Doing the neighbours a favour (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/25/2003

T

he Canadian summer. Traffic flooding out of cities for weekend getaways and vacation haunts. And in town, sprouting like tulips heralding the end of winter, lawn chemical warning signs.

Despite warnings from medical associations about the adverse effects on the health of children, environmental concerns about the danger to wildlife and groundwater, and a 2000 House of Commons committee report that recommended phasing out the use of “cosmetic” pesticides, the spraying of lawns remains a ritual adhered to by millions of Canadian property owners.