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Pesticides ban becomes bylaw

SAANICH BANS COSMETIC PESTICIDE USE
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SAANICH COUNCIL HAS GIVEN FINAL READING TO A BY-LAW THAT EFFECTIVELY BANS THE USE OF COSMETIC PESTICIDES ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES.

DEAN MURDOCK WAS ONE OF THE LEADING VOICES ON COUNCIL CALLING FOR THE LEGISLATION…

“It makes a change in favour of protecting the environment, and mitigating some of the unintended environmental consequences of the use of pesticides…so I think that it’s a positive change and one that’s been a long time coming”

MURDOCK SAYS THE SAANICH BY-LAW IS VERY SIMILAR TO OTHERS IN VICTORIA AND ESQUIMALT, AND HE REMAINS HOPEFUL THAT THE PROVINCE WILL SOON ADOPT OVERRIDING LEGISLATION.

Non-essential pesticides banned

Saanich bans pesticides
By Kim Westad, Times Colonist

Saanich gardeners won’t be allowed to use non-essential pesticides this spring.

The municipality has banned the use of so-called cosmetic pesticides because of their negative effect on the environment.

The ban was initially scheduled to go into effect January 2011, but when Coun. Dean Murdock suggested it start earlier, council unanimously agreed. It will come into effect May 1.

“We want to enact the bylaw for the spring gardening season,” Murdock said yesterday. “We don’t want to miss another season.”

The municipality has already implemented an education campaign about pesticide use, and has reduced use on municipal land by 95 per cent.

The penalty for a first offence is a warning, but subsequent offences can carry a penalty from $250 to $10,000.

Gardeners who want to use pesticides must apply to the municipality. Permission may be granted when there is an infestation that could adversely affect the ecosystem or pose the threat of serious economic loss.

Victoria and Esquimalt also have bylaws banning pesticides, as do another 150 municipalities across Canada.

Banning Pesticides in Saanich

Popular pesticides restricted from Saanich next spring
By Keith Vass – Saanich News

If you’re still using pesticides on your property be warned. Your neighbours wil be able to do more than cast disparaging looks at you next spring.

Saanich council has passed a bylaw severely restricting the use of chemical pesticides.

Under the new rules, which will come into effect May 1, 2010, residential property owners will need a permit to use most chemical pesticides.

The bylaw is based on a model put forward by the Capital Regional District’s Roundtable on the Environment in 2004.

Coun. Judy Brownoff said the amount of discussion over pesticides since then, coupled with Saanich’s own efforts to promote its efforts to reduce pesticide use in parks should mean the bylaw won’t come as a surprise to homeowners.

“We participated in all the education, so it’s not like people aren’t aware of it,” she said.

Council elected to step up the date the rules come into effect. Staff had proposed waiting until Jan. 1, 2011.

“I think the time for education and awareness-raising is important, but we don’t need to delay implementation of the bylaw because of that,” said Coun. Dean Murdock, who made the motion to speed the process along. He noted that first offences will be met with a warning.

The bylaw makes Saanich the third CRD municipality to enact restrictions on pesticide use. Victoria passed a similar bylaw in 2007 and Esquimalt followed suit in 2008.

Restricted pesticides will remain on store shelves. Municipalities don’t have the power to ban the sale of the chemicals, that power rests with the provincial and federal governments.

The rules also only apply to residential property. Institutional, commercial and industrial property owners will remain free to use chemicals without restriction.

But one of Saanich’s largest institutional landowners already tries to keep pesticide use to a minimum.

The University of Victoria “strives for zero pesticide/herbicide use and applies pesticides and herbicides only in very limited cases when problems occur,” said spokesperson Maria Lironi.