Mike Jiggens

Mike Jiggens

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Oct. 15, 2019 – The days are numbered for the trees in Toronto's Regent Park as the next phases of the park's redevelopment is ready to begin. The trees and green infrastructure in the redeveloped neighbourhood are reportedly in poor shape.
Oct. 15, 2019 – The CBC is conducting a poll, asking Canadians whether or not they should adhere to the advice of the Nature Conservancy of Canada which suggests leaves should be left in place on lawns and not raked up. The agency argues leaf cover provides a natural fertilizer and is good for birds.
Oct. 11, 2019 – One of Manitoba's wettest Septembers on record has produced a bumper crop of urban mushrooms. Fungi in large numbers has been springing up in droves on lawns and parks in Virden and other areas this fall.
Oct. 10, 2019 – Walker Manufacturing Company president Bob Walker has transitioned to the role of chairman of the board, stepping down Oct. 1. Named as new president is Ryan Walker, a third-generation family member who has been with the company the past 10 years in sales, marketing and business development.
Oct. 10, 2019 – Briggs & Stratton is introducing its new Vanguard® commercial lithium ion battery pack and the Vanguard 400 and 160 engines at GIE+EXPO next week in Louisville, Ky.
Oct. 10, 2019 – A new four-diamond baseball complex could be coming to Kenora, Ont. if all cards fall in place. City council's committee-of-the-whole has recommended applying for a federal grant that would cover 73 per cent of the project's cost.
Oct. 9, 2019 – The ClubLink Corp. has formally applied to the City of Ottawa to bulldoze the Kanata Golf & Country Club for new housing development. The development plan is not sitting well with neighbouring residents who paid a premium several years ago to have their homes backing onto a golf course.
Oct. 9, 2019 – Orillia, Ont.'s Couchiching Golf & Country Club wants the city to fork over $12,000 to allow the public to use a popular hill on the course for winter tobogganing. The club has told the city it has permitted use of the hill at no charge for several years, but recent financial pressures have forced the club to seek compensation.
Oct. 9, 2019 – The Ottawa area's public school board wants to pave paradise and put in a parking lot, but plans to pave over a well used school sports field to add more parking is being met with some strong opposition. Parents, students and the community at large oppose the proposed 61-space parking lot, suggesting children will be left with little room to play.
Oct. 8, 2019 – The City of Burlington has opened the door for a new bylaw that would prohibit the removal of trees on private land unless a special permit is obtained.
Oct. 8, 2019 – The City of Calgary has already announced the imminent closure of one of its city-owned golf courses and is now deciding what to do about the remaining five municipal courses. One councillor wonders if the city should be in the golf business at all.
Even though a couple of decades have elapsed since the start of the golf course-building explosion in Canada and the United States, the ongoing fallout from its implosion continues to impact golf course superintendents.
There’s no business like snow business in Western Canada. On the prairies, and in the Calgary area in particular, the snow and ice management industry’s on-season can be longer than its off-season.
While conducting my interview with the founder of the Western Canadian Snow & Ice Management Summit for this issue’s cover story, I kept reminding myself how grateful I am to be living in southern Ontario.
Oct. 7, 2019 – Snow and ice customers of three Ottawa contractors believe some underhanded business is going on among the snow maintenance companies, including price gouging, and they have taken their complaints to the Competition Bureau. The companies say they have done nothing wrong.
Oct. 4, 2019 – A unique feature on the lineup at GIE+EXPO will put a 40-foot tree inside the Kentucky Exposition Center and give attendees the opportunity to learn arborist techniques from a group of women who are experts in their field. The demonstrations, which are included with trade show registration, are open to all attendees. GIE+EXPO is set for Oct. 16-18.
Oct. 4, 2019 – A decision by Halifax Regional Municipality to close some of its sports fields this October in order to undertake significant restorative maintenance has not sat well with members of the community, especially those involved with high school football programs. Negative feedback from the decision has prompted the municipality to postpone its plans.
Oct. 2, 2019 – Timmins High and Vocational School's new $3.8-million track and field has officially opened. Work to build the artificial field and other amenities began in June 2018.
Oct. 2, 2019 – Most golf courses in Canada are getting ready to be put to bed for the winter, with snow mould applications, irrigation system blowouts and the removal of course accessories taking place at various stages this month.
Oct. 1, 2019 – Kelowna, B.C.'s goal to realize at least a 20 per cent tree cover by 2030 has been achieved and exceeded 11 years ahead of schedule. The city's urban canopy is reported to be about 23 per cent.
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