Government Affairs
Dec. 14, 2018 – The Riverview Golf Club and Town of Redcliff, Alta. have agreed to work together in an effort to keep the golf course open for play in 2019. Both factions met in-camera during this week's council meeting, saying afterward that although no municipal money has been set aside to aid the financially-ailing club, a commitment has been made to develop a plan to keep the course open.
Dec. 13, 2018 – The first draft of a plan for a new park in Fredericton has been released. The park is slated to include a large green space, a splash pad and playground area. About five acres have been set aside for the park in an area that is currrently forested.
Nov. 20, 2018 – The Ontario government’s plan to leave all tree seed services to the private sector endangers southern Ontario species that are not commercially profitable but are critical to maintain biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, the chairperson of AWARE Essa says. The environmental group opposes the Ontario government's decision to close the Tree Seed Plant in Angus.
Nov. 15, 2018 – The Town of Osoyoos, B.C. has developed an urban forestry plan believed to be a first for the municipality. The plan highlights several benefits of trees, including environmental, social and economic.
Nov. 14, 2018 – City council in Fredericton has chosen a plan to save four more mature trees at Officers' Square than it originally intended, but the redesign of the downtown park is going to cost an additional $190,000, increasing the project's cost to $9.1 million.
Nov. 9, 2018 – A Winnipeg-area woman, told her naturalized yard violated a local bylaw, can now keep it in its current state as long as she adheres to a number of conditions. The non-traditional yard is grown to a number of native prairie grasses. It has been in place for the past eight years.
Nov. 8, 2018 – In spite of the opposition of three councillors, city council in Sault Ste. Marie voted this week to pay up to $150,000 for a private driveway accessing a sod farm and landscaping business as the result of the widening of Second Line. "City taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for this," one councillor remarked when discussing the complicated issue.
Nov. 7, 2018 – Trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer at Niagara Falls' Patrick Cummings Park in Chippawa are being replaced by new trees and a 500-square-foot pollinator garden aimed at helping the struggling monarch butterfly. Dozens of volunteers, including students and others from the community, helped city staff with the work to help the park return to its former glory.
Nov. 1, 2018 – Staff with the City of Prince Albert, Sask. have been tasked with counting the number of trees in the municipality. The strategy is not only effective for budgeting and management, but is also expected to help keep better track of Dutch elm disease.
Oct. 30, 2018 – The onslaught of the destructive mountain pine beetle has led the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to request federal funding be freed up to stop the insect's spread. The infestation is of national significance, the chamber claims.
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.
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