Help Ban Tordon 101

The Ban Tordon 101 website contains information and access to a downloadable petition calling for a ban on the use of Tordon 101, a dangerous pesticide.

In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador petitions must be written using specific language and must contain handwritten signatures. Online petitions will not be tabled in the house in NL. Please consider following this link and downloading a petition for members of your family and community to sign.



Tordon 101 in the News

It is encouraging to see that the debate over the use of Tordon 101 (a.k.a. Agent White) is heating up again in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Here are links to a few recent news articles:

Coalition Calls for Ban on Tordon 101 – VOCM

Tordon 101 Rallies Held Across The Province – CBC

Labrador Calls for Ban on Controversial Herbicide – The Labradorian

Pesticide Group Calls for Elimination of Tordon 101 – CBC

The 101 on Tordon 101 – The Independent


St. John’s City Council to discuss resolution on discontinuing use of Tordon 101

UPDATE: Resolution defeated (5:4), main proponents against an organic province were Mayor O’Keefe and Councillor Breen. Coun. Wally Collins had this to say: “You just heard Coun. O’Leary say they cause smaller babies [but] look at the farmers in our way, and none of them are too small … I don’t think they’re very weak or dying of cancer, anymore than anybody else.”

Watch the whole city council debate here.


The Tordon Players encourage everyone concerned about the spraying of Tordon 101 along the province’s highways (the Roadside Spraying Program) to attend the Council Meeting at St. John’s City Hall, Sept 4th, at 4:30. Sheilagh O’Leary has proposed the following (taken from City Council’s Agenda for Sept 4):

The Mayor Wrote Us a Letter

The Mayor wrote us a letter today. 

We wrote the mayor back right away:

Dear Mayor O’Keefe,

Thank you for your letter today.

The Tordon Players are very proud of you and the City of St. John’s for your policies on pesticide use. We are so happy to live in a City where (almost) no poisonous chemicals are being sprayed on public spaces and parks and we applaud you for your forward thinking and advocacy on this issue.

The Tordon Players are working to create images and actions that inspire people to stop and pay attention to the issue of pesticide use in general and the provincial Roadside Spraying Program in particular. At the moment it is our hope that citizens will respond to our images by getting informed and becoming involved in the movement to stop the provincial Roadside Spray Program. None of our images are meant to be taken literally and it is a shame that you have misunderstood our intentions and that you are unsupportive of our work.

You do make fair points in your letter and we are sorry if our photographs have upset you. We would like to clarify, however, just as a matter of fact, that the City of St. John’s does indeed spray pesticides on public parks and on children’s playgrounds when dealing with the issue of wasps – so, these areas are not completely “pesticide-free” as you claim in your letter.

The Tordon Players will take all of your concerns into account and address them with our next action. We thank you for personally taking the time to write to us and again, we sincerely commend you for your stance on Tordon 101 and for the ban on the use of pesticides in the City of St. John’s. We urge you to continue to utilize whatever powers and influence you have as a municipality to end the Provincial Roadside Spray Program.


The Tordon Players