Mar 4 2004 – Toronto – The Humane Society of Canada is part of a coalition of doctors, nurses, lawyers, and environmentalists who supported the City of Toronto’s decision to adopt a pesticide bylaw now urge City Council to provide funds for educating the public about the bylaw this year. The bylaw was passed by City Council last May after numerous public meetings, stakeholder consultations and public polls showing strong public support.

 

“We believe that the Bylaw will be beneficial to the health of people, their pets, wildlife and the environment by protecting them from unnecessary exposure to these harmful chemicals,” says Michael O’Sullivan, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Canada, “$225,000 is a small price to pay to make our communities safer.”

 

The annual cost of the bylaw is $450,000, with the city responsible for half the bill, meaning a net cost of only 9 cents per resident.

On Monday, February 23rd, the Board of Health will discuss plans to implement the pesticide bylaw through an intensive education program, and review recommendations put forward by the CAO regarding infestation thresholds and other details. The CAO’s recommendations resulted from six months of discussions with the Pesticide Bylaw Advisory Committee (PBLAC).

Over 60 municipalities have now passed pesticide bylaws including Halifax and Vancouver. Montreal is expected to pass a bylaw within the year. Over 30% of Canadians live in communities that have already moved to restrict pesticide use.

“We know that a key component of a successful pesticide bylaw is a good education and enforcement program,” says Katrina Miller, spokesperson for the Toronto Environmental Alliance. “Not funding these activities will likely result in public confusion about how to comply with the bylaw and a sense of betrayal among the majority of residents who support it.”

The Partnership for Pesticide Bylaws is made up of the following organizations: Ontario College of Family Physicians, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Humane Society of Canada, Association of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario United Steel Workers of America, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Great Lakes United, Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition, International Institute of Concern for Public Health, Pesticide Free Ontario, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Women’s Healthy Environments Network, Environmental Defence Canada, Toronto and York Region Labour Council

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan by toll free 1-800-641-KIND or Michael on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or at www.humanesociety.com via twitter at www.twitter.com/HSCanada and on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Humane-Society-of-Canada/211468055538280

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

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