Monday, November 10, 2008

Suzuki has provinces ear, now you do too!

As mentioned in previous posts, the David Suzuki Foundation recommended 9 chemicals to the list of Active Ingredients proposed by the province for the Ontario Pesticide Ban. The province just released the final draft (check out Class Nine) of the law which included all of the chemicals listed by the DSF.

The province does intend to exempt Golf Courses under the following conditions and circumstances:
The golf course must be fully accredited in integrated pest management (IPM) within three (3) years after the golf course is registered by an approved IPM accreditation body.
There is a requirement to prepare annual reports on pesticide use explaining how pesticides will be minimized the following year.
The reports must be presented annually at public meetings.

What do you think?
Post comments below, but even more importantly send comments to the Ontario Government.
The proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting November 07, 2008. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by December 22, 2008 to the individual listed below.

Robert Bilyea
Senior Policy Advisor
Ministry of the Environment
Integrated Environmental Planning Division
Strategic Policy Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 11
Toronto Ontario
M4V 1P5
Phone: (416) 314-5605
Fax: (416) 314-2976


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