Protesters stand down for now

Justin Dickie
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ROSLIN A group of residents in this small rural community dont want aerial herbicide spraying done here and theyre willing to occupy the potential spray zone around the clock to make sure they have their way.

A group of around a dozen Roslin residents started protesting at the potential spray site on Monday afternoon in an effort to stop the North Nova Forest Owners Co-op from spraying the herbicide Vision near their property.

Protesters stand down for now

ROSLIN A group of residents in this small rural community dont want aerial herbicide spraying done here and theyre willing to occupy the potential spray zone around the clock to make sure they have their way.

A group of around a dozen Roslin residents started protesting at the potential spray site on Monday afternoon in an effort to stop the North Nova Forest Owners Co-op from spraying the herbicide Vision near their property.

The spraying was supposed to take place Tuesday, but the protesters were informed Monday that it had been rescheduled until later in the week.

The residents postponed their protest until later this week.

Roslin beekeeper Jerry Draheim claims the contractor told him hed be given notice before the herbicide is applied, so the protest group has let their guard down until theyre notified of when its happening.

"If we wait long enough, after the leaves change, apparently (the spray) is not effective. So if we can get in til fall" said concerned citizen Holly Gordon Monday at the site. "I would hope they wouldnt dump chemicals down on us. Youre not supposed to ingest them, youre not supposed to inhale them. I dont want to wear it either."

The group is following the lead of similar protests in Pictou and Colchester counties.

While the Pest Management Regulatory Agency insists Vision is safe, many studies suggest the opposite.

Rick Cheeseman, a local organic farmer, said according to research hes seen, 59 per cent of the Vision formula is made up of "inert" ingredients. When herbicide companies release their research results, they name the long-term affects of the active ingredient, but only name the short-term affects of the whole formula.

"The companies themselves, if you ask them Is this product safe for people? they will say glyphosate is safe. They will never tell you and never talk to you about the inert ingredients," Cheeseman said.

"When we know so little about the product, and were applying it in such a widespread fashion, and we have 50 per cent of Canadians are going to get cancer in their lifetime, isnt it time we started asking what the whole product is and start testing for it?"

Organizations: North Nova Forest Owners Co-op, Pest Management Regulatory Agency

Geographic location: Roslin, Pictou, Colchester

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