Pesticide Reduction Kingston Receives
August 10th, 2005
For immediate release
Organizers and supporters of Pesticide Reduction Kingston (PRK)
were taken completely by surprise by one of the first major donations
to be made to PRK's campaign.
When the Professional Association of Internes and Residents of
Ontario (PAIRO) asked Dr. Ted Ashbury, an anesthesiologist at Kingston
General Hospital, to which organization he wanted to donate his
$1000.00 teaching prize, his choice was Pesticide Reduction Kingston.
"The pesticide issue in Kingston is such an important health
issue, and PRK has been persistent as an advocate for environmental
health," said Dr. Ashbury. "I feel very strongly that
the City should be following the example of other municipalities
in Ontario, such as Toronto and Ottawa, by moving ahead on this
issue and establishing a pesticide reduction bylaw. Hopefully, these
funds will help PRK move the pesticide issue back into the municipal
radar where it belongs."
Dr. Ashbury recently received the PAIRO teaching award for demonstrating
excellence during his clinical teaching duties at Queen's University.
The award was established in 1983 by PAIRO and recognizes the crucial
role that in-hospital/clinic training plays in the education of
young physicians in Ontario. Winners, who are first nominated by
residents and interns, are chosen from medical faculty from each
medical school in Ontario. Each winner is asked to select an organization
to receive the $1000 teaching prize as a donation from
PAIRO on behalf of the teacher.
"Everyone in PRK is energized and completely ecstatic about
the donation. The Ashburys have been unwavering supporters of a
pesticide-free Kingston and have made contributions in time and
in the past," said Nabil Mailloux, group spokesperson. "Our
mission now is to make sure that those funds are used responsibly
and effectively to promote education and to build popular support
for a pesticide reduction bylaw," he added.
"Our hope is that the Mayor and City Council will see that
there is support in the City for a bylaw, recognizing that important
medical and health organizations including the Ontario College of
Family Physicians and our own Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
Health Unit and its' Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Ian Gemmill,
support a move towards eliminating our exposure to these engineered
Pesticide Reduction Kingston is a non-profit community group, whose
mission is to lobby Kingston City Council to pass a restrictive
bylaw on cosmetic pesticide use. The group's mandate includes educating
the public about the risks associated with pesticide use as well
as the non-synthetic chemical methods of maintaining healthy residential
lawns and maintains a website with this important information (www.prkingston.org).
Further donations can be made at the Kingston Community Credit
Union in the name of Pesticide Reduction Kingston or 'PRK'.
For more information regarding this release please
or phone 634-9244.
Visit our website www.prkingston.org