Profiles
A well known and respected figure in the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry – and perhaps most notably as a pioneer among women – has retired from a career that spanned four decades.
Selecting the proper tool for the job and fitting it to the individual is important for productivity and worker health, however, even people working at a correctly designed workstation and using the best available tools can get injured.
Being in the right place at the right time paid off handsomely for a golf course superintendent from East Gwillimbury, Ont., creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the young woman.
By sheer coincidence, this issue includes a couple of features that profile two prominent women in the professional turfgrass industry in Canada.
Sept. 29, 2018 – The owner of a landscaping company in Brockville, Ont. is already the longest serving city councillor in the history of his municipality, but he hopes to be re-elected on Oct. 22 to continue to serve his constituents as the "common sense councillor."
Sept. 25, 2018 – Mel Rothenburger, Kamloops' "Armchair Mayor," has offered his opinion on the much-debated issue pertaining to the future of the former McArthur Island Park golf course property. By all accounts, he says, it would appear the Kamloops Naturalist Club and the Kamloops Disc Golf Club won't be able to live happily together on the property.
Sept. 19, 2018 – Jack Lakey, "the Fixer" at the Toronto Star, has written about a case of neglected weeds growing along a boulevard in the city, suggesting the city is better off without pesticides, but acknowledging something still needs to be done about out-of-control weed growth.
Sept. 18, 2018 – About one in seven golfers in British Columbia plan to smoke marijuana on the golf course once it becomes legal next month, and one in two golfers under the age of 35 plans to do so, according to a survey of about 5,400 golfers.
Sept. 7, 2018 – Bioswales are being used at the University of Lethbridge to help filter stormwater runoff. Although the turfgrass and shrub gardens provide aesthetic value, they keep pollutants out of the river, while also slowing down the flow of water to prevent downstream flooding.
Sept. 6 – An Elmira, Ont. man is basking in the life of leisure after his purchase of an iMow automated mower that is capable of cutting an acre of grass at a time. Because of its quiet operation, he can set up his mower to cut at non-traditional hours.
Aug. 31, 2018 – An insect-obsessed 16-year-old is doing his part to help stave off the invasion of the emerald ash borer into New Brunswick. Working this summer for the Canadian Forest Service, the Grade 12 student is helping to set traps for the insect and has introduced some of his own innovations.
Aug. 31, 2018 – A restoration job done to repair a patch of grass at a Kingston, Ont. man's lawn that had been dug up to repair a damaged sewer pipe has left the homeowner fuming over what he considers to be shoddy workmanship. He claimed his lawn was pristine before the restoration job.
Aug. 28 2018 – A new baseball diamond has opened in North Battleford, Sask., funded in part by the Blue Jays Care Foundation. An official with Battlefords Minor Baseball said the diamond would never have happened without support from the Blue Jays' charity and the city.
Aug. 22, 2018 – Eight years ago, a Woodstock, Ont.-area man built his own field of dreams baseball diamond to give his children a place to play. More recently, he was contacted by the Toronto Blue Jays organization about using the field as a venue for a "Girls at Bat" day.
A few years ago, I was given the chance to work from home. Looking to trim some of the fat away from our overhead, my employer figured it would be more cost-effective for everyone to work from his or her place of residence.

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