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Then, Trudeau came for your lawnmower

Canada's biggest pollutant? The future is not bright for Lawnmower Man.

Justin Trudeau could be shifting focus from guns to his next big grab… lawnmowers.

The Federal government has set out to create a national database of private lawn and garden equipment, a move that could be a pre-cursor to a nationwide ban on gas-powered yard equipment.

The government is currently seeking a vendor to perform surveys and create an inventory of “small mobile outdoor power equipment” on behalf of Environment Canada.

As Sheila Gun Reid of Rebel News points out, banning gas-powered lawn equipment has become a trend in North America under the guise of environmental and noise concerns.

At least 19 cities in California have banned gas-powered leaf blowers while Washington, DC is phasing them out by 2025.

In Canada, Westmount, Quebec, limits the use of leaf blowers to specific hours and they can only be used during two limited stretches of the year. Victoria, British Columbia, is phasing gas-powered small engine equipment form the municipality’s inventory.

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The city of Toronto is debating a ban on two-stroke lawn equipment within city limits.

Will banning lawnmowers, leaf blowers and weed wackers save the planet? When will Canadian political parties start asking China and India to cut down on their emissions?

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Ryan Craswell is a 2001 graduate of the Holland College Journalism Program in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has worked in print media with The Eastern Graphic newspaper in PEI along with the Truro Daily News and Amherst Daily News in Nova Scotia. Ryan has also been an editor in online sports media but more recently has worked in marketing content. He created Free North News in October 2020 and is committed to delivering honest insight and news that the corporate, mainstream media fails to cover.

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