Pesticide ban makes Ontario's laws toughest in Canada
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, April 22, 2009 7:19AM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 10:43PM EDT
TORONTO - Experts say Ontario has the toughest anti-pesticide rules in the country now that its ban on the chemicals has taken effect.
More than 80 ingredients and 250 products are now prohibited from being sold or used for cosmetic purposes -- with few exceptions such as golf courses, farming and forestry.
Quebec is the only other province that has similar anti-pesticide laws, but experts say its rules don't go as far.
The weed killer 2-4-D is banned in both provinces, even though it has been deemed safe by Health Canada.
That could put Ontario in the legal crosshairs of an international trade dispute.
Dow AgroSciences -- which makes 2-4-D -- is challenging Quebec's ban under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
It says the ban violates Canada's obligations under the trade agreement because it has no scientific basis.
Environment Minister John Gerretsen says he's not worried about the possibility of legal action.
He says the government made the right move by banning the chemicals to protect public health.