob Taylor, Truro Mayor Bill Mills, and Stewiacke Mayor Wendy Robinson met with Minister Miller in August about their concerns about spraying. First Nations communities are also pushing for consultations.

“People in our community deserve to have their concerns about the impacts of spraying our woodlands with glyphosate heard by Minister Miller,” said Zann. “There is a clear need for more public input on this issue. The Minister should commit to organize and attend public consultations in any community impacted by this spraying.”

This spring, the NDP introduced legislation that would establish an Environmental Bill of Rights in Nova Scotia. The Environmental Bill of Rights would provide a framework for involving communities in decisions about local projects with environmental impacts. Communities would also have access to all research the government has related to these projects.

“An Environmental Bill of Rights would help establish a clear process for determining what people do and do not want in their local community,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Communities deserve better than a government set on making decisions without consulting the people who will be impacted.”

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