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A Vancouver Island lawn bowling club has been granted permission to use pesticides on its playing surface after other attempts to remove mould on the greens failed. An existing bylaw had prevented the club from using chemical pest control products.
Dead or dying ash trees abutting Northfield Drive in Waterloo, Ont. need to be cut down at an estimated price of $1,200 per tree. But a debate has ensued as to who bears the responsibility of picking up the tab: the individual homeowner or the city.
A $1.6-million aerial spray program aimed at gypsy moths and cankerworms will be launched in the spring in Mississauga, Ont. The program is intended as a pre-emptive strike against the nuisance insects that defoliate hardwood trees.
The City of Hamilton, Ont. will spend $2.5 million in its battle against the gypsy moth that threatens trees throughout the municipality. Plans are to drop a pesticide called BTK from the sky, to blanket areas under threat by the insect.
In a 10-0 vote on Tuesday, Brantford, Ont. city councillors recommended putting $3.55 million into renovations of two city-owned golf courses when budget deliberations begin later this month and into December. Mayor Chris Friel said it's time for talk to give way to action in improving both the Northridge and Arrowdale municipal golf courses.
Potential renovations to Brantford, Ont.'s two municipal golf courses will be discussed by city councillors who will decide if the matter warrants inclusion in 2018 budget deliberations. Proponents of the renovations argue both Northridge and Arrowdale municipal courses are self-sustaining, and money poured into renovation projects is a good investment.
Upgrades to the Seaview Golf & Country Club in Sydney, N.S., including drainage work and cart path paving, have paid off handsomely, resulting in a successful 2017 season. The upgrades were made possible by $50,500 in CIP 150 program funding as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.
A Montreal area woman is beside herself after spending about $40,000 in landscaping work to her front yard, only to learn the city plans to rip up part of it and leave her with the bill. She claims city officials got their wires crossed when issuing her with the necessary permits.
The Osoyoos Golf Club in British Columbia has asked town council to commit $300,000 toward an upgrade to its watering system for the original nine holes on the Park Meadows course. Osoyoos is the only golf course in Canada that uses effluent water for 100 per cent of its irrigation needs.
The Oakvillegreen Conservation Association has thrown its support behind a tree planting initiative pitched by Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. The initiative is yet another means to help the Ontario city achieve its goal of 40 per cent canopy cover by 2057.
The people have spoken in Sarnia, Ont. They oppose the city's proposed tree bylaw which would have required residents wishing to remove a tree from their property to pay a fee to apply for a permit. But the permit could be rejected in some cases. Council has consequently axed the bylaw, for now.
Failure to remove a dead elm tree on a North End, Man. street is creating serious problems for adjacent neighbours. Large branches of the tree, which succumbed to Dutch elm disease about two years ago, recently fell from the weight of a snowfall onto driveways and hydro lines. Residents fear someone will be seriously injured if the city fails to remove the tree.
A significant increase in the number of local baseball players has created a strain on existing diamonds in Saugeen Shores, Ont. A recommendation to rehabilitate an unused diamond to accommodate the demand, at a cost of $45,000, has been rejected by council.
A new bylaw in Peterborough, Ont. that mandates private landowners replace trees they have removed from their own properties with new ones divided city council before it was ultimately passed.
Complaints about a foul stench on Thursday in Toronto's west end have been attributed to an organic fertilizer applied to city sports fields and parks. Torontonians tooks to social media, comparing the smell to a downtown farm and warm dog feces.
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