2014 Landscape Ontario Lawn Care Commodity Group | Highlights

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Scotts has given up on the product.  Karen Bailey and AG Canada has reached out to stakeholder to try to find a new business partner.  There are some questions about efficacy.  The group suggested that we ask for samples.  

Non-compliant companies
The group has noticed an increase in many companies using weed control and iron products illegally.  There was a discussion about how to deal with this issue.
Ideas:  
Ask the Ministry to regulate more stringently – both at the public and professional level
There may be many who are cheating as an act of civil disobedience 
It was suggested that we focus on the professionals 
Action: We will set up a meeting with the Ministry of Environment to discuss how to deal with the issue.    Steve will seek the meeting 
Alan will bring this issue up at the Provincial Board 

Algae Bloom Issue 
Hoping to see something from Lee Ann regarding the issue
Sara actually hoping to get something from Lawn Care Group
Messaging needs to be around benefits of turf
Explain good of vegetative buffer zones
A no-phosphorus campaign will help us deal with the Algae Bloom Issue.  The no-phosphorus campaign will focus on licensing.  

Government Relations 
With the new government in place it is time to renew our government relations activity.   It may be a good idea to reconnect with PLCAO and PIRC to decide our next steps.   Suncor is still active at trying to get Clearchoice accepted.   A meeting will be set up September 12.  At that meeting we will discuss strategy.   

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RNAO | CAPE | Your TaxPayer Money in Action | Toronto Subway Advertisements | Dead Bees and Sad Children | Lunatic Doctors, Lunatic Nurses urge ban on neonic pesticides – The Globe and Mail

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A group of doctors and nurses is urging the Ontario government to ban an agricultural pesticide blamed for the deaths of bees and other insect pollinators.

The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario are placing advertisements in Toronto’s subway system, warning “neonic pesticides hurt our bees and us.” In the ads, a young boy is gazing sadly upon a dead bee.

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