Ontario’s new ban on cosmetic pesticides for gardening will still allow cities and towns to enact even tougher environmental bylaws, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
McGuinty and Environment Minister John Gerretsen marked Earth Day by introducing legislation yesterday outlawing the sale and use of such lawn and garden pesticides by next spring.
“Nobody will be able to have standards lower than ours. If you’re asking if municipalities can exceed the provincial standard we put in place, yes they can when it comes to use,” he said.
McGuinty was driven to the early morning Earth Day event in an SUV even though he lives only a few streets away from the home where it was held.