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Equiterre and the David Suzuki Foundation are suing the Government of Canada for its refusal to protect Canadians from harmful pesticides already banned for use in other countries. Lawyers from Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the two environmental groups, have filed a lawsuit alleging that the Minister of Health and the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) acted unlawfully...
Actualité - 26 August 2013 - Tag : Advocacy, Dangers of pesticides, Pesticides Management Code
Government of Canada’s refusal to review pesticides already banned in Europe is unlawful, groups say   Montreal, QC, August 27, 2013 — Environmental groups are suing the Government of Canada for its refusal to protect Canadians from harmful pesticides already banned for use in other countries.
Communiqué - 26 August 2013 - Tag : Dangers of pesticides, Pesticides, Pesticides Management Code
Dr. Margaret Sanborn, coauthor of a literature review on the effects of pesticides on human health published last June by the Ontario College of Family Physicians, was in Montreal earlier this month to explain her findings, on the invitation of the Quebec College of Family Physicians (QCFP), the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and Equiterre. The...
Actualité - 18 February 2013 - Tag : Advocacy, Pesticides, Pesticides Management Code
The Ontario College of Family Physicians is recommending that patients reduce their exposure to pesticides whenever and wherever possible. This recommendation is based on its new research review, which shows a link between exposure to pesticides and various neurological and respiratory diseases, as well as reproductive problems. It also shows that children are particularly...
Édith Smeesters, a pioneer in the field of ecological horticulture in Quebec, is still on tour this week to challenge Quebecers to change the way we maintain our lawns. This French-language conference series is for anyone who would like a nice lawn without resorting to toxic chemicals. Learn how to work in harmony with nature, rather than against it. Choose plants that...
Did you know that after leading the way with the first provincial ban on lawn pesticides in 2003, Quebec has now fallen behind other provinces when it comes to protecting human and environmental health in this matter? Our list of banned pesticides hasn't changed since 2003, whereas Ontario and Nova Scotia have both gone on to adopt stronger policies, which prohibit more...
Quebec is one of five provinces with a cosmetic pesticide ban. In 2009, the American company Dow AgroSciences challenged the legality under NAFTA of the ban, particularly as it pertains to 2, 4-D herbicides. In a settlement reached last week between Canada and Dow AgroSciences, the company waived its legal action and claims, and accepted no compensation, implicitly confirming...
Environmental groups are claiming an important victory for the right of municipalities and provinces to ban dangerous pesticides as Dow AgroSciences has backed away from its longstanding dispute of Quebec’s cosmetic pesticides ban under NAFTA. In a settlement reached between the Canadian government and Dow, Dow waived its legal actions and claims and accepted no...
Communiqué - 30 May 2011 - Tag : Advocacy, David Suzuki Foundation, Pesticides Management Code
In 2003, we applauded Quebec for adopting the Pesticides Management Code, the first regulation of its kind in Canada. But that was then, this is now.  When it comes to regulating the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides to protect human and environmental health, Quebec has been overtaken by Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Montreal, May 17th, 2011 – After leading the way with the first provincial ban on lawn pesticides in 2003 (the Pesticides Management Code), Quebec has now fallen behind other provinces when it comes to protecting human health and the environment from cosmetic pesticides. A report released by the David Suzuki Foundation and Equiterre today compares provincial cosmetic...