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November 17, 2005
Supreme Court rejects pesticide by-law appeal
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, is pleased that the
Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed a challenge to the City's by-law
restricting the use of pesticides.

Crop Life Canada, a trade association that includes pesticide producers, had
sought to appeal a unanimous Ontario Court of Appeal decision upholding the
City's authority to adopt a by-law restricting pesticide use. The Supreme Court
today denied Crop Life's application for leave to appeal, ending legal
challenges to the by-law.

"The courts have consistently supported the right of municipalities to pass
laws protecting the health and safety of residents. The Supreme Court's
decision refusing to hear the appeal has affirmed the City's program to
minimize the non-essential use of pesticides," said Dr. McKeown.

Toronto Public Health launched a "Go Natural" education campaign last spring
promoting tips for pesticide-free lawn and garden care. The campaign continued
this fall and will be promoted again in the spring of 2006.

The phase-in of the by-law enforcement began this year. For commercial
pesticide applicators and commercial property owners, warnings are issued for
first-time non-compliance. Following this, a ticket or summons may be issued.
Homeowners and renters may be fined for non-compliance starting in September

The "Go Natural" campaign and other by-law information materials are available
on the City's Web site at Residents can call
416-338-7600 for gardening tips.

Media contact:

Gil Hardy
Toronto Public Health



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