REMAINS A CRIME AS COURT UPHOLDS TORONTO PESTICIDES
The People Agree: Gardening Should Not Be A Crime
- The ruling by the Ontario Superior Court of
Justice upholding the city of Toronto's by-law
to ban the use of pest control products on residential
properties means gardeners will risk being considered
should not be a crime, but for many gardeners
it will be, when the by-law comes into force,"
said Debra Conlon, Executive Director of the Urban
Pest Management Council (UPMC), which represents
manufacturers and distributors of pest control
ruling effectively reinforces the criminalization
of gardening, and denies the people of Toronto
their right to use legal, federally-registered
products to help care for their properties," Conlon
UPMC is reviewing the decision with legal counsel
and is considering an appeal.
On May 23rd, Toronto City Council passed by-law
456-2003, which all but eliminates the use of
federally-registered pest control products by
homeowners and residents in the city. UPMC has
consistently stressed that the by-law is ineffective,
unenforceable, and redundant because of the stringent
regulations that are already in place.
this by-law, the city of Toronto is voluntarily
downloading responsibilities that it has neither
the resources nor the expertise to deal with,"
While the court has upheld the by?law, it has
said nothing to endorse the City's approach to
pesticide regulation. It also reveals the need
for the federal and provincial governments to
more clearly communicate that the regulatory framework
around pesticides is working and to reassure Canadians
that there are substantial benefits to be derived
from the responsible use of pesticides. UPMC believes
that the circumstances of the application reinforce
the need for sound science to underpin public
notion of banning the use of pest control products
was recently tried in the court of public opinion,
when voters in Oakville rejected the idea in a
municipal plebiscite on November 10th," said Conlon.
"The people were very clear; we're disappointed
that the court has ruled differently."
UPMC represents the manufacturers and distributors
of pest control products. It is involved in all
aspects of industry wide public education, communication,
stewardship, legislation and regulation appropriate
to pest management, and is dedicated to Integrated
Pest Management, and the responsible use of pesticides
for the protection of human health and the environment.
Debra Conlon, Executive Director
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