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May 13, 2002
Public Health outlines options for reducing pesticide use
  
Dr. Sheela Basrur, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, today outlined four
options for reducing pesticide use in Toronto. These options will be presented
at public meetings that begin today.

"We are asking residents to join in a community conversation about strategies
to reduce pesticide use," said Dr. Basrur. "All options are on the table. We
want everyone concerned to bring forward their issues and we will work hard to
reflect the input we receive."

The four options include:
· public education only
· industry led initiatives
· a by-law restricting pesticide use near vulnerable populations
· a by-law restricting use on private and public property, with some exceptions

These options may be developed in combination and may involve a phase-in
schedule.

Dr. Basrur will report to the Board of Health and City Council later this fall
with recommendations based on the input received during the community
conversation process.

The four options will be presented at six public meetings across the city this
week. Background information and opinions from stakeholders will be included in
presentations to the meetings.

The public is invited to the following six meetings. All meetings begin at 7
p.m.:

Today, Monday, May 13
Metro Hall (Council Chamber), 55 John St.
York Civic Centre (Council Chamber) 2700 Eglinton Avenue W.

Tuesday, May 14
North York Civic Centre (Council Chamber) 5100 Yonge St.
Etobicoke Civic Centre (Council Chamber) 399 The West Mall

Wednesday, May 15
East York Civic Centre (Council Chamber) 850 Coxwell Ave.
Scarborough Civic Centre (Council Chamber) 150 Borough Dr.

The Board of Health will review the options for pesticide reduction at its
meeting today at City Hall, Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor, 1 p.m.


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