Brett Schuyler, a Simcoe grower, will not appeal the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling on August 27 that supported the Haldimand-Norfolk medical officer of health’s cap on bunkhouses. Regardless of bunkhouse size, employers must allow only three seasonal workers for 14-day quarantines.
The Canadian Horticultural Council has decided to make its March 15-18, 2021 annual general meeting a virtual one.
The provincial government has announced three-year terms for two new appointees to the board. One is John Den Boer, a southwest Ontario grower who is president of the Toronto Farmers’ Association.
A Technical Advisory Committee, replacing the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, will comprise individuals with food safety knowledge and expertise. Deadline for applications is November 1, 2020.
The Woodstock Ontario show will be digital this year, delivered via video, webinars and live chats during September 15-18. Don’t miss the equipment demos.
The repetitive task of crop scouting in greenhouses is being replaced by an automated system with artificial intelligence which can detect pests and disease in real time. This bleeding-edge technology is not for everyone. But it’s a new consideration for Jake Neufeld who manages a labour-intensive crop of high-wire cucumbers near Leamington, Ontario.
Saint-Laurent, Montreal is the site of the newest commercial rooftop greenhouse. This is Lufa Farms’ fourth site, doubling fresh vegetable production capacity. It includes three varieties of eggplant.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reports a fall of 9.8% in GDP in Q2 of 2020. This is the largest drop ever recorded for the major seven economies. GDP fell most dramatically in the United Kingdom and the least in the United States. Canada’s GDP fell 12%.
The Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute is contributing to Niagara’s pandemic efforts thanks to a new partnership with Dillon's Small Batch Distillers. Wine, that must be disposed at the end of a research project, is getting a second life as hand sanitizer.
The University of Calgary School of Public Policy argues that past efforts to recruit domestic farm labour have not worked. That’s why policy changes are needed to encourage and support more foreign labour. Mexico is currently the source of 52 per cent of Canada’s foreign workers.