Government Affairs
Businesses of all types are increasingly being scrutinized for their impact on the environment. Golf courses are no different.
GOLF course superintendents in British Columbia were rallying to make a pre-emptive strike against the provincial government in the early fall, hoping to collectively convince their individual MLAs and the provincial government in general of the importance for the continued use of chemical pest control products on their properties.
By Randy Strait Some of the best things in life involve ice. The icing on a cake is many times the favoured part of the dessert. Ice can also mean a striking, expensive piece of jewelry. But take the positive connotations out of the word and ice quickly becomes a very serious matter that can cause great trouble for the people involved.
Ontario residents opposed to the province's cosmetic pesticide ban who wish to maintain weed-free lawns have found a way to sidestep the provincial legislation. They are crossing the border into the United States to stock up on pesticide products. FULL STORY
Residents in the Toronto suburbs of North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough won't object to the withdrawal of a special snow-clearing service if the city's mayor supports the savings of $3.7 million.
Ontario golf course owners are anticipating the end of a 10-year-long battle they have waged with the provincial government over the issue of what they claim are improper tax assessments. FULL STORY
ONTARIO’S cosmetic pesticide ban act is nearing the end of its second full season of enforcement, and it’s not only the lawn care industry that has felt its impact. Smaller, geographically-isolated lawn bowling clubs are hurting, too.
The Pest Management Regulatory Association has updated the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association about the status of quintozene use in Canada. The following is a formal letter from the PMRA to the CGSA, dated July 14.
ONE of southern Ontario’s prettiest nine-hole golf courses aspires to double in size to 18 holes, but first it must overcome a major obstacle.
HUDSON, Que.’s Canadian Supreme Court victory in 2001 over TruGreen/ChemLawn has become the focal point of a critically-acclaimed yet controversial documentary film which questions many of the products used to make lawns green and weed-free.
PROCEEDINGS for a “private information” have been filed against Ontario Minister of the Environment John Gerretsen and his senior staff before a justice of the peace at Kingston Provincial Court by Jeffrey Lowes, director of government relations for M-REP Communications.
AS turfgrass management professionals in British Columbia brace themselves for the possibility of a province-wide ban on certain pest control products, organizations such as the Integrated Environmental Plant Management Association (IEPMA) of Western Canada are hoping to launch a pre-emptive strike, urging  those in the industry to sign a petition in support of the proper use of pesticides vs. an outright ban. The petition can be accessed at
CONTINUED use of the fungicide quintozene on turfgrass may be in jeopardy if the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) follows through on its proposal to remove all turf uses from its label. The PMRA is re-evaluating quintozene (PCNB) and has based its proposal on the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States’ re-evaluation document (RED) from 2006.
Introduction The golf industry exception In order to retain its prohibition exception status in Ontario and Quebec, the golf industry must provide the public, as well as the government, with information supporting the idea that its innovative management practices may reduce the use of pest control products. In the province of Ontario, a requirement for this golf industry exception is the annual report that must be submitted by individual golf clubs.
The parks coordinator for the Town of Ajax, Ont. says the recently-imposed ban on cosmetic pest control products in the province will result in an increase in the municipal budget so that many weeds can be pulled by hand. Tim Murphy said the use of alternative products is resulting in only about a 50 per cent kill rate. FULL STORY

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