Ragweed Awareness Campaign in Schools

During the week of October 14, 2018, the Town initiated the awareness component of its “Ragweed Mission” in schools on its territory.

A prevention and awareness campaign was rolled out with students from Notre-Dame-de-Lorette School and Chêne-Bleu High School. Geneviève Collin, Environment Advisor for the Green Line, and Vicky Sauvé, Head of Division – Communication for the Town of Pincourt, gave ten-minute presentations on ragweed to classes of grade one to grade three students. Children got the opportunity to see a real plant and understand the cause and effect relationship between the plant and allergies.

A different approach was used to grab the attention of Chêne-Bleu’s students. On Thursday, October 18, a plexiglass box with a ragweed plant at its centre was set up in the cafeteria. Next to this box was a sign with the caption “Je cause des allergies. Qui suis-je?” [I cause allergies. Who am I?]. Students were invited to the cafeteria at lunchtime the next day to find out the answer.

About the “Ragweed Mission” Project

On May 4, 2018, the Town of Pincourt received a $32,910 grant from the Government of Quebec for the preventive control of ragweed as part of the Stratégie québécoise de réduction de l’herbe à poux et des autres pollens allergènes.

The “Mission: Ragweed” project includes two components: raise awareness and cut down ragweed.

Last July, a team of three people pulled and cut down ragweed in various public spaces (parks, roadways, etc.) in Pincourt. Groupe Arbo-Ressources also spread an eco-friendly product on sidewalks, shoulders, and roads to stop the growth of ragweed.