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

Meet the International Workers: Joseph Hackett

Apr 25, 2019
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When Joseph Hackett first came to Canada as an international farm worker in 2004, he only intended it as a one-time job. But owner Charles Stevens and his family at Wilmot Orchards made him feel so much at home that he has been coming back every year since. In fact, it’s the family atmosphere he…

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Virus Threat – Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV)

Apr 25, 2019

There is a new virus threat that has brought concerns to tomato and pepper growers in Canada. The Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) was first detected in 2014 and since then, more recent detections have occurred in Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Mexico, and the United States (California). Information on the virus is…

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Restriction of Neonicotinoid Uses to Take Effect in 2021

Apr 23, 2019

Late last week, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), a division of Health Canada, released its final decisions on the pollinator re-evaluations of three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin (Clutch), imidacloprid (Admire), and thiamethoxam (Cruiser, Actara). Health Canada determined that the continued registration of imidacloprid, clothianidin, or thiamethoxam products are acceptable; however, certain uses have been cancelled…

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Meet the International Workers: Gary Dickson

Apr 11, 2019
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Meet Gary Dickson. He’s originally from Trinidad and Tobago. 21 years ago, Marshall Schuyler, from Norfolk County, ON, recruited him to work on his farm. The opportunity changed his life. With the money he made as an international farm worker, Gary put his two kids through school. Those kids are now grown up and have…

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AAFC announces a federal investment of up to $11.5 million to the Horticulture Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Mar 30, 2019
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The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, was on hand at the AGM on behalf of Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to announce a federal investment of up to $11.5 million to the Horticulture Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The cluster, led by CHC, will…

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Update on Brexit from the Market Access Secretariat (AAFC)

Mar 29, 2019

On March 29, 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (EU), initiating a 2-year period to negotiate terms of its exit from the EU. As a part of this process, the UK Parliament has passed legislation stating that it would leave the EU on March 29, 2019. In…

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AAFC seeking stakeholder feedback on proposed revisions to voluntary Product of Canada guidelines

Mar 29, 2019

In the 2018 Report of Canada’s Economic Strategy Tables, the Agri-Food Table recommended a review of the guidelines for “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” labels “to respond to consumers increasingly looking to purchase Canadian products and enable greater industry usage of the claims”.  One of the six signature initiatives proposed by Canada’s Economic…

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Meet the International Workers: Tony Rice

Mar 28, 2019
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Tony has been coming back to Wilmot Orchards every year for 30 years. According to him, “it’s like a family reunion every time we come back.” As one of 14 siblings, Tony knows what he’s talking about! Other than the financial benefits of working on the farm and being able to buy things to take…

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SGS Canada no longer offering CanadaGAP audits after June 30, 2019

Mar 28, 2019
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Program participants who currently use SGS Canada as the certification body for their CanadaGAP audits and self-assessment reviews must choose a new certification body as soon as possible. Acting quickly will ensure that your upcoming audit or self-assessment review can be completed at the appropriate time and prevent interruptions to your certification cycle. No further…

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‘Heartbeat’ – A Celebration of International Farm Workers

Mar 26, 2019
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