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Old 07-17-2001, 06:30 PM
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Well just as we feared! Toronto is taking the first step against our industry!

Just check out this article from the Toronto Sun 07/17/01

Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Lawns to come clean

Pesticide ban in works

By GEORGE CHRISTOPOULOS, CITY HALL BUREAU

The first step in a city-wide plan to ban Toronto homeowners from spraying chemical bug and weed killers on their lawns cleared its first hurdle yesterday.

The city's board of health endorsed a motion that begins a process of phasing out pesticide and herbicide use for cosmetic purposes.

However, board chairman Joe Mihevc said the bylaw "is not going to happen overnight" and may have to be phased in over a number of years.

"We are about 90% to 95% of the way there on public property and now we're taking the next logical step to restrict pesticide use on private property," Mihevc said. "What we want to do is proceed in a rational, reasonable manner putting in place the kinds of protections people are really insisting that we put in place."

'HISTORICAL'

Mihevc said the board was buoyed by a recent Supreme Court decision to uphold a 1991 municipal bylaw passed in Hudson, Que., which restricted pesticide use.

"The possible regulation of cosmetic pesticides fulfills (the) mandate to promote a healthy urban environment," he said.

"Years from now, Torontonians will look back to this decision as having positive historical significance."
 
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