Time to change gears, says long-time editor Long-time Greenhouse Canada editor Dave Harrison is retiring at the end of 2017. Harrison, who began with the magazine in February 1996, will be changing gears after a 39-year (“and seven months,” he quipped) career in journalism. In addition to editing duties, he has also hosted the magazine’s webinar series the past two years and has moderated its Grower Day speaker program. He also manages the magazine’s website and social media channels. During his career he has participated in a pair of study tours in the Netherlands, visited cut flower operations in Colombia, and has covered the California Spring Trials. Harrison has served on the Canadian Greenhouse Conference’s trade fair committee for a number of years and received the Volunteer Appreciation award in 2015. GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY AGM FOR OGVG There was cause for even greater celebration than usual during this year’s annual general meeting of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers. The OGVG is celebrating its 50th AGM this year. This year’s Industry Builder Award was presented to Don Taylor. An election was required in District 1 and following a vote, Kevin Safrance and Hilco Tamminga were elected for a second term. Bill Heeg, Marco Hoogenboom and James Neven were acclaimed in their seats in District 2. The new board of directors for the 2017- 18 fiscal year are: District One: Paul Mastronardi – Hazel Farms (one year remaining); Jason Whitcher – Cecelia Acres (one year remaining); Peter Quiring – Nature Fresh Farms (one year remaining); Kevin Safrance – EnviroFresh Farms; and Hilco Tamminga – Truly Green. District Two: Jan VanderHout– Beverly Greenhouses (one year remaining); Mike Vanderzwet – St. David’s Hydroponics (one year remaining); Bill Heeg – Sunchoice Greenhouses; Marco Hoogenboom – Hoogenboom Family Farms; and James Neven – Foothill Greenhouses. The following growers have been acclaimed committee persons for the 2017-18 fiscal year: District 1: Albert Mastronardi, Jim Slater, Rodney Wright and Jordan Kniaziew; one position to be filled. District 2: Trish Fournier; four positions to be filled. OGVG is responsible for licensing all growers, packers and marketers of Ontario greenhouse tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. It has over 200 growers, representing 2900 acres BY THE NUMBERS 68% of Canadians agree with legalizing recreational cannabis. (Dalhousie University) 45% of Canadians said they would buy foods containing cannabis. (Dalhousie University) 34% of Canadians in a recent poll say they will at least try smoking marijuana after it becomes legal next summer. (Ipsos) 29% of Canadians say they will consume edible marijuana products after it becomes legal next summer. (Ipsos) 22% of the Canadian adult population consumes recreational marijuana on at least an occasional basis. (Deloitte 2016 survey Global medical cannabis market is estimated to reach more than $70 billion by 2025. (Grandview Research) Canadian recreational sales could be as much as $5B per year to start – a number on par with the Canadian spirit market of whiskey, vodka, rum, etc. (Deloitte 2016 survey)
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