Forget the ox, 2009 could turn into the Year of the Weed in Brampton, Ontario as the province’s pesticide ban kicks in and forces the city to look to alternatives for boulevard, park and sports field maintenance.

The city’s parks staff has already warned councillors it expects weeds and complaints about weeds to both be more abundant this year.

“In 2009, the first year of the ban, the public can expect visible changes to boulevards, parks and other open spaces maintained by the City of Brampton,” according to a report to Committee of Council last week.

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