Keeping a close eye on new committee to study glyphosate

New Brunswickers were treated to a pretty rare sight in the dying days of 2019: a big debate in the legislature on whether to ban the herbicide glyphosate in the Crown forest.

As a result, we have a new legislative committee charged with studying the glyphosate issue and make recommendations to government. 

The Standing Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship will, according to the government’s release on Dec. 19, “hold public hearings, engage stakeholders, invite submissions and make recommendations” within six months.

And that’s about as much as we know so far. The terms of reference for the committee have yet to be set. You can see the members of the all-party committee, chaired by PC MLA Bruce Fitch and vice-chaired by Green MLA Kevin Arseneau, here

Rest assured we will be watching the committee’s work closely to ensure your concerns about glyphosate use in our woods are addressed. Stay tuned to this space for regular updates.

In the meantime, here’s some reading around herbicide spraying in New Brunswick, for the interested: