Ottawa – Buoyed by the strongest four-month run of new jobs since 2002, the Canadian economy is expected to post growth of 2.8 per cent this year, according to the Conference Board of Canada.
Holey Soles recently donated 100,000 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls Inc., a non-profit organization that provides footwear to needy people around the world. This is the largest single donation ever received by the organization.
Riverwoods, Ill. (Market Wire)  – Interior plant design and maintenance giant, Initial Tropical Plants (ITP), recently announced the acquisition of Planteriors, an interior landscaping business that serves the South Florida tri-county markets including Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties as well as the Florida Keys.
A Salinas, Calif., man was sentenced to 180 days in jail after being convicted of felony manslaughter in the death of a garden centre employee.
TORONTO (CP) – Huge watermelons, lush rhododendrons, and cottonwood and sycamore trees could become prevalent in the Canadian landscape if the Earth warms up a few more notches, climate change experts suggest.

Canada’s premier attraction for those in the horticultural lawn and garden trade set the pace for the upcoming 2007 season, said Pat Hillmer, conference co-ordinator in a press release. Well over 750 exhibitors displayed unique, trendy and must-have products and ideas for this year’s lawns and gardens.
The eighth annual Garden Centre Group Co-operative Trade Show, held last fall in Toronto, generated over $40,000 for the national organization of the Parkinson Society of Canada.
Ball Seed Company and Paul Ecke Ranch have announced a new partnership that will see some production of the Ball Chrysanthemum line of garden mum varieties moved to a new operation at the Ecke facility in Encinitas, California.
Jiffy International AS recently announced its acquisition of the A.E. McKenzie Company Inc., purchasing 100 per cent of its stock under the newly formed holding company, Jiffy Canada Inc.
Holey Soles is pleased to announce that the company has been ranked the number one position on the seventh annual 2006 PROFIT HOT 50 for its incredible growth. PROFIT HOT 50 is a definitive ranking of young Canadian companies.
Consumer prices actually increased by a 10th of a percentage point in July, despite the one percentage point cut in the GST that went into effect on Canada Day.
The Board of Directors of Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc., the association representing the interests of all members of the value chain in the floriculture sector in Ontario including retailers and growers has agreed in principle to move the management of its retail boards, and all projects belonging to the Retail sector in Ontario, under the umbrella of the National Retail organization, Flowers Canada Retail.
Late in 2005, the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) informed Health Canada of the fire risk associated with garden torch candles.  The concern was recently raised again due to the increased availability and popularity of these candles in the marketplace.
Growers, retailers and consumers now have a better source for information about the top-performing plants in the Simply Beautiful® brand: the all-new website at
Peat moss specialist Premier Tech Ltee has reported net earnings of $1 million in its latest quarter, up from a $2.7-million year-ago loss despite a 15 per cent decline in sales.
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