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Cuts in provincial funding to control mosquito populations in Winnipeg and surrounding area may give rise to the number of pest insects in the city this year and the possibility of increased West Nile virus cases.
Nova Scotia's minister of natural resources says the proponents of a proposed new golf course on land that is part of West Mabou Beach Provincial Park have yet to lobby her about its construction.
A deadly tree fungus that has killed millions of oak trees in Michigan is inching closer to the Canadian border. Windsor, Ont.'s manager of forestry and natural areas is gearing up to fight the deadly oak wilt.
Glen Abbey Golf Course has been designated a property of cultural heritage value under the Ontario Heritage Act. Oakville Town Council unanimously voted in favour of the designation at a specially convened meeting on Dec. 20.
Canadian scientists and city staff have teamed up in Winnipeg to explore the extent of the city's recently-discovered emerald ash borer problem. It's an issue that could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
A nine-hole golf course once owned by the legendary Conacher brothers of NHL fame has its fate in the air. The current owners of the Wasaga Beach, Ont. property wish to develop the course, but a local residents' group wants the course to be declared a heritage site.
With the deadline looming for turf managers in British Columbia to file their IPM reports, some may need a helping hand in completing the process. Keith Lyall, reporting for the Western Canada Turfgrass Association, has prepared a guide on how to report pesticide usage.
An existing synthetic turf playing field at Aurora, Ont.'s Sheppard's Bush is now 10 years old and due for replacement. Local council has accepted a bid that comes in under budget to replace and expand the outdated multi purpose field surface in the spring.
The saga of Glen Abbey Golf Course continues. A proposal to amend a zoning bylaw in Oakville, Ont. would support the conservation of the property, including its cultural heritage value.
One of two new artificial turf fields in Maple Ridge, B.C. is nearing completion. The sports field, to be located at a local high school, should be completed by the end of January and will be the first of two new artificial fields slated for the city in 2018.
Plans to plant large memorial trees in Saanich, B.C. to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War have been met with concern among some residents. They say the trees will require large open spaces to grow and that their roots and branches could damage pavement, roofs and drains.
A school district in Coquitlam, B.C. has approved the sale of 1.2 acres of land at an elementary school to the city in exchange for a new artificial turf field at a new high school. The chairman of the city's sports advisory committee said the transaction reduces land costs, construction, maintenance costs and maximizes the use of public assets.
Gorsebrook Park in Halifax is "everybody's backyard" and should be protected from future encroachment, the chairperson of the city's Park to Park Community Association says. The group wants to keep a lid on development in the area to preserve the park as an important green space.
A work site at the Hamptons Golf Course in Calgary has been shut down after it was determined no work permit had been issued. Since late September, the owners of the course have removed more than 40 mature spruce trees along two holes that are regarded as havens for deer and migrating birds.
Digging up buried metal treasure in Vernon, B.C. city parks is illegal, but an argument has been put forth that it could make the parks safer. A proponent of the outlawed practice said it could enable lost jewelry to be returned to their rightful owners and would rid parks of discarded needles.
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