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Bobcat Company is making soil preparation easier for owners of compact tractors or the Toolcat™ 5610 utility work machine with the release of the new soil conditioner and disc harrow Category 1 three-point hitch implements.  
The "stench of rotting turf" has prompted the Regional Municipality of Niagara to urge its residents to leave grass clippings on their lawn. Complaints have been fielded about the foul smell coming from Niagara's main composting facility. FULL STORY
Metro Central YMCA in Toronto has initiated a new green roof project. A running track at the top of the building was not much more than hot concrete and offered little in the way of aesthetics. The greening project, although still in its early stages, will also offer plenty of environmental benefits. FULL STORY
The home of Major League Soccer's Toronto FS club is looking to replace its playing surface with natural turf for the start of next season. BMO Field, which opened in 2007, has operated the past two years with artificial turf. FULL STORY
ECHO Power Equipment Canada has been honoured with the Distributor of the Year – Marketing Excellence Award. The award was presented to the top organization in North America for continuing to demonstrate an outstanding job creating awareness to the brand.  Click for More
ECHO Power Equipment Canada has been honoured with the Distributor of the Year – Marketing Excellence Award. The award was presented to the top organization in North America for continuing to demonstrate an outstanding job creating awareness to the brand. 
ECHO Power Equipment Canada has been honoured with the Distributor of the Year – Marketing Excellence Award. The award was presented to the top organization in North America for continuing to demonstrate an outstanding job creating awareness to the brand.  Click for More
It turns out I have the perfect beach body. Well, sort of. I have the perfect beach body if that beach was in Afghanistan and I was an Afghan woman covered head-to-toe in a burqa. Otherwise...not so much.
Has it really been 15 years already? In August of 1994, I was hired as editor of Turf & Recreation by its new owner and publisher Bart Crandon, who purchased the magazine from its original Vancouver-based founders. Together, Bart and I have been directly involved in nearly 70 per cent of Turf & Recreation’s full 22-year history. It almost seems like yesterday when we initially began this journey. At the time, my children were, respectively, beginning Grade 2 and kindergarten in elementary school. Today, one is in the workforce while the other starts college in September. The years have certainly flown by. Much has happened over the course of 15 years in the two industries we know best—the professional turf and grounds maintenance profession and the publishing industry. We’ve seen tremendous technological advances in such areas as mowing equipment, irrigation systems and eco-friendly products and materials. Golf course superintendents, lawn care operators and sports field managers are better educated today than ever before, and have made significant strides forward over the past 15 years. When we first began with Turf & Recreation, it was big news whenever a Canadian golf course became a fully-certified Audubon cooperative sanctuary. After all, you could count on one hand at that time the number of courses in Canada which had achieved such status. Today, the number is staggering, and more are joining the Audubon ranks as the years continue to roll on. We’ve seen the advent of integrated pest management strategies and the objective of lawn care companies and golf courses to become fully accredited in IPM. We’ve also seen the intervention of government—both at the municipal and provincial levels—which has dictated new sets of rules for the professional turf and grounds maintenance industry to follow. We’ve also witnessed the wrath of Mother Nature over the years, punishing large green spaces with either severe floods, drought or ice damage. By the same token, we’ve seen these same green spaces persevere by overcoming such obstacles. The way in which we’ve produced Turf & Recreation has also changed dramatically over the past 15 years. Advances in computer software have allowed us to step out of the “dark ages” of publishing and embrace new techniques that have made us more efficient in what we do. This includes acknowledgement of the Internet and its ability to complement the printed page, including the establishment of our own website presence. We have grown along with the industry which we help serve. It’s a good bet that the next five to 10 years will see further dramatic changes within the turf and grounds maintenance industry. As government continues to stir the pot, some of these changes may be regarded as counter-productive, but I suspect most of what comes along within the coming decade will be of an exciting and positive nature. If the past 15 years are any indication of how enjoyable this journey has been for me so far, I greatly look forward to the next 15.
Kubota Canada recently presented its annual donation to KIDS HELP PHONE, and this year’s cheque  was for $ 10,000. This amount maintains Kubota within KHP’s “Courage Circle” level of donors. The Courage Circle is within the top 10 per cent of donor contributions. Since starting in 2000, Kubota’s donations have totalled more than  $ 80,000. Kubota Canada has a strong commitment to societal and environmental betterment. The donation is based on Kubota achieving a minimum level of sales activity. KIDS HELP PHONE is a national toll-free phone and web counselling and referral service that youths contact to talk with qualified counsellors about any type of distress or troubling situation they are experiencing. Pictured are Jenny Yuen, KHP Regional Director, Ontario, and Ray St.Antoine, Kubota Canada.
Sluggish sales and a stronger Canadian dollar are having a detrimental effect on Canadian construction equipment dealers. In British Columbia's Lower Mainland, for example, the market is off by as much as 70 per cent from a year ago. Statistics such as these are forcing dealers to restructure their businesses. FULL STORY
One hundred years of manufacturing history is soon to end at Welland, Ont.'s John Deere plant. The assembly line will be shutting down on Aug.6. Gator and mower production has already ended at John Deere Welland Works. About 120 employees will remain in shipping and maintenance positions after Aug. 6. FULL STORY
Agrium Advanced Technologies has announced the addition of Craig McCutcheon to its team as sales representative for the Niagara/Central Ontario territory. He has more than 18 years experience in the golf industry and has held progressive roles from technician to golf course superintendent, and has been an industry sales representative for the past five years. He holds an environmental horticulture certificate from Sheridan College as well as turf management certificates from the University of Guelph and Cornell University.
Only two lawn care companies in New Brunswick are currently complying with new government regulations which are designed to eliminate pesticide use in the province, New Brunswick's Department of Environment has said. The ban, which takes effect next spring, will put an end to the over-the-counter sale of 200 lawn pest control products. FULL STORY
Michael Bjorge, Kwantlen landscape design alumnus and Surrey, B.C. resident, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He is principle designer and owner of Pacifica Landscape Works and the Pacific Design Group—a Surrey-based landscape design firm he started after graduating from Kwantlen with a diploma in horticulture technology landscape design in 1999.

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