I also read a few weeks ago that next year the Region may be sending out lawn police to check soil samples in lush lawns to make sure nobody is using pesticides during banned months.
Now Premier McGuinty wants to enact a province-wide ban on pesticides. In one way, it might be good to have a uniform law, rather than this patchwork of city and regional bylaws on the issue.
However, it does mean another ban on a product that Health Canada is still allowing for sale on the store shelves; just like tobacco.
So where do we draw the line between safety and a homeowners right to protect his investment?
There are some environmentalist dingbats in Waterloo who are still not satisfied with the partial ban. They prefer to see dirt and weeds in place of lawns, I guess.
A total ban would have a devastating effect on lawn care companies and their employees. As Richard Maas of Peerless Turfcare notes:
A total ban will destroy lawns and force residents to try to use pesticides on their own because they won't be able to hire a lawn-care company, he said.
"They're not going to stop people from using pesticides," he said. "They'll just kill our industry."
The regional ban has already cut into Maass's business this summer because large commercial clients who usually purchase extra lawn-care services on top of pesticide spraying are cancelling their contracts.
Maass said he's lost about 200 customers this year and as much as $40,000 in business.
"Companies are laying off people in the middle of summer when they should be busy or doing more hiring," he said. "But nobody is crying the blues about the loss of jobs in our industry."
Yet pesticides continue to be used on farms. According to a 2005 report by The College of Family Physicians of Ontario "many fruits, including peaches, apples, pears and grapes, were found to contain residues of pesticides". The Globe article states however, that "the ban the Liberal Party is contemplating would not apply to farmers."
Great. We can eat the stuff but we can't have it on our lawns.
This subject gets my blood boiling to the extent that I'm having trouble looking at it objectively.
Let's see, what's left to ban in Ontario now?
How about McGuinty?
One thing for sure - I was ambivalent about this election until now.
Dalton, this is the last straw - which is what my lawn is going to be if you get re-elected.