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As we begin a new decade, we still have yet to climb out of the economic recession which hit the industry hard throughout 2009.
When he worked as a lift attendant at a ski resort on Vancouver Island, Reef Caulder may not have known what his future would bring, but he knew what he wanted—to be a mechanic.
The Greater London Association of Golf Superintendents (GLAGS) is presenting its winter seminar Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Westhaven Golf & Country Club in London, Ont.
The Ontario Golf Superintendents Association will be joining forces with the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association to present a joint 2010 conference and trade show in March.
One type of artificial turf is being replaced with another at the Rogers Centre, home of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays and the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.
IT had to happen eventually. I dodged the bullet the last time it came around, but this time I’m going to let it hit me. You see, the life cycle of a human being living in North America is pretty much as follows. You are born. You attend kindergarten where you learn that while library paste tastes pretty good, the grown-ups won’t let you eat it.
The Ontario Turfgrass Symposium welcomes walk-in registrations for its educational conference being held at the University of Guelph’s Rozanski Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. A one-day pass for either day is $165 for association members and $190 for non-members. Association members pay $280 for the full symposium registration and non-members pay $350. Students pay $40 per day or $60 for the two days. “We certainly encourage individuals making a last minute decision to attend OTS," said Vicki Smith, associate director of the Office of Open Learning.  "Walk-in registrations are welcomed at the Ontario Turfgrass Symposium. Our facilities at Rozanski Hall can certainly accommodate almost any number of walk-in registrations.” Visit for information and directions to the Guelph campus or call 519.767.5000.
An individual representing several lawn care companies in Ontario is attempting to have Criminal Code charges levied against various activists who had lobbied the provincial government to implement a ban on the use of chemical pesticide products for cosmetic use. FULL STORY
Complete Turf Equipment Ltd., based in Petrolia, Ont., has hired Doug Hubble to its sales team.  He will be sharing the sales responsibilities in Ontario with Thom McLean, working in tandem to source equipment solutions for the company’s golf and landscape customers.  Having been entrenched in the horticulture industry for more than 22 years, Hubble is familiar with the professional turf industry. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1994 and has worked for industry leading companies, most recently with Agrium Advanced Technologies. Hubble’s primary sales territory will be Central Ontario, stretching from the Golden Horseshoe to the Muskoka region. For further information, he can be reached at (519) 546-0903 or
WHERE has the past decade gone? It’s hard to believe the first 10 years of this new century will be behind us in mere days. It almost seems like yesterday that is was 1999. The 2010s are almost upon us, and with the start of a new decade we face change. Most of it, we hope, will be good, especially when it comes to the economy. Some of it will be refreshing and some might take a little time to get used to. All change, however, will be different. In British Columbia, a changing of the guard has taken place within the ranks of the Western Canada Turfgrass Association. Bob Wick, the association’s executive director since 1991, recently retired and has passed the office over to Jerry Rousseau.

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