Media Release: Bittersweet Milestone with Passage of Ontario Pesticide Law

Media Release

Toronto: CELA celebrates the passage of Bill 64 to ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides in Ontario. But, we strongly oppose the removal of municipal authority to also regulate in this area.

“We are very concerned that this law sends a signal that the Province will further restrict municipal authority to regulate in other areas of environmental protection and public health,” stated Theresa McClenaghan, CELA’s Executive Director.

The law is slated to take effect in 2009 and not until key implementing regulations spell out the details. The intent of the law is comprehensive and strong but without the backstop of municipal bylaws, much now depend on the regulations.

“We will continue to work closely with the Province to ensure that the implementing regulations are as strong as the most progressive local bylaws in Ontario such as those in Toronto and Peterborough,” stated Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher with CELA.

Education will also be essential. The success of bylaws has been a complementary two-step approach combining clear bans with educational programs to help people change practices and maintain healthy and vibrant lawns and gardens.

“We have many years of experience working with community partners in other health and environmental organizations and progressive municipalities on effective public education programs and are happy to work with the Province to take this work across Ontario. With planned implementation to take effect in 2009, educational work to ensure a smooth transition should start immediately,” stated Cooper.

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For more information:
Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director, 416-662-8341 (cell)
Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher, 705-341-2488 (cell)