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Ontario pesticide ban to take effect April 22


March 9, 2009
By Ontario Ministry of the Environment

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March 9, 2009 – Ontario’s cosmetic pesticides ban takes effect April 22, 2009. The
ban protects Ontario families and children from the unnecessary risks
of cosmetic pesticides by only allowing the use of certain lower-risk
pesticides for controlling weeds and pests in lawns and gardens.

Ontario’s cosmetic pesticides ban takes effect April 22, 2009.

The
ban protects Ontario families and children from the unnecessary risks
of cosmetic pesticides by only allowing the use of certain lower-risk
pesticides for controlling weeds and pests in lawns and gardens.

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The
ban prohibits the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on
lawns, gardens, parks and school yards, and includes many herbicides,
fungicides and insecticides. Over 250 products will be banned for sale
and more than 80 pesticide ingredients will be banned for cosmetic
uses.
         
There are exceptions for
public health or safety reasons such as fighting West Nile Virus,
killing stinging insects like wasps, or controlling poison ivy and
other plants poisonous to the touch. Other exceptions include
agriculture and forestry.

The
ban takes the place of existing municipal pesticide bylaws,
establishing one clear set of easy-to-understand rules, and providing
certainty for businesses operating in different areas of the province.

“We
have fulfilled our commitment to ban the sale and use of cosmetic
pesticides in Ontario. I'm proud to say that, when the ban takes effect
on Earth Day, we will have eliminated this unnecessary risk to our
environment, our families, and especially our children," said John Gerretsen, Minister of the Environment, in a press release.


WHAT RETAILERS NEED TO KNOW

How are you preparing for this pesticide ban? Are you concerned that the ban will it affect your business? E-mail aryder@annexweb.com to share your comments.


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