Government Affairs
Sept. 10, 2019 – Almost $700,000 has been added to the budget to construct three new baseball fields in Bradford, Ont. due to constraints presented by the local conservation authority. The project at Joe Magani Park was originally budgeted at $1.5 million.
Sept. 6, 2019 – Stage four water restrictions have been implemented in Kelowna on properties south of Mission Creek as the result of a mechanical failure at a local pump station. The restrictions affect parks, sports fields and artificial turf fields.
Sept. 5, 2019 – Eleven trees were cut down this week at Fredericton's Officers' Square in preparation for coming construction, but one tree in particular has sparked outrage among a local theatre troupe and its followers.
Sept. 3, 2019 – A new national park in Montreal, instead of a massive urban green space that would become Canada's largest, is in the city's best interests and would save the municipality hundreds of millions of dollars, a Montreal city councillor claims.
Aug. 28, 2019 – A pilot project in Grande Prairie is seeing a robotic mower maintaining the turf at a ball diamond at South Bear Creek Park. “In a few years, they will make the chore of mowing the lawn a thing of the past,” the city's transportation manager says.
Aug. 27, 2019 – The roots of non-native black locust trees are ripping up driveways, choking pipes and sprouting unsafe roots in a Ladysmith, B.C. neighbourhood, and residents are fed up to the point where they're taking the matter to city hall.
Aug. 26, 2019 – Airdrie, Alta. is getting a new artificial turf sports field – a decision hailed by the community at large.
Aug. 22, 2019 – Montreal's planned Great West Park, slated to be Canada's largest urban park and greater in size than New York City's Central Park, is getting a helping hand from the federal government to the tune of $50 million.
Aug. 22, 2019 – The City of Brampton, Ont. recently cut down a number of mature maple trees as the first step toward widening a busy road, but the action and the purported lack of notice is not sitting well with adjacent residents.
Aug. 21, 2019 – Waterdown District High School's new $2.1-million artificial turf field and track is nearing completion and is expected to be ready for use once school starts in September. The Hamilton-area school will now have a longer season for its sports teams.
Aug. 9, 2019 – The City of Calgary's decision to cut back up on its mowing of some city parks and green spaces is not because of a lack of care, but a move toward naturalization or habitat restoration.
Aug. 9, 2019 – As the City of Fredericton prepares for the arrival of the emerald ash borer, municipal staff are deciding which ash trees are worth saving and which ones should be left to die.
July 31, 2019 – The City of Toronto is hoping to save 8,500 of its catalogued 13,000 ash trees by injecting them with an insect growth inhibitor aimed at stunting the growth of the destructive emerald ash borer and rendering them less lethal.
July 30, 2019 – Now that the emerald ash borer has made its way to Oromocto, N.B., the nearby City of Fredericton is already taking pre-emptive measures to retain as many of its ash trees as possible. Twenty-one trees have already been inoculated with a pesticide to buy time for further planning.
July 30, 2019 – The hill at Kitchener's McLennan Park is receiving less maintenance this summer as efforts to maintain the park's green space has intensified.
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