The Coalition for a Healthy Ottawa


Municipal Candidates' Questionnaire 2006  

The following 2 questions were sent on Oct. 4, 2006 to all candidates' email addresses as provided by the City's Municipal Elections website at: http://ottawa.ca/elections/nominated_en.html   For those that did not reply, a reminder notice was sent out on Oct. 13, Oct. 16 and Oct. 23, 2006.  Below is a table outlining the answers to date. Some of the responses may be condensed (politicians are not noted for brevity!).  The results are also subject to update if further information is received. Errors and omissions expected.

Question #1 :
Do you support a strong bylaw in Ottawa eliminating the cosmetic use of pesticides on all public and private properties, with exemptions for farming and for the protection of public health?
Yes: [__] No: [__] Undecided: [__] I Need More Information: [__]

Question #2 :
Do you support a bylaw in Ottawa eliminating the cosmetic use of pesticides on all public and private properties starting in 2006, 2007, 2008 or 2009? Yes in: 2006: [__] 2007: [__] 2008: [__] 2009 [__]
No bylaw: [__] Undecided: [__] I Need More Information: [__]


Mayoral Candidates
Name

Do you support a pesticide bylaw in Ottawa?

2006, 2007, 2008 or 2009?

Comments
Piotr Anweiler

Yes

2007

  
Bob Chiarelli No response No response  Listen to Mayor Bob Chiarelli discuss his supportive stance on a pesticide bylaw by clicking here, which downloads an Oct. 24, 2006 audio recording of the Ottawa Citizen's Editorial Board round-table discussions. (fast forward to 18 minutes and 7 seconds into the interview to hear the pesticide issue).

From CFRA Radio: On a pesticide bylaw Bob Chiarelli stated "...we had the debate and we're going to have the debate again, and it's going to be passed." Source:  CFRA 580 AM radio, Oct. 12, 2006 "The Mayoralty Debate" as aired on "Madely in the Morning" with Steve Madley (9:35am).

Bob Chiarelli voted in favor of a pesticide bylaw in 2005. See Action Alert.

From the Ottawa Sun:
"My wife passed away from cancer. I am very passionate about this issue. It has been proven that pesticides cause cancer and I know that cancer can kill," said Chiarelli.  Source
Robert Larter No response No response 
Alex Munter  Yes Doesn't specify "Alex agrees that banning the non-essential use of pesticides is an important environmental and public health issue that the City must address - now.  Alex has long supported enacting a bylaw on the non-essential use of pesticides."

Alex Munter's website has a press release concerning his support for a pesticdie bylaw, and can be viewed by clicking here.

From the Ottawa Sun:
Munter blamed Chiarelli for not passing a bylaw sooner.  "Ottawa has not made progress on this issue because of a failure of leadership by our present mayor," he said. "Of course, Larry O'Brien doesn't believe that there is any health hazard." Source
Larry O'Brien No response  No response From the Ottawa Citizen:
Larry O'Brien, the other challenger for mayor, believes the evidence still does not paint a direct link between pesticides and health hazards.

"Until I have seen clear medical evidence to the contrary, I don't believe there is a reason to ban pesticides. We've had this debate and lots of misinformation has been put out," he said.

He said he would be willing to re-introduce pesticides on public property, such as parks and sports fields.
Source: Ottawa Citizen, October 9, 2006.

Listen to Larry O'Brien's stance on a pesticide bylaw by clicking here, which downloads an Oct. 25, 2006 audio recording of the Ottawa Citizen's Editorial Board round-table discussion.  (fast forward to 29 minutes and 30 seconds into the interview to hear the pesticide issue).

From the Ottawa Sun:
O'Brien said he wants to study why previous attempts to pass a similar bylaw failed. "I need to see a lot more information on it. Any bylaw would have to exclude the rural areas," he said, adding: "I am not close-minded on the issue." O'Brien said he would support the use of pesticides on city property, which is now prohibited, to fight infestations. Source

From CFRA Radio:  
O'Brien stated: "Lets not try and create another level of management where the people in city hall believe they know better than the senior levels of management when it comes to a health issue. ... I will not be introducing a pesticide bylaw that goes outside the boundry -- that if senior levels of government say we should not be using this then let's not use it, it's common sense..." 
Source: CFRA 580 AM radio, Oct. 12, 2006, "The Mayoralty Debate" (Part 6) as aired on "Madely in the Morning" with Steve Madley (9:35am). 
Barkley Pollock Yes 2007 
Jane Scharf Yes 2006 

 

Candidates for Councillor

Ward 

Do you support a pesticide bylaw in Ottawa?

2006, 2007, 2008 or 2009?

Comments
Ward 1 - Orléans   
Bob Monette no  no
For this issue I prefer education not legislation.  Therefore no I do not support a bylaw regulating the use of pesticides.  Educating people on the harmful effects of pesticides is more effective than forcing them to use government selected type of pesticides.
Dennis Vowles email  no response no response  CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  Undecided

Ottawa Sun
Environmental Issues are are near and dear to Vowles, and he says he would take a pro-active approach to that. "We need to continue to work hard at protecting what we've got," he said, pointing specifically to the concern over water quality at Petrie Island and the landfill problems in the city. Source 
Ward 2 - Innes   
Rainer Bloess no response  no response  CHO Comment: Click here for more information on how he failed to vote for a strong bylaw in 2005
David Cameron email no response  no response  CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  Not in support
Chris Fraser email
withdrawn withdrawn  withdrew from election
Ward 3 - Bell-South Nepean   
T.K. Chu no response   no response CHO comment: On the Oct 17, 2006 edition of "Talk Ottawa", the Rogers cable TV community channel, T.K. Chu stated that he does not support a bylaw.  

"...said his entire family suffers from a number of allergies and chemical sensitivities, but won't let personal experience compromise the impracticality of enforcing a ban." Source: November 10, 2006. Barrhaven Independent, Issue 45, Page 1 & 2.
Catherine Gardner Yes 2006 CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  Yes, in support
Jan Harder  Commented  Commented I am sure you are aware that Maria McRae, Alex Cullen and myself tried very hard to see a compromise passed.  That compromise was as far as I will go.

CHO Comment: Click here for more information on how she failed to vote for a strong bylaw in 2005

Jan Harder, the incumbent, was visibly annoyed that the issue came up, but offered a curt response.  "I believe in democracy and the vast majority of people in this city don't want a ban on pesticides," she said.  Source: November 10, 2006. Barrhaven Independent, Issue 45, Page 1 & 2.
Joseph King no response   no response CHO comment: On the Oct 17, 2006 edition of "Talk Ottawa", the Rogers cable TV community channel, King stated that he does not support a bylaw.  

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  Not in support.
Ward 4 - Kanata North   
Anu Bose  Yes  2007 CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  Yes, in support
Dan Cowley email withdrawn withdrawn  Withdrew from election
Eric Forgrave email  Yes  2008 CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  Yes, in support
Matt Muirhead  no response no response  CHO Comment:  Muirhead stated that he does not support a pesticide bylaw.  Source: CFRA, Lowell Green Show, Sept. 13, 2006
Jeff Seeton Yes 2007 CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  Yes, in support
Marianne Wilkinson Needs more info  Needs more info  I will be meeting on this next week and I am open to some regulation on the cosmetic use of pesticides over time.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:  No, restrict rather than a total ban.
Ward 5 - West Carleton   
J.P. Dorion no response  no response  
Eli El-Chantiry  No No   I do not support the need for a by-law to ban the 'cosmetic' use of pesticides.  
Ward 6 - Stittsville   
Gilles Chasles No  No  For the moment, I am in favour of allowing
professionals apply pesticide and will look at studies before making a final decision... I dont believe it's the place of government to impeed on private properties
Shad Qadri see point 1   see point 2 1) The elimination of pesticides is not a simple yes or no answer as posed in this questionnaire. The need for a bylaw is to protect the public from the abuse of pesticides and I would support a bylaw that accomplishes this goal. There is a need for exemptions for farming, parks, golf courses, soccer fields and  infestations with application
when needed provided by a licensed applicator and with a reasonable definition and determination mechanism to define infestations.
2) The timing of the bylaw would be predicated on the ability of the city and the private sector agreeing on the basis for application and the licensing requirements of the products. The definitions of the products that were banned would be the major hurdle as there are some products that are not chemically based and the banning of these may not be warranted.
Ward 7 - Bay   
Alex Cullen  Yes  2008 A public education campaign must accompany this on safer alternatives to pesticides.

Ottawa Sun
And I support phasing out the cosmetic use of pesticides, both for the health reasons endorsed by medical authorities and to improve our environment. Source

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes.
Terry Kilrea no response no response  CHO Comment:  Stated in CHO's 2003 election questionnaire (for mayor) that he doesn't support a pesticide bylaw.  Click here for his reply to the questionnaire.
Sherril Noble doesn't say doesn't say I am not in any support of a by law that isn't enforceable.  I do believe in educating the public so they will chose to do the right thing.I would also like the City to do the maintenance of cutting the grass that they are currently taking the tax payers money to do.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Ward 8 - College   
Rick Chiarelli email  no response no response  CHO Comment: Rick Chiarelli has consistantly voted against a pesticide bylaw. Click here for more information.
Brett Delmage
 Yes Intro in 2007.
And 2008 full enforcement .
Banning pesticides is an important public health issue, which I support as part of my platform for healthy, sustainable communities.  I will not take donations from pesticide companies or their employees.  Also, I will not say one thing and do another, as the current councillor for the ward did.
Laura Lee Doupe email Yes   2006 "Soon to be a mother, Doupe said she is also concerned that council did not approve the pesticide ban." Source: Nepean Weekender, Oct. 5, 2006, page 3
Ward 9 - Knoxdale-Merivale     
James Dean Yes 2006 
Gord Hunter needs more info  needs more info  "What is the greater interest of 'public health' - the problem of allergies from pesticides or the problem of allergies from pollens?

The information I need is from my ward residents. As was the case in 2004-5 if this issue were to be raised again I would consult my ward residents through newspaper ads, e-mails and mailings. The aim would be to get as many homeowners as possible to express their views on this important subject. As was the case in the last term I would vote according to the majority wishes."

CHO Comment:  Historically, Gord Hunter has consistantly voted against a pesticide bylaw. Click here for more information.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll: Undecided (Will be decided after consultation with residents)
Ward 10 - Gloucester-Southgate       
David Alloggia Yes 2007 Ottawa Sun
2) Pesticides: "Common lawn and garden pesticides are linked to birth defects, asthma, developmental delays, prostate cancer, motor dysfunction, Parkinson's, nervous system disruption and immunotoxicity. 2,4-D, the most widely used lawn pesticide, has dioxin, a known carcinogen, and is associated with increased rates of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and prostate cancer."  (www.flora.org/healthyottawa)

Toronto, many other municipalities in Ontario, and the entire province of Quebec, have banned the cosmetic use of pesticides. We have councillors in this city asking for a ban along our waterways, but where do children more often play, on neighbourhood lawns, or in the Rideau River?

We need a complete ban. Period. Only, this time, any councillor who has accepted contributions from pesticide companies must either return the money or abstain from the vote. Source
Douglas Besharah email No  No  I will not support a ban on pesticides.
Diane Deans no response  no response  CHO Comment:  Click here for more information on how she failed to vote for a strong bylaw in 2005
Ward 11 - Beacon Hill-Cyrville       
Michel Bellemare Yes  2007  CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Frank Reid no response  no response  Ottawa Sun
The environment has always been an important issue to me. I was previously the Chair of both Environment and Waste Management committees and if elected, I will work to get these important items back on the agenda starting by reestablishing a separate Environmental committee. Source
Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier     
Georges Bedard Yes  2007  CHO comment: He voted in favor of a bylaw in 2005.  See Action Alert.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Krista Driscoll email Yes   2007 Ottawa Sun
The environment is one of my main concerns. Source
Bruce McConville Yes 2007 CHO Comment:  For further info, see McConville's response under CHO's 2003 questionnaire, located here.

Ottawa Sun
6. Support a ban on pesticides should it come to a vote.  Source
Ward 13 - Rideau-Rockcliffe     
Jules Bouvier  Yes  2007 Ottawa Sun
As Councillor I will request that the ban of pesticides be addressed by Council at the earliest opportunity. Source
Maurice Lamirande email Needs more info Needs more info  
Jacques Legendre
Yes  As soon as possible Essentially, my answer is YES, at the first available opportunity.  In order to ensure passage of a policy with some teeth, I believe that some preparatory discussions (lobbying?) with our Medical Officer of Health is needed to make sure that he is willing to bring forward a strong report on the issue. We should not repeat the dismally weak approach that was attempted during this last mandate. In my view, we should model ourselves on Halifax.  That regional municipality is similar to Ottawa in that it has a large rural territory.  As well, they have managed to operate their by-law at very little cost by using a local organization knowledgeable and credible in the field.  Failing that, Toronto might also be an acceptable model although I am less confident that their by-law is enforced with any rigor.  I see that you are recommending the Peterborough model.  Sounds simple and straightforward to me and I'll accept your opinion that it works well.

CHO comment:  Jacques Legendre voted in favor of a bylaw in 2005.  See Action alert.
James T. Parker email No  There is no proof on the planet that pesticides are a risk to anything but weeds that cause ten times the suffering that pesticides are eroneausly labeled with.Why don't you get a real life and help people that really need help, like the poor or seniors or volunteer at a food bank or a thousand other things one person can do and make a differance.
Muinis Ramadan email  no response no response  CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Ward 14 - Somerset       
I. Ben-Tahir
no response  no response  CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Karen Dawe email  doesn't say  doesn't say  I wouldn't use any statute that BANS anything including the economic purpose behind the scenes, that are the real expenditure. ...there are many innovative answers to our pesticides, what the control is for and how we can use education and resources for the answer.
George Guirguis email didn't
answer
didn't answer  Stated: "I will research these issues in order to make an informed decision. I am committed to the health and safety of my constituents."

CHO comment: He did not answer the 2 questions but instead emailed us about his Meet 'n Greet that's held on Oct. 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 246 Lyon Street.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Diane Holmes Yes 2006 Ottawa Sun
The cosmetic use of pesticides should be controlled. Source

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Luc Lapointe Yes  doesn't say  Yes, I support a strong bylaw to eliminate the cosmetic use of pesticides.  I think this should be part of an education campaign that includes the use of pesticides in the house.
Ward 15 - Kitchissippi     
Christine Leadman Yes
2008
Question #1. Yes I will support a pesticide ban and will look to best practices already used in one of the 120 cities with such a ban in place.
 
Question #2. I am not sure of the time requirements to implement such a ban. With a new Council being formed and I think a target date of 2008 is realistic. This would allow Council to implement an effective consultation and transition to meet this timeline.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Gary Ludington
Yes 2007 It is time that we protect the health of our kids. As your Councillor, I will actively pursue a bylaw that restricts the use of lawn and garden pesticides to protect the health of our kids, to protect the health of all residents of Ottawa. Source: Ottawa Sun
Daniel Narwa email Yes 2007 
Vicky Smallman Yes 2006 CHO Comment:  From her website she states: "...overwhelming support for a ban from the medical community and more than enough reports about the links between pesticide use and various forms of cancer."  (Source: click here for her blog entitled "Weedlocked")
Ward 16 - River/Rivière     
Blake Batson
 undecided  undecided CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes.
Maria McRae no response  no response  CHO Comment:  click here for more information on how she failed to vote for a strong bylaw in 2005
Ottawa Sun
Our job is to respect and protect the environment.
Source
Ward 17 - Capital/Capitale       
Ian Boyd Yes Right away This is easy as I am an avid organic gardener
Yes and right away is the answer to your question. I do think we will need to find middle ground and I would limit it to half acre lots and under to appease those on council whom think its still a good idea to have pesticides.
Sean Curran  no response  no response 
Clive Doucet Yes 2006   I voted in favour of a pesticide ban in the past and I will in the future.  It is long overdue.

CHO comment: he voted in favor of a bylaw in 2005. See Action alert.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes.
Jay Nordenstrom Yes
2007  
Ward 18 - Alta Vista     
Yusef Al Mezel
 Yes  2006 
Peter Hume  no response  no response CHO comment: he voted in favor of a bylaw in 2005. See Action alert.  In the Oct. 21, 2006 Ottawa Citizen newspaper, in an article written by Jake Rupert, Hume is quoted as saying that he would vote again for a bylaw.
Ahmed Ibrahim Yes  2008 Ottawa Sun:  He also wants to ban cosmetic use of pesticides.  Source
Ismael Lediye email no response  no response 
Perry Marleau Yes  2007  
James Ryan  No  No I absolutely do not support a bylaw to ban the use of pesticide.
Ward 19 - Cumberland     
Dan Biocchi Yes  Put checkmarks in all years  Yes I support the banning of pesticides for cosmetic use. I wish that somehow I could get the two opposing sides together to try to come up with a way to help those that would be economically dislocated...and there will be some. I think that invariably we need to pay for our misuse of the environment. And I think it will have to be by ensuring employment through an employment program of some sort for those that will loose their jobs .  This will also have to be a joint government initiative.  I do have one caveat however.  If a clear majority of my constituents 66% and above do not want a by-law I will have to respect their wishes. I will try to convince them otherwise and if there is a referendum city wide I will be on the "ban the pesticides" side. But I will have been elected to represent all my constituents in a two thirds majority vote against the banning of pesticides I must defer to their authority.
Rob Jellett  undecided / needs more info undecided / needs more info  CHO Comment:  click here for more information on how he failed to vote for a strong bylaw in 2005
Henry Valois email  no response no response  CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes. 
Ward 20 - Osgoode       
Robert Fowler email  Yes  2006 
Doug Thompson  no response no response  CHO Comment:  click here for more information on how he failed to vote for a strong bylaw in 2005
Ward 21 - Rideau-Goulbourn     
Glenn Brooks  no response no response  CHO Comment:  click here for more information on how he failed to vote for a strong bylaw in 2005
Iain McCallum email  no response no response  CHO Comment:  At the all-candidates meeting at South Carleton High School in Richmond on Oct. 19th, he stated that while he didn't use them, he would have to see what evidence was presented.
Scott Moffatt email
 No No  Living in a rural ward with different concerns than Orleans or Barrhaven, I would have to say that
education is the key to this issue, not a "one size fits all" policy. Perhaps, the idea of permits or licences could be examined in the future as
a means of preventing misuse of pesticides by homeowners.

CHO Comment:  At the all-candidates meeting at South Carleton High School in Richmond on Oct. 19th, he stated that people would still be able to buy pesticides from Home Depot - that someone in Manotick sprayed a 4 year supply of pesticides on their lawn in one application and that it was a matter of education.  He said he would vote 'no' because of all the farms in Ottawa. 
Jim Stewart email  no response no response  CHO Comment:  At the all-candidates meeting at South Carleton High School in Richmond on Oct. 19th, he stated that he wouldn't support a ban concerning farms.  And that he would have to examine a bylaw carefully.
Ward 22 - Rideau River South


 

  
Steve Desroches  no response no response  Rogers 22 - Talk Ottawa Show - Oct 16th:
Steve Desroches - "I worked for the Department of Agriculture and I worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency so I've been in that portfolio with Health Canada that regulates these products.  I have confidence in them as a regulator.  I think if the population has a problem, if they don't have confidence in the standards, then they need take it up to the federal level.  Upload that one.

I didn't agree with previous by-law that you would have an urban and rural split.  But the opinion was that it was unlawful.  There was a condition that there would be a different usage in rural and a different usage in urban.  I can't support that.  The lawyers were saying it was unlawful to have by-law in fact done and I don't know how we can support that."

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll:
Steve Desroches: I do not support a ban.   
Don Dransfield Yes  2007  I am the only Ward 22 Candidate to support a ban on Pesticides. At our debates the other candidates all said no and that it was an issue for the Federal and Provincial Governments. I have argued that it is an issue which needs to be addressed at the municipal level. If the city had not started the ball rolling on the smoking ban, it would not have become a Provincial law. Similarly a pesticide ban will also need to start at the municipal level.  Please also note that I signed a petition on this matter in 2001.

CHO comment: On the Oct 16, 2006 edition of "Talk Ottawa", the Rogers cable TV community channel, Dransfield stated that he has environmental sensitivities and reacts to pesticides  and does support a pesticide bylaw.
Andrew Haydon didn't answer  didn't answer  CHO Comment:  replied by saying he made his position known to the Canadian Cancer Society. The CCS has since informed us that Haydon didn't agree to meet on the issue.  And, on the Oct 16, 2006 edition of "Talk Ottawa", the Rogers cable TV community channel, Haydon stated that he does not support a bylaw.  
Eric Lamoureux  no response no response  CHO comment: On the Oct 16, 2006 edition of "Talk Ottawa", the Rogers cable TV community channel, Lamoureux stated that he trusts Health Canada and does not support a bylaw.  
Robert McKenney no response   no response CHO comment: On the Oct 16, 2006 edition of "Talk Ottawa", the Rogers cable TV community channel, McKenney stated that he trusts Health Canada and does not support a bylaw.  
Tanya Thompson  ?  ? CHO Comment:  She replied that she needs more information.  However, on the Oct 16, 2006 edition of "Talk Ottawa", the Rogers cable TV community channel, Tanya Thompson stated that she is asthmatic and has three kids that are asthmatic...and feels there is a need to control dandelions in the parks.  She stated she does not support a pesticide bylaw.
Ward 23 - Kanata South   
Amrik Dhami no response  no response  
Peggy Feltmate note 1  note 2  1. I voted for the proposal for a by-law to restrict the cosmetic use of pesticides in the Fall of 2005 and plan to support any future attempt to restrict the cosmetic use of pesticides. However, after unsuccessful attempts to get restrictions on the cosmetic use of pesticides in 2002 and 2005, I am prepared to vote for a weaker by-law than what is described in question one if the alternative is no restrictions on the cosmetic use of pesticides. I also still feel that the best way to increase support for a by-law is being able to demonstrate that alternatives to pesticides work.

2. There is an expectation that there will be a full discussion of any proposal to restrict the cosmetic use of pesticides. This means the earliest a proposal will come forward is 2007. If the discussion is taking place in 2007, we are unlikely to be able to implement a by-law until 2008.

CBC Ottawa Votes Poll -- Yes.
Suraj Harish email  Yes 2008  
Allan Hubley no response  no response  CHO Comment:  from his website: "With all these issues facing our City, Peggy Feltmate has wasted time debating whether or not to ban scents or the use of weed and feed on your private property. This is not acceptable." 
Richard Rutkowski  no response no response  CHO Comment:  see CHO's 2003 questionnaire for further info about Rutkowski's stance on pesticides, click here.

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