June 2012

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Royal City Nursery marks 50 years

Guests, dignitaries and customers helped members of the Olsen family celebrate 50 years of business for Guelph’s Royal City Nursery on May 5.

World’s best stone craftsmen coming to Hanover

Some of the best dry stone craftsmen in the world will gather in Hanover for three days, from Sept. 28 to 30.

Gro-Bark trailer promotes green industry

A billboard that measures over 50 feet long and 14 feet high is moving across the Greater Toronto Area each day, promoting Landscape Ontario and the green industry.

Earthscape donates and educates

Mark Schwarz of Earthscape Ontario in Elmira wrote a blog about his company’s work at the Elmira District Secondary School, which was completed in two phases in 2010 to the spring of 2012.

Integra Works owner helps his community

James Solecki of Integra Works in Port Sydney responded with a long list of achievements, when LO executive director Tony DiGiovanni recently asked members to share the great causes and projects their company has been involved with over the past year or two.

Kimmick Landscaping donates service

Michael Martins of Kimmick Landscaping in London, has donated a great deal of lawn and garden maintenance and landscaping service to community buildings, schools and churches.

Contractors’ barbecue

Georgian Lakelands Chapter had a great turnout for its annual Contractors’ Barbecue, despite cool temperatures.

Members in the news

Each week, the Globe and Mail seeks out expert advice to help a small or medium-sized company overcome a key issue it is facing in its business.

Members find GM discount worthwhile

One of the most popular benefits among members of Landscape Ontario is the General Motors discount of up to $12,000 on GMC vehicles.

Students test talent at Skills Canada

Skills Canada - Ontario took place on Apr. 30 to May 2, at RIM Park in Waterloo, with over 1,800 student participants competing at elementary to post-secondary levels.

Domoney to headline Expo 2012

The U.K.’s most dynamic garden celebrity, David Domoney, is the keynote speaker opening LO’s Expo trade show this October.

Industry Auction: All you need to know

Readers of this month’s Landscape Ontario magazine will find a full-colour brochure inserted with this issue highlighting the annual Industry Auction.
Industry News

Serviceberry offers multi-seasonal interest

We live in a glorious land of seasons.

Promotion celebrates National Tree Day

Although only a few companies have confirmed participation in National Tree Day on Sept. 26, the enthusiasm by organizers is high.

Eye tracking technology for horticulture

A few weeks after the FedDev announcement, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre announced more high-tech research to help the industry.

OEA defending employers in WSIB cases

The Ontario Employer Advisor (OEA) is ready to take on its new mandate to represent employers who have been accused of a health and safety reprisal under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Exhibit showcases centuries of horticultural education

If you are in downtown Toronto this summer, take time to visit the historical exhibition of British and Canadian works on horticulture at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto.

Vineland receives funds for robots and frost protection

The Government of Canada announced $2.5 million will be coming to Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to support the development of innovative horticultural technologies.

Trees for Life book inside

Included with this issue of Landscape Ontario magazine is a free copy of the new 32-page book Trees for Life: 52 Tips for a Greener World.

Push on to implement One Call legislation

Bill 8, the Ontario One Call Ltd. Act, will return to the Ontario Legislature for a third reading.

Horticultural apprenticeship registrations available

Registration takes place at a Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) office.

Guard against online predators

LO’s IT manager Ian Service has provided some good advice on protecting yourself from online predators.

EI amendments coming in 2013

The federal government has announced amendments to Employment Insurance.

Guelph scientists clone elm trees

Scientists at the University of Guelph say they have the ability to clone American elm trees, which have been found to survive repeated epidemics of their biggest killer — Dutch elm disease.

Blue ash may resist emerald ash borer

The city of London is examining suggestions that the blue ash may be resistant to the emerald ash borer.