QUEBEC CITY Bowing to pressure from
the public and environmental groups, the Canadian province
of Quebec said this week it will ban the use of most nonfarm
pesticides by 2005.
Quebec will immediately move to ban the use of 30
highly noxious pesticides on public lands, including
parks, schools, day-care centers, and hospitals.
As of 2005, the ban will be extended to private and
commercial lands, Quebec Environment Minister Andre
Boisclair told a news conference at a Quebec City park.
Pesticide use on agricultural land will not be affected.
"People's health is more important than a perfect
lawn. I enjoin Quebecers to no longer use pesticides,"
The Quebec decision follows a 2001 Canadian Supreme
Court ruling allowing cities to ban the use of pesticides
in residential areas. The case had been presented to
court by two chemical firms challenging a by-law in
a Montreal suburb.
Boisclair said the sale of fertilizer/pesticide combination
products will be banned as of next year and added that
direct access to more noxious products used at home
will be prohibited by 2004.
Golf courts will also have to set up plans to cut
the use of pesticides by 2005.
Fines will range from C$500 to $3,000 (US$325 to $1,960).