A couple weeks ago I was on the Rotary Trail, and happened to find a torn-up sign on the ground, stating that glyphosate spraying had just occurred – signed, “Southern Railway of Vancouver Island”. The Rotary Trail runs parallel to the train tracks, and is covered with blackberries and other wild edibles. What are the municipal restrictions about use of glyphosate (ROUNDUP) in this area? What are the rules about how far from the tracks can be sprayed? And why is this even allowed?

Here is the link to Courtenay’s 2007 bylaw, which indicates a measly $100 fine: