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Oct. 15, 2018 – A Calgary city councillor says a new artificial turf sports field is badly needed for the city's Genesis Centre, recommending $2 million from the city's fiscal stability reserve fund be earmarked for such a project.
Oct. 11, 2018 – An interest-free loan provided to a Stratford, Ont. soccer organization for the installation of an artificial turf field last year has prompted the city to develop a policy that governs loans to community groups. Concerns were raised after the more than $600,000 interest-free load was awarded.
Oct. 2, 2018 – The budget has been increased to complete a park restoration project in Orillia, Ont. Another $15,000 has been approved to complete the Victoria Park project that includes planting beds, an accessible ramp and interpretive signage.
Sept. 27, 2018 – The presence of weeds on roundabouts in two municipalities in the Cornwall, Ont. area has local councillors upset. The mayor of South Dundas said the roundabout in her area should be visually pleasing since it's regarded as a tourism gateway coming off Highway 401.
Sept. 24, 2018 – Plans for a $3.7-million upgrade to the sports fields at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough, Ont. will be unveiled at an on-site public meeting. An existing natural grass field will be converted to artificial turf and lighting will be installed to allow additional play.
Sept. 19, 2018 – The fate of the former McArthur Island Park golf course in Kamloops, B.C. has been decided, but it's not sitting well with all parties. The city has declared the property will be turned into a multi-use space, including a site for disc golf, but it's incompatible with a nature park, says a board director with the Kamloops Naturalist Club.
Sept. 10 – Although recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17, at least two communities in the Montreal area are taking measures to ban cannabis usage anywhere near sports fields, public parks and other green spaces. The new bylaws would fall under the same laws that prevent cigarette smoking and electronic vaping in such vicinities.
Sept. 6, 2018 – Walkerton, Ont.'s new million-dollar soccer fields are only two years old, but are already in need of upgrades. The one-year warranty on the fields at Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park expired in May of last year. Since then, drainage concerns have come to light as well as irrigation heads protruding from the surface, settling of the fields and severe crowning on two playing surfaces.
Sept. 5 – City council in Edmonton has approved a new garbage and yard waste pickup plan that will go into effect in 2020. The plan will separate grass clippings and leaves from other garbage to be picked up and will encourage residents to take their natural waste to designated eco stations.
Aug. 31, 2018 – The City of Ottawa and South Nation Conservation have teamed up to offer homeowners a break in the cost of removing and replacing ash trees damaged by the invasive emerald ash borer. Ottawa homeowners will be eligible for up to $500 per tree to a maximum of 10 trees.
Aug. 31, 2018 – In response to a multitude of complaints about out-of-control weeds and untidy yards, the City of Regina is considering implementing new landscaping regulations that will require homeowners to better look after their properties.
Aug. 30, 2018 – Ottawa city council could face an uphill battle in defending a decision it made Tuesday that requires lights to be shut off at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the new artificial turf field at Immaculata High School. The decision is being challenged by the Ottawa Catholic School Board which entered into a partnership with the Ottawa Footy Sevens to build the $2-million field.
Aug. 29, 2018 – Lawn care professionals in Manitoba feel like they're caught between a rock and a hard place after the province announced last year it would relax its ban on cosmetic pesticides, yet hasn't indicated exactly what that will entail. Professionals need to know what the new rules will be so that they can order the appropriate product for next season.
Aug. 28, 2018 – A multi-million-dollar sports park at Windsor, Ont.'s St. Clair College is nearing reality with the approval of a site plan. The proposed park will include an artificial turf soccer stadium, an artificial turf baseball stadium and volleyball courts.
Aug. 28, 2018 – A loss of trees and less green space will be the result of a blanket rezoning of two residential areas in Vancouver. The objective of the rezoning is to create more housing choices in the vicinities.
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