Banned pesticides found on flowers in Ottawa stores, environmental group says

By CBC News Ottawa, April 23, 2018

An Ottawa environmental group says it's found traces of harmful and banned pesticides on plants sold at garden centres in the city, and it's asked the provincial government to investigate.

Friends of the Earth Canada says that flowers bought at Rona, Canadian Tire and Home Depot in 2017 had traces of "cosmetic pesticides," which are illegal to use under the Ontario Pesticides Act because of the harm to both humans and the environment.

Last year the group purchased several common types of flowers from five major stores and sent samples to the University of Guelph to investigate whether they contained neonicotinoids, a pesticide said to be harmful to bees.

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