Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health Canada 'Dead Wrong' to OK Weedkiller Glyphosate, American Lawyers Say

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health Canada 'Dead Wrong' to OK Weedkiller Glyphosate, American Lawyers Say

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Canada's weedkiller approval wrong: lawyers


OTTAWA - American lawyers who successfully sued the makers of the glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup on behalf of a man dying of cancer say Canada is "dead wrong" to allow it to be widely used here.

Los Angeles-based lawyers Michael Baum and Brent Wisner were part of the team that secured a multi-million-dollar verdict against Bayer AG last year on behalf of a former groundskeeper who believes his terminal cancer is a result of years of exposure to the herbicide glyphosate in Roundup.

A court originally ordered Bayer AG to pay US$289 million, but it was later dropped to US$78 million. The order is under appeal.

There are more than 11,000 additional U.S. plaintiffs suing the German-based Bayer, which bought Monsanto in June 2018.

Baum and Wisner were in Ottawa Wednesday meeting with MPs on Parliament Hill to explain the evidence they say proves glyphosate causes cancer. Baum said he doesn't know of any Canadians suing over Roundup, but he said there should be a lawsuit here.

"There's going to be the same type of injuries suffered here," he said.

Beatrice Olivastri, CEO of Friends of the Earth, said the lawyers will be in Toronto Thursday working with Canadian activists and lawyers to determine how best to proceed, including possible court action.

"We're actively looking for ways forward in litigation," she said.

Glyphosate has been on the market for more than four decades and is included in more than 130 products for sale in Canada.

Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency just re-approved glyphosate for use in Canada after a regular review process, including going back over their assessment following objections filed by eight organizations. Those objections included allegations Monsanto improperly influenced the evidence the agency relied on to determine the product was safe.

Earlier this month, Connie Moase, director in the health-effects division of the agency, said agency scientists "left no stone unturned" and did not find any evidence the science was tainted. …

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