Toxics Use Reduction in Ontario; Opinion Poll on Pesticides and Golf Courses; Shortfall in Federal Controls on Carcinogens

CELA Bulletin 67: 5-September-2008 Periodic E-News from the Canadian Environmental Law Association In this issue:

  • CELA Releases a Toxics Use Reduction Model Bill for Ontario
  • Opinion Poll Finds Strong Public Support for Pesticide Phase-out on Golf Courses in Ontario
  • ENGOs critical of Federal decisions on regulating carcinogens

A Toxic-Free Ontario ~ CELA Releases Toxics Use Reduction Model Bill Working with health, environmental and labour organizations, and drawing upon extensive scientific and legal research into similar programs in other jurisdictions, CELA has released a detailed report, including model legislation, to achieve the McGuinty government's stated commitment to pass a Toxics Use Reduction law. The central tenets of the law are summarized in a Statement of Expectations, sent with CELA's report, to all MPPs today. For additional detailed information see on-line collection. The Ontario government has released a 41 page Discussion Paper, entitled Creating Ontario's Toxics Reduction Strategy, for a 45 day comment period (deadline of October 11/08). The paper is summarized in Toxics, the Environment and Your Health (6 pages) and the Ministry of Environment is holding regional multistakeholder consultations on the discussion paper over the next two weeks. For more information, please contact: Theresa McClenaghan, 416-662-8341 theresa@cela.ca Sarah Miller, 416-960-2284, ext. 213 millers@lao.on.ca Ontario Poll Reveals Strong Public Support for Pesticide Phase-out on Golf Courses A poll conducted by Oracle Poll Research has found strong public support for extending Ontario's cosmetic pesticide ban to golf courses with nearly 7 out of 10 Ontarians agreeing that pesticide use on golf courses should be phased out. View Media Release and for more details, on-line collection. This poll comes while the province is drafting regulations, anticipated in the near future, to implement the pesticide ban next Spring. The David Suzuki Foundation has investigated the Province's proposed list of banned pesticides and noted nine pesticides that should be added to the list. On-line see: Debugging the Ban and related Media Release. For more information, please contact:Gideon Forman, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment416-306-2273 gideon@cape.caKathleen Cooper,  CELA 705-324-1608 kcooper@cela.ca |Lisa Gue, David Suzuki Foundation, 616-594-5428 lgue@davidsuzuki.org ENGOs critical of Federal decisions on regulating carcinogens In response to ongoing Chemicals Management Plan consultations, CELA has submitted detailed comments on the Final Assessments and Proposed Management Options for "Batch One" chemicals, primarily carcinogens. Alongside other ENGOs, CELA is highly critical of  the Federal government's refusal to phase-out key carcinogens (view Media Release). Instead, weak risk management initiatives are proposed that will mean continued exposure to chemicals the government has clearly recognized as carcinogenic. For more information, please contact:Fe de Leon, 416-960-2284 ext. 223 deleonf@cela.ca - 30 -