Stephenville to participate in Provincial Day of Action

Published on June 6, 2014

The Town of Stephenville will be one of three communities in the province to host a Provincial Day of Action on Tordon 101, which will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Bob Diamond said in a prepared release the event aims to raise awareness on the use of the pesticide Tordon 101 in the provincial government’s road-side spray program and on the proposed 1,100 kilometre Labrador-island transmission link as part of the Muskrat Falls project.

In addition to Stephenville, an event is planned for Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John’s with organizers hoping other communities will join in.

Coinciding with Canadian Environment Week, the Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides NL, Friends of Grand River-Mistashipu, and Social Justice Cooperative NL have organized the Provincial Day of Action on Tordon 101, which organizers consider a dangerous pesticide.

The Day of Action will consist of a door-to-door signature drive and public meetings in various communities. This is the initial step of an ambitious goal by this coalition of groups to gather 15,000 signatures on a petition to ban Tordon 101 in the province.

In addition to the petition drive throughout the day, a public meeting is being held at 10 a.m. in Stephenville at the Community Garden on the Stephenville Lions Club grounds at 2 Woodland Dr.

Anyone looking for more information can contact Bob Diamond at (709) 643-6362 or email schoonerbob1@gmail.com.