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Oct. 8, 2008, Toronto - Despite a high Canadian dollar, surging gasoline prices and growing anxiety felt by U.S. households dampening travel to PEI and slowing tourism, the province's economy has maintained a decent pace, according to the latest provincial forecast released today by RBC.
Oct. 6, 2008 - Retailers have scaled back inventory and advertising spending as they brace for a tough fall and holiday shopping season, and they will likely look for further cutbacks in a softening economy, industry insiders said. ReportonBusiness.com reports. | READ MORE
Oct. 6, 2008 - RONA has unveiled its new eco-responsible signage across all stores bearing the RONA banner. The new signage is designed to help consumers identify products that represent an eco-responsible choice.
October 3, 2008 — Ontario floriculture producers can now access the Advance Payment Program of the Farm Finance Division of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.


October 2, 2008, Vineland, Ont. — Dr. Hannah Mathers has been appointed a Senior Research Fellow at the Vineland Research and Innovations Centre , an independent, not-for-profit corporation established to create a world-class hub for horticultural science and innovation in Ontario.   
Oct. 2, 2008 - The 260-plus booth Green Industry Show will be held at the Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, Nov. 20 - Nov. 21, and will showcase 160 leading Canadian and US exhibitors focusing on the latest in environmental horticultural technology, equipment and supplies.
Oct. 2, 2008, San Francisco - A majority of independent garden center retailers believe consumer concerns about the environment will remain high and that consumers will purchase a green product despite higher costs than standard products.
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Assessing the potential impact of free trade with Colombia.

Sept. 30, 2008 - The spookiest holiday of the year may bring a bit of needed relief to consumers and retailers. According to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, more U.S. consumers plan to celebrate the holiday this year (64.5 per cent vs. 58.7 per cent).
Sept. 30, 2008 - One Halifax school has found that a vegetable garden has the potential to produce a considerable amount of food, but it also teaches lessons that are even more valuable to the children helping to grow the plants. The Telegraph Journal reports. | READ MORE
Sept. 30, 2008 - A small vegetable garden can encourage children to both eat nutritiously and start an early interest in gardening according to an Associated Press story by Dean Fosdick.
September 30, 2008, Tucson – Find out about the latest greenhouse environmental design, systems and solutions at the International Workshop on Greenhouse Environmental Control and Crop Production in Semi-Arid Regions from Oct. 20-24 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa.
During his now famous 2006 lecture, “Fifty Million Farmers,” Richard Heinberg1 expanded on the issue of peak oil and the need to move back to a more locally based agricultural system.
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