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NDP introducing pesticide ban legislation tomorrow

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Long-promised legislation to phase out the sale and use of synthetic pesticides on lawns in Manitoba will be introduced Tuesday.

Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh is scheduled to introduce the Environment Amendment Act (Reducing Pesticide Exposure) bill before Question Period begins in the afternoon. The bill has been on the government’s agenda for several years.

The province has said it plans to institute the ban in time for the 2015 lawn-care season.

The province has also cited studies that have shown "associations" between pesticide use and adverse health effects for bringing in the ban. Homeowners would also be granted a one-year grace period after the law is in place before facing any penalties.

Critics of the ban, including lawn-care companies, say there is no concrete proof their products— approved by Health Canada — are a risk to health.

The also say more friendly bio-pesticide lawn-care alternatives on the market are more expensive and less effective at controlling weeds.

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