But it admits that "over 89%"of the thousands of Canadians who responded in a consultation process, "supported taking further action, including a ban or moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides generally."
It adds, however, that such action has not been necessary, since other measures like closer monitoring and better warning labels have since resulted in a reduction of "70 to 80% in incidents relating to honey bees.”
Surprisingly enough, it may not be pollinators that seal the fate of neonics, after all. No less than three kinds of neonics are frequently being found in Canadian waterways!
This has enraged environmental groups like Friends of the Earth. They believe there's already enough evidence of adverse impacts on pollinators to have pulled the plug on neonics long ago. A year ago, they launched a lawsuit, alleging the PMRA was unlawfully abandoning its duties as a regulator and calling it "an arrogant government agency more dedicated to helping pesticide manufacturers to profit than doing its job to protect human health and the environment."
Due to opposition from both the industry and government, the suit is still tied up in legal proceedings.