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June 15, 2018 – An original plan to remove 19 trees from historic Officers' Square in Fredericton to make way for new development has been downsized to accommodate the removal of only five, but the compromise still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of those wanting to save every tree. Council's decision yesterday to remove the five trees was met with a chorus of boos from members of the public.
June 15, 2018 – A Tree Canada spokesman says Fredericton's ash tree population could survive the threat of the emerald ash borer if the city inoculates its trees next year with a larvae-killing vaccine.
June 14, 2018 – The purchase of a 22-hectare parcel of land in Cambridge, Ont. has been conditionally approved to accommodate a new outdoor soccer complex. The cost of the land acquisition is $1.2 million.
June 14, 2018 – With the recent arrival of the emerald ash borer in New Brunswick, the City of Fredericton is warning its residents to prepare for the loss of tens of thousands of trees.
June 18, 2018 – Public consultations will help to decide the fate of a baseball field in Montreal, even though it has already been demolished. The field was deemed unsafe to pedestrians and motorists outside the property, who were at risk of being hit by an errant foul ball.
June 11, 2018 – The fate of 19 trees at Fredericton's Officers' Square – left off of Monday's council meeting – triggered another protest outside city hall. A group called Save The Elm Trees of Officers' Square has more than 5,500 signatures on a petition in opposition to new development at the city site.
June 12, 2018 – It took the clout of Toronto Mayor John Tory to intercede on a city ordinance that would have forced an elderly couple to cut the grass on a traffic island fronting their home. Disturbed by a newspaper story that said the couple – 91 and 88 years of age – were responsible for cutting the patch of grass, the mayor ordered city staff to tackle the job.
June 8, 2018 – Municipalities in Manitoba are being urged to prepare for the coming of the emerald ash borer. Now that the destructive insect has been found in Winnipeg, calls are being made throughout the province to take the threat seriously.
June 8, 2018 – Two new soccer fields will be constructed in Yorkton, Sask. as a result of a municipal surplus. The additional pitches will allow the city to host major tournaments, including provincial tournaments.
June 5, 2018 – The New Brunswick government has invested $750,000 into a new artificial turf sports field to be installed next to the new Moncton High School. The $2-million project addresses safety concerns associated with the school's natural turf field.
June 4, 2018 – The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has changed its mind about Imidacloprid. Three years ago, the PMRA determined the environmental risks for most products containing imidacloprid did not meet current safety standards.
June 4, 2018 – While plans to remove 19 trees from Officers' Square in Fredericton have been put on hold, an investigation is underway to determine the age of the mature elm trees. Activists seeking to save the trees from removal to make way for new development are arguing the trees' age classify them as having historic importance.
May 31, 2018 – A public outcry in the City of Fredericton over the proposed destruction of 19 trees at Officers' Square to accommodate new development has resulted in a delay of the project until a way can be found to save some of the trees.
May 31, 2018 – A promise to reopen a Montreal softball field has been broken by the city. City officials claim pedestrians and motorists are at risk of being hit by stray balls.
May 31, 2018 – The Town of Cornwall, Ont. will pour about $850,000 this summer into repairing its artificial fields at the Terry Fox Sports Complex. The soccer field has heaved significantly due to drainage issues beneath the playing surface.
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