Ontario Liberals Commit To Protect Public Health And Shared Environment
STRATFORD, ON, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Only the Ontario Liberals will ban the
cosmetic use of pesticides and herbicides across the province as part of their
commitment to healthier Ontario families, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
Just as the Ontario Liberals replaced a patchwork of local bylaws when
they banned smoking provincewide, this new pesticide and herbicide ban would
create a single, comprehensive law for all Ontario communities.
"There is growing concern about the potential harmful effects of these
products on human health," McGuinty said.
"When there is such widespread concern, why would we take a chance with
our health, and our children's health, just for the sake of a few dandelions,
or a bit of crabgrass?"
The Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario College of Family Physicians,
the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, the Registered
Nurses Association of Ontario and the Ontario Public Health Association have
all expressed concerns about the cosmetic use of pesticides and the potential
to cause harm.
The Premier met here with Dr. Trish Van Boekel and Dr. Kristen Blaine.
They started a petition amongst physicians calling for a ban on pesticides and
herbicides in parks and on lawns and gardens here in Stratford.
"I wanted to bring these physicians and Dalton together because they
share a concern for families' health, and especially children's health," John
Wilkinson, Liberal candidate for Perth-Wellington, said.
Twenty five municipalities, covering about 30 per cent of the province,
have already introduced local bans or restrictions on the cosmetic use of
pesticides and herbicides.
"A provincewide ban is an important step that makes a lot of sense,"
Wilkinson said. "Just as Ontario Liberals successfully banned smoking in
public places in Ontario, we'll also protect Ontario families by banning these
chemicals in each and every community."
The ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides will focus on towns and cities.
Farmers and managed forests will be exempt as they are already governed by
strict rules for pesticide use.
"We are committed to public health, protecting our shared environment and
protecting the public interest," McGuinty said.
"Our campaign is about positive ideas that will help families, and this
ban is one of them."
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