April 2010Previous Issues
Professional And Workforce Development
Systems For Success
Canada Blooms 14th edition results in many great memories
This 2010 version of Canada Blooms created some of the best memories ever in the 14-year history of the spring festival.
Tim Kearney reveals the journey that created LO’s “amazing” garden
The 2010 version of the journey starts a short time after the completion of Blooms 2009.
LO at Blooms: More visible than ever
LO’s impressive feature garden was only part of the association’s successful Canada Blooms profile.
Many help build Landscape Ontario Green for Life garden
This year saw a record number of companies work together to create an amazing garden at Canada Blooms.
Clause allows HST savings on pre-payment of service
LO members may want to take advantage of the pre-payment clause in the HST system that allows for an eight per cent tax saving if payment is made before May 1.
Hot and dry weather expected this summer
According to Environment Canada, Ontario will see a warmer and drier summer.
Congress 2010 saves 139 trees
This is the second year that Congress has been involved in the Zero Waste Certificate program.
In memoriam — Mark Smith
Mark Smith, a dedicated employee of Scott’s Landscaping of Jerseyville, passed away suddenly at home on Mar. 10, 2010, at the age of 38
Harmonized Sales Tax and landscape contractors
On July 1, 2010 the Ontario Retail Sales Tax (RST) will be combined with the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) to create a federally administered Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Agency clarifies unlabelled tank mixes
There are a few benefits to tank mixing pest control products, such as saving time and fuel by making fewer trips over the crop with the sprayer.
Minimum wage hike to $10.25
As of Mar. 31, the minimum wage in Ontario has increased 75 cents an hour.
Flowers Canada names new director
Andrew Kuyvenhoven, president of the Flowers Canada Board of Directors, has announced that Dean Shoemaker is the organization’s new executive director.
Self-employed may qualify for EI benefits
Self-employed individuals may register for Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits as of Jan. 31, 2010.
Fund of $300,000 for greening streets
A total of $300,000 in funding is available immediately for municipalities as part of the Greening of Main Street project.
Oriole and Bienenstock named Green Toronto Awards finalists
Two LO member companies were among the list of finalists announced by The City of Toronto and Green Living for the 2010 Green Toronto Awards.
Smart about Salt Council is now official
The Smart about Salt Council announced its official formation in mid-March, with the intention to spearhead efficient use of winter salt on private roads, parking lots and sidewalks.
Letter To The Editor
OMAFRA Nursery And Landscape Report