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Nova Scotia considers banning pesticides

Pesticide ban grows teeth? A proposed provincial law would finally make the city's ban mean something.

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In 2003, the city of Halifax banned the use of "cosmetic pesticides," those chemicals applied to lawns. The city's law is easily ignored because the banned chemicals are still available for sale at most home and garden supply stores. But now the province is proposing its own law against pesticides, which should halt those sales once and for all.

Currently, Quebec and Ontario prohibit the sale of specified chemicals for lawn care. But New Brunswick and PEI ban the use of chemicals applied through hose-end nozzles, which also covers less dangerous products HRM and Nova Scotia want to encourage people to use, like corn gluten. The proposed Nova Scotian law is more in line with the Quebec and Ontario laws.

The Department of Environment has published a discussion paper on the proposed law (tinyurl.com/NSPesticides), and wants public input before March 7. —TB

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