Ontario lawns and gardens to go green



    McGuinty Government Plans Ban on Cosmetic Pesticides

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is moving to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals by banning the
sale and cosmetic use of pesticides.
    Legislation to be introduced today would make Ontario's pesticide rules
among the toughest in North America. It would also replace a variety of
municipal by-laws in place across the province.
    Studies by public health experts are showing growing evidence of the
potential health risk of pesticides, particularly for children.
    The ban would likely take effect next spring. It wouldn't affect
pesticides used for farming or forestry. Golf courses would still be able to
use pesticides, but must meet certain conditions to minimize environmental
impacts. Pesticides would still be used for health and safety, such as
controlling mosquitoes, which can carry diseases like West Nile Virus.

    QUOTES

    "Our generation is becoming more and more aware of the potential risks in
our environment, not only to our health, but to our children's health. That's
why we're taking action on behalf of the next generation of Ontarians, and
reducing their exposure to chemicals," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.

    "Many municipalities have already shown leadership in banning or
restricting cosmetic-use pesticides. We're extending that protection to all
families wherever they live," said Environment Minister John Gerretsen.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   Over 44 per cent of Ontarians already live in a municipality where
        the cosmetic use of pesticides is banned.

    -   Groups such as the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the
        Canadian Cancer Society have been calling for a ban on the cosmetic
        use of pesticides as a prudent measure to protect our families'
        health.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about the legislation and get tips
(http://www.keywords.gov.on.ca/mbs/keywords/keywords.nsf/GoTo/pesticides?OpenD
ocument) on how to keep your lawn and garden healthy and chemical-free.

    
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