Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Ontario nurses say pesticide ban helps create healthier environment for children

2008-04-22
TORONTO, April 22, 2008 – Ontario nurses say children’s health will be better protected thanks to today’s announcement that the McGuinty government is introducing legislation to ban the sale and cosmetic use of pesticides.

“The Premier is to be congratulated for heeding the call of health and environmental organizations. Pesticides are poisonous and governments have a duty to protect citizens, especially children,” says Wendy Fucile, President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

RNAO is among a group of organizations that has been calling on the government to set a new provincial standard banning the display, sale and use of cosmetic pesticides.

The association says it is pleased that the premier announced, in no uncertain terms, that municipalities can go beyond the provincial law and enact more stringent provisions in their by-laws governing the use of pesticides, adds Fucile.

Although numerous details are yet to be determined before the new law takes effect in 2009, “if Ontario develops strong regulations, the province would be amongst the most progressive jurisdictions in North America,” says Doris Grinspun, RNAO’s Executive Director.

“We would have preferred an “inclusion list,” which would list non-toxic products that can be used rather than a list of banned substances and ingredients,” states Grinspun, adding that “until industry is convinced that these products are dangerous and worthy of an outright ban, companies may simply continue to develop new ones.”

The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

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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
mzych@rnao.org

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