WHAT'S NEW

· Environmental Investigations Ltd. (EIL) has been contracted by the CGSA to perform the 4th revision of the award-winning Environmental Management Resource Manual
(11/01/09)

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The manual is being re-worked in its entirety including all contact information and regulatory requirements. Colleague examples are all being replaced to represent a more current representation of proactive environmental management practices implemented by golf course superintendents across the country. More information to follow.

· Enrollment for the University of Guelph’s Environmental Management of the Golf Course, Open Learning On-Line Program is now open.
(11/27/09)

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Environmental Management of the Golf Course online course starts January 11th, 2010. Click here for further information.

· GOLF COURSES EXEMPTED BASED ON MEETING CONDITIONS
Draft Regulation to implement the Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, 2008 released for Public Comment

(11/07/08)

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On November 7th, 2008 the MOE released the Draft Regulation to implement the Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, 2008 for Public Comment on the Environmental Bill of Rights website.  Golf Courses are listed as “exempt” from the ban as long as they meet certain conditions.  For further information please visit:
http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTA0OTk2&statusId=MTU3MjYz&language=en

Summary of the Exceptions to the Ban  - Golf Courses

  • The golf course must be fully accredited in integrated pest management (IPM) within three (3) years after the golf course is registered by an approved IPM accreditation body.
  • There is a requirement to prepare annual reports on pesticide use explaining how pesticides will be minimized the following year.
  • The reports must be presented annually at public meetings.

This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting November 07, 2008. If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by December 22, 2008 to the individual listed under “Contact”. Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line.  All comments received prior to December 22, 2008 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in the EBR notice and reference EBR Registry number 010-5080.

History

The Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act, 2008 (formerly Bill 64), was passed in the Ontario Legislature on June 18, 2008. The Act amends the Pesticides Act to prohibit the use and sale of pesticides that may be used for cosmetic purposes. The Act takes a prudent approach to reduce potential risks, especially to the most vulnerable members of our society, associated with the cosmetic uses of pesticides. The ban is part of the government’s Toxics reduction plan in Ontario.

It is anticipated that the province-wide ban would take effect as early as spring 2009, once the regulation that makes the ban effective is in place. Once the ban comes into effect, it will take the place of existing by-laws, bringing consistency and transparency across the province and protecting Ontarians regardless of where they live.

· Environmental Investigations Ltd. Participates in Educational Session at ITODA Fall Meeting.
(10/19/07)

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ITODA Fall Meeting, October 2007, San Diego, California

On October 19th, 2007 Mark A. Scenna, of Environmental Investigations Ltd. participated in an educational session at ITODA’s (Independent Turf & Ornamental Distributors Association) annual fall meeting in San Diego, California. Along with Elizabeth Grotos, Grassroots Manager for RISE (Responsible Industry for Safe Environment) and Mark S. Rentz, the Deputy Director, Policy Coordination for the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Mr. Scenna shared insight from a Canadian Perspective, electing to utilize this forum to present on “The Opportunity of Local Environmental Advocacy.” The presentation included a background of Canada, including the stringent pest control product regulatory system and the growing number of municipal pesticide-use by-laws. However, the presentation focused on the development of the IPM Accreditation Program in Canada. After the presentations were completed, Ms. Grotos, Mr. Rentz and Mr. Scenna sat on a panel where ITODA members posed questions.