City's pesticide by-law wins court challenge|
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The City of Toronto's pesticide by-law was upheld yesterday by the Ontario
Croplife Canada, an industry group representing pesticide manufacturers and
distributors, challenged the City's legal authority to pass the by-law, which
restricts pesticide use on private property.
In dismissing the challenge, the court recognized that municipal
governments have the authority to pass by-laws protecting the health, safety
and well-being of residents.
"Toronto residents have told us they want this by-law. The court has
clearly indicated that the legal framework is solid, and now it's time for
industry groups to support our efforts to reduce pesticide use in Toronto,"
said Councillor Joe Mihevc.
The by-law was passed by City Council last May. It will be implemented in
phases beginning in April 2004.
Several other municipalities across Ontario have similar by-laws,
including Caledon, Perth, and Thorold. Halifax and about 40 municipalities in
Quebec also have by-laws restricting pesticide use.
The Toronto by-law permits the use of pesticides to reduce health hazards such
as wasps and West Nile Virus. The by-law also allows use of certain products
that pose little or no health or environmental risks.
The judge ruled that Croplife Canada will pay court costs to the City.
Executive Assistant to Councillor Joe Mihevc,