Mike Jiggens

Mike Jiggens

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An indoor complex for soccer and other turf sports has been given priority status by the City of Thunder Bay, Ont. The city currently has plenty of facilities for such indoor sports as hockey and swimming, but has nothing for soccer and other sports that could be played throughout the winter.
The sale of a 325-acre golf course on Prince Edward Island, that was a the centre of an ongoing dispute between the province and Mi'kmaq people, will be discussed this week in provincial court.
More than 1,000 ideas have been presented to the City of Kamloops, B.C. to help the municipality determine what the future holds for the former McArthur Island Golf Course. The former owner of the nine-hole gave up his lease after flooding had damaged the property. The facility is now in the city's hands.
The presence of protesters in Surrey, B.C.'s Hawthorne Park has forced the city to halt tree felling operations on a controversial road project. Continued tree felling has been deemed unsafe as long as the protesters are present. The protesters claim removal of trees will significantly disturb sensitive habitat areas.
The turf at Hamilton's Bernie Arbour Stadium will need replacement this spring after having sustained extensive damage during location shooting for the television series The Handmaid's Tale. The city is negotiating with the series' film company about the estimated $100,000 cost to re-sod the stadium.
Plans to repair damages to Toronto's waterfront parks that were extensively flooded last summer may come up short this year with what has so far been budgeted. The city's preliminary budget includes $2 million for the necessary repair work, but it's been estimated the damages amounted to about $7.4 million.
A study to determine the best possible means to deliver golf course services in Toronto has been proposed after years of financial losses. The cost of maintaining the city municipal courses has increased over the years while interest in the game has decreased.
An Ontario Superior Court ruling has rendered the marriage involving a former Muskoka landscaper as void, stating it was a "predatory marriage" in which the man's wife was positioning herself to make claim to his future wealth, including an estimated $1 million personal injury settlement. The marriage took place three days after the landscaper was released from hospital following a "catastrophic" head injury.
The 1998 ice storm that crippled eastern Ontario and western Quebec, leaving thousands without power, had one redeeming quality. It launched the career of a Quebec arborist who is celebrating 20 years in business this year.
Cuts in provincial funding to control mosquito populations in Winnipeg and surrounding area may give rise to the number of pest insects in the city this year and the possibility of increased West Nile virus cases.
Vandals wishing to access Calgary's Shaganappi Golf Course for the purposes of cross country skiing have cut fences and ropes for entry ways, but are endangering their lives in doing so, says the individual who has been setting up ski tracks in the area for the past 30 years.
Nova Scotia's minister of natural resources says the proponents of a proposed new golf course on land that is part of West Mabou Beach Provincial Park have yet to lobby her about its construction.
Land Pride's RC37 Series folding rotary cutters are available in widths of 12 and 15 feet and feature a three-inch cutting capacity with a cut height of 1.5 inches to 14 inches.
The recent Alberta cold snap, in which temperatures plunged to minus 40 degrees Celsius in some areas, likely didn't kill off the mountain pine beetle, experts say. The destructive insects develop a type of "antifreeze" in their blood, enabling them to survive and resume destroying boreal forests in the spring.
Part of a beach in Nova Scotia on land designated in 2001 as a new provincial park site could be developed into a new golf course. The group that originally sought the provincial park designation are prepared to fight to protect the site against any infringement.
The emerald ash borer could potentially lead to the extinction of ash trees in Canada and wreak havoc on the ecosystems the tree species supports. The removal of ash trees along riverbanks would no longer filter runoff and capture sediment, and the open spaces created by the trees' removal would invite the arrival of invasive plants.
A deadly tree fungus that has killed millions of oak trees in Michigan is inching closer to the Canadian border. Windsor, Ont.'s manager of forestry and natural areas is gearing up to fight the deadly oak wilt.
A golf course serve a greater purpose than simply being a venue for a game. It offers people the chance to connect with nature which in turn contributes to one's health.
Glen Abbey Golf Course has been designated a property of cultural heritage value under the Ontario Heritage Act. Oakville Town Council unanimously voted in favour of the designation at a specially convened meeting on Dec. 20.
An arborist who also provides winter snow removal services began his career in a most unlikely way. A photograph of him perched atop a 20-foot cliff face got the attention of a contractor who offered the man who thrives upon climbing trees a job with his company.
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