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

CHC Appoints New Executive Director

Aug 3, 2016

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Horticultural Council is pleased to announce that Rebecca Lee has accepted the position of Executive Director. Rebecca has significant experience in the industry.  Rebecca obtained her Bachelor in Science/Agriculture from McGill University, her Masters in Science from the University of Guelph and her Doctorate from Wageningen University in…

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CHC Summer Tour visits BC’s Lower Mainland

Jul 15, 2016

On July 7, CHC held its annual Summer Tour in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.  The day long tour brought together industry leaders, growers and Members of Parliament to explore and learn about various aspects of Canada’s horticulture industry. The tour’s first stop was Sunnyside Greenhouses where Sunnyside owners, Jos and Bram Moerman and Ray VanMarrewyk of…

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Captan Fungicide Grower Surveys

Jul 11, 2016

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has published a Proposed Re-evaluation Decision for CAPTAN fungicide (PRVD2016-13) (https://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/pest/part/consultations/_prvd2016-13/index-eng.php) which proposes to discontinue the use of, or limit the use of CAPTAN fungicide on many horticultural crops. To address the assumptions that the PMRA made in their CAPTAN risk assessments that resulted in unfavourable proposed decisions, grower…

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CHC seeks clarification on Integrity Audits

Jul 4, 2016

On June 16, 2015 CHC Labour Committee Chair, Murray Porteous, Co-Vice Chair Denis Hamel and CHC EVP, Anne Fowlie, met with Marc LeBrun Director General, Integrity Services Branch, Service Canada. The objective of the meeting was to gain clarity on the process relative to Integrity Audits for those employers engaging workers through the Temporary Foreign…

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CHC Greenhouse Committee hires resource

Jul 4, 2016

CHC Greenhouse Committee Chair, Linda Delli Santi, is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Paillat as the National Coordinator, Greenhouse Vegetable Sector. Ms. Paillat holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agronomy) from the University of Manitoba and is a registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) with the Ontario Institute of Agrologists. In previous positions she…

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Pest Management Centre’s Pesticide Risk Reduction Program determines new biopesticide priorities

Jul 4, 2016

New biopesticide priorities determined The Pesticide Risk Reduction Program (PRRP) is pleased to announce that new biopesticide priorities for regulatory support have been determined as the result of merit analyses conducted on the seven candidate biopesticides identified by stakeholders at the 2016 Biopesticides and Minor Use Priority Setting Workshops. In consideration of the merit analyses…

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PMC: Updated Greenhouse Crop Profiles available

Jun 28, 2016

Updated national profiles for three greenhouse vegetable crops are now available. They can be accessed from the Government of Canada Publications web site via the links below, or can be requested through the Pest Management Centre’s Crop Profile web page. Cucumber Lettuce Pepper There are thirty-two crop profiles covering 38 crops created and maintained by the Pesticide…

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Update on Consultation Responses to PMRA Proposed Re-evaluation Decisions

Jun 23, 2016

The CHC Crop Protection Advisory Committee (CPAC) continues to respond to the PMRA proposed re-evaluation decisions that have significant impact on fresh fruit and vegetable producers. The PMRA decisions propose either the discontinuation of all uses or severe limitations of remaining uses. Of particular concern is the proposal to discontinue or limit the use of…

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Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Agriculture Stream Fact Sheet: 10 Myths vs Reality

Jun 23, 2016

The Canadian Horticultural Council’s Labour Committee Executive has released a fact sheet to address some of the myths and misconceptions about the Temporary Foreign Worker Program Agricultural Stream. The fact sheet, 10 Myths vs Reality, can be used by growers and member associations across Canada to speak in a coordinated voice about the Temporary Foreign Worker…

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Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 2 – Year 3 Reports to Industry on CHC Website

Jun 21, 2016

The third year of research for the Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 2 (Cluster 2) wrapped up on March 31, 2016, with many activities seeing positive progress and some early results. Researchers have prepared updates on their activities’ progress and we have now posted them online for apple and potato. The Agri-Science Cluster for Horticulture 2 is generously funded…

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