Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Great Step Forward

On September 7th a few Edmonton City Councillors formally requested an administrative inquiry into the feasibility of a pesticide bylaw. This is an encouraging step in the right direction. The report from city administrators is expected by the end of January 2011.

During the next few months we need to ensure that our voice is heard. One way you can help is to actively participate in this year’s municipal elections. Let candidates know that this issues is important to you. The Canadian Cancer Society is surveying all the electoral candidates in Edmonton to find out where they stand on implementing a pesticide bylaw. The results of this survey will be out during the first week of October on the Vote for Health website.

This website is also a great place to find tools that will help you engage candidates during the election season. You will find sample letters to send to candidates and sample questions to ask them whenever you get the opportunity. If you really want your voice to be heard, make sure to attend the scheduled public forum taking place in your ward.

Let us know how it goes!