Government to ban cosmetic use of pesticides

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Ross Wiseman

Environment Minister Ross Wiseman announced today the province will ban the use and sale of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns beginning in 2012.

Golf courses, agriculture, forestry and some other uses for pests and infrastructure protection will not be included in the ban.

Groups have been calling for such a ban in the province.

More details later and full coverage in Friday’s print edition.

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  • Duffy
    July 14, 2011 - 22:31

    My only question to these esteemed learned people is if it is soooo bad for the environment then why are golf courses and the government still allowed to use it and are exempt ? Sounds like Political BS like we usually get from that bunch! OH yea I forgot.............$$$$$$ talks and those on most golf courses have $$$$$$ for Political Donations. Remember Agent Orange was declared safe, and now the Government is spreading defoiliants on the roadsides to keep the "kill all the Moose" people happy.

  • Dandy
    July 14, 2011 - 18:34

    Finally, common sense prevails!! Congratulations to all those who fought tirelessly for this day!! Our children can finally (in 2012) breathe freely while playing in their yards.

  • DWH
    July 14, 2011 - 09:38

    I hope the esteemed minister will also come and pull the dandelions and other broadleaf weeds from my garden and lawn and kill the slugs and bugs that seem to be just about impossible to completely eliminate, even with the moderate use of weak pesticides.

    • RS
      July 14, 2011 - 12:22

      There are plenty of places where pesticides are banned and people still manage to maintain their lawn and property naturally. Pesticides are poisoning and killing predators that would normally feast on the high population of bugs you are being bothered by. Man-made solutions aren't always the best.