Terrace BC – Sustainability Coordinator Tara Irwin Drafts Cosmetic Pesticide Bylaw for City Council

Terrace introduces bylaw to restrict cosmetic pesticides
Canadian Cancer Society called for such a ban last month


City of Terrace staff have drafted a bylaw to ban the use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes.

Last month, members of the Canadian Cancer Society appeared before city council calling for such a bylaw, saying there's a growing body of evidence linking the use of cosmetic pesticides to certain types of cancer.

Sustainability coordinator Tara Irwin says such restrictions in other communities have been more successful when coupled with an education and public awareness campaign.

More than 30 municipalities in B.C. already have pesticide restrictions in place, and Premier Christy Clark has expressed support for provincial legislation.

Cosmetic pesticides are used to enhance the appearance of lawns and gardens.