The Landscape Ontario Podcast

Conversations on the issues shaping landscaping and horticulture in Ontario

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Tuesday, May 18 2021

Preventing floods with natural infrastructure

Burkhard Mausberg from Unflood Ontario joins the podcast to talk about the campaign to reduce flooding through natural infrastructure.


Friday, April 9 2021

Covid-19 Health and Safety Compliance

Jay Remsik from Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) joins the podcast to talk about what businesses need to do to ensure they are compliant with Covid-19 health and safety regulations.


Thursday, April 1 2021

LO’s new Social Awareness and Ethics Committee

Lindsay Drake Nightengale and Ed Hansen join the podcast to talk about Landscape Ontario new Social Awareness and Ethics Committee.


Thursday, March 11 2021

Prevent business owner burnout

Grant Harrison from Nextra Consulting joins the podcast to talk about how business owners can look after their own mental and emotional wellbeing during stressful times. Grant says, "If you work with your hands, rest with your mind; and if you work with your mind, rest with your hands." Find out what that means, and more in this episode of the Landscape Ontario Podcast.


Tuesday, February 16 2021

Buildings are cliffs, streets are canyons, roofs are islands

Jonas Spring operates Ecoman, a Toronto-based landscape design and construction business that works to enhance and increase green space through proactive and thoughtful ecological design. Jonas joins the show to discuss REFERENCE 2021, an online symposium for landscape architects, designers, gardeners and trades that examines ecological reference points for design.


Monday, January 4 2021

Congress Connect Preview

Congress Connect Event Team members Amy Buchanan and Keri MacIvor preview the new virtual marketplace and conference for landscape and horticultural professionals, launching January 12-14, 2021. Learn more about Congress Connect at locongress.com


Wednesday, December 23 2020

MPP Norm Miller on Bill 118

Norm Miller, the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, joins the podcast to discuss Bill 118, which passed at Queen’s Park in December 2020. The legislation, introduced by Miller, reduces the time period to make a slip and fall claim from two years to 60 days. Miller also talks about potential next steps to address the issue of increasing insurance costs for winter maintenance professionals.


Thursday, November 26 2020

Workplace mental health with Andrew Harkness

Andrew Harkness with the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services joins the show to talk about why workplace mental health is important and what business owners can do to support their employees. Andrew will also join Landscape Ontario’s Covid-19 Task Force for a town hall webinar on Dec. 2, 2020. Visit Horttrades.com to register for free.


Thursday, October 15 2020

The 2020 Trial Garden Season with Rodger Tschanz

Rodger Tschanz talks about managing the trial gardens at the University of Guelph, Landscape Ontario and the Royal Botanical Gardens, including standouts from this year’s gardens: Bee’s Knees Petunia, Precosia Zinnias, Lancelot Salvia, Brainiac Celosia and Serendipity Ornamental Onion. See more exciting new plants in Landscape Trades Magazine.


Wednesday, July 29 2020

Town Hall Webinar - July 7, 2020 - Best Practices for Employee Health

Becky Hester from York Region Health joined Landscape Ontario’s Covid-19 Task Force Town Hall on July 7 to talk about best practices for employee health during the pandemic.


Wednesday, June 24 2020

Town Hall Webinar - June 23, 2020

Government Programs Update for Landscape and Horticulture Businesses. Judith Andrews - Commissioner for Employers, Employment and Social Development Canada - and Julie Garner - Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group - joined Landscape Ontario's Covid-19 Task Force on June 23, 2020 to discuss government programs including CERB, CEWS and more.


Tuesday, June 23 2020

Celebrating Women in Horticulture

The Landscape Ontario Podcast celebrates Women in Horticulture week by spotlighting three fantastic professionals: Jennifer Lemcke, COO of Weed Man; Jacki Hart of Consulting by Hart and the Peer to Peer Network; and Lexi Dearborn of Dearborn Designs and Associates.


Wednesday, June 10 2020

Town Hall Webinar - June 9, 2020

Don’t let your guard down! Kristin Hoffman from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services joined Landscape Ontario's Covid-19 Task Force to discuss practical ways to keep your staff, clients and the public safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Thursday, May 28 2020

Town Hall Webinar - May 26, 2020

With folks back to work, LO moved the Town Hall series to a new schedule. Town Halls will now be held bi-weekly starting May 26 and will move to a new time - 5 pm. This week, hear from prominent business coach Jeffrey Scott and members of the LO COVID-19 Task Force as they share practical advice on how to deal with COVID-19. Find all the Town Hall video replays at Landscape Ontario’s Youtube Channel.


Tuesday, May 12 2020

Town Hall Webinar - May 12, 2020

Navigating Your Workforce During COVID While Staying Focused on Health and Safety May 12, 2020 Landscape Ontario's COVID-19 Task Force hosts a weekly town hall webinar to share the latest news and answer your questions. On May 12, 2020, the panel was joined by HR Expert Natalie Hansford from EIO Solutions.


Wednesday, May 6 2020

Town Hall Webinar - May 5, 2020

This week, reps from the Ministry of Labour, WSIB and WSPS join Landscape Ontario's COVID-19 Task Force to discuss safe business practices during the pandemic. Watch the video on Landscape Ontario's Youtube Channel and subscribe for the weekly town hall webinars (Tuesdays at 10 am) at HortTrades.com.


Thursday, April 30 2020

Town Hall Webinar - April 28, 2020

This week, Landscape Ontario’s COVID-19 Task Force discusses “Generating Employee, Client and Public Trust” with marketing and communications expert Jason Bouwman from Compass Creative. Watch the video on Landscape Ontario’s Youtube Channel and subscribe for the weekly town hall webinars (Tuesdays at 10 am) at HortTrades.com.


Tuesday, April 21 2020

Town Hall Webinar - April 21, 2020

This week, Landscape Ontario’s COVID-19 Task Force members highlight the safety procedures they are implementing in their businesses to keep their employees and the public safe. Watch the video on Landscape Ontario’s Youtube Channel and subscribe for the weekly town hall webinars (Tuesdays at 10 am) at HortTrades.com.


Tuesday, April 14 2020

Town Hall Webinar - April 14, 2020

Town Hall Webinar - April 14, 2020 Public policy and government relations expert Julie Garner - Principal, Earnscliffe Strategy Group - joined Landscape Ontario's COVID-19 Task Force to discuss government programs for employers. Watch the video on Landscape Ontario’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVZ1wt-gC1I Register for the weekly town hall webinars (Each Tuesday at 10 am): https://horttrades.com/covid-19-town-hall-webinar-series


Thursday, March 12 2020

Connecting kids with nature with natural playgrounds

Adam Bienenstock is winning the war against screen time one natural playground at a time. Experience a Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds play space at Canada Blooms, March 13-22, 2020 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto. See the design for the 8,000 sq. ft. playground at https://info.naturalplaygrounds.ca/canadablooms.


Monday, March 2 2020

The Canadian Landscape Standard - Christene Stenhouse Levatte

The CLS is designed to be the single authoritative resource for landscape construction projects projects in Canada. Find out why the CSLA and CNLA say it should be on the desk or computer of every landscape professional across the country. Get the CLS at: https://www.csla-aapc.ca/standard


Monday, February 3 2020

David Lammers & Tony DiGiovanni - Snow and Ice Management

Snow and Ice Management challenges and opportunities with LO Executive Director Tony DiGiovanni and Garden Grove Landscaping President David Lammers


Thursday, January 2 2020

Carly Ziter - Thinking beyond the park

Instead of thinking outside the box, Carly Ziter thinks beyond the park. Carly's landscape ecology research highlights the impact of smaller green spaces - residential yards, street trees, school grounds etc. A healthy city is like a "green patchwork quilt" with each garden, boulevard and soccer field providing ecological services.


Thursday, January 2 2020

Alyssa "Twist" Light - The secrets to hiring great people

Finding and attracting great employees is a massive challenge across the skilled trades. Entrepreneur and marketing expert Alyssa "Twist" Light joins the LO Podcast to share new ideas on attracting talent to your business. Alyssa will also be speaking at LO Congress 2020 on Jan. 9 on the Secrets to Hiring Great People.


Thursday, January 2 2020

Natalie Hansford - What to do if the MoL shows up at your workplace

Have you ever worried about what would happen if the Ministry of Labour showed up at your office or a job site? Natalie Hansford has you covered. Natalie is the director of HR for EIO Solutions and she is an expert in all things HR. She joined the LO Podcast to talk about what it looks like when the MoL shows up at a workplace. What should you expect? How should you react? Find out!


Tuesday, December 3 2019

Mark Cullen

Campaign Chair Mark Cullen looks back at the roots of the HOH Campaign (including Tony DiGiovanni's role!), the challenges it has overcome and previews what's ahead for 2020.


Monday, December 2 2019

Tara Zupancic

Public health scientist Tara Zupancic outlines the many health benefits green spaces and nature provide to human health. Tara also calls on landscape and horticulture professionals to view themselves as working in health.


Monday, December 2 2019

Darby McGrath

Ontario Tree Guide co-author Darby McGrath joins the podcast to discuss what's new in the updates guide. Darby and Scott also discuss some common tree planting mistakes (no more mulch volcanos!) and look ahead to Darby's presentation at LO Congress 2020.