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CHANGES TO ON Reg. 63/09 - Wednesday, April 29, 2020

CHANGES TO ON Reg. 63/09

April 29, 2020

In such unprecedented times as these, it is nice to be able to deliver some good news.   The required public meeting component has been removed from O. Reg. 63/09.

This comes after a great deal of work, both by our NAGA – Ontario, (We are golf) group at Queen’s Park, OGSA Directors and many others, and displays the collaboration within our industry from all the parties involved.

In addition to the removal of the public meeting requirement there are some minor changes in the regulation that you may wish to review, specifically sections 78 and 79 of the act.  While section 78 has not changed, there are changes to section 79.   Both sections deal with the posting of pesticide application signs.

Please refer to the attached document for more detail on these changes:

PDF

The regulation in its entirety can be found on the government website here:

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/090063

 

 
 
IPM Council - A MESSAGE TO OUR GOLF PARTNERS - Tuesday, April 21, 2020

IPM Council - A MESSAGE TO OUR GOLF PARTNERS

April 17, 2020
 
The IPM Council of Canada Board of Directors and committees have been conducting virtual meetings over the past few weeks to try and anticipate how best to serve golf facilities and IPM Agents during this period of uncertainty.
 
Many questions have been raised by golf facilities who are being greatly challenged by limited labour and reduced income. These questions range from the logistics of certain elements of the IPM Accreditation Program to the expense of staying in the program at all.
 
Since golf courses must still be maintained, even while not open for business, and IPM Accreditation is required to legally use pesticides in Ontario, the program needs to continue.
 
Golf Course Registration Fees
 
What most do not realize it that the annual cost to the Council per registered golf facility is already more than the current golf course registration fee of $800. However, in light of the extraordinary challenges facing golf courses this year, the Board has accepted a deficit budget and has approved a reduction of the fee to $500 + HST for the June 1, 2020 – May 31, 2021 registration year.
 
Also, since it is still unknown when golf courses will be able to open for play, the usual due date for registration fees has been delayed from June 1, 2020 to Sept. 1, 2020.
 
It was decided that the IPM Certified Agent annual fee and due date of June 1st will remain the same. Since it is a professional fee with an expiry date on the certificate and the amount of $75 + HST has not changed since 2009, it was considered reasonable to maintain the status quo.
 
IPM Accreditation Program Elements
 
We have been asked about when Scouting Forms need to be started. Scouting is a very important element in an IPM program and should start as soon as the IPM Agent has access to the property. However, for the purposes of the annual desk review, using the database on the Council website, scouting forms must start either the date the golf course opens or a minimum of one (1) week prior to the first application of pest control product, whichever comes first.
 
On-site Audits
 
After much consideration, it was decided that due to the COVID-19 situation and in the interest of safety, that all on-site audits will be suspended for the 2020 season.
 
If you have any questions regarding anything in this notice, please do not hesitate to contact me. Stay safe everyone and I hope to see you back on the golf course sooner than later.
 
Teri Yamada, Executive Director 
info@ipmcouncilcanada.org or by phone 416-919-3832
 
 
 
Essential Workplace Business Information Line - Monday, April 6, 2020

Re:  Response from Essential Workplace Business Information Line

April 4, 2020

Thank you for your inquiry into the Essential Workplace Business Information Line. 

In response to COVID-19, Ontario has been diligently monitoring the developing situation and taking decisive action to contain the spread of this new virus to ensure the health and safety of all Ontarians. Based on the advice of Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, and other experts, the Ontario government has ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces effective as of Tuesday, March 24th at 11:59 p.m.

On March 30, 2020 Dr. David Williams issued a statement in response to COVID-19 recommending Ontarians stay home except for essential reasons, such as to access health care services; shop for groceries, pick up medication at the pharmacy; walk pets when required; and support vulnerable community members with meeting these needs. Please find the link to Dr. Williams’ statement https://news.ontario.ca/mohltc/en/2020/03/statement-from-the-chief-medical-officer-of-health.html

On March 31, 2020 the Ontario government took further action and closed all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario. Please find the link to the Ontario news release https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-extends-emergency-declaration-to-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19.html

Business owners should review the list of essential businesses which are authorized to stay open, determine whether they fit into any of the categories and, if they do, make a business decision as to whether to stay open.  Please find a link to the list of essential businesses https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces for your reference.

The Order also specifies when a business that is required to be closed, may access its place of work.  Temporary access is permitted for activities including compliance with applicable laws, security, and maintenance and repair.  Please refer to Schedule 1 section 1(2) and 1(3) of the Order for more information at https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200082. The Order has been amended and can be found here https://files.ontario.ca/solgen-oic-closure-nonessential-business-2020-04-03_0.pdf, however sections 1(2) and 1(3) were unchanged.

Business owners, including non-profits and service delivery organizations, must take the necessary steps to keep their employees, clients and customers safe, and ensure that they are following the Emergency Order and the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. 

PDF Version

 

 
 
COVID 19 Survey - Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear Members:

 

Please find below, a link to our recent COVID 19 Survey.

We encourage you to go to the GCSAA’s homepage, as a great many resources are available there at gcsaa.org

While we realize things are changing daily, if not hourly, we wish that you all stay safe in these difficult times.

Sally     (On behalf of your Board of Directors)

 

COVID 19 Survey

 
 
Earn CECs Online for No Cost in Joint OGSA & GCSAA Offering - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Earn CECs Online for No Cost in Joint OGSA & GCSAA Offering

 

<<Download printable PDF here.>>

In partnership with the Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association (OGSA), the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is now making select On Demand webinars available for no charge until June 1, 2020.

Reviewed and approved by The IPM Council of Canada for Continuing Education Credits (CECs) in their program, each On Demand includes the recording and a short quiz required to earn CECs.

Visit GCSAA’s web site and log in. Move to the Education tab and Enter the Learning Hub and then go to the Canadian Credit category in the Catalog to find the Version for CEC that has no fee and register.

No username? You can create a username and password, then email Lisa Wick, GCSAA, Sr. Manager, e-Learning Programs at lwick@gcsaa.org for Learning Hub access. Call GCSAA at 1-800-472-7878 with questions.

Enhancing Your Weed Control Program: Cool-season Turf

Why didn’t the herbicide kill the weed? In this 90-minute webinar, Aaron Patton, Ph.D., will help you know how to answer that question for yourself and improve your weed control program in your cool-season turf by better understanding herbicide activity and weed biology. CEC value: 1.5

Factors that Affect Pesticide Fate and Behavior on the Golf Course

Travis Gannon, Ph.D., will help you learn more about the biological and chemical attributes of pesticides and how they behave after application on your course.
CEC value: 1.5

GDDs for Timing PGR Applications and Re-Applications

Details in this webinar taught by Bill Kreuser, Ph.D., can help you maximize the benefits of plant growth regulators (PGR).  CEC value: 1.5

How to Read Your Soils Report

Learn more about how to correctly read your soils report during this 90-minute webinar with Beth Guertal, Ph.D., who shows examples of various documents and provides key details on how to use that information on your golf course.
CEC value: 1.13

 

 

Increase the Precision of Your Nitrogen Application

Utilization of soil moisture probes for irrigation, environmental models for seed head and pest control, and GDD models to schedule PGR applications have increased the precision of turfgrass management over the past decade. Nitrogen fertilization scheduling, however, is still largely based on historical management practices and qualitative observations. In this 90-minute webinar, Bill Kreuser, Ph.D., highlights current research in the area of nitrogen management and investigates the potential for technology to improve application precision on creeping bentgrass golf turf.
CEC value: 1.0

Optimizing Your Annual Bluegrass Weevil Management Program

The annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) is a severely destructive insect pest of golf course turfgrass throughout the eastern US and Canada.  In this 2-hour webinar, Ben McGraw, Ph.D., discusses the keys to successful ABW management, including proper timing and selection of chemical controls, effects of cultural practices, and alternatives to chemical insecticides.  CEC value: 2.0

Reclaimed Waste Water for Turf Irrigation

Water challenges are impacting more turfgrass managers than ever and all indications are the trend will only increase. David Kopec, Ph.D. and extension specialist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has been dealing with and teaching about water quality issues for decades. In this 90-minute webinar, he addresses, in practical terms, the classifications of Reclaimed Municipal waste water (RMWW) and the quality parameters about which you should be aware. CEC value: 0.75

Review Your Bentgrass Greens Management Plan

Turfgrass breeders have done a phenomenal job of developing new creeping bentgrass cultivars with fine texture, high density, and improved environmental stress tolerance. These advancements, combined with improved machinery, alter the way you manage creeping bentgrass putting greens. Mowing heights are lower, lightweight rolling is regularly applied, and greens still receive a lot of foot traffic from golfers. In this 90-minute webinar, Joey Young, Ph.D., reviews how all three factors can affect the quality and physiological health of creeping bentgrass. CEC value: 1.5

Sand Topdressing Programs – Benefits and Challenges

Sand topdressing putting greens has proven to be a valuable management practice that yields several benefits, both agronomic and from a playability perspective. As putting green grasses have become denser and finer-textured, it is often a challenge to incorporate topdressing sand into the putting green canopy. In this 90-minute webinar, Douglas Karcher, Ph.D., focuses on the major objectives for your putting green sand topdressing program. CEC value: 1.13

 

 
 
IMPORTANT IPMAP UPDATE - Wednesday, September 11, 2019

IMPORTANT IPMAP  UPDATE

While conducting on-site visits, environmental auditors for the IPM Accreditation Program have encountered a couple of situations regarding pesticide applications that have been brought to the attention of the OGSA.

We have been advised that in order to be an IPM Certified Agent in good standing, your Ontario landscape exterminator’s licence must be current. Since licence renewal is now available on-line, keeping it up-to-date is a very simple process. Click here to renew your licence on-line.

A more serious situation is allowing trainees who have not taken the appropriate courses to become technicians to apply pesticides without direct supervision. We would like to remind you of the categories described in O. Reg. 63/09. Technicians may apply pesticides under the written instructions of a licensed exterminator who is on-site a minimum of once per week, but trainees must be under the direct supervision of a licensed exterminator at all times. For the purposes of the IPM on-site audit, this is similar to the off-label use of pesticide products (using products not classified for use on golf courses or turf). Since it is in contravention of a provincial law, if no evidence of direct supervision of the trainee by a licensed exterminator is provided to the auditor, the IPM on-site audit will receive an automatic failing grade.

 
 
INSPECTIONS - MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION AND PARKS - Thursday, June 27, 2019

INSPECTIONS - MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION AND PARKS
 
It has come to our attention that Environmental Officers from the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks are performing inspections at golf clubs, with the focus being:
 
Permit to Take Water

  1. Hard copy correct and readily available.
  2. Confirmation of all recordings being completed as permit requires and current/up to date.
  3. Flow meter information (how many, unit of measure, maintenance, and locations).
  4. View of all meters, pump station and any water sources used for irrigation.

 
Pesticides

  1. Storage room, inventory, spill control/action plans, MSDS.
  2. Inventory/product waste? What? How? And When?
  3. Exterminators licenses; who and on site?
  4. Posting procedures.

 
Waste Generation

  1. HWIN registration?
  2. Manifests kept for past two years?
  3. Are you removing all waste oil within 90 days of its generation? If not, are you informing the Ministry?

More information to follow on item c above
 
Environmental Officers can inspect for compliance related to the following acts:
Environmental Protection Act, The Environmental Assessment Act, Nutrient Management Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Water Resources Act and The Pesticides Act.  Please note however, they have no jurisdiction related to the IPMAP. (IPM Accreditation Program).
 
Typically you will be contacted by the Environmental Officer to schedule the inspection ahead of time.
 
For further details about what to expect if your facility is inspected, CLICK HERE

 

 
 
OGSA is sad to announce the passing of Mike Mayne - Monday, May 27, 2019

Mike Mayne Jr passed away after a valiant battle with cancer Saturday May 25th in London. Mike worked with his father Mike Mayne Sr and his brother Steve Mayne at OTEC in London from 1986 till his retirement in 2006. Otec was the Jacobsen distributor in Ontario from 1979-1998. Mike is survived by his longtime partner Mary Jane, his parents Mike Mayne Sr and Mary Mayne, his brother Steve Mayne and his wife Janice and Mike's two sons Scott and Brent. Arrangements have yet to be made.  

 
 
The Passing of Mike (Michael) Burton - Wednesday, May 8, 2019

OGSA is saddened to hear of the passing of 19 year member, Mike Burton

DETAILS AT THIS LINK

 
 
We Are Golf - Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ontario Golf Industry Celebrates Second Annual National Golf Day

 

(TORONTO), May 1, 2019 - Today, Ontario’s leading golf industry associations will meet at Queen’s Park to celebrate the second annual National Golf Day.

National Golf Day aims to raise awareness and highlight the positive impact the game of golf has across the country and in the province of Ontario. Golf has a significant impact on the economy, in areas such as employment levels, tax dollars earned, and from a tourism standpoint. In addition, golf is a lifelong sport that is a strong driver for healthy, active living for participants across the province.

Golf industry representatives will be at Queen’s Park today in Toronto, as well as Parliament Hill in Ottawa, to meet with MPs, MPPs, Senators and policy advisors to spread the word on the many benefits of Canada’s golf sector and the positive impact it has on so many.

 “Golf is the number one participation sport in Ontario – we encourage people across the province to get involved and support National Golf Day in their own way – whether it be playing a round of golf, visiting a course to enjoy family time, taking a lesson, or adopting a school in their community through Golf in Schools,” said Shawn Hunter, Regional Director at the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada.

In Ontario alone, based on a 2014 We Are Golf commissioned economic impact study, the game of golf contributed an estimated $5.40 billion toward the Gross Domestic Product, including 110,000 jobs and $716 million in federal and provincial income taxes.

 “We are really looking forward to today at Queen’s Park, supporting the activities in Ottawa, and celebrating National Golf Day at a provincial level in Ontario”, said Mike Kelly, Executive Director of Golf Ontario. “We are confident that government officials from all parties will be pleased to learn about all of the ways golf positively contributes to our province, and our messaging will focus on the game’s economic impact, charitable funding, business benefits, and health benefits for hundreds of thousands of Canadians”, continued Kelly.

As a group of superintendents tasked with maintaining the many amazing golf courses across Ontario, we know first-hand the benefits that golf courses have on our communities. Each day we embark on a mission of sustainability, conservation, protection, and perfection that helps bring so many benefits,” added Jason Boyce, President of the Ontario Golf Superintendents Association.

Click here for a link to a video highlighting the great work done by golf course superintendents across Ontario. https://youtu.be/LNWTLMpr79g

Simon Bevan, the President of the PGA of Ontario, as well as the President of the Southwestern Ontario branch of the Canadian Society of Club Managers also stands in support of this important celebration of golf. “We are thrilled to be part of National Golf day and believe it is important that the golf industry stands together to illustrate the importance of golf in our province.  It is critical that our local and provincial leaders acknowledge the impact that our business provides to not only the economy but also the natural green spaces that we look after. I look forward to speaking further with our esteemed MPP’s and answer any questions they have on our past and future challenges,” said Bevan.

The Queen’s Park schedule for May 1 will include a breakfast and meetings throughout the day for delegates and MPP’s alike. This day represents a great chance for all involved to celebrate the positive impact golf has in communities across Ontario.

 

We Are Golf is a public awareness raising initiative sponsored by the National Allied Golf Associations. The Ontario chapter includes
 the following members: Professional Golfers’ Association of Ontario, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association, Golf Ontario,
Canadian Society of Club Managers – Ontario Branches and the National Golf Course Owners Association - Ontario Chapters.
For more information on We Are Golf, visit http://www.wearegolf.ca

 

 

For more information, please contact:

Madison Simmons

Telephone: 613-233-8906  

Email: madison@impactcanada.com

 

Click here for the pdf version of this release.

 

 
 
In Memoriam - Monday, March 25, 2019

Kurt Rasmus Celebration of Life.  All are welcome to join for an evening of sharing memories and celebrating Kurt's life: 6pm April 6 at the Guild Inn Estate, 201 Guildwood Pkwy, Scarborough, ON M1E 1P5

Kurt was a long time Scarboro Golf and Country Club employee and former Superintendent at Ballantrae Golf Club. He passed away suddenly and tragically on Friday March 22, 2019. 

 


 

 
 
David S. Gourley Obituary - Thursday, May 17, 2018

The OGSA is saddened to announce the passing of Past President and DSA recipient, David S. Gourlay.  Our sincere condolances go out to his many family members, friends and associates.

The full obituary can be found at this link

Obituary

 
 
ASSOCIATE DIPLOMA IN TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT at UoG - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

                                                                                                                                                                                

Click here for more information.

 
 
Honorary Member Norman McCollum - Letter to OGSA Members - Monday, January 18, 2016

                                                                                                                                                                                  

Please click here to view the letter from Norman McCollum