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On November 20 2007, the following headline appeared on the Premier's website:

Part of the election promise was "Legislation to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides to be introduced in the spring of 2008".

Between now and February 17, 2008 the Environmental Registry is accepting public comment on just how this legislation should be crafted.

The purpose of the proposal follows and contains a link to which comments can be submitted.

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The purpose of the Government's proposal is to inform the public of the government's intent to implement a ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides, and solicit feedback from the public as the government considers policy options relating to the following:

1. Determining the Scope of the Ban

The proposed ban would apply to cosmetic uses of pesticides - those intended to improve the appearance of lawns, gardens, parks and school yards. Do you have any comments on the proposed scope?

The proposed ban would allow pesticides to be used in situations where it is warranted to help ensure public health (for example, to fight West Nile virus). Are there other situations where the use of pesticides should be allowed?

2. Sale of Cosmetic Pesticides

Other jurisdictions have banned the sale of pesticides used solely for cosmetic purposes while municipalities in Ontario have regulated the use of certain pesticides . Should the province consider banning the sale of those pesticides used solely for cosmetic purposes?

3. Exemptions/Restrictions

It is proposed that uses of pesticides for the purposes of agriculture and managed forests would be exempt, as they are already governed by stringent rules covering the storage and application of pesticides.

The government indicated that the focus of the ban would be on “towns and cities, and not on restrictions on rural residents”. Do you have any comments on this approach?

4. Exemptions for Golf Courses

It is proposed that golf courses would also be exempt, but would be required to develop plans to limit the environmental impact of pesticides. Should the government consider setting out minimum requirements for the plans developed by golf course owners/operators? What should the requirements include?

5. Timing

The government proposes to introduce legislation in the spring of 2008, with a phased-in implementation (e.g. 3 years).


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In the areas that Turf King Hamilton operates the following describe the situations at the moment.


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Town of Oakville 


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Regional Municipality of Waterloo$file/06-021.pdf?openelement 

It's amazing how garden paths can meander through the trees and flowers. Views and perspectives change as you move down the trail. Around the corner, a new vista greets you. As time passes, the garden changes. First there is the seasonal change, winter changes into spring with its many blossoms and blooms. Summer bursts upon you with sudden heat. Then fall slowly creeps up with its array of autumn colours.


Time moves along and the small sapling becomes a stout tree that matures into a giant oak or maple dominating all around it.


Sometimes those paths return to the same place with a different view or at a later time (time of day, time of year, or a number of years later).


Crossed paths with Ann yesterday. Her mother is in the Nursing Home where my wife Rosemary is the administrator. Ann used to work for us at Oriental Garden Gallery - back in the springtime of my life. Was that the late 80’s? Yeah, it was still spring. I think it's still spring! I have always thought I was into spring ( "spring chicken" notwithstanding.)


Ann and her husband Bob are into Irises in a big small way. They grow and sell award-winning iris varieties.

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