March 2009Previous Issues
Professional And Workforce Development
LO joins interiorscape coalition
At the meeting, the organizational structure of the coalition was discussed and defined. LO is the only Canadian member.
LO members volunteer to create the best-ever Canada Blooms
Volunteers have been busy for weeks preparing for Canada’s most prestigious flower and garden festival, Canada Blooms.
Landscapers await clarification on renovation tax credit rules
Many questions remain for members of the landscape industry as to the specifics of the Home Renovation Tax Credit (HRTC) announced in the federal government’s economic budget of Jan. 31.
Congress 2009 best booth awards
On the show’s first day, booth award winners were announced in seven different categories.
LO receives good press
Recently, I spent three days at Landscape Ontario’s Congress, the best horticulture trade show in Canada.
Co-owner of Willowbrook Nurseries passes away
Jocelyn Catherine (Voortman) Langendoen, who with her husband John started Willowbrook Nurseries in 1979, passed away after a battle with cancer on Jan. 22, in her 53rd year at the Welland General Hospital.
Passionate horticulturist passes
Career horticulturist and long-time Landscape Ontario member Melanie Karleen Hicks passed away on Feb. 15, at the age of 40.
Stellar line-up of speakers at Growers Short Course
Over 180 nursery growers turned up at the Royal Botanical Gardens on Feb 11, for LO’s annual Growers Short Course.
Failing health claims industry pioneer
Ruth Berchtold, 79, passed away on Feb. 24 at Brampton Civic Hospital in the company of her loving family, after a courageous year-long battle with failing health.
One-day format success for OPA
The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) celebrated its 53rd annual Explorations trade show and conference on Feb. 4, at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
Program helps growers conserve energy
Ag Energy Services, a division of Ag Energy Co-operative, has announced a new full-service conservation and efficiency program aimed to help growers, farmers and producers improve sustainability through energy improvement and management.
OMAFRA Turf Report
OMAFRA Nursery-Landscape Report
London Chapter garden a big hit at annual Lifestyles show
The feature garden created by members of LO’s London Chapter was a big hit with visitors to the London Homebuilders Association’s Lifestyle show in London, Ont., held from Jan. 23 to 25.
Attendance triples at Ski Day
The number of skiers taking part in this year’s Georgian Lakelands Chapter’s Ski Day set a new attendance record, with over three times as many LO members taking part this year compared to last.
Minimum wage to go up 75 cents
A 75-cent per hour increase in Ontario’s minimum wage will continue as planned at the end of March, despite the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) urging the province to cancel the increase, because of the poor condition of the economy.
Major report is released on economic profile of Ontario turfgrass industry
A new 148 page report on the Ontario turfgrass industry reveals some impressive numbers for the lawncare sector.
Study shows landscaping is great investment
Recently LO’s first vice-president Tom Intven, president of Canadale Nurseries in St. Thomas, attended the ANLA Management Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky.
CFIA confirms emerald ash borer present in the City of Hamilton
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced on Feb. 27 that it has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer (EAB) in the City of Hamilton.
Report calls landscaping a growing industry
Increased awareness in both the public and private sectors of environmental issues is a major driver of landscape installations, making landscaping a source of aesthetic, ecological, and financial benefits.