Jerseys From China Pesticide Bylaw Communities Across Canada

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health and environmental
groups' advocacy for a
province-wide ban.

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Pesticide Bylaw Communities Across Canada
Twenty two million Canadians (65% of all Canadians) are protected from exposure to cosmetic pesticides under comprehensive bans in Nova ScotiaOntario and Quebec (based on Statistics Canada's 2011 census data).

An effective BC ban would protect 4.4 million more Canadians (13%) and increase coverage to 26 million Canadians (78% of all Canadians).

The weak "bans" in Alberta, New Brunswick and PEI are not included in this figure as residents are not adequately protected due to many exemptions and continued pesticide use through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices.

Newfoundland and Labrador's five ingredient ban is also not included as it is not comprehensive.

When all seven provincial approaches are considered, 80% of Canadians have some protection from harmful cosmetic pesticides.

Because federal and most provincial laws do not protect against the risks of cosmetic pesticide exposure, over 170 cities and towns across Canada have passed partial or full bans on pesticide use.

Most bylaws are phased in to educate residents and businesses (particularly landscaping companies) about less toxic alternatives.

To be effective, an educational program needs to accompany a bylaw to help communities become "pesticide free" and get lawns and gardens off drugs.

The need for legislation and education is confirmed in the 2004 "Best Practices Review" of pesticide reduction initiatives.

Pesticide bylaw communities across Canada range from small places like Tofino (2009) on Vancouver Island to Canada’s large cities, including Halifax (2000), Toronto (2004) and Vancouver (2005). 

Calgary is the largest Canadian city (1 million) without a pesticide bylaw.

A "do little" draft bylaw was turfed December 2009 and has not been brought back to Council. 

For more info on . . . 
  • BC's 40 pesticide bylaw communities, click here.
  • Why these bylaws don't really protect BCers, click here.
  • Why BC needs a strong "no IPM" ban (like Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec) and why this won't happen under the BC Liberals, click here.
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Never Doubt Citizens

"Never doubt that
a small group
of thoughtful,
committed citizens
can change
the world.

Indeed, it’s the only
thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead
1901 – 1978

Canada Needs Ban

In April 2009,
two private members' bills,
Bill C-363 and C-368,
were introduced
in Parliament
calling for
a Canada-wide ban
on non-essential
cosmetic pesticide use.

These bills show
the need to protect
all Canadians
from harmful
pesticide exposure.

Ont Ban Reduces Risk

"You can have
a healthy
lawn and garden
the unnecessary risk
posed by
conventional pesticides
for purely
cosmetic reasons."

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