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Self-employed to get EI benefits

The Government of Canada has introduced the Fairness for the Self-Employed Act, legislation that would extend Employment Insurance (EI) special benefits to the self‑employed.
Oct. 22, 2009, Leamington, Ont. — This year’s 59th annual Bounty of the County trade show will be held Nov. 24-25 at the Leamington Kinsmen Recreation Complex.
Oct. 6, 2009, Thorold, Ont. — Growers, wholesale florists and industry suppliers are invited to register company profiles in the 2010 issue of the Ontario Greenhouse Growers’ Directory and Buyer’s Guide.
Next month’s Saskatchewan Green Trades Conference brings together the province’s commercial greenhouse growers, garden centre retailers, field vegetable producers, community planners, parks and recreation specialists, Communities in Bloom volunteers, florists and industry suppliers in one location. This is the largest conference and trade show of its kind in the province and is not only a chance for the industry to network but also an opportunity for professional development for these like-minded groups.
I am sure we can list more than 100 major changes that affect us directly without any effort. Many of these changes could be positive and others negative. The question is, how did we respond to these changes or, more importantly, did we respond at all?
Sept. 4, 2009, Amsterdam — FormFlex, a manufacturer of horticultural gutter systems in the Netherlands, is not participating in the HortiFair in the Netherlands this year and has decided instead to offer tours in the Demo Nursery from Oct. 10 to 17 (except Sunday, Oct. 11) with all of its specialists
July 31, 2009, Ottawa — Sales of greenhouse products declined 7.6 per cent from 2007 to $2.1 billion in 2008, as an increase in fruit and vegetable sales was more than offset by a drop in sales of flowers and plants.


July 17, 2009 — The MPS certification program has long been active in more than 50 countries, and there is now growing interest in North America.
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Westbrook and Meyer Imports announce merger

Meyer Imports Limited and Westbrook Floral Ltd. are pleased to announce a product merger, which will take effect on Aug. 4, 2009.
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A.M.A. adds California location
Reflecting growing demand, A.M.A. Plastics Ltd. has opened an affiliated Ellepot production facility in Stockton, Calif.
June 4, 2009  — GGS has purchased Niagrow Systems, a leading supplier of hot water heating systems for greenhouses in North America.
June 3, 2009 — Priva is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate its half-century in business, the company will be hosting many special events around the world to share its success and to thank those who made it possible.
May 11, 2009 — Representatives from Niagara’s greenhouse industry recently travelled to the Netherlands to meet with Dutch government and Canadian Embassy officials in The Hague, and to network with industry leaders of the Dutch horticulture industry.
May 11, 2009 — A key industry resource for the Ontario industry – and a major fundraising tool for greenhouse research – recently published its 16th edition. The 2009 Ontario Greenhouse Growers’ Directory & Buyer’s Guide is distributed to all sectors of government, trade and industry associations, and the wider buyer and seller community throughout Canada and the U.S.
May 8, 2009, Ottawa — The Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food yesterday to discuss the industry’s importance to the competitiveness of Canadian agriculture.

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