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City, Canada Council Approves First Pesticide Ban
According to The
Brandon Sun, residents with documented chemical sensitivities
can now legally prevent others from spraying pesticides near their homes.
A registry is being created by the city for people who suffer from pesticide-related
health problems. In order to qualify for the registry, citizens will
need a note from their doctor affirming their health issues. Once registered,
it will then be prohibited for anyone to apply cosmetic pesticides within
30 meters of a registered person’s home. Violation of the new
by law will result in fines ranging from $50 to $1,000.
While other Canadian municipalities such as Toronto and Halifax have created similar rules, Brandon’s bylaw is the first in Manitoba. Brandon’s council president, Bill Patton said, “it’s significant progress.” The Brandon bylaw will take effect April 1.