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Wild Parsnip:A nasty plant that could spoil your summer
Irony in the News: MADD PEI chapter president (Ex-cop) resigns after impaired driving charge
Clarence-Rockland bylaw officers on bicycle patrol
Canaan Blueberry Farm will not open in 2015, suffers devastating loss


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A bad year for Wild Parsnip:
Caution: This plant can cause serious burns

(Canaan Connexion, Summer 2015) Wild Parsnip has invaded our fields and ditches and one Canaan Road resident in his travels, has seen it taking over from the Eastern Townships of Quebec, to the U.S. border near Cornwall. It seems to grow in any field that has not been cultivated.

The problem with the plant, which looks like wildflowers, dill or Queen Anne's Lace, is that when its sap contacts skin in the presence of sunlight, it can cause severe rashes, blisters, and discoloration of the skin (Click on the picture to enlarge).

CBC Ottawa recently featured a story of a Renfrew woman, Sherry Steeves, who was badly burned by wild parsnip. (Click on picture below for video.)

Wild parsnip originated in Europe where its roots were eaten, according to Iowa State University. It flowers mostly from May through July.

The plant contains a substance called psoralen that when touched and subsequently put under sunlight, could cause a reaction known as "phytophotodermatitis", and if you are affected, as a second Canaan Road resident found out, you may have to avoid direct sunlight for three years (he continues to get an annual prescription for the rash!.)

References:

  • Wild parsnip roots are edible, but the sap of the plant can cause severe burns. Collecting the plant from the wild should only be done with extreme care. More...
  • Wild Parsnip: from the City of Ottawa. More...
  • Wild Parsnip: A resource item from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. More...
  • Kingston Whig-Standard: Noxious wild parsnip continues to spread (dog needed more than $600 in medical treatment after coming in contact with the weed.) More...

"Bad plants for pets"
http://www.pawsdogdaycare.com/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/poison-parsnip
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"...not as big a problem for pets, but this plant can still hurt them."
http://lbla.net/?page_id=128

(If you want to research more information, do a Google search using the words "wild parsnip", you will find a tonne of references, including several images of the nasty burns people have suffered.)

(ALSO, we carried a similar item in 2014, when Giant Hogweed was the issue.)

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Irony in the News - ex-cop:
MADD PEI chapter president resigns - caught impaired driving
(The Journal Pioneer, Summerside, P.E.I., August 4, 2015) David Griffin has resigned from his volunteer position as president of the MADD East Prince County chapter after being charged with alcohol-related driving charges.

Griffin, a former deputy chief with Summerside Police Services and 45-year veteran of the force, was the volunteer president of the local chapter when, in June, he was charged with impaired driving.
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Clarence-Rockland MLEO:
Biking bylaw boys keeping our parks and trails safe
(Rockland, June, 2015) Did you know that COP comes from an early British term for "constables on patrol"? The Canaan Connexion came across our own cops recently, however in bylaw terms they are known as Municipal Law enforcement Officers (MLEO).

MLEO Gauthier (left) and MLEO Loiselle (right) were fully equipped and on bicycle patrol on the west side of Rockland when we caught up with them.

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Canaan Blueberry Farm suffers devastating loss
(Rockland - Sunday, May 31, 2015) Canaan Blueberries will not open in 2015, according to information posted on their website. The severe winter "killed all the blueberry fruit".

"The 2015 winter was extre
mely harsh on plants and fruit" reads the news, and "The blueberry fruit did not survive the persistent cold and winds , resulting in 100 per cent loss."

This is a huge blow to the Reynolds family, who have been operating the Canaan Road farm for umpteen years. and devastating news for the hundreds of loyal customers who have been visiting the farm from all over the Clarence-Rockland area, the Ottawa region, including the Outaouais and from as far away as Hawkesbury, Pembroke and Cornwall. (Read full story
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