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The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which was last updated in 1987, will soon be updated by Canada and the United States. The agreement will protect the world's largest freshwater system against invasive species, climate change and other emerging threats. FULL STORY
A homeowner in the Edmonton area has found the recent installation of a synthetic turf lawn to be the answer to his prayers for keeping allergies at bay. FULL STORY
Men over the age of 35 are the most compulsive about their lawns and, according to Statistics Canada, sales of lawn care products and plants have more than doubled over the past decade, reaching $6.16-billion in 2008. FULL STORY
THE Sports Turf Association, the Ontario Parks Association and the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association are working in collaboration with one another as the Parks and Open Space Alliance to celebrate “June is Recreation and Parks Month.” The group is offering a professional development opportunity for the collective memberships. Topics for the forum have been selected by each organization based on past inquiries and emerging issues which affect their sector or the industry. The Occupational Health and Safety Act defines required competency for all workers as: • Qualified because of knowledge, training and experience to organize the work and its performance. • Familiar with the act and the regulations that apply to the work. • Has knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace. With this definition in mind, this year’s Summer Operational Forum has been designed to assist those who work or supervise workers in a park or open space environment stay current with industry-related issues while at the same time helping to maintain existing level of competencies.” The event is scheduled for June 24 at Lakeview Park’s Jubilee Pavillion in Oshawa.
The Snow & Ice Management Association (SIMA) will hold an online web seminar entitled “Creating Stronger Relationships with Bulk Salt Suppliers” on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 starting at 3:00pm EST. The session will feature speakers Mike Betts and Todd Martin of With a Grain of Salt, and will focus on managing salt as a snow and ice management professional.   “Managing salt is not only a skill but a necessity for the snow and ice manager in North America,” says Brian Birch, SIMA’s Assistant Executive Director. “Our newest webinar will develop this skill, including topics such as understanding the supply chain of bulk salt, using salt efficiently, and developing relationships with regional or national suppliers.” Specifically, this webinar will help attendees: • Understand the logistical salt supply chain from the national level to the local level. • Gain insight into developing a salt supply management program and the best times to purchase salt for your business/organization. • Hear tips on how to develop a more powerful partnership with salt suppliers, learning how to work with them to purchase the amount of salt you need, and how both parties can work together to mitigate risk from low-snow winters.
The National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), headquartered in Beltsville, Md., has instituted a new statistical procedure, Additive Main Effect and Multiplicative Interaction (AMMI), which it claims will increase the accuracy of the data it collects from its nationwide network of turfgrass trials. AMMI was developed and tested by statisticians at the University of Massachusetts and Cornell University over the last 15 years. In contrast, the statistical procedure NTEP has been using since its inception, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), has been used for statistical analysis of agricultural experiments since the 1930's. FULL STORY
You'd think gardening, by its very essence, would be a "green" activity. And it is -- sort of. It turns out all of that mowing, watering and weed-killing packs some pretty major environmental consequences, too. One thing many Calgarians don't realize is that the water that washes off your yard and down storm drains isn't treated before it goes back into the river (hence the restrictions on washing cars with soap in driveways). FULL STORY
Communities in Bloom has joined forces with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Master Gardeners of Ontario and the Ontario Horticultural Association to provide a free two-hour seminar on natural gardening in the wake of Ontario's new cosmetic pesticide ban. The seminar will take place in Markham on May 13 from 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit
Consumers in Nanaimo, B.C. are continuing to purchase pest control products from store shelves in spite of the fact the Vancouver Island city has decided to invoke a ban on the use of chemical products to control pests. FULL STORY
Several garden retailers in Canada are opting out of carrying lawn treatments with harsh chemicals. The manager of the Home Depot in Regina, Saskatchewan, said he is only carrying environmentally friendly fertilizers this year. The Canadian Cancer Society expressed concern over cosmetic pesticides in lawn-care products that may be carcinogenic. FULL STORY
Forty workers at the John Deere Welland Works in Welland, Ontario, will be laid off on Friday. The plant, which has operated for 100 years, will close in November and will lay off another 40 workers next week and 150 in July. FULL STORY
The City of Hamilton, Ont. will be trying a number of different methods this summer to line sports fields to replace chemical line burning. But the cost to taxpayers could be as much as $250,000 extra next year. FULL STORY
Green thumbs and gardeners are going to have to work a whole lot harder at maintaining their lush, green lawns this summer. On Earth Day, the province's extensive ban on all cosmetic pesticides kicked in, removing from store shelves 245 commonly used products and 80 chemicals. FULL STORY
The days with lawns marked with pesticide warning signs are over. New as of today brought in by the Ontario government (fittingly on Earth Day), is a ban on cosmetic pesticides. Owner of Brodies Lawn Care in Strathroy Ted Brodie does not support the ban FULL STORY
Deere and Co. said Monday that it will recall 68 workers to an Iowa plant due to increased orders for construction equipment. The workers will be back on the job at the John Deere Davenport Works on April 27. The plant makes products that include dump trucks, cabs, graders, four-wheel drive loaders and skidders. FULL STORY
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