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Pesticide Ban Comes Into Effect
According to the bylaw, residents can obtain a permit to spray if their lawn or trees become infested, or if they have to control rats, mice or spiders. The bylaw permits the use of pesticides on golf courses and bowling greens, although it requires a five-meter buffer zone between those areas and neighboring properties. The use of mineral soaps, insecticidal soaps, and other materials classified as biopesticides by the federal Pest Management Regulatory Agency are also permitted by the law.
Local environmental activists involved in the campaign say that they are thrilled with the new bylaw. "It is excellent. The measures protect the public from this chemical onslaught," said David Fletcher, vice-president of the Green Coalition.
TAKE ACTION: Stop using pesticides around your home-read up on some alternatives to toxic chemicals. To get involved in the campaign to end the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns in the US, read and sign the National Coalition for Pesticide-Free Lawns' Declaration on the Use of Toxic Lawn Pesticides at www.pesticidefreelawns.org.