Canadian Cancer Society pleased with new Ontario law banning cosmetic use of pesticides



    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society congratulates the
Ontario government for passing legislation today that prohibits the use and
sale of cosmetic pesticides across the province but is concerned about the
impact of the new law on existing municipal bylaws.
    "Now all Ontarians will be protected from health risks associated with
the cosmetic use of pesticides," says Peter Goodhand, CEO, Ontario Division,
Canadian Cancer Society. "We're especially pleased the new law will include a
ban on both the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides."
    Since 2002, Society volunteers and staff have worked with municipal
governments and community partners across Ontario to prohibit the use of
cosmetic pesticides with the result that 34 municipalities across the province
have enacted bylaws restricting or prohibiting the use of pesticides.
    A key concern for the Society is that the new law will override current
municipal bylaws and prohibit municipalities from passing bylaws with
restrictions that go beyond provincial law.
    "Many municipalities across the province, along with our volunteers and
staff, worked hard to enact bylaws to protect their communities," says
Goodhand. "With this provincial ban, we should be proud that we now have the
strongest cosmetic pesticides legislation in North America but more work needs
to be done."
    The Society looks forward to providing input into the development of
strong regulations to support and strengthen this legislation to ensure the
health of all Ontarians is protected to the fullest extent.

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    Background

    The body of evidence on pesticides and cancer suggests a positive
association between exposure to certain pesticides and some types of cancer.
Based largely on occupational studies, the list of cancers includes
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia, brain cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic
cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. There is also strong evidence that
children may be more vulnerable than other population groups. In some cases,
evidence linking pesticides and cancer will not be scientifically definitive,
but it may be suggestive and growing.
    A 2007 Oracle Poll of 1,000 Ontario residents shows 71% of Ontario
citizens support province-wide restrictions on pesticides.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Koserski, Media Relations, Ontario
Division, Canadian Cancer Society: (416) 488-5402, ext. 2305,
ckoserski@ontario.cancer.ca


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