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May 9, 2008
Toronto residents embrace natural approach to lawn care
  
Toronto Public Health is joining forces with major home and garden retailers to help residents follow Toronto’s pesticide bylaw. Starting this coming weekend, experts from Toronto Public Health will be on-site at various Canadian Tire and Home Depot stores and Humber and Sheridan nurseries to provide tips on using natural products to protect lawns from weeds and pests and the safe disposal of unwanted pesticides.

“Toronto’s pesticide bylaw is working,” said Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown. “Since the bylaw was passed in 2004, residents are using fewer pesticides and more natural alternatives.” Dr. McKeown released a report last year showing that by the second year of the bylaw, Toronto homeowners reported 35 per cent less pesticide use.

Pesticide bylaw presentations:
Saturday, May 10
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Canadian Tire (Keele St. and St. Clair Ave. W.)

Saturday, May 10
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Canadian Tire (Leslie St. and Sheppard Ave. E.)

Saturday, May 17
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Home Depot Gerrard Square (1000 Gerrard St. E.)

Sunday, May 18
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Home Depot Leaside (101 Wickstead Ave.)

Saturday, May 24
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Humber Nurseries (8386 Hwy 50)

Saturday, June 7
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sheridan Nurseries (784 Sheppard Ave. E.)

Saturday, June 7
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sheridan Nurseries (2827 Yonge St.)

Sunday, June 8
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sheridan Nurseries (1774 Ellesmere Rd.)

Sunday, June 8
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sheridan Nurseries (2069 Burnamthorpe Rd. E.)

Residents can also find information about the bylaw and natural products at retailers across the city, at the City’s Community Environment Days (2008 schedule available at: http://www.toronto.ca/environment_days), online at http://www.toronto.ca/pesticides or by calling 416-338-7600.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Susan Sperling, Media Relations Co-ordinator, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974, ssperli@toronto.ca


 

 

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