Saanich bans pesticides
By Kim Westad, Times Colonist
Saanich gardeners won't be allowed to use non-essential pesticides this spring.
The municipality has banned the use of so-called cosmetic pesticides because of their negative effect on the environment.
The ban was initially scheduled to go into effect January 2011, but when Coun. Dean Murdock suggested it start earlier, council unanimously agreed. It will come into effect May 1.
"We want to enact the bylaw for the spring gardening season," Murdock said yesterday. "We don't want to miss another season."