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Winnipeg is the country's biggest user of chemical pesticides for lawns and gardens, according to Statistics Canada. The most recent statistics also shows Manitoba's use of pesticides on lawns and gardens to be at 43 per cent, ranking second only to Saskatchewan. Quebec, by comparison, is at four per cent. Quebec, however, has had a province-wide cosmetic pesticide ban in effect since 2003. A similar ban in Ontario goes into effect on April 22 — Earth Day.
Cosmetic pesticide use in the City of Burnaby, B.C. has officially been banned. The Lower Mainland municipality's ban went into effect April 1. The city plans to continue its ongoing education campaign to alert residents about alternative means to combat weeds and other pests without resorting to chemicals. A free workshop to promote pesticide-free lawn care will be help April 19, from 1-4 p.m., at the Canada Way Education Centre. For more information, visit and follow the link “what’s happening” and “Let it Grow, Naturally.”
Expect to see weeds growing this year in municipal flower beds in Ontario. Dennis Wale, foreman of horticulture and turf maintenance for the City of Brantford's parks and recreation department, told the Brantford Expositor that the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act, which goes into effect this year, has "taken a tool from our toolbox." The city's Lorne Park, a frequently-visited green space and a popular location for summer wedding photographs, is apt to find its rose gardens threatened by the terms of the act. The city had formerly used Roundup to keep weeds at bay in city plantings, costing the municipality about $2,800 annually. One of the acceptable alternative products would cost the city about $39,000 annually and would not work as well, Wale said.
Exmark Manufacturing laid off 80 full-time employees at its Beatrice, Neb. in early April as a result of a decrease in production demand. The commercial mower manufacturer announced the temporary layoffs will begin April 20. Additionally, all remaining seasonal workers are to be laid off at that time. The company also anticipates the layoff of another 40 full-time employees around the beginning of August. An Exmark spokesman, however, said the actions will keep the company competitive in the market, and the affected employees will be hired back once production demand increases which he expects will occur at the start of the next fiscal year in October.
The Western Canada Turfgrass Association is ready to launch its Travelling Annual Road Show, beginning May 6 at the Quesnel Golf Club. Beginning at 10 a.m., the road show is aimed at the British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association's northern chapter. Other stops in British Columbia include the Nanaimo Golf Club on May 12 (Vancouver Island Golf Superintendents Association), Kelowna Golf Club on June 9 (Interior Chapter), Revelstoke Golf Club on June 11 (Kootenay Chapter) and Chilliwack Golf Club on Aug. 11 (Lower Mainland Chapter). • May 6, 10 a.m., Quesnel Golf Club: Host superintendent Eric Eriksson. RSVP to Eric at (250) 249-6035 or (250) 255-6035. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it • May 12, 10 a.m., Nanaimo Golf Club: Host superintendent Garth Sjolie. RSVP to Garth at (250) 758-2632 • June 9, 10 a.m., Kelowna Golf Club: Host superintendent Craig Lewis. RSVP to Craig at (250) 763-2520 or (250) 470-4193. Emai This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it • June 11, 9 a.m., Revelstoke Golf Club: Host superintendent Jairad Burke. RSVP to Jairad at (250) 837-5000 or (250) 814-7172. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it • Aug. 11, noon, Chilliwack Golf Club: Host superintendent Duane Grosart. RSVP to Duane at (604) 823-6667 or (604) 798-9471. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Walker Manufacturing Ltd. has laid off 10 per cent of its work force as a means of dealing with the troubled economy. Based in Fort Collins, Colo., the company manufactures commercial mowers for the landscape contracting market. It marks the first company layoff since the 1980s. In addition, Walker is shutting down its plant for three weeks this month in addition to its traditional three-week shutdown in the summer. The layoff has shrunk Walker's work force to 148.
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CAPE culprits• Gideon Forman is executive director of CAPE. He can be reached at the following e–mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Forman has said, “We’re also concerned that any exemptions (i.e. the golf course industry) could permit the very cosmetic pesticides this law is supposed to prohibit.”• Warren Bell is a co–founder of CAPE. He is now president of medical staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital, and resides in Salmon Arm, B.C. Recently, he persists in promoting prohibitions in his local community. Warren Bell can be reached at the following e–mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network (CGEN)In 2001–2002, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' Network (CGEN) was provided $40,000 by The Ontario Trillium Foundation. The funding was supplied over a period of two years to support programs and activities aimed at increasing membership and enhancing the effectiveness of environmental organizations participating in the network’s organizational development initiative.Furthermore, in 2004–2005, CGEN was given $55,000 by Trillium to support the organization’s research on environmental grant–making in Canada and the development of a model for sustainable operations.In essence, Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network is a support service for groups supplying money for the environmental movement. CEGN also acts as a financial shield for Trillium itself, again using government money to annihilate the green space industry.The list of members of Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network includes many culprits whose names come up again and again as, themselves, financial supporters of the environmental movement: EcoAction Community Funding Program of Environment Canada, George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co–op, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, the EJLB Foundation, the Ivey Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Salamander Foundation, and Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA)This non–profit group was established in 1970. It is an environmental law clinic within Legal Aid Ontario. CELA has developed expertise in providing free legal services to low income people and disadvantaged communities, and advancing the cause of strong environmental protection through advocacy and education of politicized science, and law reform. CELA is composed of 13 employees and five legal counsels. The operating budget has been estimated at more than $1 million per year. It is a member of the Ontario Environment Network. Its sister group is Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP).CELA is an affiliated member with the ultra–militant but efficient Pesticide Action Network North America, along with Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and Équiterre.Campaign for Pesticide Reduction, now called Pesticide Free Ontario, started circa 2002 as a national shield coalition with a Steering Committee that originally included CELA.CELA activities leading to the Toronto prohibitionIn 2002, CELA forged a close alliance with Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) and the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) to create the public affairs shield Partnership for Pesticide Bylaws. This shield was created to ensure the passage of the Toronto prohibition of pest control products. This shield organization quickly encompassed child, health, and animal welfare groups, as well as environmental and labour groups, that all supported the prohibition.CELA activities leading to the Ontario prohibitionCELA has used a public affairs shield organization which is called Coalition for Pesticide Reform Ontario. This shield was created to ensure the passage of the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act, which CELA clearly supports. Here is an excerpt from a 2008 coalition advertisement: “We support the Ontario government’s plan to enact pesticide legislation (...).”CELA fundingCoincidentally, vast sums of money were provided to CELA during the period of time covering the public debates on the Toronto prohibition and the Ontario prohibition (2001–2008). It is clear that the funds helped pay for infrastructures that were used to influence public policy that led to the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act. CELA has been funded by the following groups: Laidlaw Foundation $35,000 (2000–2002), the Ontario Trillium Foundation $202,200 (2007–2008), and the Salamander Foundation $10,000 (2008).In 2002, Laidlaw funded CELA for Education and Public Policy for Children’s Health. According to the Laidlaw Annual Report 2002, funding was supplied for the following reasons: “This grant provides CELA with support to enable the Partnership for Pesticide Bylaws to educate key Toronto city councillors to support this regulation. The partnership is a collaborative community network that will guide current pesticide efforts into a common focused campaign to ensure passage of a pesticides bylaw in the City of Toronto.”CELA culprit• Kathleen Cooper is a senior researcher for CELA. She is also web site editor and a member of the Secretariat at Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE).  Cooper can be reached at the following e–mail address: editor@healthyenvironmentforkids.caKathleen Cooper has said, “Lawn and garden pesticides are just not worth the risks, particularly to children. Pesticides are associated with cancer, impacts on brain development and hormone disruption that can further impair child development. There are too many risks associated with these chemicals to warrant their use for weed–free lawns. This proposed prohibition is precaution at its best; it will reduce the risks children face from exposure to pesticides.”Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP)This group was established in 1970. It  has developed expertise in the field of research and development of environmental law and policy that promotes the public interest and sustainability. It focuses on issues of politicized science that are emerging or neglected. It does not offer legal aid services. CIELAP headquarters are in Toronto, and its operating budget is $250,000 per year. It is composed of three staff employees, three or four interns, and about 20 volunteers. Forty to 60 per cent of its funding is obtained by governments for policy research. It is a member of the Ontario Environment Network.Its sister group is Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). It has a close alliance with Environmental Defence Canada. All three support the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act.CIELAP has publicly stated that it does not see the need for any Ontario prohibition exceptions for the golf course industry. On Dec. 18, 2008, CIELAP issued its recomendations to the Government of Ontario. Here is an excerpt: “CIELAP did not believe that an exemption in the Act for the cosmetic use of pesticides on the golf course was necessary. Accordingly, CIELAP recommends that these sections of the regulation be strengthened to better protect the environment and human health by ensuring that golf courses comply quickly with the new requirements of the Act.”CIELAP fundingIt would not be unexpected that a portion of CIELAP funding would have helped build infrastructures that were used to change public policy and to impose lifestyle changes on society, such as the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act. This may be seen as a conflict of interest when funding is obtained from government to the detriment of the green space industry.Here are some of the groups that have funded CIELAP: Agriculture and Agri–food Canada, Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Canadian Council of Churches, Canadian Environmental Law Association, City of Toronto, Dow Chemical Canada Inc., Environment Canada, Greenpeace Canada, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Industry Canada, Laidlaw Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co–op, Ontario Hydro, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Pollution Probe, TD Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the McLean Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Salamander Foundation, the United Way, Vision TV, Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation, World Wildlife Fund of Canada, and York University.CIELAP culprit• Karen Clark is a former staff member for CIELAP. In 2001, Clark moved on to work as supervisor, Environmental Health Assessment & Policy, Planning & Policy, Toronto Public Health at the City of Toronto. Documents show that Clark was highly instrumental in the promotion and implementation of the Toronto bylaw prohibiting pest control products.CIELAP response to this portion of the articleThis group was decent enough to respond to our request to comment on this portion of the article. It was suggested that we take another look at their last annual reports, and a letter, which we did. We think that the CIELAP response helped strengthen the contents of this segment.Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE)This group was provided $264,500 by the Ontario Trillium Foundation during the period 2006–2007. This group actively supported changes in public policy leading to the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban Act. This group uses staff which overlaps with Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), such as Kathleen Cooper and Kapil Khatter.CPCHE culprit• Kapil Khatter is project manager for Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment. He is also president of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), another prohibition supporter. He has been pollution policy adviser and scientific adviser for Environmental Defence Canada, until September 2008.  He is also board member with the following groups that also support the prohibition in Ontario: Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Environment Program Committee at Laidlaw Foundation (another major source of financing for environmental groups). He is well connected! Khatter can be reached at the following e–mail address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .ConclusionOn Sept. 20, 2001,  in an address to a joint session of Congress following the 9–11 attacks, U.S. President George W. Bush made the following statement: “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”This is our concluding rant to all who work in the green space industry. We can assure everyone that the mistakes of the Hudson Supreme Court affair will not be repeated again. We will not lose in Ontario. In this article, we have shown you the money and the power that we are up against. Either you stand and fight against environmental terrorism, or you stand with the terrorists themselves. Stand up and be counted.About the principal authorWilliam H. Gathercole has been following the evolution of environmental terrorism for more than a quarter–century. He holds a degree in horticulture from the University of Guelph, and another pure and applied science degree from McGill University. He has worked in virtually all aspects of the green space industry, including public relations and environmental safety. Mr. Gathercole has been a consultant and instructor for decades. He is a contributing columnist for Turf & Recreation.Personal note and disclaimerIn sickness or in health, with the help of his entourage, we still hope to keep all of our readers entertained and informed. Bill continues to recover from his serious motor vehicle accident. In order to complete this particular article, it has been co–authored with Norah G. Well–wishers may send a personal note to Bill by way of this magazine, or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . By the way, the opinions expressed in this article, even though from an independent perspective, may not reflect those of Turf & Recreation.
SEVERAL Canadian dealers of Jacobsen turf equipment were honoured in February at the Golf Industry Show in New Orleans. Jason D’Andrea of G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd. in Burlington, Ont. captured one of seven “Pacesetter Awards” for 2008. Jacobsen’s “Customer Care Dealer of the Year Award” for 2008 was won by O.J. Company Ltd. of Sherrington, Que. “TFC Awards” among Canadian dealers in 2008 went to: • Eastern Turf Products Ltd., Dartmouth, N.S. (platinum) • Rollins Machinery, Langley, B.C. (gold) • O.J. Company, Sherrington, Que. (silver) • Clark Supply, Strathmore, Alta. (silver) • G.C. Duke Equipment, Burlington, Ont. (bronze)
Agrium Advanced Technologies has announced the hiring of Perry Brazeau as sales representative in the GTA East/Eastern Ontario territory.  He has been in the golf industry for 17 years and spent the last eight years as superintendent at Emerald Hills in Stouffville, Ont. He brings a strong management background in golf course construction, grow-in and turfgrass management skills to his service area.   Brazeau’s new territory stretches from the Scarborough area in the eastern GTA, heading east to Kingston and north to Haliburton. In accordance with Agrium’s new mandate province-wide, he will be responsible for the sales of key brands, including ProTurf, Nu-Gro Golf, Nu-Gro Landscape and Par-Ex, as well as Amenity and custom-blended products. Brazeau assumed his new role at Agrium Advanced Technologies last fall and can be contacted via cell at (289) 338-1834 or electronically at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The Kent Essex Golf Superintendents Association held its annual Spring Educational Seminar on Feb. 17, which was hosted by Dave Cours at the Ambassador Golf Club.  KEGS was pleased to have the sponsorship of Syngenta Crop Protection for the event.
BY introducing its “Green for Life” program, Landscape Ontario has re-established the connection of how green gardens really are. “Our members grow, plan and nurture true green,” said Tony DiGiovanni, executive director of Landscape Ontario. “We felt this was a good time to talk with consumers about the real benefits of spending more time outside. From the growers with nurseries that grow our landscape plants to the garden centres, the designers and the landscape service providers, we help green the province.” From cooling our cities to removing pollution and improving our quality of life, green spaces with trees and other landscape plants make a difference, Landscape Ontario says. Shade trees reduce the need for air conditioning and plants help cool their air temperatures through evaporative cooling. With more than 2,000 members, Landscape Ontario is Canada’s premier horticultural trades association. Its mission is to raise awareness for the environmental, economic and lifestyle benefits of gardens and green space. Outreach for Landscape Ontario’s Green for Life program will include a new consumer website set to launch this spring. It will showcase hundreds of award-winning member designs to help inspire consumers to better use their outdoor living spaces. The program also includes outreach to consumers with signs for landscape contractors’ trucks, store signs and banners for garden centres, and public relations activities. “Green for Life will inspire with hundreds of award-winning images of landscape and nursery professionals,” said Denis Flanagan, Landscape Ontario’s public relations manager. “Our province is blessed with some of the best designers in the world. When you see the magic designers create in an outdoor living space, you begin to understand our excitement regarding the consumer outreach program. Connecting the public to the outdoors is what we do best.”
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The 15th annual Golf Course Hockey challenge took to the ice Jan. 13 and 14 in Fort Erie, Ont. with 12 teams representing both Canada and the United States in competition for the coveted "Reel Cup."
ORGANIZERS of the 2009 Landscape Congress conference and trade show are citing another successful year for Canada's largest lawn and garden trade show. "Each year, attendees and exhibitors come together to preview the latest trends, newest tools and innovations in the industry," said show manager Paul Day. "This year was no exception. The show floor was a hub of activity with deals taking place throughout the aisles." The three-day event, attended by professionals from the horticulture, lawn and garden, and landscape industries, featured more than 600 exhibitors and hundreds of new products on display, as well as a variety of workshops and networking opportunities. Feedback from those in attendance was positive, with high marks going to Congress' many new and green products as well as its speaker lineup. Its Green Forum, held for the first time at the show, proved to be an ideal place for the exchange of information, including best practices on sustainable green initiatives. "The Congress show is phenomenal for its consistent attendance numbers year over year," said Mike Riehm, president of Envirobond Products Corporation, winner of this year's "best in show" booth award. "This is the show to be at in Canada." Congress is sponsored by Landscape Ontario. "Congress 2009 was a great place to discover hundreds of new products, get the latest ideas for design and construction, attend numerous workshops and network with experts and professionals from all different sectors of the business," Day said.

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