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Another Canadian City Bans Cosmetic Pesticide Use

With a unanimous vote this week, Port Coquitlam, of British Columbia, became the latest Canadian city to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides on residential property.

While PoCo council unanimously supported the pesticide ban, Mayor Greg Moore told The Tri-City News last month he was hoping the provincial government would step in with a B.C.-wide ban. Leaving the issue up to individual municipalities, he said, does not restrict the sale of the chemicals and makes the regulations difficult to enforce. Currently, Quebec and Ontario have province-wide bans on pesticide use.

Port Coquitlam was one of the first municipalities in the country to stop using cosmetic pesticides on city lands and promotes natural lawn care techniques on its website.

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