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Please Regulate Cosmetic Pesticide Use in Cornwall, PEI

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We call upon the Cornwall Town Council to revisit the important issue of a cosmetic pesticide bylaw at the earliest opportunity. Stratford has recently passed this bylaw, joining the likes of such municipalities as Vancouver (BC), Halifax (NS), Winnipeg (MB), and Shediac (NB) (among many more), as well as the entire provinces of Ontario and Quebec. In total, more than 180 municipalities across the country have implemented regulations on cosmetic pesticides. This shows that residents are concerned about the health effects of these harmful chemicals, and we see no reason why Cornwall residents would think differently.

Repeated studies have shown that cosmetic pesticides have a negative impact on a person’s health and have been linked to allergies, breathing problems, and various forms of cancer. Our children, our seniors, those who have breathing issues, and our pets are most at risk. 

Cornwall has the youngest population in PEI, and we are blessed to have many young families choosing to live here. We hope that the Town considers the health of its youngest residents to be worth taking action against harmful pesticides.

We ask that the Town of Cornwall implement the same regulations as the Town of Stratford regarding cosmetic pesticides.



Provincial legislation is not adequate because it bans only one lawn chemical (2,4-D). Also, there are no pesticide-free buffer zones around special areas such as playgrounds, schools, daycare centres, bus stops, medical centres, or senior citizens' homes.

We call upon our elected representatives on Cornwall Town Council to show leadership and bring in much-needed safety regulations on cosmetic pesticides.


Respectfully, 
 
Citizens of Cornwall



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