Hudson, Quebec Pesticide By-Law

Collection of materials related to the Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Municipal Powers to Set By-Laws

After a ten year path through the courts, the Hudson, Quebec pesticide by-law withstood successive legal challenges from lawn-spraying companies. After losing at two levels of the Quebec courts, on appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court unanimously affirmed the legal power of Hudson, and most Canadian municipalities, to pass pesticide by-laws. CELA intervened in the Hudson appeal on its own behalf and representing nine citizen and environmental organizations and one individual. In complementary interventions, CELA worked alongside the Sierra Legal Defence Fund who represented three organizations in the appeal, including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Below are detailed and summary publications, legal submissions, and related media releases and Intervenor articles about this precedent-setting case.

Media Releases

Cosmetic Pesticide Bans Unaffected by DOW-Quebec Deal
Civil society groups defend Quebec pesticide ban in Parliament
CELEBRATION! Decisive Precautionary Action in Ontario with Proclamation of Law Banning Use and Sale of Cosmetic Pesticides
Canadians to Harper: Renegotiate NAFTA with Obama
CELA in cheering section for Province-wide ban on non-essential pesticides
Canada's top court rejects final pesticide industry challenge
Ontaro Court of Appeal Releases Pesticides Decision
Superior Court Dismisses Industry Challenge of Toronto Pesticide By-law
Pesticide Bylaw Partnership Makes Final Push
Medical Officer of Health Details Bylaw to Ban Pesticides
Health Professionals, Labour and Environment Groups Call for a Toronto Pesticide Bylaw
Victory for Pesticide Reduction and Local Democracy
Anti-Pesticide By-Law Challenged at Supreme Court
Environmental and Citizens' Groups File Pesticide Arguments with Supreme Court
CELA’S Clients Intervening in Supreme Court of Canada Municipal Pesticides By-Law Case
Environmental Groups Seek Leave to Intervene in Supreme Court of Canada Case on Pesticide By-Laws

Intervenor Articles

Intervenor: Vol 25. No 1 January - March 2000
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 2 - 3, April - August 2001
Intervenor: vol. 26, no. 4 September - December 2001
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 3 - 4, July - December 2002
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 1 - 2, January - June 2002
Intervenor: vol. 27, no. 1 - 2, January - June 2002