The Canadian PressApril 22, 2014 15:33
WINNIPEG - Manitoba is set to join Ontario, Quebec and other provinces in slapping restrictions on the use of synthetic chemical pesticides.
A bill put before the legislature Tuesday would forbid the use of such pesticides on lawns, school grounds, playgrounds, hospital properties and other areas, starting Jan. 1. Homeowners would have a further one-year grace period.
"Health Canada warns that pesticides should only be applied where no children, elderly persons or pets are present," said Manitoba Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh, who first promised the bill last year.