Government Affairs
The University of Guelph's 2013 Superintendent in Residence Public Lecture, "Balancing Nature with Championship Conditions," will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cutten Fields Golf Club, 190 College Ave. East in Guelph.
A private member’s bill introduced in May in the Ontario Legislature would have given lawn care companies and municipalities a fighting chance to revitalize their businesses and produce safer sports fields, but it was defeated after its second reading, and nothing has changed.
By Myron Love  Manitoba golf course superintendents are concerned that potential new provincial regulations banning pesticide use will put a crimp in their weed control efforts.
Bill 88, a private member's bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature in May by Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh, was defeated upon second reading, but the piece of legislation which would have allowed licensed applicators to use pesticides on home lawns and sports fields in the province may get a second chance if the Progressive Conservative party forms the next government, the Sports Turf Association was told in September.
Letter to the editor Re: "Some good news, finally, regarding B.C.’s pesticide use” by Mike Jiggens; “No pesticide ban in B.C., committee recommends,” both published in the June 2012 issue of Turf and Recreation magazine.
Golf course superintendents, lawn care practitioners and just about anyone else involved in the professional management of turfgrass in British Columbia are breathing a sigh of relief after the province’s special committee on cosmetic pesticides recently concluded there is insufficient evidence to warrant a province-wide ban on the use of  chemical pest control products.
There is no sufficient evidence to warrant a province-wide ban on pesticides for cosmetic use in British Columbia, the Special Comittee on Cosmetic Pesticides concluded in a 118-page report in May.
A private member's bill was introduced and given first reading in the Ontario legislature earlier this month to amend the Pesticides Act. The proposed Bill 88 amends sections 7.1 and 11 of the Act to allow pesticides to be used for cosmetic purposes in accordance with a licence of a prescribed class. It was introduced by Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh. FULL STORY
The British Columbia Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides has posted a report, stating there is insufficient evidence to warrant a provincial ban on pesticides used for cosmetic purposes. FULL STORY
Toronto's St. James Park, extensively damaged last fall from the downtown Occupy Toronto protest and renovated in December by an army of volunteers, was given a spring cleanup and added boost in April to coincide with Earth Day activities.
One of the 20th century’s greatest contributions to the Canadian turfgrass industry is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Most Ontario golf courses will be required this year to conduct their inaugural public meetings to discuss their integrated pest management operations with their respective communities. The provincial government-mandated meetings represent the concession golf courses have had to make in order to continue to use certain pest control products and maintain their exception status with the Ontario cosmetic pesticide ban act.
A massive redevelopment plan for the east side of Guelph appears it will oust the Guelph Turfgrass Institute from its current site, and possibly to another municipality. FULL STORY
Canadian lawmakers are responding to what golfers in Canada claim is an outdated and unfair rule in Canada's tax laws. FULL STORY
The British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association made an urgent appeal to its members in late fall to voice their concerns with their local members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) to prevent pesticides from being outlawed on golf courses.
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