Friday, January 2, 2009

Canadian Tire Lobbying on Ontario Cosmetic Pesticides

Why is Canadian Tire Lobbying on Ontario Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act?
"Canadian Tire is making representations to the government on the newgeneral regulation under the Pesticides Act to implement the CosmeticPesticides Ban Act."(Source: December 15, 2008, Ontario Lobbyist Registration, see below)
"Canadian Tire understands the need to eliminate the improper use ofcosmetic pesticides in Ontario and we welcome the Ontario government'smove to ban the sale and use of certain pesticides," says Mike Arnett,president, Canadian Tire Retail.(Source: April 22, 2008, Canada News Wire, 'Canadian Tire's'Promoting Healthy Lawns' campaign gives whole new meaning to the term'green thumb'', http://tinyurl.com/9ntmwt)
“Canadian Tire welcomes the government of Ontario's move to eliminatethe improper use of cosmetic pesticides. As the country's largestretailer of lawn and garden products, we’ve listened to our customersand started phasing out these products, while increasing our alreadydominant assortment of eco-friendly lawn care products. Canadian Tirewill continue to provide customers with all of the support and green-alternatives they need as we head into the spring planting andgardening season."(Source: April 22 , 2008, MOE Background: Mike Arnett, President,Canadian Tire Retail, ,Support For A Cosmetic Pesticide Ban',http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/news/2008/042201mb3.php)
Canadian Tire spokeswoman Lisa Gibson defends the sale of the productsby pointing out that the bylaw contains exemptions. "It does permittheir use if a property has a serious infestation," she says.(Source: October 6, 2007, The Globe and Mail, 'Banned, but on a shelfnear you', by Massimo Commanducci, http://tinyurl.com/6vyqsk)
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The Home Depot® today announced that it will voluntarily stop sellingtraditional pesticides and herbicides in its stores across Canada bythe end of 2008 and will increase its selection of environmentallyfriendly alternatives. The Home Depot is the first home improvementretailer to stop selling pesticides voluntarily across Canada and willphase out the products long before legislated deadlines. “Like ourcustomers, we, at The Home Depot, are concerned about theenvironment,” said Annette Verschuren, president of The Home DepotCanada and Asia. “We are going above and beyond government regulationsby working with our suppliers to develop pesticide alternatives thatare environmentally friendly and produce excellent results on lawnsand gardens.”(Source: April 22, 2008, 'Home Depot Canada Media Release, 'Home DepotCanada Voluntarily Phases Out Pesticides Across Canada and ProvidesConsumers Over 50 Options in Natural Lawn Care', http://tinyurl.com/9n27hm)
RONA inc. (TSX: RON), the largest Canadian retailer and distributorof hardware, renovation and gardening products, is announcing it willstop selling synthetic pesticides for cosmetic use in all its storesacross Canada beginning July 1, 2009.“At RONA, we want to work with consumers and help them adopt practicesthat are less harmful to the environment as well as healthier forthem. Consumers generally want to adopt environmentally friendlypractices, but they often lack the information and alternativesolutions to do so,” said Normand Dumont, RONA’s Executive VicePresident of Merchandising. “By stopping to sell synthetic pesticidesfor cosmetic use and introducing alternative solutions, we’reencouraging responsible consumption.”(Source: September 10, 2008, RONA Media Release, 'RONA to Stop SellingSynthetic Pesticides For Cosmetic Use Across Canada', http://tinyurl.com/8mh99f)
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Ontario Lobbyist Registrationhttp://tinyurl.com/99zmqs
http://tinyurl.com/99zmqs
Section A: PurposeLobbyist Number: PP0455
Registration Number: PP0455-20081215111222
Initial Filing Date: Mon Dec 15, 2008
Section B: Lobbyist and Employer Information
Tom K GauldCanadian Tire Corporation, Limited2180 Yonge Street Po Box 770 Stn KToronto, OntarioCanadaM4P 2V8
Section C: Other Beneficiaries of Lobbying Activity
Section D: Description of Employers BusinessBriefly your employer's business or activities (150 words or less).Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited operates more than 1,180 generalmerchandise and apparel retail stores and gas stations in an inter-related network of businesses engaged in retail, financial servicesand petroleum.
Section E: Subject Matters - Areas of ConcernCheck the appropiate area or areas of concerns that best identify thesubject-matters of your lobbying activities:Environment, Transportation
Section F: Lobbying ActivitiesF.1.A:Name or Description of Legislative Proposal:Government Ministries or Agencies you are lobbying:F.1.B:Name or Description of Bill or Resolution:Government Ministries or Agencies you are lobbying:F.1.C:Name or Description of Regulation:Canadian Tire is advocating for the harmonization of longer-combination vehicle regulations across Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswickand Nova Scotia in order to ensure that these LCVs can move throughthe Central and Eastern provinces without the need to changeequipment. Canadian Tire is making representations to the governmenton the new general regulation under the Pesticides Act to implementthe Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act.Government Ministries or Agencies you are lobbying:Ministry of the Environment Ministry of Transportation
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Ontario Lobbyist Registration
Lobbyist Number: CL0674 Registration Number: CL0674-20080310160352
Initial Filing Date: Mon Mar 10, 2008
Section B: Lobbyist and Firm Information
Chris BenedettiSussex Strategy Group101 Yorkville Avenue, Suite 203Toronto, OntarioCanada, M5R 1C1
Section C: ClientName of Client: Canadian Tire Corporation2180 Yonge St., P.O. Box 770, Station KToronto, OntarioCanada, M4P 2V8
Section E: Subject Matters - Areas of ConcernCheck the appropiate area or areas of concerns that best identify thesubject-matters of your lobbying activities:Agriculture, Economic development and trade, Environment, Industry,Science and technology, Taxation and finance
Section F: Lobbying ActivitiesF.1.A:Name or Description of Legislative Proposal:Management of the cosmetic use of pesticidesGovernment Ministries or Agencies you are lobbying:Members of Provincial Parliament - MPPs Ministry of Agriculture Foodand Rural Affairs Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Ministryof Finance Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Ministry ofthe Environment Office of the Premier and Cabinet Office
Government Ministries or Agencies you are lobbying:F.1.D:Name or Description of Policy, Program or Decision:Proposals for road and driver safetyGovernment Ministries or Agencies you are lobbying:Members of Provincial Parliament - MPPs Ministry of Agriculture Foodand Rural Affairs Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Ministryof Finance Ministry of the Environment Ministry of TransportationOffice of the Premier and Cabinet Office
http://tinyurl.com/8eex57
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April 22 , 2008Support For A Cosmetic Pesticide Ban
“Canadian Tire welcomes the government of Ontario's move to eliminatethe improper use of cosmetic pesticides. As the country's largestretailer of lawn and garden products, we’ve listened to our customersand started phasing out these products, while increasing our alreadydominant assortment of eco-friendly lawn care products. Canadian Tirewill continue to provide customers with all of the support and green-alternatives they need as we head into the spring planting andgardening season." Mike Arnett, President, Canadian Tire Retail
http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/news/2008/042201mb3.php
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Attention Business/News Editors:Canadian Tire's 'Promoting Healthy Lawns' campaign gives whole newmeaning to the term 'green thumb'
Campaign offers customers the largest selection of eco-friendlylawn and garden products in the province and extensive customer andemployee education programs
TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - Canadian Tire announced today the launchof itsPromoting Healthy Lawns campaign to help gardening enthusiasts createa lush,green lawn this spring. The 'Promoting Healthy Lawns' campaign comesat a timewhen Ontario introduces new pesticide legislation and customers areincreasingly turning to natural solutions for lawn and gardenproblems.
Healthy lawns have a number of benefits including decreasingpollution,generating oxygen, discouraging weeds and harmful infestations andcreating ahealthy play area for kids. Canadian Tire's Promoting Healthy Lawnscampaignprovides customers with innovative products and information to helpthemcreate and maintain healthy lawns to mitigate weed and pestinfestations, aswell as eco-friendly solutions should problems arise.
"Canadian Tire understands the need to eliminate the improper useofcosmetic pesticides in Ontario and we welcome the Ontario government'smove toban the sale and use of certain pesticides," says Mike Arnett,president,Canadian Tire Retail. "We have been phasing out of cosmeticpesticides,focusing instead on offering customers a dominant assortment of eco-friendlysolutions, as well as tips and techniques to help them create andmaintain ahealthy lawn the natural way. We anticipate that stores in Ontariowill nolonger be selling cosmetic pesticides by the end of the summer 2008."
The Promoting Health Lawns campaign takes place at Canadian Tirestoresacross the country and online at www.canadiantire.ca throughout thespring andsummer months. In addition to offering customers the largest selectionofeco-friendly solutions, the program also includes extensive stafftraining andconsumer education focused on responsible lawn and garden care. Tohelpprovide customers with relevant information, Canadian Tire has createdonlinebuying guides, in-store signage and is offering free gardening clinicsinselect stores in Ontario as well as providing everyday savings on lawnandgarden products.
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited (TSX: CTC.a, CTC), operatesmore than1,160 general merchandise and apparel retail stores, gas stations andcarwashes in an inter-related network of businesses engaged in retail,financialservices and petroleum. Canadian Tire Retail, Canada's most shoppedgeneralmerchandise retailer, with 473 stores operated by Associate DealersacrossCanada offers a unique mix of products and services through threespecialtycategories in which the organization is the market leader -Automotive, Sportsand Leisure, and Home Products. www.canadiantire.ca offers Canadianstheopportunity to shop online.
For further information: Lisa Gibson, Canadian Tire, (416) 544-7655,lgibson@cantire.com
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2008/22/c8375.html
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24 - April - 2008
DYIWeek.net
News
Canadian diy retailers to stop selling pesticides
Home Depot opts to replace pesticides and herbicides withenvironmental lines; Canadian Tire removes them from one province.
CANADA – Two diy and garden retailers have decided to removetraditional pesticides and herbicides from the shelves of theirstores.
Home Depot Canada said it will voluntarily remove the products by theend of the year and replace them with environmentally-friendly lines;while Canadian Tire, the country's largest garden supplier, said itwill take the products off shelves by the end of the summer.
Canadian Tire has started the process in Quebec, and will look furtherafield in other parts of the country where bans are not in place.
Both moves have been prompted by years of lobbying from public healthadvocates seeking an end to the spraying of weeds and pests aroundhomes.
Only this week, the Ontario government tabled a Bill to ban the saleand cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns and gardens.
Home Depot and Canadian Tire added that they see the market evolving,and moving away from these products.
For Canadian Tire, the move fits with its latest campaign – thepromotion of a selection of eco-friendly lawn and garden products tiedin with staff and consumer education programmes for the maintainenceof a healthy lawn the 'natural' way.
http://tinyurl.com/8xjsl4
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Thursday, April 24, 2008
CBC News
Big-box stores put kibosh on garden chemicals
Home Depot and Canadian Tire will stop selling traditional lawn andgarden chemicals by the end of this year, instead offeringalternatives to environmentally harmful treatments, the companies haveannounced.
Home Depot's Canadian stores will phase out the sale of cosmeticpesticides by the end of 2008, the company said this week. CanadianTire announced it, too, would phase out the use of cosmeticpesticides, and anticipates that stores in Ontario will no longer beselling the pesticides by the end of this summer.
The decision follows the Ontario government's announcement this weekto join Quebec in banning the sale and use of cosmetic pesticides.
The news was welcomed by the owner of a Winnipeg-area garden storethat has long been encouraging its green-thumb customers to becomegreener.
Shelmerdine Garden Centre in Headingley removed "feed and weedfertilizers" from its shelves a decade ago.
Raising environmental awareness
The store's owner, Jan Pederson, said he's glad to see the big-boxstores following suit, noting the decision will help make gardenersmore aware of the environmental concerns surrounding lawn chemicals.
"I applaud them for getting involved and trying to provide moreinnovative solutions to gardeners, just as we have," he said.
Pederson said his store still offers some chemicals, but his stafftries to steer customers to more natural products.
David Hinton, owner of Weed Man, a lawn-maintenance company inWinnipeg, did not expect the stores' decision to affect his business.
Weed Man doesn't offer retail sales of pesticides, but said thelandscaping industry is "miles ahead" of the big-box stores andprovincial legislation.
"We don't use pesticides very often," he said. "Think of it as takinga pill when you have a headache. We're in the business of keepinglawns and landscapes healthy, and only use pesticides when necessary."
Hinton said he uses pesticides for minor spot treatments on his ownlawn once or twice a year.
"People still want to have a great lawn and maintain their landscapes,but I don't think removing [pesticides] from shelves or banning theiruse is necessary," he said. "Over time people will move away from themas more organic products become available."
Health Canada has approved the chemicals used in lawn and gardenpesticides, he noted, ensuring they're safe to use as directed.
However, some health experts warn pesticides have been linked todevastating health effects on vulnerable groups, such as pregnantwomen and children.
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2008/04/23/pesticides2.html
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September 10., 2008
David Suzuki Foundation urges retailers to stop selling toxic chemicalpesticides
By: David Suzuki Foundation
“The switch to non-toxic gardening strategies is gaining momentumacross Canada,” says Lisa Gue, health and environmental policy analystwith the David Suzuki Foundation. “Retailers can be part of thesolution by discontinuing the sale of synthetic chemical pesticidesand dedicating their shelf space to ecologically safer products.”
The survey found that by July 2009, RONA will join Home Depot andLoblaws in pulling chemical pesticides from its shelves. Loblaws wasfirst to discontinue sales in 2003, while Home Depot recentlyannounced plans for a phase out by the end of this year. Canadian Tiredid not respond to the survey but has indicated through news reportsthat it will also phase out the sale of chemical pest control products– although a timeline has not been announced. Meanwhile, HomeHardware, Lowe’s, TruServ and Wal-Mart currently have no plans to stopselling chemical pesticides.
http://www.cjad.com/news/16/787815
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October 10, 2007
CBC Marketplace
"Lawn & Order"http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/lawn_and_order/
WENDY MESLEY (HOST):
Weed And Feed, Killex, Weed Out, Roundup... all of these productscontain at least one of the banned chemicals. In places like Halifax,it's against the law to use these products, but it's not against thelaw to sell them. Some chains pulled the pesticides off the shelves,but Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and Kent did not.
http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/lawn_and_order/
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Sat 06 Oct 2007
The Globe and Mail
Banned, but on a shelf near you
by Massimo Commanducci
It kills "virtually any plant that is green and growing," says thelabel on a bottle of Total WipeOut, a thorough-sounding herbicidefound on shelves at Canadian Tire and the gardening sections of otherstores. With products like this, and other brands like Roundup, LawnWeedOut and Killex, there's no reason for a Toronto homeowner tosuffer the indignity of crabgrass or dandelions - except that the useof such products is banned in the city.
As of Sept. 1, the city's bylaw banning herbicides and insecticides isin full effect, which means residents can be fined $255 to $5,000 forapplying such chemicals to their lawns or gardens. (The city phasedthe bylaw in gradually, giving lawn-care companies more than a year toswitch to more eco- friendly products and granting homeowners anothertwo years to adjust to the idea.) Peter Gauthier, the city's managerof healthy environments, says no one has been fined yet, but hisoffice has received six complaints about violations.
So why are pesticides still for sale?
"There are lawn-care products that are sold in stores, but they'reregulated federally," Mr. Gauthier says. "We can't restrict the saleof this kind of material," he explains - just the use of it.
Canadian Tire spokeswoman Lisa Gibson defends the sale of the productsby pointing out that the bylaw contains exemptions. "It does permittheir use if a property has a serious infestation," she says.
But Mr. Gauthier says that exemption generally applies to insectinfestations such as grubs and chinch bugs. So it doesn't explain thetwo-litre jugs of herbicides, or small spray bottles that areobviously intended for the occasional dandelion. (Most herbicidesfeature a picture of the familiar flower. ) "Weeds are not consideredan infestation," he says.
Katrina Miller, campaigns director for the Toronto EnvironmentalAlliance, says there's room for improvement. Homeowners "don'tactually have to notify anyone when they use pesticides," she says."So you can spray 2,4-D or Killex on your lawn and you don't have toput up a sign or indicate to anyone that pesticides have been sprayedthere."
Similarly, other products on Toronto store shelves are out of syncwith city bylaws.
Clear plastic leaf bags, banned since March, 2001, can still be found- usually beside the biodegradable kraft paper bags that residents aresupposed to use. Some stores even sell metal frames to hold theplastic bags open. One can't help but wonder who's buying them andwhat they're using them for, as yard waste left at the curb in suchbags simply won't be picked up. Ms. Gibson of Canadian Tire said thisweek that she didn't even know her company carried the products.
Also on the menu at local retailers are soft-sided recyclingcontainers in three colours. Convenient - or they would be ifresidents were still required to sort recyclables. (Though judgingfrom the number of residents who still sort religiously, the city hasdone a poor job of communicating that fact.)
Remote car starters, sold at Canadian Tire, Best Buy and otherretailers, allow drivers to warm or cool their cars from the comfortof their homes. ProStart, a brand sold at Canadian Tire, depicts asnow-covered car that has ostensibly been started from a distance andleft to run.
That's a no-no, says Angie Antoniou, manager of the city's trafficplanning and right-of-way office. Leaving an empty car to idle formore than three minutes would violate the city's anti-idling bylaw andcould earn a $125 fine, she said. So far this year, the city hasissued 853 warnings and 33 fines.
Drivers are allowed to leave the engine running if the temperature isabove 27 C or below 5 C, to cool or heat the interior. "It's basicallyfor the comfort of the individuals in the car," Ms. Antoniou says.
Ms. Miller of the Toronto Environmental Alliance calls that a seriousflaw. "There's a certain sad irony to the fact that you're allowed toidle your car longer when it is a smog day outside," she said.
And despite Ms. Antoniou's reading, the wording of the bylaw on theCity of Toronto website does not specify that someone must be in thecar. So maybe using remote car starters is permissible in certainclimatic conditions. Maybe.Between the exemptions and the complexity of such bylaws, it's notsurprising that there's such a disconnect between the products and thelegislation.Perhaps that's why this city sees less-than-perfect air hovering aboveperfectly weed-free lawns.
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20071006.HOME06/TPStory/?query=pesticide
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J. ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH & SAFETY
The Company is committed to the protection of the environment and thehealth and safety of its employees, customers and the communities inwhich it does business. Employees are required to follow the Company’sEnvironment, Health and Safety Policy and any additional policiesrespecting environment, health and safety issued by their businessunit. The Environment Health and Safety Policy can be obtained fromyour manager or from the Environment, Health and Safety department.
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Canadian Tire has proudly stood the test of time since our founding in1922. What began as a small but bold entrepreneurial concept hasemerged to become Canada's most-shopped retailer with more than 1,000stores and gas bars across the enterprise.
At Canadian Tire, we have a proud history and a promising future. Wehave a clear sense of why we exist, where we are heading and how weare going to get there.
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