Town approves ‘appropriate middle ground’ on pesticides

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Slave Lake town council last week approved a new policy on spraying for weeds and insects. The town has been attempting to control noxious and (especially) prohibited noxious weeds, council heard in a report by community services director Garry Roth. However, although pulling weeds and cutting weeds can work in some situations, in others “they just come back.” Since the town is obligated under provincial legislation to control the spread of some weeds, some degree of spraying should be contemplated, Roth said.

Roth acknowledged that some people will not like such measures. He also noted that there are environmental considerations. Apparently there has been no town policy on the matter, per se, although there has been an impression that Slave Lake is a ‘no spray’ community.

Roth suggested there is “an appropriate middle ground,” for targeted spraying of weeds. “The code of practice is very clear on how and where you can spray,” he said.

Mayor Warman acknowledged that chemicals are unpopular, “but on the other hand, the province mandates we deal with these things. I think there’s a time and a place.”

Councillor Joy McGregor asked if anyone on town staff has a license to apply such chemicals. There isn’t anyone, Roth said, but there is a contractor who can be engaged if need be.

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