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Defining Responsible Forestry

The goal: To anticipate and prevent environmental damage ...
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The primary herbicides used in Northern Ontario's forestry program are 2,4-D (various tradenames) and glyphosate (Vision - Round Up).


Harvesting in the video above in the Pineland forest by Domtar

Premier McGuinty’s campaign promise to ban the non-essential use of chemical pesticides and chemical herbicides may soon become a reality. However, not enough people submitted their comments on the Environmental Registry regarding the newly proposed Ontario pesticide legislation (Proposal Notice 010-2248).  The environmental registry is the forum used by the government to consult the public. The environmental registry posting indicates that “The government will look at other communities and jurisdictions, including Quebec, that have implemented bans on cosmetic uses of pesticides. Currently, the use of pesticides (including herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, or combinations of any of these) is restricted in a number of municipalities across Ontario" and over 135 across Canada.

In 1999, the 35th Senate Subcommittee on the Boreal Forest published a report titled, “COMPETING REALITIES: The Boreal Forest at Risk". The subcommittee recommended that, “All herbicide and chemical pesticide use in the boreal forest should be phased out as soon as possible.”   

The province of Quebec banned the application of chemical herbicides by the forestry industry in 2001. They have perfected a variety of non-chemical tools to replace chemical herbicides, presently applied in Ontario to regenerate conifer seedlings. As the boreal forest runs across all of Canada and most of the northern hemisphere (maps), the tools used in Quebec and Scandinavian countries to replace chemical herbicides are similarly available for use in Ontario's boreal forest.

It is imperitave to submit your comments. Comments can be as brief as a single sentence of support for the proposal to require Ontario's forestry industry to make use of recognized and well known non-chemical alternatives to manage vegetation in the boreal forest. Without your comments, the government may give into lobby pressure from multinational corparations and continue to allow non-essential chemical herbicides to be sprayed in the headwaters feeding the Great Lakes (maps), the Ottawa River (maps), and the James Bay.

It is essential that we make use of the available alternatives to chemical herbicides in the boreal forest, for the ecosystems and our part in those systems. Even large and expensive water filtration plants, such as those used in Ottawa and Toronto, are ineffective to remove chemical herbicides and pesticides from drinking water before it is delivered to the public.

Are you comfortable exposing yourself to "minute" amounts of non-essential chemical herbicides in your drinking water, knowing that the medical community has banded together, telling the public to minimize their exposure to these chemicals in every way possible?

Please call and tell your MPP why its important to you that Ontario mimick leading jurisdictions like Quebec and Scandinavia, follow the advice of our family doctors and senate sub-committee, and finally implement the known alternatives to chemicals herbicides in Ontario's boreal forest.

NOTICE-OF-AERIAL-SPRAYING - Chemical Herbicides:: Pineland Forest 2007 - DOMTAR - Ministry of Natural Resources

Application for Investigation - Environmental Commissioner of Ontario - Herbicides deposited in waterways - Ontario Water Resources Act

* Ontario Ministry of Environment

Application for Investigation - Auditor General of Canada - Herbicides deposited in fish bearing waterways - Fisheries Act

* Indian & Northern Affairs Canada

* Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Pineland "independent" forest audit 2007- Arbex Forest Resources Consultants - "Independent" and "Inaccessible" to the public.

NOTICE-OF-AERIAL-SPRAYING - Chemical Herbicides: Martel Forest 2007- Tembec - Ministry of Natural Resources

NOTICE-OF-AERIAL-SPRAYING - Chemical Herbicides: Spanish Forest 2007 - DOMTAR - Ministry of Natural Resources

One of the community needs in northern communities is a guarantee that forestry activities will not contaminate drinking water, flora, or fauna ... making it un-fit for human consumption.

As such, responsible forestry includes using alternative methods of deciduous (leafed) plant control rather than spraying herbicides. A petition been created which should be distributed widely.

Online Petition - Stop the herbicide spray in N.Ontario
Download the petition & fax it into the National Aboriginal Forestry Association

If our history has proven one thing, it is that the herbicides which are currently being used will be found to have caused great ecological damage, likely with long term and lasting effects. The 2003 report of the Auditor General echoes this view.

“The federal government does not have reliable, up-to-date information about pesticides that it needs to manage them effectively. It lacks significant information on the use of pesticides and exposure to them. Research on health impacts is very limited ..." (1.134 AG).

"Overall, we conclude that the federal government is not managing pesticides effectively." (1.136 AG).

“In several cases, the measures listed on pesticide labels, even if followed, appear not to have been enough to prevent environmental damage.”

Like the fish in the Great Lakes, our fish in our rivers, streams, and lakes could soon be deemed safe to eat only below a specified quantity, or possibly even unsafe for human consumption at any level.

Responsible Forestry is comming soon to an area near you... along with community base sustainable forestry licences.

Joel Theriault


If you notice one thing about the various studies ... it should be the party financially funding the study. Why do the studies funded by the forestry companies & the chemical producers inevitably indicate that the chemicals are safe, while those that are peer reviewed and funded by non-interested parties generally reach the opposite conclusion? You be the judge.

General Pesticide Information & Video Clips

- Alternatives to Herbicides
B.C. Sheep Grazing Info

- Health & Environmental Effects of Herbicides
2,4-D & Glyphosate are the primary active ingredients in the herbicides being applied by the forestry industry.

- Email
correspondence regarding Forestry methods, Stumpage Rates, Sustainable and New Employment Opportunities from Forestry, & Herbicides.

Photo Gallery

30 miles from Ivanhoe : May 2005
(90 pics)

West of Lemoine / Shawmere : Summer 2005 ( 49 Pics)

- East of Oswald : July 2005 (17 Pics)
- East of Oswald : June 2005 ( 40 Pics )

South of Moore / Summer 2005 (12 Pics)

West of Grounhog River : Summer 2005 (5 Pics)

Latest Updates - See the contradiction between the MNR position and the medical community?

October 18, 2006 MNR Herbicide Policy - Report by Bob Johnston - District Manager : Chapleau, MNR ... Why we "need" herbides and why we know they are "safe".

August 2005, The problems with Pesticides -
Dr. Robert Cushman, Medical Officer of Health for the Municipality of Ottawa

Chapter 1  —  Managing the Safety and Accessibility of Pesticides 2003 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Office of the Auditor General of Canada

“The federal government does not have reliable, up-to-date information about pesticides that it needs to manage them effectively. It lacks significant information on the use of pesticides and exposure to them. Research on health impacts is very limited ..." (1.134 AG).

"Overall, we conclude that the federal government is not managing pesticides effectively." (1.136 AG).

“In several cases, the measures listed on pesticide labels, even if followed, appear not to have been enough to prevent environmental damage.”

Chemical Dependency - A paper written by Joel Theriault for Water Law ... examining several legal tools which may be used to prevent the forestry industry from applying herbicides in N.Ontario's pristine forests.

Major project working with many lawyers, lawstudents, NGO's, and private citizens to stop the use of chemical herbicides in Northern Ontario. See how you may be able to help at the WhiteMoose discussion forum. Together, we can accomplish quite a lot.

Forestry Meeting June 16, 2006

This is video taken by Joel Theriault at the Northwatch presentation focused on the alternatives to herbicides in forestry, and the health / environmental effects of the herbicides used by the forestry industry... Each tape is approx 1 hour in length.

For copies on DVD, email me - Joel@WhiteMoose.Ca

Tape 1 of 6

Tape 2 of 6

Tape 3 of 6

Tape 4 of 6

Tape 5 of 6

Tape 6 of 6

News Release : De Facto INJUNCTIONS MAY PREVENT HERBICIDE APPLICATION - Superior Martel & Pineland Forests, Northern Ontario
Map of prohibited area for herbicide application in Superior Martel (Chapleau, Ontario)

Pesticide Information - Top Reasons why we should discontinue the commercial use of herbicides in Northern Ontario

Pesticide Paper regarding Glyphosate - Written by Jenna Theriault

Pesticide paper regarding source water protection, protection of human health, and planning for the long term economic prosperity of Ontario. Paper written for Planning and Environmental Assessment Law, January 2006, at the University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law. Course taught by practicing lawyers from Birchall & Northey law firm in Ottawa.

Joel Theriault's Paper with Bibliography

1 minute News Clip : Information regarding the health effects of pesticides ... in relation to the Ottawa Pesticide By-Law.

(5MB - WMV)

CJOH-TV Oct 25 2005 6pm news

CJOH Oct 14 2005 6pm News Chiarelli Supports Bylaw

CJOH Nov 8 2005

CJOH News Feb 16, 2004 - Dr. Jen Armstrong on Pesticides

CJOH News- Alex Cullen - Feb 16, 2004

CBC-TV Ottawa English Evening News November 10 2005

News - French - Pesticides

Green Party - Herbicides and public health

News - Green Party - Herbicides

Medical Professionals & their opinion on the safety of herbicides - Ottawa Pesticide Debates

Ottawa Pesticide ByLaw Debates - Speech time of 5 minutes per speaker .... The debates lasted approximately 14 hours, but I narrowed down the video to medical testimony, business pespectives, & information about the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) which is the federal government department responsible to regulate pesticides.

17 Minutes - Includes the submissions of Joel Theriault

Tape 55 - (86 MB - WMV)


30 minutes - Includes Green Party Representatives & medical community

Tape 56 - (169 MB - WMV)

24 minutes - medical community / Business perspectives

Tape 56 - 2 of 2 (137 MB - WMV)

Tape 57 - 1 of 3 (78 MB - WMV) 20 minutes

Tape 57 - 2 of 3 (100 MB - WMV) 20 minutes

Tape 57 - 3 of 3 (73 MB - WMV) 18 minutes



Tape 58 - 1 of 3 (100MB - WMV) 20 minutes

Tape 58 - 2 of 3 (100MB - WMV) 20 minutes

Tape 58 - 3 of 3 (100MB - WMV) 20 minutes







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