The Ontario government remains committed to implementing a cosmetic pesticide ban through legislation expected in the Spring of 2009. The public comment period closed on December 2, 2008. Comments that have been received will be reviewed and regulations finalized in the coming months.

The ban would eliminate the use of cosmetic pesticides on lawns, gardens, school yards and parks. It includes exceptions for golf courses, agriculture, forestry, health or safety, specialty turf, trees and protection of natural areas.

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