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Majority of Homeowners Not Using Pesticides
(Tuesday, November 26/2002)-- A recent public opinion poll conducted by Corporate Research Associates found that about 90 per cent of those surveyed use alternative sustainable methods, rather than pesticides.
Stephen King, HRM Manager and Senior Advisor, Parks and Natural Areas, said today the results clearly show that the municipality's public information/education program during the past two years has been very successful.
Mr. King said " The pesticide-use reduction initiatives are just one piece in the bigger picture of environmental sustainability. HRM is working towards a sustainable community, one that uses its resources wisely, reduces waste, promotes sustainable practices and provides quality services to its residents."
Two years ago, after considerable public and stakeholder input, HRM passed By-law P-800, commonly known as the Pesticide By-law. The legislation was a first of its kind for a major Canadian municipality. Its intent is to provide protection for those adversely affected by pesticides and to reduce impacts on the environment.
The by-law, which comes into full effect on April 1, 2003, applies to residential properties and municipally-owned property. There has been a two-year phase- in, with strong focus on a comprehensive public information/education program.
A number of brochures and fact sheets can be accessed on line at www.halifax.ca and follow the Naturally Green or Pesticide By-law links.
Manager-Senior Advisor, Parks & Natural Areas