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 http://www.burnaby.ca/cityhall/departments/engnrn.html 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.
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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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)
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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