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Growers vote YES; now what?
Should the province approve certification for Ontario flower growers, what would you see as Flower Canada Ontario's priorities in tackling the major issues facing the industry today? Let us know what you think.
April 24, 2008, Ottawa - Retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.7 per cent in February, the first decline in five months and a sign that consumer spending may be slowing. Reuters Canada reports. | READ MORE
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Retail sales in 2008 unlikely to beat 2007
It was a good year for Canadian retailers, but 2008 will likely see sales soften according to the Retail Council of Canada. 
Apr. 23, 2008, Newark, Del. – With 70 per cent of floral retailers participating in Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) recent Valentine’s Day 2008 Floral Market Watch survey reporting they saw increased sales over last year, it’s safe to say that this year’s Valentine’s Day floral sales were “coming up roses.”
April 22, 2008, Toronto — CropLife Canada , the trade association representing Canada’s plant science industry, has expressed support in principle for Ontario’s new proposal aimed at ending the non-essential use of pesticides (lawn and garden pesticides), but urged that new legislation be founded on the weight of scientific evidence available globally.
April 22, 2008 - Today is Earth Day, an event celebrated across the world to raise awareness about the environment. Visit our blog to let us know what you're doing to celebrate! Check our our web exclusive section to read about what others are doing as well.

Make sure you let your customers know what you're doing to go green too! Visit about.com to read how you can enhance you're green marketing. | READ MORE
April 22, 2008 - Today marks Earth Day, an event that’s been celebrated around the world since the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970.
April 18, 2008, Ottawa — After a long period of continuous growth that started in 1990, greenhouse expansion stalled in 2007, as operators had to adapt to the rising value of the Canadian dollar and higher labour and energy costs, according to the latest StatsCan survey.
April 15, 2008, Bergschenhoek, the Netherlands — De Ruiter Seeds has been sold to Monsanto . With this acquisition, De Ruiter will become Monsanto’s “centre of excellence” for vegetable seeds in protected cultures. 
April 4, 2008 - Canadians placed well in the 2007 Perennials Marketing Contest. Canadale Nurseries Ltd. of St. Thomas, Ont. took home the top prize and two Canadian entrants also finished in the Top Ten. Plant Publicity Holland reports. | READ MORE
April 4, 2008, Lawrence, KS - Is global warming fueling a new generation of more aggressive weeds?  According to recent research conducted by the Weed Science Society of America, the answer may be yes.
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Growers on the Cutting Edge
Three years ago we started a pickup hockey game for growers in the Niagara area. We played a single game, had a lot of fun, and then went out for breakfast. The game was covered in Greenhouse Canada, so through that and word of mouth, its popularity started to grow.
March 17, 2008 - Canada Blooms: The Toronto Flower & Garden Festival took place in Toronto from March 12-16.
April 2, 2008 – Canadale Nurseries Ltd., of St. Thomas Ont., was recently named the winners of the North American-wide 2007 Perennials Marketing Contest sponsored by Plant Publicity Holland and the Perennial Plant Association. | READ MORE 
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