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City council in Kingston, Ont. has voted to shut down all golf operations at the nine-hole municipal Belle Park Fairways at the end of the current season.
As part of its strategy to better manage in urban forest canopy, the City of Kitchener, Ont. is inviting up to 100 people to take part in a workshop whose purpose is to outline the benefits of trees and ideas to support trees on city and private property.
A nine-hole golf course in Kingston, Ont. will close its doors at the end of the season to make way for such other recreational uses as rugby, soccer, ultimate frisbee, hiking and cycling.
A proposed city bylaw in Victoria, B.C. aimed at preserving the turfgrass quality in its city parks will have an adverse effect on several homeless people who use the parks for shelter, a local lawyer argues.
Vancouver's $10-a-tree sale aimed at reaching 150,000 new trees by 2020 is on course, but one city councillor believes more should be done to ensure the trees have a better chance of achieving maturity.
An explosion of dandelions this spring in Edmonton's parks and sports fields has forced city council to explore a number of options for their control with the cheapest option estimated at $2 million.
A Charlottetown, P.E.I. city councillor wishes to do away with a $50 fee residents must pay to apply for the right to have their lawn sprayed with banned pesticides. Coun. Bob Doiron wants "to stop this tax grab."
Construction of a new, high-end natural turf field at a Hamilton, Ont. high school has been delayed until the spring due to complications in obtaining city approval. Unexpected stormwater management issues are cited for the delay.
The removal of ash trees in Hamilton, Ont.'s Mohawk Sports Park is continuing as scheduled as the city has reached the midway point of its 10-year plan to remove more than 23,000 ash trees in its fight against the emerald ash borer.
About 450 city-owned trees in Regina, Sask. are being banded to prevent a spring outbreak of cankerworm. The insect eats the leaves of trees, stripping them of their energy reserves. The city wishes residents to also get involved in the tree banding process.
A peaceful resolution has resulted from a dispute between a Whitecourt, Alta. resident and the local town council over the colour of an area of boulevard artificial turf. Municipal rules stipulate artificial turf must be two-tone, but the resident successfully argued his turf was installed before the requirements were made clear.
A sports turf complex in Nanaimo, B.C. could be adding a new artificial turf field with lighting if the city adopts a recommendation from its minor soccer association. One city councillor said artificial turf "is the way of the future" while another said the city must "get up to speed."
A new artificial turf field and three new cricket pitches are part of a new parks and recreation master plan proposed for the City of Brampton, Ont. The plan, however, also recommends the closure of one or more aging muncipal community centres.
Residents of communities situated in British Columbia's Lower Mainland wish to see better planning done to ensure only a minimal number of trees are removed during development projects. They are not opposed to development, but wish to see greater efforts made to establish more of a middle ground.
The unusually hot and dry Calgary summer is taking its toll on the city's urban forest. Falling branches and an early yellowing of leaves are a reflection of the season's drought, and city residents are being urged to give "a good soaking" to the trees on their properties to ensure their survival.
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