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News articles from the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) include updates on CHC activities and issues impacting the horticultural sector.

CHC takes industry and government on a farm tour near Quebec City

Jul 11, 2018
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CHC Board and guests at Ferme Avicole Orléans, during the organization’s 2018 Summer Tour near Quebec City.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Board of Directors recently welcomed industry and government representatives on their summer tour of several berry and vegetable farms, as well as an apple orchard near Quebec City. Most notably, the group was joined by MP Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary for agriculture, and MP Luc Berthold, Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary…

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Ken Forth to receive honorary PhD from the University of Guelph

Jul 9, 2018
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Ken Forth

Ken Forth, a broccoli farmer from the Hamilton area and Chair of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Trade and Marketing Committee, will soon be receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph. According to Franco J. Vaccarino, President and Vice-Chancellor of the university, “Mr. Forth is being recognized for his extraordinary contributions…

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Save the Date – Fall Harvest Meetings on the Hill

Jul 3, 2018
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Join the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC), the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), and other growers and industry representatives in Ottawa as we lobby government in support of long-term sustainability for our industry and the health of Canadians. Mark your calendars! What: CPMA and CHC Fall Harvest Meetings on Parliament Hill Where: Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel,…

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Funding is available to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace

Jun 21, 2018
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We wish to inform you of a current funding opportunity under the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF). Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $100,000 through the EAF program to improve accessibility and safety in your workplace for current or future employees with disabilities. The EAF program funds workplace…

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Safe Food For Canadian Regulations Announced

Jun 20, 2018
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Paul Glover, CFIA President; Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director; and the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, AAFC Minister, at the SFCR announcement on June 13.

On June 13, CHC was present at the Safe Food for Canadians Act Regulations (SFCR) announcement by Ministers Lawrence MacAulay and Ginette Petitpas Taylor. For the past few years, CHC has participated in Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) meetings and consultations on the drafting of the regulations and recommended significant and detailed improvements to the…

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Labour Campaign Update – Hyperactive shoots 3 farms in Southern Ontario

Jun 11, 2018
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Last week, Hyperactive interviewed workers and farmers at three farms in Southern Ontario: at Wilmot Orchards, at Lingwood Farms, and at Schuyler Farms. They were able to see a variety of farming types and crops ranging from blueberries to asparagus, from apples and cherries to corn and soy. they also met workers from a number of…

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The Farm Game comic

Jun 1, 2018
Sample of comic strip.

Canadian farmers are under an ever-increasing amount of pressure due to changing government regulations and competition from U.S. and Mexican growers. Ironically, the federal government wants to grow Canada’s agricultural exports to $75 billion by 2025. It’s about time the government recognizes the mounting challenges currently facing growers and how difficult this target is going…

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Labour Campaign Update – Video Shoot At SunTech Greenhouses

May 28, 2018

On Wednesday, May 9, CHC and Hyperactive initiated production on the international farm worker awareness campaign by filming at SunTech Greenhouses, near Ottawa. Owners Bob Mitchell, and his wife, Carmen, were very accommodating and generous with their time. They introduced us to their international farm workers and explained how important they are to the year-round…

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CHC addresses carbon pricing in presentation to Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

May 11, 2018
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CHC representatives at Senate Committee hearing. From left to right: Julie Paillat, National Coordinator, Greenhouse Vegetable Industry; Mark Wales, Chair, CHC BRM Committee; Jan VanderHout, CHC Board Member and greenhouse grower.

On May 10, 2018, CHC presented before the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO) to discuss Part 5, as it relates to farming, of Bill C-74 (a bill intended to pass into law certain elements of Budget 2018). Key points conveyed CHC took advantage of its appearance before the senate committee to reiterate…

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Week of high-level meetings to address labour crisis

May 7, 2018
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From left to right: Janet Krayden, CAHRC; Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director; Beth Conner, CHC Labour Committee Chair; Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, AAFC Minister; Brian Gilroy, CHC President; Jennifer Babcock, CHC Policy Research and Development Manager. Photo: CAHRC

Over the past week, CHC participated in several high-level meetings with Cabinet Ministers and their staff to discuss pressing labour issues. Tuesday, May 1: Brian Gilroy, CHC President; Beth Connery, CHC Labour Committee Chair; and Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director; met with Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) Minister Lawrence MacAulay and senior staff to discuss urgent labour…

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