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HEALTH QUESTIONS

 

1-GIVEN THAT VERNON’S OVER 65 POPULATION IS AT 25% (HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF 16.9%,) THAT CHRONIC DISEASES ARE ON THE RISE AND INCREASE WITH AGE, AND THAT SOCIAL ISOLATION IS MORE
PREVALENT IN OUR SENIORS,


 · IF ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROGRAMMING TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND
REDUCE ISOLATION FOR OUR SENIOR POPULATION AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES, AS DESCRIBED
IN THE DRAFT RECREATION MASTER PLAN?
 

VICTOR I CUMMING

I am in full support of expanding aquatic and fitness programming for seniors as well as people with different abilities based on the development of the proposed new pool and expanded fitness facilities. I also support conducting seniors programming in different parts of the City using existing community facilities in low use times, such as during weekdays. Working with community partners to make good use of shared spaces will increase the availability of senior’s activities within the current facility and space constraints. Providing programming for seniors in neighborhood meeting spaces will also encourage a sense of community and help seniors establish local connections to reduce isolation. Access to walking paths is also critical to local seniors and it is important to enhance neighborhood trails with gradual grades.

Make sure seniors exercise daily.

I would support infrastructure and programming for seniors and people with chronic disease by making sure we are making inclusion, easy of access and accessibility a top priority. When we are making decisions regarding programming we need to have in mind the demographic outlook of our community while developing staff that can allow for more diverse programs that are geared to seniors and or people living with chronic disease’s. Any program we develop must and should include the resources needed to make the program a success, be geared to the community needs, be available for all to participate and have a reliable transportation options. The accessibility portion should be second nature in our decisions as council considering our communities diversity. As our population continues to age at a much higher pace than the Canadian average we need to make sure we as council encourage development that is inclusive of all people children, youth, families, seniors and people with disabilities to ensure they are treated with respect while understanding that they are given the same opportunities as others in our community. It has been my commitment to work with Council and Administration to bring back an Accessibility Committee that reports quarterly to Council on how we can be inclusive as a community while getting recommendations on how to address accessibility concerns.

No answer.

Candidates for Councillor

SCOTT ANDERSON

No answer.

DAVE DESHANE

Improved Handy-Dart services. We need improved safety features with the whole transit system and we need to work with private partners to ensure proper bus drop offs at places like the Village Green Mall.

TERESA DURNING

Although social issues are not within the mandate of the City I will be an advocate for supporting a healthy community over all. The senior tax payer needs to be considered when decisions are made including walking paths and other recreation services. Infrastructure for the city should always be compliant with accessibility requirements for both people with mobility issues as well as seniors. These are ongoing problems within the city.

KELLY FEHR

It is not difficult to find a variety of reports on the various challenges and opportunities Canada’s population shift allows for.
- Home and facility construction best practices exist for seniors and individuals with physical complications. The city could investigate incentives to developers to have these standards incorporated into new builds. This would better allow people to age in place, while reducing support costs to the senior population and the tax payer.
- As we continue to grow in population and in services I believe it is important to maximize the use of space in new developments I.e. proposed arts and cultural centre and future aquatic centre. Increasing accessibility to safe walking and meeting spaces for low-income seniors will assist in reducing isolation.
-I would welcome senior's advocacy groups, senior"s population and Interior Health to educate on what they believe are priorities in these areas, so we may better support them.

JASMINE FINLAY

No answer.

SHERRILEE FRANKS

No answer.

KARI GARES

To ensure our seniors remain independent and engaged within the community; and to lead healthy and active lives; have access to person-centered, high-quality, integrated care close to home; and that their in- formal caregivers such as family and friends are acknowledged and supported – local governments must ensure that they establish a comprehensive plan to assist our most vulnerable. (Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2015) In addition to the provision of appropriate housing, greater attention is required in such key areas as health and support services, age-friendly design of our communities and physical environments, social and recreational programming, and creating a sense of community that supports older adults and their circle of care. Limited housing and transportation initiatives, along with fewer health, social and community support service options, our senior community can be at higher risk of social isolation and poorer health status. As a level of government, municipalities are financially stable, open and transparent organizations, with longstanding and far-reaching partnerships, and are the vanguard of services that benefit older adults including affordable housing, financial assistance, transportation, planning, physical infrastructure, long-term care and community health. By working in collaboration with other levels of government, service providers and community stakeholders, municipal governments are already targeting initiatives that support age-friendly community planning. These include important strategies such as: retrofitting homes to improve accessibility; sustaining investment in subsidized housing; supporting the delivery of affordable rental housing; investing in accessible, and convenient public and active transportation; and creating accessible streets and trail systems.

DON JEFCOAT

My campaign has been set up as family multi generational.  I think our seniors are an amazing asset to our community and we need to support them.  However we need healthy recreational options across the board.  If we build in mind to accommodate all ages from 0-100+ this will be accommodated.  We need a pool that people can enjoy.  We need more walking facilities.   We need to see more people use the fitness place at the park.  But it does not stop there.   I intend  to work with groups that will address these issues.   We have the space lets find ways to use it.  I also want to see programs that are not age specific.  I can remember growing up from a kid right into young adulthood sitting a community quilting bees.   Seeing community dinners to raise funds for the community center.   Maybe we can find some one or a group to give Vernon a fall fair where our seniors and youth can compete for the best pie, quilt, music ability.   I will work with people that will strive to enhance Vernon for all age groups, socially, physically, and culturally.

LILY KERR

No answer.

RICK LAVIN

If elected, I will continue support for the Master Recreation Plan. I will actively listen and respond to the desires of seniors and those with chronic diseases. I will work with city staff to ensure that programs and plans consider those with challenges and I will act to ensure their needs are met to the best of the city’s ability.

SHAWN LEE

Support the City of Vernon’s Park and Recreation Master Plan.

GORD LEIGHTON

I will support a thorough needs assessment for seniors.


I do not know the extent of subsidies or fee discounts available to seniors. I support a review of fees and charges, to establish the lowest possible rates for seniors on a fixed income.


Eliminate participation barriers and conduct accessibility assessments on existing facilities.

KEVIN LEPP

No answer.

JAMIE MORROW

To keep this question short, I support the need for a new pool and recreation facility. This would be a much needed facility in our city. The benefits are not only with the 65 plus population but all ages. There can always be more done and the Recreation Master Plan does a great job finding out what our citizens want now and in the future. I believe that the four Strategic Directions: Active Living, Inclusion and Access, Supportive Environments and Recreation Capacity do provide a great starting point for bringing the vision statement of the Greater Vernon Recreation Master Plan “All Greater Vernon area residents are actively engaged in recreation” to life and by working towards turning the these outcomes into reality. I support this.

AKBAL MUND

We had a new facility open in the Hamlets, our tallest building in the downtown core.  Phase 2 will also provide senior housing.  The recent opening of the Parkwood Retirement Resort behind Rona is another example of seniors housing.

DALVIR NAHAL

One of the major reasons they do not venture out is accessibility. Even though we are creating more biking and walking paths, we need to be mindful of how seniors navigate a city and create a safe and accessible environment for them. These may include ramps, lighting, railings. Creating more amenities that not just cater but also integrate seniors will encourage them to come out. Currently, we have limited opportunities for seniors to interact and engage with the general public in a safe and encouraging way.

BRIAN QUIRING

I will continue to support access to recreation facilities and promote investing resources that specifically benefit the senior population. I will strive to ensure adequate recreation programs for the senior population.

DAWN TUCKER

One of the ways is to continue to support healthy lifestyle choices creating more safe corridors of sidewalks, multiuse paths, and parks. We also need to continue to support our nonprofits that are offering programming such as Helina Centre, Schubert Centre, and Nexus just to name a few. We need to build a new recreation complex with an accessible pool for seniors and the mobility disabled. Hosting events like the Senior Games 55+ is also great for our city. I would also like to see an accessible dog beach added to our new waterfront plan that enables those with mobility issues to take their dogs to the beach.

TERRY VULCANO

There is mention in the 76 page draft Recreation Master Plan, on page fourteen, that we have healthy seniors. One of the reasons for this would be that seniors are more active and are living a healthier lifestyle. There are no apparent specifics for supporting infrastructure and programming to improve health and reduce isolation for our senior population and those with chronic diseases as described. Page 54 of the Recreation Master Plan has a brief mention that “Feelings of isolation are minimized and feelings of inclusion prevail” under “Recreation Will Enhance The Well Being of the Community” but it does not state how. I say, like my response to question 11, ask them (the target group). And where there are programs in place, see if the organizations that sponsor them, would be willing to be included in a survey to evaluate effectiveness and desirability of activities being held. Responses would be amalgamated and kept confidential by respondent and organization, with specific group result averages just shared with participating organizations. Activities that are appreciated in other locations include: card nights (e.g. crib, bridge), mah- jong competitions, scrabble, going on outings (e.g. shopping or to near-by attractions), swim ventures, group walks, painting therapy sessions, having hair done (for women), team puzzle solving, reading sessions, travel presentations, curling, exercise sessions, choirs, accompanied singing, concerts, playing pool, photo sharing…

SAM ZAHARIA

I imagine seniors housing in conjunction with revitalized malls flanked by walkable neighborhoods. Seniors could easily access indoor/outdoor exercise, healthcare, shopping, services and transit reducing their reliance on driving while maintaining community engagement. We could also follow the leadership of Indianapolis, where #PorchPartyIndy “targeted older neighborhoods that had large porches, small front yards, and sidewalks designed to foster a community that interacts and intersects. It was a simple campaign. We encouraged people to be visible, sit on their porches, have their eyes on the street, to porch.” from Shelterforce, https://bit.ly/2OaLd7E

 

2- THE 2018 CANADIAN PARTICIPACTION REPORT CARD WAS RELEASED WHICH IDENTIFIED THAT 91% OF CHILDREN AGES 5-17 DO NOT MEET MINIMAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH. IN CONSULTATION WITH PARENT ADVISORY COUNCILS, LACK OF SAFE AND CONNECTED BICYCLING AND WALKING CORRIDORS FOR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE MAIN BARRIER. VERNON HAS BEEN DEVELOPING SEPARATE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS THROUGHOUT THE CITY BUT THERE ARE GAPS IN CONNECTIONS WITH NEIGHBOURHOODS, THE DOWNTOWN CORE, AND TO THE RECREATION CENTER.


 · IF ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU PROMOTE AN INTEGRATED AND CONNECTED ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK SO ALL USERS FROM 8 TO 80 CAN FEEL SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING BY NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION?


 

To promote non-motorized transportation, I support the further development of separated pathways that link major residential neighbourhoods with the downtown core. It is critical to work with the existing infrastructure to ensure that further expansions are viable for the City. Routes from some areas will be more challenging than others, but I believe this is key to promoting an active lifestyle for residents of all ages.

The small town should not have this problem.

The Master Transportation Plan that has an emphasis on the use of cycling, walking, transit and carpooling starts looking at ways to deal with safety and connecting corridors. I would be in support of this as we can than develop policies that deals with healthier activities in our city for all ages where they can feel safe while using non-motorized modes of transportation. We need to work to make sure that services we provide as a city can be reached under all types of transportation safely. This will allow the City to promote an integrated and connected active transportation network that will allow our residents to feel good about while creating environmental benefits, attraction for new residents and providing safety to the residents.

No answer.

Candidates for Councillor

SCOTT ANDERSON

No answer.

DAVE DESHANE

One of the things that upsets me in this election is the tearing down of the Civic Arena. This space should have had proper repairs. The busiest arena in the North Okanagan is ‘the Hassen’ in Armstrong. Constantly busy with Lacrosse, Archery, Roller Derby, Craft fairs, floor hockey, dog shows…. The civic arena could also have provided a winter home for the farmers market. Having suitable walking corridors between the amenities will certainly help. So will expanding the Multiplex site to encompass more sport related activities.

TERESA DURNING

I think Vernon has come a long way with both their Walking and Biking routes in the City. I do agree that the disconnections in the routes does not encourage use or safe ease of use. Council needs to consider all factors when weighing up decisions like building on and or purchasing land for community development. I will certainly have health and wellness of the community in mind when asked to weigh in on such decisions. A healthy accessible city benefits all of us and I will advocate for specifically accessibility options that lead us in that direction.

KELLY FEHR

I believe barriers exist to cycling infrastructure accessibility for low income families as it relates to transportation to trails. As a member of Kalamalka Rotary I had the joy of listening to the North Okanagan Cycling Society’s presentation to our club. Our membership voted in favour of contributing monetarily to the Becker Park project. I believe it was specifically valuable as it provided trails for people whom have a variety of abilities.


If elected I would welcome input from the North Okanagan Cycling Society and likeminded parties to be better informed as to the short- and long-term goals as well as cost estimates related to trail and active transportation corridor expansion. I would certainly not be opposed to supporting these initiatives.

JASMINE FINLAY

No answer.

SHERRILEE FRANKS

No answer.

KARI GARES

Healthy community design has been demonstrated to support health objectives, including facilitating physical activity, reducing injury risks for pedestrians and cyclists, and improving public safety and perceptions of safety. Community design alone may not make more active living the most prevalent choice for individuals. Changes to the built environment might need to be supported by communications and education programs to help shift the societal values that are associated with the daily choices people make about where to live, how to get around, and personal health. Exploring different modes of active transportation can enhance one’s mental outlook and well-being, improve self-image, social relationships and increase self-reliance by instilling a sense of independence and freedom. A recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that a significant shift from private motorized vehicles to walking, cycling and public transit could also reduce: cardiovascular and respiratory disease caused by air pollution; traffic-related injuries; noise and noise-related stress; and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancers that are associated with physical inactivity. Aside from being popular recreational activities, walking and cycling are also efficient, affordable, environmentally-friendly and accessible means of transportation. The wider benefits of walking, cycling and other active transportation modes include: reduced road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions; cheaper infrastructure, including lower maintenance costs; road safety improvements; and lower user costs compared to motorized vehicles (NCCEH, 2010). A study published by Go for Green in March of 2004 establishes a convincing business case for active transportation in the report entitled ‘The Economic Benefits of Walking and Cycling’ (BEST, 2004). These benefits include reductions in: road construction, repair and maintenance costs; costs due to air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions; long-term health care costs; fuel, repair and maintenance costs to users; collision-related expenses; and lost productivity due to traffic congestion. Integration with land use planning, encourage desirable land use form and design (e.g. compact, mixed-use, pedestrian/bike-friendly) through transportation plan policies. The Municipal Act, 2001 provides municipalities with broad flexibility to deal with local circumstances and to react quickly to local, economic, environmental or social changes. It recognizes municipalities as responsible, accountable governments with respect to matters within their jurisdiction. The Act provides policies relating to a municipality’s jurisdiction over municipal highways and the maintenance of those highways, which has an impact on cycling.

DON JEFCOAT

Cycling space is one area that will take a few council terms to address.   I believe we need to design our transportation corridors differently.  I believe we need to create a design that allows for travel, parking, cyclists, and pedestrians.  There are those opposed to round-abouts I favor them and think they should replace all 4 way stops.  I believe we need to ensure our cycling routes are safe.   And if people want to walk something I love it needs to be encouraged.   This is an issue that has been neglected and is going to take many years to correct.  It can and must be done.  some old timers might grumble but change is hard.   I believe a good though transportation system includes cycling, and walking traffic.  I believe a well thought out design makes communities more attractive.  Nicer looking communities attract investment, reduce crime, and boos community interaction.   So lets keep moving forward with a renewed vision.

LILY KERR

No answer.

RICK LAVIN

The city has been working hard at developing a Pedestrian and Bike Master Plan. I will continue the work being done to move the plan from public engagement to completion. I will support funding requests that will systematically improve the network of paths and trails. Safety is critically important, and I would advocate for all improvements to incorporate principles of Crime Prevention by Environmental Design. I would also support the use of Bylaw and Police patrols as part of the Pedestrian and Bike Master Plan.

SHAWN LEE

I support the enhancement and expansion of the alternative transport network in Vernon.

GORD LEIGHTON

While I respect the opinions of Parent Advisory Councils that the lack of safe and connected corridors for children is a barrier, I am not persuaded that there is a strong correlation between walking/cycling corridors and the findings of the Participaction report card on children’s physical activities.


Improvements to corridors or even the complete elimination of corridor barriers is unlikely to materially change the status of physical fitness of our children.


There is not a great deal the City can do to change behaviors of our citizens. Parenting and school curricula are more obvious solutions.


​​I do agree that the City should consider additional facilities for children and youth activities, including new swimming pool(s) and skateboard parks.

KEVIN LEPP

No answer.

JAMIE MORROW

If elected I would promote an integrated and connected active transportation network so all users from 8 to 80 can feel safe when travelling by non-motorized transportation? I have talked to many people who do not feel safe riding their bikes and navigating the city. Narrowing many of our streets have brought vehicle and non-motorized transportation too close to each other while travelling and at intersections. I believe we have to find a better way to integrate motorized and non-motorized transportation for all of our citizens. As mentioned earlier, I would only be one voice if elected and I would support an integrated and connected active transportation network so all users from 8 to 80 can feel safe when travelling by non-motorized transportation. Safety to all users is the key.

AKBAL MUND

We have been working on connectivity throughout the community, concentrating in the core of the City and school areas, such as Hillview. We moved forward with the 25th street sidewalk in one year as we had the money to do so, but as we know, we can only do so much with the funds we have.

DALVIR NAHAL

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BRIAN QUIRING

I will continue to promote alternative transportation connections within the city and regional district. I will have a particular focus to develop a safe cycle path on Okanagan Landing and Eastside Road to Camp Hurlburt.

DAWN TUCKER

I will advocate continuing with the corridors so that we fill in these gaps. A new recreation complex could offer a pool, indoor playground, proper walking/running track and more, which would be accessible to all ages and ability.

TERRY VULCANO

The bike paths here and there through the city seem seldom used. It is difficult to travel by bike when parts of the pathways fade away. As noted in the study safety is paramount. Montreal has an extensive well-used bike path system that works with cooperation of drivers and cyclists. It may be a model worth studying. There is also mention of having partial street closures. I’d like to see this taken further. In places like Santiago, Chile, whole routes are closed every Sunday and these routes see much use by cyclists and pedestrians who enjoy a Sunday outing. This might be tried initially on a monthly basis, in some places, with support of residents, such as along Pleasant Valley Road and/or Okanagan Avenue. Everyone, including youth could see how much fun cycling can be without concern of the automobile having precedence.

SAM ZAHARIA

Maybe I"m going to have to get back on my bike, brave the mean streets of Vernon and get to know this "animal". Honestly, I could and I don't because I'm scared to ride here, just like so many others. No one seems to know where bikes (or all the other wheelies) belong, neither riders nor drivers, so public education will be key, for sure. I wonder if we can use something like secondary FitBit data to assess the functionality of the current system, and maybe discover those shortcuts that users carve out organically.

 

3 - DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT ADVERSE HEALTH RISKS OF USING PESTICIDES FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES, THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS RELEASED A POSITION STATEMENT URGING MUNICIPALITIES TO BAN THE USE OF THESE CHEMICALS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 40 MUNICIPALITIES IN BC WHICH HAVE BANNED PESTICIDES FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PURPOSES.

· IF ELECTED, WHAT IS YOUR STANCE ON PESTICIDE USE FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PURPOSES IN AREAS WHERE CHILDREN AND PETS ARE AT RISK?

 

I am in support of banning pesticides for non-essential purposes and believe that the City of Vernon needs to join the other 40 municipalities.

We don’t use anything that might harm animals or people.

I believe that there should be policies that ban the use of pesticides for non-essential purposes where children and pets can be at risk. As we see communities across our province banning the use of pesticides for non-essential purposes it is important that we look at the affects of it here in Vernon.

No answer

Candidates for Councillor

SCOTT ANDERSON

No answer.

DAVE DESHANE

I think that it is great that in my lifetime we have seen the return of swans and eagles…. Ban chemical pesticides.

TERESA DURNING

I absolutely support the ban in this context.

KELLY FEHR

I am against pesticide use for non-essential purposes in areas where children and pets are at risk. I do not use chemicals in my own yard and do not believe they should be used by the city except when essential.

JASMINE FINLAY

No answer.

SHERRILEE FRANKS

No answer.

KARI GARES

Sections 8(3)(j) and 9(1)(b) of the Community Charter enable municipal governments to regulate pesticides concurrently with the BC government. Under this authority, local governments have innovated and led the way on this issue. Currently, there are approximately 28 municipal bylaws restricting pesticide use in BC. Municipal bylaws are important because they reflect local values with respect to cosmetic pesticide use and add an additional level of enforcement to pesticide bans. Banning the use of pesticides for non-essential cosmetic use by Vernon would be, essentially, ineffective if the Provincial Government doesn’t implement a full legislative ban regulating the sale and purchase of pesticides for personal use. It’s clear that pesticides can have a negative impact on both the environment and on health, but there is a real concern that a full out ban could hinder the agricultural community which can have a negative impact on the functionality and operation of some major operators. So, there would need to be some clear define rules around personal use and that of agricultural or commercial use. The use of pesticides should be restricted on city-controlled lands, parks, and greenspaces where children frequent in hopes of reducing health related issues and diseases that are associated with its permitted use.

DON JEFCOAT

Dads generation it seems love pesticides I hate them as the go to solution.  I think parks, recreation, and our works department need to stop using them with out councils approval.  That approval should happen each time an application is proposed.   It should be a last resort and there needs to be evidence that its needed.   I don't think we should be spraying chemicals.   It just messes with everything.  However in some rare and extreme cases it should be warranted.  I would rather spray a few trees for bugs  then to have the tree die and pose a much greater risk.   But if such an action required council approval we could put in place proper safety protocols to mitigate our community members and pets from being exposed to the risks of chemical spraying.   I do believe there are safer options  and those need to be used first.

LILY KERR

No answer.

RICK LAVIN

The Okanagan Valley is famous for its fruit and agriculture. The control of pests is paramount to this mainstay of our economy. This does require the use of pesticides to protect our industry. I support the use of pesticides by professionals when used for agricultural purposes. The use of pesticides for cosmetic purpose is unnecessary at best and just dangerous is some cases. I will advocate for the appropriate and measured use of pesticides based on the circumstances. Unless there is evidence that everyone will benefit from the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes I will oppose it.

SHAWN LEE

I support the use of effective of necessary weed control by using the safest methods available.

GORD LEIGHTON

I support the City of Vernon’s existing policy, which calls for pesticide use only for essential purposes. Noxious, invasive species and weeds that are harmful or destructive to infrastructure are best managed by licensed professionals.


It is important to note The Society’s call for restrictions on pesticide use does not apply to their application in agriculture to grow food, using pesticides to ensure public health and safety, or using pesticides to prevent environmental damage.

KEVIN LEPP

Vernon’s weed program is not intended to control weeds for cosmetic purposes.

JAMIE MORROW

I know that pesticides pose a health risk. I also know that there are natural pesticide that may cost more and are safe. I do support banning using pesticides for non-essential areas where children and pets are at risk.

AKBAL MUND

We have moved forward with a bylaw with the banning of certain pesticides.  A recent court case in the US should be noted, as the courts treated an individual damages for their exposure to pesticides over many years.  Yes I support the ban!

DALVIR NAHAL

As a municipally, we should be leading by example using alternatives that have the same results, In circumstances where we do not need to use pesticides, we should look at alternatives.

BRIAN QUIRING

I am not in favour of non-essential pesticide use where children and pets are at risk.

DAWN TUCKER

I support not using pesticides in areas where dogs and kids play such as parks and schools. I also believe the use of pesticides should only be used by those with certification. We should also map sensitive areas and stop using pesticides in those areas as well. In the end I believe we can balance the use of pesticides where essential and banning them where non-essential.

TERRY VULCANO

I support the ban of chemical pesticides for cosmetic purposes.

SAM ZAHARIA

I will gladly live with dandelions to protect our citizens, particularly those at ground level. I'd be happy to ban non-essential pesticides. We have alternatives, and the practice of acceptance harms no one.