Fired college instructor's views on glyphosate at root of dismissal, says former colleague

July 5, 2019

Wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland has been fired from his teaching post at Maritime College of Forest Technology in Fredericton. MCFT holds that Cumberland was dismissed for reasons pertaining to his conduct both in and out of the classroom, but a former employee told CBC that Cumberland’s outspokenness against glyphosate, a controversial herbicide used by New Brunswick’s forest industry, is the likely cause for the firing. While Health Canada claims that glyphosate is “not genotoxic” and unlikely to pose health risks to humans, the product has been banned in several areas worldwide, including Crown land and Quebec. Green Party Leader David Coon called on the province to launch an inquiry into the matter. CBC (NB)