Montreal To Ban 100 Dangerous Pesticides

The City of Montreal has introduced yet another green initiative with a plan to completely ban 100 of the most dangerous pesticides that pose a risk to human health.

In a statement, Laurence Lavigne Lalonde, executive committee member responsible for the ecological transition said "by banning the use of the pesticides most toxic and most harmful for biodiversity, such as glyphosate and neonicotinoids, we are protecting the health of Montrealers, of the environment and maintaining the balance of biodiversity."

The new pesticide bylaw, which is expected to come into effect in 2022, bans the sale of about 100 pesticides that are used for agriculture and domestic gardening.

Commercial pesticide applicators will require a $200 permit to use certain pesticides and can face fines of up to $4,000 for non-compliance. They must also provide the city with a record of pesticide use each year.

Montreal is the first municipality in Canada to establish such a bylaw.

The mandate falls under the city's "Climate Plan and Vision 2030" along with the recently announced electrification plan and the ban on some single-use plastics.

"The harmful effects of pesticides on health are increasingly documented," said Mayor Valérie Plante. "Doctors and scientists have sounded the alarm about their impact on humans and the environment, and it is imperative to act."

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