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Ont Govt Listened

"We have listened
to medical experts
– like the Canadian
Cancer Society –
who have made
a convincing case
for reducing
our exposure
to pesticides,
particularly children
who are generally
more susceptible
to the potential
toxic effects
of pesticides."

Ontario Ministry of the
Environment Pesticide website.

Support for Manitoba Ban

"Pesticides used on
lawns and gardens pose
needless dangers to
people, pets and
the environment.

A precautionary approach
is appropriate
and necessary.

This is why municipalities
across the country
and six other
provinces
have already banned
the use of
non-essential pesticides
on lawns, gardens
and public parks . . .

Doomsday predictions
of invading weeds
simply have not
played out."

June 28, 2012 Letter from
Manitoba health
and environmental groups
to Minister Gord Mackintosh.

Quebec’s 2003 Code

Quebec was the
first province
to ban the sale
and use of 20 active
carcinogenic ingredients
and over
200 pesticide products
containing these
known carcinogens
. . . like Killex, Roundup 
and
Weed N Feed products
with 2, 4–D, Dicamba
and MCPP.

The April 3, 2003
Pesticide Management Code
was phased in
over 3 years
and established
“an environmental
approach
aimed at better
prevention
of health risks
posed
by these products,
particularly
to children
and the environment."

For Code info, click here.

For an assessment
of the Code and
needed improvements,
see Pesticide Free? Oui!
May 2011, page 7.

Ont "Banned" Streams Safer

The Ontario
Ministry of Environment's
2010 study on 
lawn pesticides
in
urban streams and creeks
found an impressive
80% decrease
in three of the
most commonly used
lawn pesticides 
(2, 4-D, Dicamba and MCPP)
just one year
after the Province's
2009 ban.

Glyphosate concentrations
did not change
due to availability and use.

For Ministry of Environment's
study info, click here.

2012 Ban in Nfld & Labrador

"The following pesticides
will no longer
be permitted for
application on lawns
in the province:

carbaryl,
2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid),
mecoprop,
dicamba, and
MCPA (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid)."

Minister of Environment
and Conservation
Newfoundland and Labrador

July 14, 2011 News Release
announcing 2012
sale and use ban of
five pesticide ingredients.

BC Needs Ban

" . . . the David Suzuki Foundation
strongly supports
a comprehensive ban
on cosmetic pesticides
in B.C.

Chemicals used to improve
the appearance
of lawns and gardens
pose unnecessary
health and environmental hazards.

We live in a world
of multiple exposures
to toxic chemicals,
and
it only makes sense
to eliminate
unnecessary sources
like cosmetic pesticides.

Safer alternatives
are increasingly
available."

David Suzuki Foundation
Nov 8, 2011 Presentation
to BC Legislative Cttee.
See Hansard, after line 1110.

Print "Pesticide Free" Poster

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to print this poster.
Put it up in your
neighbourhood.

Together, let's make
BC pesticide free!

Help BC go Pesticide Free!

The Canadian Cancer Society
continues to lead BC's
health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

See Coalition's Feb 3, 2012
ban statement.

Review ban legislation
given to BC's Environment
Minister in 2010.

Join the CCS's "Pesticide Free
BC" Facebook discussions.

Take action! to help BC
go pesticide free.

Tell Premier Clark she needs to honour her 2011 pesticide ban commitment.

Call the Premier's office at 250 387 1715 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Together, let's make BC pesticide free.


                                                                                                                     

 

No Ban for BC

"The majority
of the committee
does not think
the scientific evidence,
at this time,
warrants
an outright ban."

Don't ban cosmetic pesticides, B.C. MLAs recommend
May 17 2012
CBC News Post.

See Special Committee
on Cosmetic Pesticides
May 17, 2012 News Release
and Report.

See Clark Government's
February 20, 2013
minor legislative changes
for mandatory IPM
on residential lawns
. . . the only action
taken by the Liberals.

The sale and use of
cosmetic pesticides
will not be banned in BC.

BC Govt Promotes IPM

"Safe.
Effective.
Responsible.
Ask about IPM."

BC Ministry of Environment
brochure and website.

Also see Ministry's
Aug 22, 2011 presentation
to Special Committee
on Cosmetic Pesticides
and Hansard record
of supplemental
Jan 25, 2012 presentation.

No Ban Needed - CropLife

"We encourage responsible
use of pesticides
for all their uses including:

• urban green spaces,
including
lawns and gardens
• agriculture/horticulture/
forestry/industrial
vegetation management
• structural pest control
• golf courses and
recreational sports turf
• personal use
including insect repellents
and pool chemicals".

CropLife Canada's
Nov 7, 2011 Presentation
to BC Legislative Committee,
See Slide 5.

PMRA's Conflict of Interest

" . . we asked ourselves
whether it is possible
for one agency,
the Pest Management
Regulatory Agency (PMRA),
to perform
two virtually conflicting tasks,
namely that of approving
chemical pesticides
as requested by industry
while at the same time
regulating them in order
to protect human health."

Pesticides, Making the right choice for the Protection of Health and the Environment
.

See Chair's Preface to Report.

Parliamentary Standing Cttee
on Environment and
Sustainable Development. 
May 2000 Report.  

No IPM - Cancer Society

"IPM cannot be considered
an appropriate part
of a comprehensive ban
to eliminate
cosmetic pesticide use,
because IPM
still uses pesticides."

Canadian Cancer Society
BC and Yukon
Nov 8, 2011 Presentation
to BC Legislative Cttee.
See Slide 11.

No IPM in Nova Scotia

IPM practices are
not included
in
Nova Scotia's Dec 2010
pesticide regulations.  

Since April 2011,
IPM lawn care companies 
in Nova Scotia
must use the same 
"allowable" products 
as everyone else 
on
residential, commercial, 
government and
institutional properties.

For the allowable 
pesticides list, click here.

For exceptions, click here.

For Nova Scotia Environment's
2011 and 2012 ban info,
click here
.

For "Healthy Lawns"
education info, click here.

Ont Ban Reduces Risk

"You can have
a healthy lawn and garden
without
the unnecessary risk
posed by using
conventional pesticides
for purely cosmetic reasons.

We are reducing
the risk to our health
and to the environment,
and protecting
the most vulnerable
of our citizens, our children."

Minister of the Environment
April 21, 2010 News Release 
on first anniversary
of Ontario's ban.

IEPMA Opposes Bans

"The IEPMA has decided
to develop a
proactive program
and business plan
with the express purpose
of opposing
the anti-pesticide activists
and the bans
they have been
promoting."

John Holland & Jacquie Doherty
Integrated Environmental Plant Management
Assoc of Western Canada.

New Brunswick's IPM "Ban"

In Dec 2009,
the Dept of Environment
banned
the sale and use
of 200 over-the-counter
lawn care
pesticide products
and use of 2,4-D products
on residential lawns.

In Feb 2010,
IPM became mandatory
for lawn care services
using
commercial grade pesticides.

BC does NOT
want a "ban"
that allows IPM,
exempts school yards,
parks, hospital grounds
and golf courses,
and bans 2,4-D
ONLY on residential lawns.

For more on this "ban",
click here
.

It's what's in the spray

" 'It's not about to spray
or not to spray - -
it's what's in the spray.'

Only Health Canada approved
bio-agents will be allowed
for sale or use."

Pesticide Ban coming in 2015
Winnipeg Sun
June 28, 2013 article.