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Victory in Ontario

March 5th, 2009
From Gideon in a letter addressed to my Momma Mary Jane who organized rallies/campaigns/media presentations for the purpose of educating the public about the dangers of pesticide use relating to environmental and human toxicity/disease.  I find it quite amazing that it is taking this long to make a change.  But it’s nice to see such positive efforts are paying off.
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I just want to thank you for all your support on the Ontario pesticide ban campaign!  
 
As you may know, yesterday the Ministry of Environment released the actual list of pesticides that will be banned for use and sale in the province. It includes more than 80 pesticide ingredients and over 250 toxic products!
 
Included in the ban are such common weed-killers as 2,4-D and Glyphosate (Round-up). The industry tried its best to have several chemicals  removed from the banned list and called for an “infestation” clause that would allow for continued spraying. Working with other groups, we lobbied the MOE and other ministries to ensure the banned list remained robust and no “infestation” clause was allowed.
 
How big a victory is this? Quebec’s ban — the gold standard till now — prohibits 20 pesticide ingredients. Ontario bans four times as many! And as for the U.S. — they cant even agree to ban 2,4-D. So this legislation is truly the best on the continent.
 
Thanks so much again for your e-mails to ministers, your phone calls to the Premier, and your letters to the editor. This is a major public health victory which will be felt right across North America.
 
Take care,
 
Gideon  
 
Gideon Forman
Executive Director
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
130 Spadina Av., Suite 301
Toronto, CANADA
M5V 2L4
Phone (416) 306-2273
Fax (416) 960-9392
www.cape.ca