New Westminster asked to join call for B.C.-wide cosmetic pesticide ban
The City of New Westminster is being asked to join a call for a provincewide ban on the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides for lawns and gardens.
The Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon Division has requested that the city send a letter calling on the B.C. government to introduce new legislation by November 30.
The society is pressing for a provincewide ban amid concerns about the potential risks to human health and the environment from cosmetic pesticides.
Bans on cosmetic pesticides are already in place in provinces including Ontario and Quebec. Both Premier Christy Clark and NDP Opposition leader Adrian Dix have expressed support for a ban in B.C.
New Westminster is among 38 municipalities in B.C. that have introduced bylaws restricting cosmetic pesticide use, according to the Canadian Cancer Society.
The society says more than a dozen B.C. communities have already sent letters to the environment minister and premier as part of the campaign for a provincewide ban.
New Westminster council is set to consider the written request from the society at a meeting tonight (October 24).