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January 25, 2008  By Greenhouse Canada

Municipalities from the province captured four of nine National Awards, earned the Canadian Classic award, and emerged victorious in one of the International Challenges.

12BRANDON, Man. – There were a lot of champagne corks popping in British Columbia this fall following the Communities In Bloom awards banquet.

Municipalities from B.C. captured four of nine National Awards, earned the Canadian Classic award, and emerged victorious in one of the International Challenges.


The 12th annual CIB conference honoured municipalities from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Communities In Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program.

This year’s friendly competition attracted 139 communities in the national program, and a further 294 municipalities in provincial competitions.

Heading the awards ceremony were national chairman Ted Blowes, and president Raymond Carrière.
•    1 to 1,000: Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
•     1,001 to 2,000: Russell, Manitoba.
•     2,001 to 3,000: Rosetown, Saskatchewan.
•     3,001 to 5,000: Armstrong, British Columbia.
•     5,001 to 10,000: Trail, British Columbia.
•     10,001 to 20,000: Parksville, British Columbia.
•     20,001 to 50,000: Stratford, Ontario.
•     50,001 to 100,000: Prince George,British Columbia.
•     Over 100, 000: Brampton, Ontario.
Kelowna and Summerland, British Columbia, won the Canadian Classic, a category in which past winners were twinned with municipalities that had never participated in order to mentor them in the program.
Kamloops, British Columbia, in the Very Large category, St.Thomas, Ontario, in the Large category, St. Ives and Carbis Bay, England, in the Medium category, and Boissevain, Manitoba, in the Small category were the winners in the International Challenge categories. In this category, past winners of Communities In Bloom compete with past winners of the national programs of Britain In Bloom and America In Bloom.
Brampton was recognized as the Best Blooming Community in Canada for achieving the highest aggregate score in both the WinterLights Celebrations and the Communities In Bloom programs for 2006.
Awards were given to communities who illustrated themselves in one of the following evaluation criteria:
Scotts Best Community of Gardeners Award: Chatham-Kent, Ontario.
Canada Lands Company Sustainable Development Award: Quesnel, British Columbia.
Home Hardware Community Involvement Award: Treherne, Manitoba.
Scotts Turf Builder Turf and Groundcover Award: Kamloops, British Columbia.
National Capital Commission Floral Displays Award: Langley, British Columbia.
Waste Management Environmental Awareness Award: Strathcona County, Alberta.
Tree Canada Urban Forest Award: Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia.
Communities In Bloom Youth Involvement Project Award: Loveland, Ohio.
Communities In Bloom Heritage Conservation Award: Viking, Alberta.
Communities In Bloom Landscaped Areas Criteria Award: Winkler, Manitoba.
Communities In Bloom Tidiness Award: Brooks, Alberta.
Hilton Landmarks Cemetery Maintenance Award: Goderich, Ontario.

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