Toronto set to ban pesticides

The City of Toronto reportedly is nearing a decision to ban the use of pesticides for "cosmetic purposes." Toronto's Board of Health has endorsed such an action soon, though it would probably be phased in over several years.

This action follows a similar ban enacted in Halifax. Dozens of other Canadian towns have also banned pesticides for cosmetic purposes.

Canadians can expect more such regulations now that the Canadian supreme court has ruled that such restrictions are permissible. The ruling settled a lawsuit filed by lawncare companies operating in Hudson, Quebec. Hudson enacted a ban on cosmetic pesticides and two lawncare operators sued the city.

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