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In spite of some controversy surrounding the removal of trees to accommodate the new Guelph Turfgrass Institute, site preparations have moved ahead.
The former curator of the University of Guelph's Arboretum says the plan to incorporate the city's Turfgrass Institute will destroy animal and bird habitat with the elimination of hundreds of trees.
There have been endless examples over the years, decades and even centuries of “man playing God.” Whether it’s cloning sheep, surgically converting a man into a woman or vice versa, aborting pregnancies or genetically modifying organisms to help feed the world, there has and always will be controversy surrounding such practices.
A misunderstanding of the facts associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and organically-grown foods has led to further attacks against science and chemical pest control products.
Health Canada has proposed the cancellation of the registration of iprodione, a fungicide which delivers fast-acting, long-lasting control of brown patch, dollar spot and other turf diseases.
Golf course superintendent organizations are responding to a recent announcement from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) which plans to re-evaluate its position on chlorothalonil.
Doing more with less may sound easier said than done, yet it has become the reality in today’s times and we have little choice but to comply with this new standard.
An environmental impact study related to the pending relocation of the Guelph Turfgrass Institute has been proposed.
Communities in Bloom, a non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities, is entering its third decade.
Chris Dobias, president of Scott Richmond Ltd., has announced approval of his company's portable washroom technology has been given approval by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
Another case of apathy has been reported with regard to the government-mandated public meetings which golf courses must conduct in order to keep their exception status from the Ontario law which bans cosmetic pestidice use on turfgrass.
The British Columbia Ministry of Environment has announced plans to amend the Integrated Pest Management regulation. In response, the following is a letter to industry members from Jerry Rousseau, executive director of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association.
Customers who visited their local independent garden centres from June 21 to July 1, saw first hand what the garden centre industry is doing for the environment. This year, 50 garden centres, spanning eight provinces, participated in the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association's (CNLA) fourth National Plastics Recycling Event by acting as drop-off points for their community's used garden pots and trays. Since its inception in 2010, this annual 10-day event has diverted more than 120,000 pounds of plastic from the landfill. That is just a fraction of the overall number, considering the increasing number of garden centres which recycle plastic year-round.
Taking into account more than 8,000 comments from a public consultation as well as recommendations from the bi-partisan Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides, the proposed amendments to the Integrated Pest Management Act in British Columbia will address public concern over the use of cosmetic pesticides on private landscaped lands.
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