As an opposition critic, I think Mr. Maguire has competentlycarried out his appointment. The topic, however, is another matter, for it deals with the lives and consequences that affects human beings. The consequences of suffering and premature death.
In his opening remarks (Brandon Sun, March 6), he tells us: “In all areas of life,education is the key to success.”
A fair statement, to be sure. I would go a step further and sharethe words of William Ralph Inge — professor, Anglican priest and columnist:
“The aim of education is the knowledge; not of facts, but of values. These products have gone through arigorous regulatory process by Health Canada’s scientists.They review and re-evaluate products of concern.”
How can that be, one might ask.Especially when Health Canada’s PMRA (Pest Management Regulatory Agency) operates in a conflict ofinterest situation.
With no labs of its own, it is forced to “rubber stamp”information provided by the industry, some of which may be withheld. I only have to think back to the times when science and our regulators were horribly wrong in their professional conclusions.
Many people got sick, many people died and many still suffer, until released by death. Babies were born prematurely and deformed. Many died, (the Justice Krever Inquiry into the tainted-blood scandaland the use ofthe drug Thalidomide.)
The conclusion and final awareness in all of this is ... “the human bodywas not designed to absorb exterior poisons.”Pesticides and herbicides are poison. Period.
The skull and crossbones is a sign of death. Perhaps not immediate,but over the long term, it is still a fatality, one that affects many people in our modern society who work with and are in contact with these products.
Caution: “Read the label first” and “complacency” make poor partners. Furthermore, one of the very first duties of any government is to protect the public. And while common sense must always be considered as paramount, unfortunately,it is a flower that doesn’t grow in everyone’s garden.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 20, 2013