Pesticide By-law upheld by Court of Appeal|
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Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, is pleased to announce
the Ontario Court of Appeal has unanimously dismissed a challenge to the City’s
authority to adopt a By-law restricting the use of pesticides
Croplife Canada, a trade association that includes pesticide producers,
appealed a previous court ruling in favour of the City. The appeal case has
been dismissed with costs payable to the City.
“This decision confirms the right of municipalities to pass laws protecting the
health and safety of residents. It is a significant public health victory,”
said Dr. McKeown.
Councillor John Filion, Chair of the Board of Health, said the court decision
supports healthy public policy. “I would hope the pesticide industry gets the
message that it is time to move on. Residents want to reduce pesticide use in
their communities and the By-law is being phased in to make sure that happens.”
Toronto Public Health recently launched a “Go Natural” education campaign
promoting tips for lawn and garden care. The phase-in of By-law enforcement
begins this year. For commercial pesticide applicators and commercial property
owners, warnings will be issued for non-compliance this spring and summer and
beginning in September, tickets may be issued with a fine of $255. Residents
may be fined for non-compliance starting in September 2007.
The Go Natural campaign and other By-law information materials are on the City’
s Web site at www.toronto.ca/health. Residents
should call 416-338-7600 for gardening tips.
Note to Editors: Councillor Joe Mihevc will be available with City legal staff
for media interviews at 3 p.m. today at his office, Rm. B35, City Hall.
Councillor John Filion
Councillor Joe Mihevc
Toronto Public Health