Mike Jiggens

Mike Jiggens

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Sept. 19, 2018 – An Orillia, Ont. landscaper has tossed his hat into the ring in hopes of being elected to city council this fall. Ken Abbott, owner of Canestoga Landscaping, thinks council has spent too much money on big projects at the expense of the basics. "People want clean streets and clean sidewalks and they want the frigging roads fixed."
Sept. 19, 2018 – Jack Lakey, "the Fixer" at the Toronto Star, has written about a case of neglected weeds growing along a boulevard in the city, suggesting the city is better off without pesticides, but acknowledging something still needs to be done about out-of-control weed growth.
Sept. 19, 2018 – About 85 per cent of a golf green at the Harbour View Golf Course in Winnipeg has been destroyed by someone who drove "doughnuts" on it last weekend. A temporary green has been made until the vandalized green is ready for play again.
Sept. 19, 2018 – A half million dollars in renovations to Thunder Bay, Ont.'s Veterans Field is 99 per cent complete. Even though the project has progressed on schedule, the baseball field will not be used this fall for the city's new fall senior league.
Sept. 19 – The fight to keep Oakville's Glen Abbey Golf Club from falling into the hands of developers intent on building more than 3,000 new residential units at the site has cost has already cost the municipality $5.3 million on consultants and lawyers. The town wishes to conserve the golf course as a heritage site while its owner ClubLink wants to sell the property for development.
Sept. 14, 2018 – Foley United's ACCU-Sharp 618 gives golf superintendents and maintenance technicians a precision reel grinder that has the ability to do touch-up spin and also perform gauging and relief grinding as required.
Sept. 14, 2018 – A London, Ont. woman is wondering how a developer was granted permission to bulldoze about 500 pine trees in one of the city's designated tree protection zones. She and several activists successfully blocked the developer's efforts to knock the trees down on Monday after blockading the area.
Sept. 14, 2018 – Students attending Winnipeg's Weston elementary school have been barred from using the school's playground after it was revealed this week that soil in the area was contaminated by high levels of lead. The test that revealed the presence of lead was conducted 10 years ago, but the provincial government of the day chose not to disclose the information. Manitoba's sustainable development department was to determine if the playground has since become safe to use.
Sept. 14, 2018 – The Kamloops Naturalist Club is urging residents to convince city council to approve a proposal that would turn the former McArthur Island Golf Course into an interpretive nature centre. For the past several months, council has been entertaining suggestions from the public about what to do with the property after the previous owner terminated his lease.
Sept. 14, 2018 – A Durham, Ont. lawn care professional has tapped into modern technology, offering his customers robotic lawn mowing services. TurfBot Mowing Services so far has six customers whose lawns are cut by the robotic mowers, and hopes are to franchise the concept within the next couple of years.
Sept. 18, 2018 – About one in seven golfers in British Columbia plan to smoke marijuana on the golf course once it becomes legal next month, and one in two golfers under the age of 35 plans to do so, according to a survey of about 5,400 golfers.
Sept. 13, 2018 – Residents of a Winnipeg neighbourhood have become unraveled after learning soil testing conducted 10 years ago in their area showed potentially dangerous levels of lead, yet the NDP government at the time chose not to disclosee the results. One of the areas tested was an elementary school sports field that showed levels exceeding federal guidelines.
Sept. 13, 2018 – A trend is emerging in some areas in which homeowners are turning toward more sustainable options for their front yards. They are growing weary of seeding, fertilizing, weeding, spraying and mowing.
Sept. 12, 2018 – Toter, a Wastequip brand and a leading manufacturer of products used in the collection of waste, recycling and organics, has recently redesigned its front end loader (FEL) product line to reflect growing industry demand for heavy-duty, user-friendly alternatives to steel loaders. Adding to the revamped line-up of two, three and four-cubic-yard containers, Toter has introduced a new one-cubic-yard size.
Sept. 12, 2018 – Loftness has introduced the BadAx™ disc mulcher for skid steers. The high-powered forestry head is ideal for a wide range of applications, including land clearing, vegetation control, fire prevention and more.
Sept. 12, 2018 – Grasshopper's fully-enclosed, metal winter cab protects operators from harsh winter elements.
Sept. 12, 2018 – Does having an artificial turf field provide a competitive advantage to high school football teams over schools with natural turf fields? Is there a growing athletic gap between the haves and have nots? Hamilton Spectator columnist Scott Radley explores the questions and more.
Sept. 10 – Although recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17, at least two communities in the Montreal area are taking measures to ban cannabis usage anywhere near sports fields, public parks and other green spaces. The new bylaws would fall under the same laws that prevent cigarette smoking and electronic vaping in such vicinities.
Sept. 7, 2018 – A planned urban park to be built atop the Ville Marie Tunnel in Montreal will honour 21 women, including an executed slave and the 14 victims of the Polytechnique massacre. The cost of the park is estimated at $62.4 million.
Sept. 7, 2018 – Bioswales are being used at the University of Lethbridge to help filter stormwater runoff. Although the turfgrass and shrub gardens provide aesthetic value, they keep pollutants out of the river, while also slowing down the flow of water to prevent downstream flooding.
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