After hours of deputations and debate, members of Oakville Town Council voted 10-3 in favour of enacting a pesticide bylaw on February 12, 2007.
The Oakville victory adds to the momentum to deliver similar protection to all citizens of Ontario. Currently, there are at least 18 other municipalities with pesticide bylaws in place, including Toronto, London, Peterborough, Newmarket and Thorold. RNAO continues to support bans on the nonessential use of pesticides, and would support similar campaigns in other jurisdictions.
In particular, we wish to acknowledge the work of RNAO member Renee Lehnen and of the RNAO Halton Chapter.
RNAO head office has issued a letter to Mayor Burton supporting the bylaw .