BC Salmon Cohen Commission Inquiry : Water Quailty (Pesticides) Test results included at bottom of this post:
According to Steve Tschantz, Landscape Ontario: This season alone gross revenues of companies are down an average of 30%. • Profit margins have dropped to 5-10% from 25-30%, mostly due to the costs of the alternative products and their limited availability.• New products cost approximately 20 times that of traditional products• Besides their exorbitant cost, the alternative products are not very effective.
According to Cheryl Machan of the Professional Lawn Care Association of Ontario (PLACO):• The ban has had a devastating effect on the lawn care industry• Since the ban was enacted, half of the Lawn Care Companies have closed their doors. • Companies that are left have lost 30 – 50 % of their customers. • Business servicing commercial properties have losses of 50 to 75 %. • The 1 and 2 truck operations are expected to disappear within the next year.• One company, which had 6 trucks running full time, 6 days a week, is down to 3 trucks operating part-time.
Alberta Environment Minister (deputy) Ernie Hui:
Alberta Environment does not intend to move to prohibit the sale of pesticides beyond the current prohibition we have on weed and feed lawn care products. (Up to date Nation Wide Ban Results included within the report)
BC Cohen Commission Inquiry:
This report represents the culmination of Canada’s first National Water Quality Surveillance Program focused on current-use pesticides in vulnerable aquatic ecosystems and source waters.
Funded by Environment Canada’s Pesticide Science Fund, the surveillance program was conducted over a period of three years from 2003 to 2005. It was coordinated by the National
Water Quality Monitoring Office, Environment Canada, and implemented in Environment Canada’s regional offices. Several provincial environment ministries and other federal
departments also played important roles in collecting data for this program. These partners included the Prince Edward Island Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry; the Nova
Scotia Department of Environment and Labour; the New Brunswick Department of Environment, Le Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs du Québec and
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Fredericton, New Brunswick, and Kentville, Nova Scotia, research centres. This report was coordinated and edited by Environment Canada’s National
Water Quality Monitoring Office, with substantial input from Environment Canada water quality monitoring staff across Canada. Writing assistance was obtained from Cantox Environmental Inc.