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The provincial government has re-opened debate on the cosmetic pesticide ban. Please follow the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Working Group Facebook page for updates, and let the government know that you support the ban. Comments can be sent to pesticide.review.2016@gov.mb.ca until Sept.12.

For more information, see this recent letter from CAPE, this article on the problems with Roundup/glyphosate, or Peter Denton’s impassioned plea for policy based on sound science.

Regarding our habitual over-reliance on pesticides, it is also worth noting that Health Canada reminded us this spring that your lawn doesn’t need pesticides, and the City of Winnipeg found that 50% of Winnipeg’s mosquito population is due to standing water on private property. We need not jump so quickly to spraying toxic chemicals, when a little care and proper maintenance would do the job.

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