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Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb.  Photo: Julie Grant
Ted Elk scrapes honey off the comb. Photo: Julie Grant

Ontario may restrict insecticides harmful to bees

Ontario has no plan to ban a pesticide that may pose a risk to honey bees, but the government will consider restricting its use.

The governing Liberals say they'll start consultations on a potential system where permits would be required to use plant seeds treated with neonicotinoids.

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A working group had called for a temporary ban on the use of neonicotinoids until the federal government completed its re-evalution of the pesticide.

A Health Canada report has suggested that seeds treated with the insecticide contributed to the majority of the bee deaths in Ontario and Quebec in 2012. (The Canadian Press)

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