MPP upholds pesticide ban despite local grub invasion
By Heather Young
Posted 8 days ago
DRESDEN – Despite local concerns about grubs in the Chatham-Kent area, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Maria Van Bommel says the 2009 Ontario cosmetic pesticide ban by the provincial Liberal government has achieved a lot of good.
“The cosmetic pesticides ban is all about the places where our kids get to be kids,” she wrote in a response to inquiries from the Leader-Spirit.
Van Bommel explained that the ban is meant to protect front lawns, school yards and parks.
“That’s what Ontario families deserve.”
In regard to the concerns about Ontarians visiting neighbouring states and provinces to acquire the illegal substances, Van Bommel cited a study which found that the three most common pesticides dropped by 86%, 82% and 78%, respectively, in Ontario streams.
“These results show that Ontarians want to do the right thing,” she wrote, adding that these chemicals alone account for 50% of all pesticides used by lawn care companies in Ontario.
Overall, the local MPP maintains that “Ontario’s lawns, gardens, school yards and parks are a lot healthier since the cosmetic pesticides ban came into effect.”