Ottawa Citizen

Ban has support

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I applaud the Canadian Cancer Society’s efforts to promote a ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and gardens. During election time, we must remind candidates that we care about our health and the environmen­t.

As someone who has recently lost a family member to cancer, I believe that we must reduce our exposure to potential carcinogen­s.

Let me state the obvious: Pesticides and herbicides are meant to be toxins.

Preventive medicine is best. More than 120 communitie­s across Canada have restricted pesticide use. When people spray pesticides on lawns and gardens, the chemicals get into our rivers and drinking water. Children in playground­s are particular­ly vulnerable, when they play in grass that has been sprayed.

I urge Citizen readers to voice their concerns at all- candidates debates in this municipal election.

MIKE BUCKTHOUGH­T, Ottawa

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