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Clarification – not all pesticide laws are equal!

By Sharon Labchuk

Lawn Pesticide Bans Mean Cancer Prevention, in the Summer 2014 issue of An Ounce listed provinces with legislation to limit pesticide use on lawns and gardens. Some are much stronger than others, and some of the east coast legislation has significant room for improvement.

Currently 90-some pesticide products are prohibited for use in Ontario. Legislation for the province of Quebec and the city of Halifax are quite rigorous as well. Although they were listed together in the article, PEI, New Brunswick and Newfoundland passed more meagre measures to restrict cosmetic pesticides.

Newfoundland

As of its 2012 regulation, Newfoundland banned one insecticide (carbaryl) and four herbicides 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), mecoprop, dicamba, and MCPA (2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid) from sale or use on lawns.

New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island

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HerbaNatur | Adios Ambros | Enforcement Bulletins

HerbaNatur Inc. was warned for distributing a pest control product that was improperly packaged and for distributing it without the appropriate experimental labelHerbaNatur Inc. was warned for distributing a pest control product that was improperly packaged and for distributing it without the appropriate experimental label[Terrebonne, Quebec]In August 2014, Health Canada issued two notices of violation with warnings under the Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act to HerbaNatur Inc. of Terrebonne, Quebec. These warnings were issued for distributing selling a pest control product that was not packaged and labelled in accordance with the conditions of registration, and conditions of research authorization, respectively.In August 2012, Health Canada discovered that HerbaNatur Inc., although informed of the provisions of the Pest Control Products Act, violated it by distributing the pest control product Adios Ambros to a municipality without the required label which allows for use of the product against ragweed. In addition, the pest control product Adios Ambros was also distributed without the experimental label required for trials against poison ivy.

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How to Ban SAFE Pesticides 101|Canadian Environmental Law Association | Golden Gate University Environmental Law J

CELA helped these parents organize deputations to school boards, municipal parks departments, and municipal councils. In a more direct approach, one young mother requested the spraying schedule from the City of Toronto Parks Department in order to avoid the spraying since it made her children cough. When the trucks arrived at the park, the mother had the entrance blockaded with strollers. 

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Retail Council of Canada Ruins Pesticide Free PEI Anti Pesticide Luantics Dreams | Pesticide Free Failure |

However, operationalization of the former By-law P-800 cost approximately $150,000 per year.

Repeal of ByLaw P-800
Council Report                                                – 5 –                                 
                 April 15, 2014

Fundamentally, the adoption of By-law P-800 by Halifax Regional Council in 2000 achieved 
substantial outcomes:
1.  Industry changed their product offerings
2.  Industry changed their lawn care practices
3. The Province of Nova Scotia enacted legislation that transitioned from the impact By- law P-800 
had on commercial applicators and removed consumer products from the shelf.
The by-law has achieved its objectives and no longer offers any practical environmental or health 
protection for residents. By-law P-800 is recommended for repeal for two reasons. Firstly, 
Provincial legislation has made this by-law redundant and unnecessary. Secondly, the repeal will 
eliminate any confusion with respect to what regulations HRM currently administers. Currently all 
calls to HRM regarding pesticides are referred to the Department of Environment. It should be noted 
that Pesticide Free Nova Scotia publicly supported the Provincial Legislation when announced in 
2010.

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

There are no implications to the 2014 / 2015 Operating or Project Budgets.
However, operationalization of the former By-law P-800 cost approximately $150,000 per year.

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