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While municipal politicians in most parts of Canada face raucous public meetings over the issue of whether or not to ban cosmetic use of pesticides, the province of Québec has got right to the point by banning the sale and use for lawn maintenance purposes of many of those pesticides which are believed to be a threat to health. The pesticides included in the phased-in Québec ban, which came into effect last month, are:
GL particularly commends Québec for banning the sale of these products for lawn maintenance purposes. Unfortunately when municipalities in other parts of Canada pass bylaws prohibiting the cosmetic use of pesticides, they are often unable to prevent the sale of the products. This creates a loophole through which many unscrupulous lawn owners and lawn care companies can drive bags of toxic so-called lawn care products.