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Lawn Pesticide Phase-Out Takes Effect
Councilor John Filion,
Chair of the Board of Health, stated, “At this time of year, as
residents are preparing to care for their lawns and gardens, we want them
to know there are plenty of resources to help them go pesticide-free.
Community agencies are offering gardening workshops and many lawn care
companies are already providing pesticide-free services."
"Toronto is joining more than 66 other cities and municipalities across Canada that have chosen to make their communities safer and healthier for all residents by implementing pesticide by-laws," said Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Acting Medical Officer of Health.
For more information on the by-law, call 416-338-7600 or visit www.toronto.ca/pesticides. For more information regarding lawn chemicals and least-toxic lawn care, see Beyond Pesticides’ Lawns And Landscapes Program Page.
TAKE ACTION: Toronto's pesticide by-law faced fierce opposition from the lawn care industry before it passed. The same tactics employed to keep such laws from passing are currently being practiced in the U.S. See Beyond Pesticides' Daily News story Toronto Bans Private Pesticide Use, U.S. Industry Plans Response for more information. Help promote safer lawns in your own community. You can start by exploring our Lawns And Landscapes’ Tools for Activists.