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

Labour Campaign Update – Hyperactive shoots 3 farms in Southern Ontario

Jun 11, 2018
map of stops

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
chc at senate hearing
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
meeting with Minister MacAulay
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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CHC participation at BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association AGM reveals labour as a key concern

Apr 27, 2018
From left to right: Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director; Peter Cummings, Outgoing Chair, BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association; Linda Delli Santi, Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association.
CHC was on hand to provide an update and learn from members at the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association AGM on April 20. From left to right: Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director; Peter Cummings, Outgoing Chair, BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association; Linda Delli Santi, Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association.

Rebecca Lee, CHC’s Executive Director, provided an in-person update for members at the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association AGM on April 20. The presentation was very well-received, with many voicing their appreciation for CHC’s in-person participation. Rebecca also took advantage of her trip to the west coast to visit several farms and to learn more about…

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Progress update on Plant and Animal Health Strategy provided to ADM Committee

Apr 18, 2018
Rebecca Lee and Deborah Lorenzin
Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, and Deborah Lorenzin, Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives Division, CFIA, presented before the Joint Policy and Regulatory ADM Committee.

CHC and CFIA’s ongoing collaboration with regards to Canada’s Plant and Animal Health Strategy (PAHS) was on display again recently as the two organizations presented at a meeting of FPT (federal, provincial, territorial) Assistant Deputy Ministers (ADMs) of Agriculture. The purpose of the presentation was to provide a progress update on a plan to implement…

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CHC emphasizes need for greater analysis at AAFC’s BRM stakeholder session

Apr 16, 2018
BRM stakeholder session
Mark Wales, far left, and other delegates at AAFC’s BRM stakeholder engagement session. Photo: R. Lee

On April 11, Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, and Mark Wales, CHC Business Risk Management Chair, attended an in-person stakeholder engagement session, hosted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), in regards to the effectiveness of existing Business Risk Management programs. About 60 delegates were in attendance, including about 30 from government, about 25 from industry,…

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Planting seeds for the future

Apr 9, 2018
minister with others

On April 3, 2018, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Lawrence MacAulay, was joined by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Centre for Plant Health researchers, staff and partners in Sidney, British Columbia, to announce an $80 million investment to replace the Centre. This was a commitment made by the Government of Canada in Budget…

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Summary of 2018 Annual General Meeting

Mar 27, 2018
Audience at CHC 2018 AGM

The 96th Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Horticultural Council took place in Ottawa from March 13-15, 2018. By all accounts, the event was a success. More than 150 delegates from all over Canada participated in over 30 standing committee and working group meetings for an update on activities and to discuss issues pertaining to…

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