November 11, 2003
VOTERS REJECT BANNING USE OF PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS
The People Agree: Gardening Should Not Be A Crime
- Backyard gardeners and other residents of Oakville,
Ontario have voted a resounding "No" in a plebiscite
asking whether they would support a ban on the
use of pest control products on residential properties.
Residents voted "No" - as part of yesterday's
municipal election - by a 1,000-vote margin (15,072
voted No, 14,073 voted Yes).
residents have said very clearly that they don't
believe gardening should be a crime," said Debra
Conlon, Executive Director of the Urban Pest Management
Council, which represents manufacturers and distributors
of pest control products.
believe they have a fundamental right to make
their own decisions when it comes to caring for
UPMC says it's unnecessary for municipalities
to involve themselves in these issues, since registered
pest control products are already extensively
regulated by both Health Canada and provincial
governments to protect the health and safety of
people, wildlife and the environment.
appropriate role for municipalities is to provide
education about pest control options, not to duplicate
existing regulation and legislation," Conlon said.
UPMC has been a strong proponent of informed public
education around proper lawn and garden care.
This includes programs such as 'integrated pest
management,' which encourages proper care and
maintenance as part of safe and healthy gardening
solutions. UPMC also advocates that, through promotion
of integrated pest management programs, federally-regulated
pest control products have an important role to
play in contributing to a healthy, clean and green
Debra Conlon, Executive Director UPMC
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