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June 13, 2019 – The City of Windsor, Ont. has fielded a 40 per cent increase in the number of complaint calls made about the presence of tall grass in both private and public parks. City officials have responded by saying this spring's wetter-than-normal weather has prevented crews from being able to mow.
June 12, 2019 – Medicine Hat's parks and recreation department is tailoring its maintenance program for parks and sports fields based on usage. Simply put, those areas experiencing greater use will continue to undergo regular mowing and other maintenance services while those areas with less usage will see less frequent maintenance.
June 11, 2019 – A Lindsay, Ont. man is tired of having to mow the grass on a city-owned empty lot near his home, claiming the two-foot-tall grass and dandelions are having a negative impact on his respiratory health. The man's wife says she is considering withholding her property tax bill unless the city steps in to maintain the property.
June 10, 2019 – Winnipeg residents are being told to either mow their lawns regularly with heights not topping six inches or face a fine of $250. It's part of a new enforcement pilot program of the city's livability bylaw.
June 10, 2019 – Ever since Manitoba implemented its cosmetic pesticide ban five years ago, boulevards and parks in Winnipeg have become increasingly more yellow and then white as dandelions have outcompeted grass. The province said it will continue to discuss the matter with various parties, suggesting any modifications to the ban would be carefully considered.
June 6, 2019 – Ontario's recently shelved 50 Million Tree program has been given a new lease on life, rescued by the federal government. The Ford government had cut the program from its last budget, but the federal government has stepped in with a $15-million commitment to keep it going over the next four years.
May 22, 2019 – The City of Kingston, Ont. is hoping that smell will be a deterrent to ticks and mosquitoes. The city is spraying a garlic repellant in a couple of local parks as part of the second round of a pilot project.
May 21, 2019 – The Portage Regional Recreation Authority is looking for a new general manager, and the owner of the landscaping company contracted to maintain the Manitoba town's fields at Republic Park figures whoever is hired will have large shoes to fill.
May 13, 2019 – Down to about 1,000 elm trees, the City of Fredericton is doubling its efforts to save what it has left. The city will be vaccinating its elm trees with DutchTrig, a biological and organic control agent designed to protect trees from Dutch elm disease.
May 10, 2019 – The future of Calgary's municipal golf courses is up for debate. Although a committee is looking into how Calgary's eight city-owned courses can become self-sustainable again, staff has been instructed to consider other options, including rezoning the land to build highrises and selling the courses for development.
May 2, 2019 – London's goal to have a tree canopy covering about a third of the city by 2065 may have hit a snag as a consequence of the recent Ontario government budget. The government pulled back funding on a program that would have subsidized a mass planting by about 80 per cent.
April 26, 2019 – The private Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton is having its lease extended for another 18 years. The lease, extended to 2069, may also allow for greater public access.
April 11, 2019 – A Vancouver Parks Board commissioner wants to have a closer look at whether or not the city's municipal golf courses present the best use for Vancouver's park land. Vancouver's three municipal courses have seen the number of rounds steadily decline since the late 1990s.
April 9, 2019 – A Winnipeg city councillor says taxpayer support of municipally-owned golf courses is an issue that needs to be explored. While the golf services financial report shows it’s breaking even, that’s only possible with an annual transfer from the city’s general revenue fund of $750,000.
April 9, 2019 – The second phase of construction at Kelowna's Glenmore Recreation Park has begun. The second part of the project includes the construction of two multi-use sports fields that are expected to be completed by the fall.
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