Get Involved in Ontario’s Pollinator Health Consultations!

Dec 12 2014

 CELA is hopeful that Ontario’s recent words about cutting the use of neonicotinoid pesticides will translate into solid action. With such strong public concern about this issue, an important opportunity now exists to get involved.

On November 25th the Ontario government asked for public input on a Pollinator Health Action Plan (view discussion paper here) The plan includes an “aspirational target” to achieve an over-winter honeybee mortality rate of 15 per cent by 2020.

As well, input is being sought on a regulatory proposal to help work towards another “aspirational target" of 80 per cent reduction in the number of acres of neonicotinoid treated grain corn and soybean seed planted by 2017. They are aiming for this new regulatory system to be in place by July 2015 to impact the 2016 agricultural planting season.

CELA will attend a consultation on Tuesday, December 16th to provide input. The deadline for written comments is January 25, 2015 through Ontario’s environmental registry or by e-mail at pollinatorhealth@ontario.ca.

Public meetings are also planned:

  • December 15, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 – Webex (French)
  • January 14, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon – Kingston Public Meeting.

You need to register to obtain meeting locations or conference call numbers. Register on-line or contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or by e-mail at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

If there is demand, the government notes that additional consultation sessions may occur.

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For more information, please contact:

Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher kcooper@cela.ca
Joseph Castrilli, Counsel, castrillij@sympatico.ca

On-line collection: Neonicotinoid Pesticides