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Residents of one of Barrie, Ont.'s older neighbourhoods aren't pleased with the city's plans to remove century-old ash trees that are not yet infected by the emerald ash borer. They argue the trees can be treated with a pesticide so that they can be saved.
Public input is being sought by the City of Brampton, Ont. as to how the municipality should invest in parks and recreation facilities over the next 15 years, including the construction of 10 new fields.
Lawn watering restrictions have been initiated in Metro Vancouver to help conserve drinking water during the driest time of the season. The restrictions, which went into effect May 15 and will continue until Oct. 15, are designed to reduce the load on the city's system.
Five hundred new trees were planted May 13 at Oakville, Ont.'s Nautical Park to commemorate Arbor Day. The park had been significantly impacted by destruction left by the emerald ash borer.
Smoking at city-owned sports fields, playgrounds and other outdoor public facilities may soon be a thing of the past in Regina, Sask. if city council passes a new bylaw poised to be enacted July 15. The new bylaw would replace existing regulations that pertain solely to indoor sites.
If the city and local school board can reach an agreement, Maple Ridge, B.C. will become the beneficiary of four new synthetic turf sports fields, giving local sports groups more playing time.
Critics of a trail-widening project in Saskatoon feel the city went overboard in the number of trees it removed and hope a better balance can be struck in the future between improving trail networks and protecting the environment.
The Town of Oakville, Ont. has updated its private tree protection bylaw in an effort to protect and grow its urban forest for future generations. The measure was met with mixed reactions.
Signs are being posted at Winnipeg parks, golf courses and athletic fields to warn residents that helicopter-delivered larvicide spraying will be taking place to eradicate mosquitoes from areas where standing water make ideal breeding grounds. The signs have been posted primarily to warn the public about overhead helicopters as opposed to the product being sprayed.
The Manitoba government's plan to revise the province's cosmetic pesticide ban has riled up the previous governing NDP that implemented the legislation in the first place. The NDP claim the "responsible and practical" revision will put the health of Manitobans at risk.
Manitoba's cosmetic pesticide ban, enacted two years ago, could be loosened somewhat. Submissions made during a public consultation last summer were largely critical with the current regulations.
About one in six trees along Waterloo, Ont.'s streetscape are ash trees, and most will be removed as a result of damage inflicted by the emerald ash borer. Waterloo's treescape is viewed as the most affected among local cities.
The Ontario Municipal Board has ruled in favour of several landscaping businesses in the Hamilton, Ont. area that can continue to operate under the city's new Rural Hamilton Official Plan. The new zoning bylaw did not allow landscaping on agricultural land except as a secondary use.
The Town of Cobourg, Ont. has established an urban forest management plan to ensure a healthy and sustainable urban forest meant to contribute to the economic, environmental and social vitality of the town over the next 20 years.
The City of Kitchener, Ont. is working on a plan to better manage its urban forest, understanding that human intervention is required to allow newly planted trees to thrive in an environment that isn't completely natural.
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