February 3, 2009
We are asking you to help us a final time to win regulations that will protect our children and the environment from the cosmetic use of pesticides. Ontario is getting close to implementing regulations that we hope will be the best in North America. Cabinet will make a decision within days. Hundreds of RNAO members contacted MPPs in December as a result of our last action alert, and that helped a great deal. Of course the pesticide industry has been lobbying very hard, so the government must be reminded that nurses and the public support strong pesticide regulations. Please take several minutes right now to send your MPP a message. Below, we show you how to do that easily.
Please click here right now to tell your MPP you support strong pesticide regulations.
RNAO has campaigned for bans on the cosmetic use of pesticides since 2000, and this is an issue that the public really understands. At least 35 Ontario municipalities now have pesticide bylaws, thanks to the efforts of RNAO and its partners. The momentum and the overwhelming popularity of bans on cosmetic use of pesticides led to a campaign to take the legislation province-wide.
The Ontario government made a commitment in 2007 to quickly enact pesticide legislation, a move RNAO enthusiastically supported. RNAO was concerned that the June 2008 legislation nullified the hard-fought municipal pesticide bylaws, but we are happy to support the draft regulations released November 7, as they are not weaker than existing municipal bylaws. We do however advocate that proposed exemptions for golf courses and specialty turf should face deadlines for phase-out.
For RNAO’s submission on the pesticide regulations, please click here.
For further details on the regulations, see this link here.
For polling on Ontarians’ attitudes to pesticide use on golf courses, see this link here.
Should you have any questions, please contact Kim Jarvi (RNAO, Senior Economist at kjarvi@RNAO.org or 416-599-1925 ext. 236)