Media Advisory - Health, environment leaders' recommendations urge Premier to make pesticide ban a reality

    TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Health-care and environmental experts will join
together next Tuesday to call on the McGuinty government to ban the use and
sale of cosmetic pesticides across Ontario.
    The links between pesticide use and illnesses such as cancer and
neurological problems mean quick action is needed from the government. Premier
McGuinty has pledged to introduce legislation this spring that will ban the
cosmetic use of pesticides, a move that is also supported by a majority of
voters in Ontario.
    A coalition of 15 health and environmental groups has developed a set of
key principles essential to an effective ban, which will be presented at
Tuesday's press conference.

        -  Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law
        -  Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses' Association
           of Ontario
        -  Jan Kasperski, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario College of Family
        -  Susan Koswan, Spokesperson, Pesticide Free Ontario

    WHAT:  Press conference to call on the McGuinty government to ban
           cosmetic pesticides in Ontario.

    WHERE: Queen's Park Media Studio, Ontario Legislature, West Wing,
           Ground Floor

    WHEN:  Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, 10 a.m.

    Other coalition members include the David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian
Cancer Society, the Ontario Medical Association (Section on Pediatrics), and
the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.

For further information:

For further information: Jill Scarrow, Registered Nurses' Association of
Ontario, Ph: (416) 408-5604, E-mail:

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