Government Affairs
Aug. 13, 2018 – A Kitchener, Ont. couple who have invested thousands of dollars on natural plants to attract bees and other wildlife to their front yard boulevard have become embroiled in a battle with the municipality. The city wants the couple to cut down the plants' height to comply with a local bylaw, but that could mean denying the bees the flowers they need.
Aug. 9, 2018 – A public outcry over a developer's plan to remove a pair of century-old sugar maple trees from an Ottawa neighbourhood has resulted in the trees' getting a reprieve by the municipality.
Aug. 9. 2018 – The future of local baseball could be in jeopardy in Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ont. if plans for a $75-million community centre proceed, a couple of municipal councillors suggest. They say that two existing baseball diamonds will have to yield to construction of the community centre.
July 30, 2018 – The life of a 350-year-old red oak tree in Toronto has been spared after city council granted permission to city staff to negotiate acquisition of the North York home whose yard houses the tree.
July 30, 2018 – Four mature elm trees afflicted with Dutch elm disease in Fredericton, N.B. will be cut and removed, even though three of them are located in the city's historic Garrison District. The city doesn't usually announce its tree-removal plans, but the fate of downtown trees has become an issue since is was announced 19 trees would be cut down at Officers' Square.
July 25, 2018 – The City of Hamilton, Ont. is encouraging the general public to have a say in the municipality's long-term plan for the future of its urban forest.
July 18, 2018 – The legal inability in Ontario to spray for the Japanese beetle leaves few alternatives to combat the pest insect. The City of Cornwall, Ont.'s parks and landscaping supervisor said setting out pheromone traps can be futile unless surrounding neighbours opt to follow suit. READ MORE
July 17, 2018 – Moncton has passed a city bylaw requiring all lawns, weeds and other grasses to be maintained under 20 centimetres in length. Failure to comply can cost property owners fines ranging from $140 to $2,100.
June 22, 2018 – The City of Kelowna closed all of its sports fields yesterday following a storm on Wednesday. Protecting the turf from root damage and preventing player injuries were cited as reasons for the closure.
June 20, 2018 – Early detection traps for the emerald ash borer are being set up in the Fredericton area to alert officials of the arrival of the invasive pest. The city, however, is still pondering what to do once the pest makes its expected arrival.
June 20, 2018 – The Vancouver park board has voted against the city's desire to explore alternate uses for Langara Golf Course, opting to proceed with $3 million in drainage improvements to the course. The park board vote was unanimous.
June 19, 2018 – Residents of the Glenora are of Edmonton are not taking kindly to plans to cut more than 1,000 trees to accommodate the Valley Line West LRT. The project is in its final design stages, but is being met with opposition from neighbouring residents who believe the area's true heritage is at risk.
June 19, 2018 – The future of Vancouver's oldest golf course was to be decided Monday night with two possible options: a separate review of Langara Golf Course or a continuation of the current path of examining Langara through a review of the entire park system that's already underway.
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.
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