Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Health, environment leaders' recommendations urge Premier to make pesticide ban a reality

TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2008 –Health-care and environmental experts will join together next Tuesday to call on the McGuinty government to ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides across Ontario.

The links between pesticide use and illnesses such as cancer and neurological problems mean quick action is needed from the government. Premier McGuinty has pledged to introduce legislation this spring that will ban the cosmetic use of pesticides, a move that is also supported by a majority of voters in Ontario.

A coalition of 15 health and environmental groups has developed a set of key principles essential to an effective ban, which will be presented at Tuesday’s press conference.


  • Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher, Canadian Environmental Law Association
  • Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
  • Jan Kasperski, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario College of Family Physicians
  • Susan Koswan, Spokesperson, Pesticide Free Ontario


  • Press conference to call on the McGuinty government to ban cosmetic pesticides in Ontario.


  • Queen’s Park Media Studio, Ontario Legislature, West Wing, Ground Floor


  • Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, 10 a.m.

Other coalition members include the David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Medical Association (Section on Pediatrics), and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.


For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605