HomeWorldRegina City Council launched an online survey about cosmetic pesticide useSEDI...

Regina City Council launched an online survey about cosmetic pesticide useSEDI News

Regina’s city council passed a motion earlier this year to investigate the use of cosmetic pesticides in the city. Now the council is asking residents to take part in an online survey on the topic.

- Advertisement -

The council voted in April to study the use of cosmetic pesticides.

A cosmetic pesticide survey is open for residents to participate in online through Oct. 10 on the city’s website.

In a statement about the survey released Thursday, the city said the results will help the council decide on possible regulations or bans. Council wants to know what the ban might look like for city services, commercial businesses and residents.

According to the city, cosmetic pesticides are unnecessary and are used for aesthetic purposes. When residents talk about using pesticides for “cosmetic” reasons, they usually mean to make their lawns look better.

Several provinces and several municipalities across the country have banned the use of cosmetic pesticides, citing health concerns.

According to the city, cosmetic pesticides are unnecessary and are used for aesthetic purposes. (Holly Karuk/CBC)

The city says it has contracted the University of Regina to conduct research on the pesticide ban. It includes what is being done in other parts of Canada, as well as alternative approaches to pest management.

Back in August, the city held stakeholder engagement sessions for businesses, organizations and associations. They explained how the pesticide ban might affect them.

A final report detailing U of R’s research, including stakeholder and survey feedback, will be presented to the Executive Committee and City Council in early 2023, according to the city.