BY SUSAN SHERRING, OTTAWA SUNFIRST POSTED: THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 07:16 PM EDT | UPDATED: THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 07:34 PM EDTDr. VerBY SUSAN SHERRING, OTTAWA SUN
There’s just something totally upside down in this town when we can’t use pesticides to kill the weeds on our lawns, but going into a school full of children and blasting cockroaches with pesticides is somehow OK.
Yes, aside from the problem of using pesticides, apparently cockroaches sometimes curl up and get cozy inside our schools.
But not to worry.
At a hastily called news conference on Wednesday by the Ottawa Public Health department, officials were quick to tell reporters the ill effects being felt by staff and students at the Adult High School and Charles H. Hulse weren’t really from the pesticide itself, but the solvents mixed with the pesticide.
A controversial proposal to ban the use of “non-essential” pesticides on private lawns in Montgomery County may be prevented by state law, according to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office.
Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Rowe wrote that a court could rule the part of the bill banning pesticide use for private property owners is preempted by state law already addressing pesticide use.
“While the matter is not completely clear, it is my view that the general ban on application of non-essential pesticides may well be preempted, but that other parts might not be,” Rowe wrote earlier this month in a response to an inquiry about state preemption from Montgomery Village Del. Kirill Reznik. “It is my view that a court could conclude that this provision would interfere with the purposes of these State provisions, as well as the goal of achieving uniformity.”
Rowe wrote that other parts of the bill, introduced by Council President George Leventhal to much support and opposition earlier this year, wouldn’t run into preemption issues.
Leventhal’s bill also would exempt golf courses and farms from the pesticide ban, but not county property and playing fields. Montgomery Parks, which runs the county’s nearly 300 recreational playing fields, has urged Leventhal and other Council members to exempt its fields too.
Rowe said that requirement, as well as requirements that would require signage if pesticides were being applied, shouldn’t pose any legal issues.
The private property provision has been one of the most controversial parts of the bill.
Organic Meadow Ltd., Organic Meadow Inc. and Organic Meadow Co-Operative Inc.
On April 2, 2015 Organic Meadow Ltd. (“OML”), Organic Meadow Inc. (“OMI”) and Organic Meadow Co-Operative Inc. (“OMCI”) each filed a notice of Intention to Make a Proposal (“NOI”), pursuant to Section 50.4 (1) of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and MNP Ltd. was appointed as trustee (the “Trustee”) under the proposal.
Certificate of a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal of Organic Meadow Ltd.
Certificate of a Notice of Intention to Make a Proposal of Organic Meadow Inc.
April 6, 2015
Organic Meadow Co-operative Inc. files for creditor protection; will continue business-as-usual during restructuring process
April 6, 2015 – Guelph, Ontario – Organic Meadow Co-operative Inc., pioneers of the organic milk market in Ontario, has filed for creditor protection in order to complete a restructuring of its operations. The company’s goal is to emerge from the restructuring in a stronger financial position. The filing comes as an unavoidable and necessary move due to the onerous business terms recently placed upon it by the province’s milk marketing board.
“This is about protecting the earned rights of the founding farmers of the organic dairy category in Ontario. Organic Meadow Co-operative members account for over 70 percent of the supply of organic milk in Ontario. In filing for protection, and restructuring our business, we are protecting the very rights of our farmers,” said Don Rees, CEO, Organic Meadow Co-operative Inc. “Our goal is to work with the milk marketing board and all of our creditors to put a restructuring plan in place that allows us to emerge from this process stronger, and which allows us to work with Dairy Farmers of Ontario [“DFO”] in growing the organic milk market we started in 1989. We want to reassure all of our customers, employees, suppliers and consumers who have come to love and trust Organic Meadow products that we will be operating business-as-usual during this restructuring process.”
“All of the Co-operative’s dairy farmer members are disappointed that we could not find a resolution which would have enabled the Co-operative to continue conducting business without the need for creditor protection. We view the filing as a short-term action that will enable the company to complete a restructuring process that began a few months ago,” said Ted Minten, Vice Chair, Organic Meadow Co-operative Inc., who along with this extended family has been farming organically since 2002. “While our new business model was beginning to significantly improve our results and we were well along a process to bring in a new investor group, substantial milk allocation shortfalls in the December to February period and the change to business terms by our largest vendor were impossible hurdles for us to overcome. We’re hopeful that through this process we can work with DFO to reach a mutually beneficial solution.”
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Greenwise founder and owner Marc Wise and his best friend Ozzie enjoy a sunny day outside. (Posted by michael946, Community Contributor)
By Community Contributor michael946 Environmental Science Evanston Environmental Politics
Evanston, IL – [March 23, 2015] – At a meeting of the Citizens Greener Evanston and Evanston TreeKeepers, Marc Wise stood before the podium, about to address a roomful of environmental activists. The founder and owner of Evanston-based Greenwise Organic Lawn Care, Wise was the only representative of his industry in the room.
“How many of you are frustrated with landscape companies?” Wise asked, much to the crowd’s surprise.
Almost in unison, everyone in the audience raised their hand.