Landscape Ontario Supports New Provincial Pesticide Legislation



    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - Ontario's professional lawncare operators are
encouraged with the general policy directions in the proposed Cosmetic
Pesticide Ban Act, introduced today by Environment Minister John Gerretsen.
    "The professional lawncare industry in Ontario supports the concept of a
strong, province-wide pesticide law, to replace a patchwork of contradictory
municipal bylaws," said Gavin Dawson, Chair of the Landscape Ontario, Lawncare
Commodity Group. "While we recognize there is more work to be done on the
details of this initiative, the McGuinty government has delivered on its
promise with a Bill that ensures consistent standards everywhere, which apply
equally to professionals servicing our green infrastructure and the
do-it-yourself market."
    In recent years, dozens of Ontario municipalities have introduced
different standards for regulating lawncare treatment. The inconsistencies in
rules and interpretations have made it extraordinarily difficult for companies
to operate across city boundaries and spawned public confusion within the
province.
    The fact that homeowners could simply purchase and apply chemicals still
readily available at retail outlets meant these bans accomplished virtually
nothing in terms of reducing pesticide loads, while severely impacting the
ability of highly-trained, professional operators to serve their clients in
the creation of healthy lawns and landscapes.
    The new legislation will add impetus for bringing new
environmentally-friendly products and techniques to market. "The professional
lawncare industry is on the forefront, and we are more than prepared to do our
part to advance green alternatives," said Dawson. "We are calling on the
provincial government to invest and partner with us to speed up the
development and commercialization of the next generation of eco-safe
alternatives for dealing with lawn and garden pests."
    Dawson noted that there are many important details to be worked out in
the Regulations and guidelines to follow.
    "We will be diligent in ensuring that the intent is reflected in the
final package of rules," he said. "We look forward to working with Minister
Gerretsen to address more detailed issues in Regulation, including the defined
list of active ingredients and products to be banned, sign posting standards
and reasonable approaches to treat potentially damaging pest infestations,
from grub outbreaks to emerald ash borer for the protection of our lawns,
landscapes and a greener planet."
    "Our industry's role and value in maintaining a green, healthy
environment will only add to the success on this initiative," Dawson
concluded.

    Background: Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is an
industry organization representing over 2,000 member companies across the
province, involved in all sectors of the industry. Within Landscape Ontario,
the Lawncare Commodity Group specifically brings together companies involved
in turf care as their primary business, covering residential, commercial and
institutional lawncare.





For further information:

For further information: Gavin Dawson, Chair, Landscape Ontario -
Lawncare Commodity Group, (905) 290-1844

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