Property Owner fined $7,500 Pesticides Act Violation
Convicted - Leroy Anthony Ashman
Court Location - Mississauga
Description of Offence - The conviction relates to using a pesticide (Civitas Turf Defense) that was not classified and was not registered under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada), at the time of the violation.
Date of Offence - During the period beginning on or about September 3, 2016 and ending on or about September 6, 2016
Date of Conviction - November 27, 2018
Penalty Imposed - Leroy Anthony Ashmanwas convicted of one violation under the Pesticides Actand was fined $7,500 plus a victim fine surcharge of $1,875 with six months to pay the fine.
- Leroy Anthony Ashman is employed at a business involved in the research and development of lawn care products/pesticides, such as Civitas Turf Defense pre-mix.
- At the time of the violation Civitas was not yet registered or classified for use in Ontario.
- Also during this period Mr. Ashman owned a residential home in Mississauga, and it came to the ministry's attention that Civitas had been applied to the front lawn of his property.
- On September 9, 2016, ministry staff inspected the Ashman property and took samples of the lawn for testing. Subsequent laboratory analysis confirmed that the material on Mr. Ashman's lawn was Civitas.
- Mr. Ashman's place of employment stated that permission had not been granted by the company, nor was the use and/or application of Civitas to Mr. Ashman's lawn, part of any experimental exemption.
- Civitas has since been classified as a class 4 pesticide and according to the product label, is a fungicide/insecticide for use on sports fields or golf courses and is not intended for use on residential properties.
- The ministry's Investigations and Enforcement Branch investigated and laid charges resulting in one conviction.