Ecojustice Blog – Healthy communities Posted on August 26, 2013 (updated: February 17, 2015)

Banned in Europe, but okay to use in Canada? We don’t think so!

Dr. Elaine MacDonaldScientist

Toxic pesticides like chlorthal-dimethyl and trichlorfon are harmful to you and the environment. Some are known to pollute water and kill bees, birds and fish. Others are believed to trigger neurological disorders and can cause cancer in humans. Europe’s already banned them, so why are they still being used in Canada?
Because the Government of Canada refuses to eliminate them.

We’ve asked nicely. But the federal government has so far outright refused our request to initiate reviews of four toxic, harmful pesticides, and has failed to even answer the same request for 26 others. That’s why Ecojustice — on behalf of the David Suzuki Foundation, Équiterre and all Canadians — is taking the federal government to court. It’s a last resort, but a powerful course of

We’re making the announcement today and wanted you to be the first to know. If you have the stomach for it, you can learn more about the nasty pesticides we’re trying to ban and how they impact people and environment by reading our background briefing.

We’ll keep you posted as things progress. Unfortunately, cases like this can take months, even years to see through.

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