WINNIPEG – The new PC government is looking for your feedback on an NDP ban on cosmetic pesticides.
Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox says they want to hear about your experiences now that the ban is in its second summer.
“We are committed to finding the right balance between protecting the environment, minimizing the impact, and providing usable, aesthetic green spaces in our communities,” she said in a release.
Green Blade Lawn Care’s Tim Muys says he has certainly noticed a difference in weed count since the ban started.
“In my experience in 25 years in the business, this has got to rank up there as one of the worst years for weeds that I’ve ever seen. Quite frankly a review is something that I’m open to, something I would really like to see,” he said.
He thinks the province should allow companies like his to use the old and new products in a responsible way.
“Both have their place and I think that perhaps would be the happy medium in satisfying both sides of this very emotional debate,” Muys said.
He doesn’t think the old pesticides should be made available widely over the counter on store shelves again.
Muys says his company’s bottom line is about the same as before the ban, even though the high price has driven some away.
“I won’t deny the fact, and I don’t think any company could deny the fact they’ve lost some sales in terms of the volume of their customers as a result of the fact that this product is a lot more expensive, but it’s pretty much worked out even,” he said.