National Cancer Institute talking circles around dangers of pesticides.
Won’t address council regarding health dangers, political issue not scientific.
No proof pesticides cause harm.
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.
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