A group of gardeners along the Arbutus Corridor are demanding the City of Vancouver stop Canadian Pacific Rail from spraying herbicides.
The concern arises days after the rail company began bulldozing community gardens as it prepares to re-activate the line following thirteen years of inactivity.
Arbutus Victory gardener Paul Kendal says a group of gardeners want the city to enforce an anti pesticide bylaw.
“They said that it’s to clear vegetation. To me that just sounds like a threat. We thought they were making baseless threats until they started to clear gardens Thursday. So if they started to clear gardens, we are looking at them actually spreading herbicides, and that is something that absolutely must be stopped.”
He adds “they’re talking about doing that. They’ve threatened three days ago to start doing that. That’s something that wouldn’t just destroy the gardens on their land; it would destroy the gardens on city land, and the gardens of people who live all the way along the path not to mention public health effects.”
CP’s letter to residents says it plans to spray herbicides to prevent the re-growth of stubborn weeds.
The letter indicates the work will continue into September with the goal to have the entire line ready for train Operations by the fall.
It also says “new ‘No Trespassing’ signs have been placed along our right of way as a reminder to stay back from the rail line and law enforcement has communicated their support to enforce this jurisdiction.”
Read Arbutus Victory Gardens letter to City of Vancouver here:
Read Canadian Pacific Rail letter to residents here: