Will New Westminster be the next city to ban pesticides?

New Westminster councillor Bill Harper plans to bring forward a motion on Monday (June 30) to ask staff to come back with a proposed bylaw to ban cosmetic pesticides.

If Harper's motion becomes law, New Westminster will follow in the footsteps of the District of West Vancouver, Burnaby, the District of North Vancouver, and 10 other B.C. municipalities in banning cosmetic pesticides.

Approximately 140 municipalities across Canada have instituted pesticide bans.

When Burnaby council banned toxic cosmetic pesticides last February, it also passed a motion requesting the Union of British Columbia Municipalities to push for a provincewide ban.

The Canadian Cancer Society has noted that children are particularly vulnerable to pesticides, which have been linked to both adult and childhood cancers.