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Ordering flowers online and funeral home upselling: CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet - CBC NewsTuesday, July 23, 2019
Press) Why some experts argue we need pharmacare Do you find yourself reducing spending in order to pay for drugs prescribed by your doctor? New research from the University of British Columbia says Canadians are going into debt to pay for their medications. The study found those going into debt tended to be younger, had lower household income, chronic medical conditions and no prescription drug insurance. Younger Canadians and those without private insurance were more likely to take on debt, researchers from the University of British Columbia found. (Shutterstock) Cloth vs. disposable diapers Have you considered a greener alternative to diapers for your infant? Some Canadians have started using cloth diapers in order to avoid sending thousands of diapers to landfills. But it can take a lot to get a cloth diaper clean, and another option is recycling disposables. The City of Toronto has been turning parts of disposable diapers into compost since 2002. Each year, billions of disposable diapers make their way to landfills across North America. (Lindsay Bird/CBC) What else is going on? Loblaws is ramping up self-checkout with new technology called "shop and scan." Customers can scan items while shopping with a phone app — part of an effort to streamline the shopping experience and reduce labour costs. Some shoppers are rejecting the idea because they prefer interacting with a cashier. An online glitch left a retiree on the hook for an Air Canada flight he didn't book. Claude Neblett spent months trying to get a refund from Air Canada. He eventually got his money back after CBC's Go Public contacted the company. Whirlpool refused to honour this Oakville, Ont., man's 10-year fridge warranty. Naji Alimam's seven-year-old fridge hasn't worked since August. He wanted to warn others about companies not living up to its warranties. This week in recalls This plastic doll and furniture toy set could pose a chemical hazard; these vaping products do not meet requirements of the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations; this play tent could pose fire and burn hazards; this air compressor could cause injury. Watch this week: Flower Delivery & Death Inc. Part 2 We tested one of the biggest online florists by ordering five bouquets for ourselves. Experts call what we received "embarrassing." Plus, we're back on the case checking in on funeral h... https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/marketplace-cheat-sheet-1.4917466
The 5 best florists in Washington - HoodlineTuesday, July 23, 2019
A Little Shop Of FlowersPhoto: Natalya Y./YelpTopping the list is A Little Shop of Flowers. Located at 2421 18th St. NW (between North Columbia and North Adams Mill roads) in Adams Morgan, it is the highest rated florist in Washington, boasting 4.5 stars out of 68 reviews on Yelp.2. Ultra Violet FlowersPhoto: Adriana A./YelpNext up is Georgetown's Ultra Violet Flowers, situated at 1218 31st St. NW (between North M Street and North Corcoran Alley). With 4.5 stars out of 49 reviews on Yelp, it has proven to be a local favorite.3. Nosegay FlowersPhoto: Nosegay Flowers/YelpFoggy Bottom's Nosegay Flowers, located at 1120 20th St. NW (between North M and North L streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving it four stars out of 125 reviews.4. York FlowersPhoto: York Flowers/YelpYork Flowers, a florist and floral designer spot in Friendship Heights, is another go-to, with four stars out of 56 Yelp reviews. Head over to 5023 Wisconsin Ave. NW (between North Fessenden and North Garrison streets) to see for yourself.5. House of FlowersPhoto: Mary A./YelpFinally, if you're Downtown, check out House of Flowers, which has earned four stars out of 51 reviews on Yelp. You can find it at 710 14th St. NW (between North New York Avenue and North G Street). https://hoodline.com/2019/02/the-5-best-florists-in-washington
Celebration of the life of Penticton philanthropist Kampe scheduled - Summerland ReviewTuesday, July 09, 2019
READ MORE: City mourns passing of philanthropistHe leaves behind a legacy of generosity and is being honoured posthumously with an appointment to the Order of British Columbia. As well, he was a successful businessman as the owner of Peters Bros. Construction and built the team that today owns and operates it.READ MORE: Kampe to be honoured with posthumous appointment to Order of British ColumbiaKampe gave nearly $8 million to the Penticton Regional Hospital expansion project, resulting in the new patient care tower being named after him. He also was a major donor to the Penticton Peach Festival, helping to keep it one of the largest free family festivals in Canada by sponsoring headlining performers. Kampe also provided funds to ensure children attend Vees hockey games for free.In lieu of flowers, those looking to pay their respects are asked to contribute to the Penticton Secondary Schools Bursary and Scholarship Foundation (mailing address at 158 Eckhardt Ave. E., Penticton B.C., V2A 1Z3. Registered charity number: 890405244RR0001).To report a typo, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.@PentictonNews email@example.comLike us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. https://www.summerlandreview.com/news/celebration-of-the-life-of-penticton-philanthropist-kampe-scheduled/
The local flower movement is flourishing in Toronto - Toronto StarTuesday, May 21, 2019
The Toronto Flower Market, The Sweet Potato and Fiesta Farms.The seed for an idea to start a flower market in Toronto was planted when Natasha Kajganic visited the Columbia Road Flower Market in London, England in the summer of 2012 and was charmed by the street market full of fresh flowers. By the following spring, Kajganic had launched Toronto’s first flower market on Queen Street, on an empty lot that was slated... https://www.thestar.com/life/2019/04/20/the-local-flower-movement-is-flourishing-in-toronto.html
Owner explains Luepke closure, plans for downtown Vancouver building - The ColumbianWednesday, March 06, 2019
An initial set of notices posted in the store’s window earlier this week did not offer a reason for the closure, but the store’s owner, Bruno Amicci, spoke to The Columbian on Thursday to shed some light on the circumstances that led to the decision and his plans for the future of the store’s building, which he also owns.The biggest factor was competition, he said. The widespread availability of flowers online and in grocery stores made it increasingly difficult for the florist shop to sustain the level of customer traffic it once enjoyed. Too many shoppers were opting for the convenience of ordering online or visiting the floral department at their supermarket, he said, and those sellers also were able to undercut Luepke Flowers on pricing.“It was a very sad decision,” Amicci said.The competition problem has dogged Luepke in recent years. The store — originally known as Luepke Florist — was founded in 1909 by Frank and Edla Luepke and passed through three generations of family ownership before being purchased in 2004 by its longtime manager Maria Adler and her husband. The Adlers announced in late 2014 that they planned to retire and close the store, and their explanation was similar to Amicci̵... https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/feb/28/owner-explains-luepke-closure-plans-for-downtown-vancouver-building/
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more firstname.lastname@example.org 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html