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Kicthener's GROUP gets a "House" warming

Friday, March 16, 2001

Karen Redman made the follow statement in the House of Commons today, March 16th, 2001.


Mrs. Karen Redman (Kitchener Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we will soon see the first telltale signs of spring and our thoughts will turn to greening lawns and blooming gardens. I rise today to recognize an exciting local initiative that is providing useful alternatives to urban pesticide use.

With the assistance of Environment Canada and the city of Kitchener, Get Rid of Urban Pesticides, known as GROUP, recently launched a two year campaign to help homeowners wean themselves off of pesticides. In response to rising local concerns on the use of pesticides on urban lawns, 24 homeowners who current use pesticides will become pesticide free.

The homeowner commits to kicking the pesticide habit and GROUP provides expert advice and assistance with lawn work. Over the next two years, these eco-lawn conversion kits will divert approximately 8,720 kilograms of pesticides from entering the environment of Kitchener-Waterloo.

I look forward to seeing traditional lawns transformed into healthy and beautiful gardens of wild flowers-

Contact GROUP at for information about their eco-lawn conversion kits.