Health Dangers of Urban Use of Pesticides (HDUUP)
A Working Group within the City of Ottawa
Ontario Canada

The Group was founded in 1996 within the Region of Ottawa-Carleton by Regional Councillor Diane Holmes. As of 1 January 2001, the Region and its constituent municipalities became one City of Ottawa. Its chair was John Sankey, later Mari Wellman; Health Department liaison Martha Robinson; Councillor Diane Holmes later Alex Cullen. Its members came from health organizations active within the City.

The purpose of the Group was to assist the City Health Department in promoting the optimal health of City residents, by

It limited its activities to matters to which the municipal government, health department, and NGO's were in agreement. It worked within the system to make it work better whenever possible, but was sufficiently independent to be proactive when necessary. It was not formally appointed, so had control of its own membership and agenda, and could be inclusive and adapt quickly.

Its work plan was to

The final project prior to the passing of cosmetic pesticide restrictions by the Province of Ontario was to reduce the risks of insect-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus.

During its lifetime, it

Our base documents were:

  1. Report of the Ontario Task Force on the Primary Prevention of Cancer, March 1995;
  2. The Jakarta Ministerial Statement on the Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, November 1995: "We, the ministers participating in the ministerial segment of the second meeting of the conference of the parties to the convention on biological diversity, held in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 14 and 15 November 1995; 1. Realize that biological diversity that comprises variability of genes, species and ecosystems is the world's most valuable resource for the sustainability and welfare of all humankind;"
  3. Action Statement for Health Promotion in Canada, Canadian Public Health Association, July 1996.
  4. Pesticides and Human Health, Ontario College of Family Physicians, January 1998.
  5. Pesticides and Human Health, Solomon & Kirsch, 2000.

Resources on the Web

Research and Informational

Canadian Governmental


John Sankey, Chair