Group Seeks Reversal of Ontario Pesticide Ban

Some businesses want to overturn the Ontario government's ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides that came into force last year, arguing it is costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

January 15, 2010

A Kingston man who says he represents hundreds of Ontario lawn-care companies has fired what may be the first salvo in a long and nasty legal siege.

The businesses want to overturn the Ontario government's ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides that came into force last year, arguing it is costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Jeffrey Lowes filed material Wednesday at a Kingston courthouse seeking to have charges brought against Environment Minister John Gerretsen and five senior bureaucrats in the ministry.

Lowes claims that Gerretsen, Kingston's MPP, and ministry staff breached federal regulations governing pesticide use by enacting a provincial system that is not based on rigorous scientific methods.

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Source: TheWhig.com