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GO-ing green GO trains just got a little bit greener, having harnessed the power of the wind to supply energy to one of its newest stations. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

Pesticide crackdown Ontario will enact the toughest rules in Canada when its pesticide ban takes effect today, a move that could land the province in the legal crosshairs of an international trade dispute. Ontario is joining Quebec in restricting the use of pesticides, but its rules go further by prohibiting the sale and cosmetic use of more than 80 ingredients and 250 products, with few exceptions, experts say. Other provinces are con-

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Go Green sidering similar restrictions to protect the environment and public health, including British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, said Lisa Gue of the David Suzuki Foundation. Science hasn’t yet proven what effect, if any, pesticides have on our health, but given the risks, governments must err on

the side of caution, Gue said from Ottawa. Experts, such as the Ontario College of Family Physicians, have warned that the long-term effects of exposure to pesticides can be devastating, especially to pregnant women and children. Ontario will still allow pesticides to be used in farming, forestry or for health and safety reasons, such as controlling mosquitoes that can carry diseases like the West Nile virus. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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With some help from Mayor David Miller, Grade 5 students from Chalkfarm Public School start the planting of city hall’s green roof, part of the new green initiatives taking place in the city.

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Loud cries, heckles and fist-pounding brought the Ontario legislature to an abrupt halt yesterday as outraged New Democrats protested what they called a government attempt to pass its budget without proper public debate. The NDP are upset with a motion to limit public debate on the budget bill to one day, depriving people who are upset about a merged sales tax and pension reforms the opportunity to air their concerns.

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offender showed little reaction as hours of child pornography he has admitted to making in his Whitby home were shown in court yesterday as the Crown continued to make its case. Michael Ross Stratton, 41, taped more than 60 hours of sexual abuse during a 14-year period leading up to his arrest in June 2006. The case continues today. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

Ontario pushing plan for its ‘Zero Waste Future’ The experts agree. Within 20 years, they say, Ontario’s landfill sites will be maxed out with a proliferation of waste, much of it bottles, cans, bags and an endless panoply of packaging. At the same time, expectations for sweeping change — from students, environmentalists and policy-makers — have never been higher. So how do we convert all that momentum into action? One of the most prevalent steps being taken by

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Ontario is to implement Extended Producer Responsibility, the European concept that the manufacturer must cover the full cost of properly recycling or disposing of a product at the end of its life cycle. While corporate culture remains wary of the costs, Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen has embraced EPR, and the province will push forward a massive review of waste diversion called “Toward a Zero Waste Future.” TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

Caribana gets injection of life

The recession could swell Caribana crowds by forcing some people to look for summer

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fun in Toronto instead of abroad, organizers say. Last year, some 1.3 million people took in the Caribbean festival. The festival struggled financially for years but yesterday organizers announced a new, three-year sponsorship agreement with Scotiabank TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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