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Winnipeg tops Canadian cities in pesticide use


April 8, 2009
By Mike Jiggens

Winnipeg is the country's biggest user of chemical pesticides for lawns and gardens, according to Statistics Canada.

The most recent statistics also shows Manitoba's use of pesticides on lawns and gardens to be at 43 per cent, ranking second only to Saskatchewan. Quebec, by comparison, is at four per cent. Quebec, however, has had a province-wide cosmetic pesticide ban in effect since 2003. A similar ban in Ontario goes into effect on April 22 — Earth Day.