Jeffrey Lowes Mrep Communications SPEAKS
Aug 21, 2011
While many Ontarians are embracing the move to old-style lawn care following the Dalton McGuinty cosmetic pesticide ban, others are going so far as to cross borders to get their paws on stronger stuff.
Kevin Good, the seasonal department store manager at the Stamford Home
Hardware and Fireplace Shop in Niagara Falls, said he hasn’t seen any drop in the sale of compression sprayers even though he is not allowed to sell the pesticide concentrate that goes into them.
“People are just right up front — ‘You can’t sell it to me, I’m going right across the river,’” Good said. “Basically what’s happened is we’ve been screwed out of sales which means the whole nine yards — less staff, less money going through this store, all going over to the States. Especially when they’ve got the good Canadian dollar — they’re getting their gas, they pick up their pesticides, they bring it back.”
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) says Ontario’s cosmetic pesticide ban cannot be legislatively enforced by their officials.
Officers at the border will only stop fertilizer and pesticides that fail to meet registration, packing and labelling requirements under the federal