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Vertical farms take growing indoors. No sunlight, no soil, no problem.
Vertical farms take growing indoors. No sunlight, no soil, no problem.

"This is fully controlled agriculture and allows us to understand plant biology in ways that, as humans, we've never achieved," said AeroFarms CEO and co-founder David Rosenberg, standing in front of rows of kale, arugula, lettuce and other leafy greens.

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78,000 Ontario farmers call for an end to urban sprawl
78,000 Ontario farmers call for an end to urban sprawl

Over 52,000 farms and 78,000 farmers have a united message for the Provincial Government: freeze urban boundaries now and stop urban sprawl to protect farmland in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).

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Toronto Star Features the Economics of Local Food in Ontario
Toronto Star Features the Economics of Local Food in Ontario

Ontario's agri-food sector generates $63 billion in sales to consumers each year, and employs 767,000 people.

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Ministry of Labour - What's New - January 2017
Ministry of Labour - What's New - January 2017

Ministry of Labour prosecutions, Blitz results: Mobile cranes and material hoisting.

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Prevent Farm Fires
Prevent Farm Fires

Faulty electrical systems cause approximately 40 per cent of farm building fires with a determined cause, making it one of the leading known causes of farm fires.

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Better Farming - February 2017 edition
Better Farming - February 2017 edition

Poultry Production, Planning Crop Rotations, Satellite Imagery, & Maintenance for Hydraulic Systems.

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IHSA - 2 Minute News - January 2017
IHSA - 2 Minute News - January 2017

• IHSA Safety Talk: Winter Hazards
• COR™ Internal Auditor Conference: February 28
• New online course supports COR™ efforts
• MOL releases 2016 fatality information
• New radio ads will remind workers about working at heights training deadline
• WSIB campaign targets noise induced hearing loss

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COCA - Government Relations Report January 2017
COCA - Government Relations Report January 2017

Members Only Edition:
• Ontario CLA (Construction Lien Act) Reform and Prompt Payment Update
• Bill 84 Proposes to Amend WSIA (Workplace Safety & Insurance Act)
• Health and Safety System Transformation
• (Ontario College of Trades) OCoT Convenes Stakeholder Roundtable
• Status of Federal Prompt Payment Legislation
• Building a Relationship With Your MPP
• Feds Considering Tax on Health & Dental Benefits

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Alberta’s construction industry is opening up about mental health
Alberta’s construction industry is opening up about mental health

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Barn Fire Prevention
Barn Fire Prevention

Main causes of barn fires. What can you do? New technologies. Resources.

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Farmers Invest In Technology To Improve Profits
Farmers Invest In Technology To Improve Profits

With low commodity prices farmers are investing in technology that can help them increase yields, but save on crop input costs.

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COCA - January 2017 Newsletter
COCA - January 2017 Newsletter

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Commuting Time of Employee Using Company Vehicle
Commuting Time of Employee Using Company Vehicle

The OLRB (Ontario Labour Relations Board) considered a recent case of an employee who took a company vehicle home, and whether their travel time to and from work is considered work time, and thus payable. Based on the facts of the case before the OLRB, the Board concluded that the time spent by the technicians travelling from home to their first job site and from the last job site to home was commuting time and not "work" for which the technician was required to be paid.

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The Life Cycle of Steel
The Life Cycle of Steel

Many everyday products, such as cars, cans and washing machines, are made of steel. Once these products reach the end of their useful lives, the steel is recycled. Recycling reduces the consumption of raw materials and energy and is therefore good for the environment.

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Using a drone? Read up on Transport Canada’s new reporting tool and safety initiatives
Using a drone? Read up on Transport Canada’s new reporting tool and safety initiatives

Canadians expect to feel safe on the ground and in the sky, which is why Transport Canada is moving forward with a number of safety initiatives for drones.

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2017 January Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee
2017 January Report - Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee

3 fewer fatalities in 2016 (13 vs 16) than 2015 and 7 fewer criticals (133 vs 140).

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Better Farming - January 2017 edition
Better Farming - January 2017 edition

Fast, Reliable Internet - Are Ontario Farms Still Lagging Behind? Trail Access Worries - Snowmobile Season. Tractor Maintenance - A Family Affair.

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100km Foods Inc. Is Delivering More Than Local Food: Honored for Overall Positive Community Impact
100km Foods Inc. Is Delivering More Than Local Food: Honored for Overall Positive Community Impact

100km Foods Inc. is a Toronto based local food-distribution company founded in 2008 that sells, markets and distributes products from 80 small and medium sized Ontario farms to 300 Ontario restaurants, hotels, independent retailers and institutions.

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IHSA - 2 Minute News - December 2016
IHSA - 2 Minute News - December 2016

Variable reach lift truck hand signals, MOL releases revised noise guidelines, New videos to assist with working at heights training, 2017 IHSA Safety Training across Ontario

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WSIB Newsletter - Winter 2016
WSIB Newsletter - Winter 2016

Raising awareness of noise-induced hearing loss + Chair Touring + Technical Rate Sessions

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Canadian Construction Association - Fall 2016
Canadian Construction Association - Fall 2016

CCA - National Voice - A Quarterly Review for the Canadian Construction Association

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Study finds COR employers have lower rates of serious injuries than those not in program
Study finds COR employers have lower rates of serious injuries than those not in program

Companies that sign up for a voluntary occupational health and safety audit commonly known as the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program have lower rates of serious injuries leading to time off work

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COCA - December 2016 Newsletter
COCA - December 2016 Newsletter

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Construction employers anticipate major skills shortage
Construction employers anticipate major skills shortage

Three of four construction employers are concerned about the availability of skilled labour, reports the annual Hays Canada Salary Guide

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Sherrard Kuzz LLP’s Employment and Labour Law Update for December 2016
Sherrard Kuzz LLP’s Employment and Labour Law Update for December 2016

Feb. 1st 2017 Seminar: Workplace Investigations - How to Comply with the Law and Manage Risk, Definition - Independent Contractor versus Employee, Accommodations for Addiction.

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