On non-essential pesticide reduction

A Statistics Canada survey released yesterday found Manitobans had the greatest proportion of households that used pesticides, at 44%, during 2006. “In Winnipeg, we kind of think the traffic isn't that bad and there's enough landfill space so we don't have to worry about these issues,“ said Winnipeg city Coun. Jenny Gerbasi. “I think we need to wake up and realize we're part of the world.“ Gerbasi chairs council's non-essential pesticide reduction committee, which is expected to report on suggestions for a city bylaw in the fall. She said the survey proves the city is lagging behind in Earth-smart policies. “What's really clear is that when governments bring in bans they are really effective for reducing the use of pesticides,“ said Gerbasi. Winnipeg Sun July 12, 2007