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Regulated areas in Canada for the emerald ash borer have been updated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to include a new area in Manitoba and expanded areas in Quebec. The changes are due to new insect activity in Winnipeg and southern Quebec.
A user group took it upon itself to clear snow from the artificial Fenn Burdett Field in North Vancouver this week to allow outdoor soccer to be played, but wound up damaging the playing surface in the process. The city has warned user groups to stay off the field to allow snow to melt naturally.
The Brow of the Hill Residents' Association of New Westminster, B.C. wish to see more trees planted and parks created in their neighbourhood. The group has made its appeal to the city, claiming little greenspace has been created in the area for decades.
A group of property owners in Mitchell, Ont. say they can no longer mow the turf on a flood plain adjacent to the West Perth Thames Nature Trail and Whirl Creek. Residents have done the work to keep the area clean but say age and cost are factors in deciding to stop the practice.
Arguing golf course maintenance practices are much more environmentally friendlier than they were in 2001 when a land use bylaw clause was enacted, a would-be developer wishes to open a new par three golf course on the site of a former golf property in Kentville, N.S.
The first phase of construction for a new park in Kelowna, B.C. begins tomorrow. A new playground is part of the initial phase for Rowcliffe Community Park. Ultimately, the park will also be home to a new recreation sports field.
Exemptions in Charlottetown, P.E.I.'s cosmetic pesticide bylaw will remain in place after the city's mayor was forced to break a tie vote on whether or not to remove the exemptions. The debate focused on the exemption to use banned products in the event of an infestation.
A better job of protecting trees in Abbotsford, B.C. must be done, a local councillor claims, after acknowledging the city lost about seven per cent of its tree cover between 2005 and 2015. Planting a sapling doesn't make up for the loss of a mature tree, she says.
The Town of Oliver, B.C. is exploring three design options for a new park, ranging in cost from $60,000 to $160,000. The park will ensure there is parkland at all four corners of the bridge on Fairview Road.
The City of Ottawa laid 19 charges this week against unlicensed private snow contractors, increasing the number of charges so far this year to 40. The city is urging consumers to ensure the contractor they hire is properly licensed. Unlicensed contractors face a fine of $260.
A proposed housing development on a private golf course in Surrey, B.C., that would see the course reduced in size to nine or 12 holes, attracted dozens of speakers to a council meeting on Monday. The owner of Coyote Creek Golf Course said revenues are about half of what they were 10 years ago.
Glen Abbey Golf Course has been provided with additional protection against potential development on the Oakville, Ont. property. Town council convened a special meeting Monday, voting unanimously to pass extra measures to restrict what can be built at the historic golf course.
The Town of Saugeen Shores, Ont. wishes to buy a former gravel pit to serve as the site of a new sports complex to include badly needed baseball diamonds. Council voted 7-0 in favour of the $1.5-million purchase price.
A new report by Winnipeg's public works department said the city can expect more than a $1-million hit over the next decade in its battle against the emerald ash borer. The destructive insect made its first official appearance in Manitoba in the fall.
Now that the emerald ash borer has arrived in Manitoba, the City of Morden is preparing for an infestation of the invasive insect. An ash tree strategy has been adopted by the municipality in which ash trees already in poor health will be removed while others will be treated.

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